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5 January 2019

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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 5, 2019

    This one’s for you, PZ, and the idiots running this Government’s roading policies:
    https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/nzme-shorthand/northlands-deadly-highway/index.html

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    • PartisanZ

       /  January 5, 2019

      Alan, I know a lot about the coalface, as you are aware …

      I see they’ve chosen all pre-flourescent pole photos of accidents. My understanding is there have been ZERO fatalities where and since flouro poles have been installed.

      I’m not against some sections of SH1 or other roads being four laned and safety barriered, but I don’t think the government has had bad advice about alternatives like flouro poles, passing lanes, rest areas, rumble zones and alternative routes … These are other viable and inevitably cheaper options …

      My main contention with RoNS to Whangarei is 1) It will be a PPP built TOLL road (in more ways than one considering the name of one of its main HT users) and 2) The old free route will have to be maintained too, and 3) It’s an outright election bribe …

      Nothing other than a couple of relatively short ‘blackspots’ warrants the whole length being four laned … so deal with the blackspots … which is what they’re doing … which is what previous governments mainly National DIDN’T DO!

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      • Griff.

         /  January 5, 2019

        Why do you have a problem with toll roads ?
        As long as an alternative exists I can not see an issue.
        User pays $2.20 is hardly a issue the old route users more gas so costs the same at the end of the day..
        I often use the old road if I am not in a hurry heading south.
        Or if the traffic is heavy the alternate route is often less congested.

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        • Gezza

           /  January 5, 2019

          Isn’t there a risk that even with lower traffic volumes on old routes black spots won’t be fixed and maintenance might also suffer if funding priority goes into PPP roads, even though costs are shared and will eventually be recovered by tolls?

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        • phantom snowflake

           /  January 5, 2019

          To me toll roads represent another step in the march towards NZ becoming a Total Surveillance Society and a U.S. vassal state: “One Nation Under Five Eyes!”

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          • Gezza

             /  January 5, 2019

            It’s not an unheard of phenomenon though, paying for infrastructure. Isn’t that how the Auckland Harbour Bridge was funded.

            As far as total surveillance goes I’m more worried about Google and Facebook and private companies watching my every move.

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            • phantom snowflake

               /  January 5, 2019

              There are a number of people who exist somewhere on the continuum between social anxiety and full-blown paranoid psychosis, whose quality of life is deleteriously affected by the proliferation of CCTV cameras and other forms of surveillance such as those you mention. In the circles I move in I meet many such people. It’s an issue I’m intending to write about…some day…

        • PartisanZ

           /  January 5, 2019

          Griff, the building of the alternative route toll road, despite being a PPP, still digs deep into the public purse … It’s the mid-shaft of user-pays by stealth … Blatant user-pays having been abandoned in 1987, just three years into its short life …

          If Tunnel-to-Whangarei happens in sections such as it already has there will be at least 9 toll road sections, the total trip costing $19.80 if costs and tolls can be kept at current rates … which is an absolute impossibility over the 20 years it will take to build … Expect a minimum of $25 – $30 per car, meaning $50 – $60 at current truck rates, flat double … (How the fuck is flat double fair when a truck & trailer does 1,000 times [min] damage to the road with each pass? I understand engineers consider trucks as 10,000 times more damaging)

          ‘Toll road a nightmare, says car rental firm’ – NZHeraldo 2009

          https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=10979762

          Gezza, Yes, undoubtedly …

          Alan, you can’t speak for locals any more than the mayors or NRC bigwigs can. If we combine Winston’s and Willow-Jean’s votes at GE we have a minority Member in Matt King advocating for RoNS presumably on behalf of a minority of Northlanders … He’s actually advocating on behalf of farmers, foresters, truckers and the luxury tourist market … all of which combined wasn’t originally big enough to make the RoNS list beyond Puhoi …

          Flouro poles appear to be very effective physical dividers. Incredibly cost-effective too compared to post-and-cable …

          I suspect we’ll never be able to afford to have all our important roads physically divided like Brynderwyns backside or RoNS Auckland-to-Hamilton, where the GDP shipping volume at 4+ times that of Northland actually warrants it … Even Hamilton-to-Cambridge, cited in the article, carries TWICE the GDP shipping volume of Auckland-to-Whangarei …

          Labour-led have done the sensible thing, the right thing … focus on the blackspots and make the existing highway as safe and effective as possible … keeping four lanes in reserve for when Warkworth-to-Wellsford actually warrants it … and so on …

