Ridding our roads of poor people will shrink AA membership but it will cure the congestion, too

March 28, 2011

Back to the future.

Alf observes that the Automobile Association is somewhat bothered about public-transport proposals in our deeply indebted Super City.

It is wailing that only the rich will be able to afford to drive in Auckland as the council targets motorists to pay for its public transport plans.

Alf’s own observation is that before long only the rich will be able to afford to live there, anyway, because the Super City is in debt to the tune of $4 billion – the equivalent of about $8000 for each of the region’s half a million ratepayers.

The debt had been steadily growing under the previous eight councils and includes $1.2 billion managed by Watercare Services to build and maintain the city’s water assets.

What’s more, the Auckland Council is looking to increase its debt from $2.8 billion (which excludes the Watercare figure) to $3.6 billion over the next three years to fund its existing programme of capital works. There is no money in the financially strapped budget for new projects, such as Mayor Len Brown’s $2 billion inner city rail loop and a cruise ship terminal.

It looks remarkably like a good place not to live in.

This impression is heightened by the aforementioned public transport plans as reported at Stuff.

The money-grubbing buggers are preparing to slap a price on anything that moves.

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Auckland – where they demolish pubs, shove the church aside and venerate their sewage pipes

February 19, 2010

Alf’s jaundiced opinion of Auckland is given magnificent reinforcement this morning by news of a bloody sewage pipe being given something akin to heritage status.

The pipe in Hobson Bay has been pumping sewage and water to treatment plants in Auckland for 98 years.

Now, Watercare Services plans to keep part of it as a monument to the structure’s vital role in the city’s history.

The bit that will be kept is described by the the NZ Herald as an eyesore and a blot on the landscape.

That description covers the Blues rugby team, come to think of it.

Aucklanders obviously get their buzz from venerating such structures, including Mayor Banks.
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