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Photos Rena Disaster: Rena Breaks Up, Slips

Photos Rena Disaster: Rena Breaks Up, Slips

Photos of the various stages of the Rena environmental disaster off the Bay of Plenty coast from when the cargo ship ended up on the Astrolabe Reef spilling oil. Below...

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Auckland Port’s Shock $20m Blow

Auckland Port’s Shock $20m Blow

Ports of Auckland, in the middle of an industrial dispute, has been shocked to be told today it’s lost a major shipping line service to Tauranga. Maersk Line announced...

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Photos: Auckland Rail As It Was

Photos: Auckland Rail As It Was

How quickly we forget how bad rail was when I started this site four years ago. And reader Andrew W also found some photos of Auckland rail of only a few years before...

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How Auckland Will Look By 2040

How Auckland Will Look By 2040

Those who put together the draft Auckland Plan have also given us a visual look of the changes they envisage for Auckland’s CBD area. Here is how they see...

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Tent People Pack up Update

Tent People Pack up Update

The tent people packed up to move to Victoria Park but they told me they would continue to hang out in Aotea during the day. OCCUPY AUCKLAND: Moving on today from...

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Transport Committee Looks Old School

Transport Committee Looks Old School

The lineup of the new parliamentary transport committee, which will consider transport legislation,  looks very disappointing. It’s old school. Don’t...

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Gisborne-Napier’s Rail Survival: The Hard Facts

Gisborne-Napier’s Rail Survival: The Hard Facts

There are a few new bites about moving freight on the Napier-Gisborne rail line but a Council report reveals the facts and figures of what it will take to make rail...

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Judge Orders Out Occupy Auckland

Judge Orders Out Occupy Auckland

At last! A judge this morning ordered the Occupy Auckland protestors to cease residing in Aotea Square. He’s told the Tent People to remove all of the paraphernalia...

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PT Patronage Leaps 9.1% In Year

PT Patronage Leaps 9.1% In Year

People using public transport in Auckland continues to take giant leaps – a 9.1% increase in the last 12 months. Auckland public transport patronage totalled...

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Now More Art For Sturges

Now More Art For Sturges

Update: Andy has given us an update of the final art – more ribbons on the east side of the bridge and the kids drawings. Earlier: It feels like the longest...

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89th Container Falls Off Rena

89th Container Falls Off Rena

A container, with meat products inside it, fell off Rena yesterday – this has been recovered. This brings the total number of containers washed overboard to 89....

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Spatial Plan To Be Re-Written?

Spatial Plan To Be Re-Written?

How much urban sprawl is good for Auckland? It has major transport planning implications. That debate is back on the table after the recently established Productivity...

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Moscow, Berlin, Paris In 36 hours By Train

Moscow, Berlin, Paris In 36 hours By Train

The first train has arrived in Paris on a new cross-continental route that connects Moscow Berlin and Paris. Run by Russia’s train company RZD, the 3200ks trip...

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Regular Commuters’ Outrageous Fortune

Regular Commuters’ Outrageous Fortune

Anyone else overhear the grumbles this morning when leaflets were distributed to Auckland rail commuters advising them of the Christmas rail closedown starting today? It...

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Rena Containers Lost in Storm

Rena Containers Lost in Storm

Two containers were lost over the side of the stricken ship Rena in last night’s stormy weather. One damaged container, carrying aluminium chairs, has sunk....

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Auck, Wgtn Rail Closures

Auck, Wgtn Rail Closures

Machinery has started arriving for the start of the big Rail Maintenance month around Auckland – and Wellington is also in for a closedown. The focus of the...

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Crane Problem Halts Rena Ops

Crane Problem Halts Rena Ops

Work on removing containers from the Rena is on hold because of a problem with the newly brought in cargo crane Smit Borneo. Salvors have spent the last few days...

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Keeping it In The Family

Keeping it In The Family

The appointment of Gerry Brownlee as the new transport minister is a National stroke of genius. It sets in chain a bid to covert the next trophy in the cabinet:...

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It’s Shearer

It’s Shearer

Great news that David Shearer has been made Labour leader. Here’s my earlier post (and I’m pleased to be told Mr Shearer did read it at the time) – It’s...

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Rena’s Salvage Again Hit By Bad Weather

Rena’s Salvage Again Hit By Bad Weather

Weather continues to halt the Rena’s salvage operations While container removal operations are suspended, salvors are focusing on installing patches in the corridors...

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New WHO Report Needs Political Buy-In

New WHO Report Needs Political Buy-In

A World Health Organisation report released today on transport and the effects on health state the obvious – but it’s a message that needs to be absorbed by...

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Bus, Train To Foo Fighters, Western Springs

Bus, Train To Foo Fighters, Western Springs

Trains after the Foo Fighters Western Springs concert on Tuesday night will run after midnight. There will be special buses to Western Springs and back to The CBD...

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Salvors: What Happens To Rena’s Containers

Salvors: What Happens To Rena’s Containers

Bad weather has meant there have been no container removal operations on the stricken vessel Rena since November 29. The total number of containers removed is 167....

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Veolia Quits

Veolia Quits

Statements out of Paris tonight from Veolia saying it’s quitting the transport sector and will quit half the countries it is operating in to reduce massive debt. Veolia...

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A Stitch Ahead Of Time

A Stitch Ahead Of Time

NZTA’s “Big Stitch” over the weekend went well with both the new motorway bridges over Newmarket getting joined together. The pre-publicity successfully scared...

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