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          • PartisanZ

             /  January 5, 2019

            Oh Lord, speaking of the infantile National Party, today’s Northern Advocate, which features Part 1 of 5 of Alan’s NZME header story, also has a lift-out magazine entitled ‘Bream Bay – The New Gem of the North’, which is largely a National Party or NP surrogate mouthpiece … their surrogates being Local Government … plus Advertising …

            Anyhow, Dr Shane Reti has a full-page spin-piece “From Strength to Strength” upon which, quite bizarrely, he claims, “I led out medicinal cannabis in 2018 which was a big step for the National Party caucus. In my hands, medicinal cannabis is just another medicine like any other …”

            Zedd, I fucken kid you not!

            Next: “FOUR LANES: The end of year call-to-arms remains “We need four lanes – not sticks”! … The reference to sticks is the yellow soft-hit posts in the middle of the road. This section of road is the deadliest police hotspot road anywhere in NZ …”

            No reference to the fact those flouro [not yellow] sticks have made sections of road where they’ve been installed no longer deadly at all … like ZERO fatalities …

            The carefully chosen photo shows the North-side of the Brynderwyns which National spent $80 million on making into sensibly Three-Lanes with entirely unnecessary and fearfully expensive post-and-cable barriers … only to subsequently declare that their Four-Lane election bribe Motorway-to-Whangarei would by-pass the Brynderwyns altogether …

            IMHO Reti is bordering on WHACKO …

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  January 5, 2019

        It wouldn’t be an election bribe if locals didn’t believe it was needed. Just go to Sweden. They have a low road toll because all their important roads are physically divided so no head-on crashes. We are so far away from that it isn’t funny

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  2. Zedd

     /  January 5, 2019

    It was good to see Nancy Pelosi take over as USA House Speaker; a voice of rationality & reason.. opposing MrTs constant irrationality & unwavering lack of reason ! 😀

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 5, 2019

      It’s good to see Trumpy telling Pelosi he won’t ever sign her spending Bills until they fund his wall.

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      • Gezza

         /  January 5, 2019

        Yes, so what will happen is that government employees will be getting furloughed or laid off or simply not paid and people wanting to access government funded services no longer available will be getting pissed off & they will attribute blame to whichever person or party their political leanings already bias them towards.

        It’s a black comedy.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  January 5, 2019

          Yep. I think Trump is right that the people most hurt will be mostly Democrats so that will put pressure on their politicians to fold.

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    • Gezza

       /  January 5, 2019

      Aww come one Zedd. Like Schumer, Nancy Pelosi shows every sign of doing everything she can as often as she can – including 180 degree spins – to piss Trump off, on principle. It’s going to be a head-shaking experience watching the bizarre happenings & absurd shit fights that will occur in the US over the next two years. The US has finally got the government their culture, which has become absurdly hedonistic, materialistic & obsessed with trivia and vacuous celebrities, has been inexorably heading towards since the end of WW2.

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      • Corky

         /  January 5, 2019

        It’s been a good ride, Gezza. We belong to the luckiest generation mankind has produced. Unfortunately the grand kids won’t be so lucky. We, of course, will be dead by then. Lucky to the end.

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 5, 2019

    This one’s for Joe and Patz and their Lefty media:
    The Daily Caller traveled to Obama’s D.C. neighborhood to find out if the “10-foot wall” existed. What did we find? Obama does not have one wall. He has many. He has barricades. He has armed guards entirely blocking the suburban road where he lives. Multiple cement and iron barricades block the road leading up to the Obama mansion. A Secret Service car and agent keep people from entering the stretch of road on both ends approximately 1,000 feet in both directions.

    So does Obama have a 10-foot wall around his house? We tried to find out. We even brought a tape measure. But we were stopped by all of Obama’s other walls from even finding out.

    So no 10ft wall then? The joke’s on you, Muggins.

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  4. PartisanZ

     /  January 5, 2019

    ‘New Zealander arrested in $3 billion international fraud loan scheme’ – NZHeraldo

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12185992

    Happens in Mozambique as well apparently …

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    • Corky

       /  January 5, 2019

      Great diversity of rogues in that story, Parti.

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      • PartisanZ

         /  January 5, 2019

        Pretty standard world-wide corporate-political business proclivity or ‘Global Worst Practice’ by the look of it Corky … These guys got caught … Elsewhere roads got built, pine forests planted etc etc et al …

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