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We live in a house near Mur­rays Bay Pri­mary school. The ‘no park­ing’ yel­low line is rou­tinely ig­nored by par­ents, in spite of be­ing there to pro­tect them and their chil­dren. Some par­ents I have told about it pre­tend they do not un­der­stand English and those who do are of­ten rude. I once con­fronted a mid­dle aged man who parked and turned his mo­tor off, block­ing my drive­way. He said he would move on as soon as he is fin­ished what he was do­ing and pro­ceeded count­ing a pile of cash notes in his hand for the next 5 min­utes. Par­ents also use our drive­way for park­ing and mak­ing a U-turn. We have put out two traf­fic cones which were stolen. I feel help­less.


Mur­rays Bay


Thank you for your ar­ti­cle on Auck­land Trans­port and Auck­land Coun­cil’s fre­quent fliers by James Palsey. Coun­sil­lor Efeso Collins ques­tions the costs. Nowhere have I seen, to me, the most im­por­tant ques­tion. Why flights at all? We rate pay­ing peas­ants, want­ing to know al­most any­thing, go to our near­est I.T. Sys­tems, log on to the ap­pro­pri­ate server and with a few clicks and taps, ob­tain the knowl­edge we were seek­ing. Do Auck­land Trans­port and Auck­land Coun­cil not have use of such equip­ment? I have trust in the words of Coun­cil­lor Collins printed on page 16 of your North Shore Times, Oc­to­ber 19, is­sue. Did not have to cross Auck­land to meet the coun­cil­lor.

Tom Do­herty



The ed­i­tor makes a valu­able point in the Novem­ber 21 is­sue, about the im­por­tance of lo­cal boards. In re­cents months there have been clear ex­am­ples of Auck­land Coun­cil go­ing against de­ci­sions of lo­cal boards and the con­cerns of the res­i­dents they rep­re­sent. There is an ob­vi­ous dis­con­nect be­tween the Auck­land Coun­cil and its com­pa­nies such as Panuku, that some lo­cal boards have taken ac­tion to leave the Auck­land Coun­cil. Our elected lo­cal boards are be­ing ig­nored by a coun­cil so deeply in debt that you could be for­given for think­ing that their de­ci­sions are made for fi­nan­cial rea­sons only rather than what would be best for the area. It is time that the so-called Su­per City was called to ac­count by res­i­dents de­mand­ing a demo­cratic sys­tem, where lo­cal boards are re­placed by lo­cal coun­cils with the power to make


Jen­nifer Ed­wards won­ders how Auck­land Trans­port can im­pose an un­nec­es­sary ex­ten­sion of T3 times on Onewa Road with­out con­sult­ing those who will be af­fected. The an­swer is sim­ple be­cause they can. At times when traf­fic flows smoothly and the pri­vate car is the ob­vi­ous choice for most peo­ple, AT’s strat­egy is to cre­ate a prob­lem where none ex­ists, and then use the re­sult­ing con­ges­tion as jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for their ide­o­log­i­cally driven con­tempt for the mo­torist. AT’s re­sponse that ex­tend­ing T3 hours ‘‘of­fers the best op­tion for pro­gress­ing the growth in [bus] pa­tron­age’’ and that ‘‘no con­sul­ta­tion was nec­es­sary’’ tells us all we need to know about the true na­ture of this out of con­trol mon­ster. I look for­ward to our elected coun­cil­lors dig­ging in on this one and telling AT to for­get it. Brian O’Neill



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Felic­ity Reid

Yel­low lines are caus­ing a head for one reader.

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