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It is hard to believe, but
Wellywood is looking
increasingly attractive as
the option for the sign on the
hill above Miramar cutting.
After the outcry earlier in the
year when Wellington Airport
proposed erecting a huge Wel-
lywood sign, the matter was
taken to the public.
Submissions were invited
and a panel of seven people --
Fran Wilde, Allan Probert,
Dave Gibson, John Milford, Liz
Mellish, Richard Stone and
Andy Boreham -- met to con-
They have pared back the
submissions to what are evi-
dently the best five.
The public has until Sunday
to vote (via dompost.co.nz) for
the best two, which will then be
put up against Wellywood for
the final vote.
The objections to Wellywood
were that it was uncreative and
Suddenly unoriginal and
uncreative don t look too bad
when the final five public
submissions are considered.
Two of them celebrate the
fact that Wellington is windy.
In one, the letters of Wellington
are gradually spread out as if
they are being blown away.
Another depicts four windswept
attributes bestowed upon it by
nature, including a magnificent
harbour and breathtaking hills.
Is it is a fun place, full of
Why would we focus on the
fact that the city is windy?
Another sign says Te Capital.
This is an effort to include two
cultures. More likely visitors
from overseas will simply think
we can t spell.
Finally, there are two
sculptures, one of Whataitai --
one of the taniwha who lived in
Wellington Harbour when it
was enclosed by land -- and the
other the eye of Whataitai.
Apparently the eye will move
with the wind.
If these were the pick of the
350 submissions, the other 345
must have been awful.
The final choice will be
named later this month.
Don t be surprised if it s Wel-
You have been warned!
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
In support of
Gordon Campbell s Talking
Politics -- Government battles top
mayors (October 27) should be
compulsory reading for the
Minister of Transport, Steven
Joyce, all other Government MPs,
the Opposition, and the NZ
The article s undeniable facts
and sound opinions raise the
How can the Minister of
Transport assume that he and the
agency have the right to dictate to
the citizens of Auckland and
Wellington how their transport
infrastructure will be developed?
What is it about Mr Campbell s
statement . . . motorway
construction is a 1950s solution to
a 21st century problem, given the
looming threat of peak oil that
the minister cannot understand?
Campbell rightly states that the
Government has a dispro-
portionate commitment to road
building over public transport ,
and that it is unhealthy for the
Government to be at loggerheads
with the leadership of both New
Zealand s main metropolitan
The minister s Roads of
National Significance programme
is uneconomic, anti-social,
and thus totally untenable.
J CHRIS HORNE
1950s answer to
Gordon Campbell rightly
summarises the Government s
push for more roads as a 1950s
solution to a 21st century
Contrast that with the
backward thinking of Les
Cleveland on the same page.
He realises that too many cars
make the environment non-
conducive to walking, but his
solution is to bring in even more
We need to get our inspiration
from developed countries which
have had light rail systems in
place for years and have demoted
the importance of the private car
to where it rightly belongs --
rarely used and only for essential
trips. Commuting to work in
single occupant cars is very
wasteful and polluting. Describing
a car as a shopping basket
betrays flawed thinking.
A European shopping basket is
commonly a two-wheeled trolley
with a handle, which can go
anywhere, including on board a
tram via level boarding.
The car has become
indispensable to us because we
have allowed it to, by not offering
a viable alternative.
No-one should need reminding
that the Road Transport Forum is
one of the National Party s biggest
donors. Maybe that s why roads
are of such national significance
but rail isn t.
A selective amnesia has afflicted
the Wellington Green Party and
Gordon Campbell has now
succumbed to the contagion.
In April the Land Transport
Agency asked mayor Celia Wade-
Brown to confirm the city council s
support for the Government s
roading programme. Ms Wade-
Brown prevaricated, which
prompted a council meeting who
voted to support the programme.
Campbell is now saying the
aspirations of the voters and the
council have been thwarted by the
He must know this is rubbish
and that the council voted by a
significant majority in favour of
the Government proposal. The
mayor agreed, to save face.
There is a mistaken belief in
Green quarters that the mayor is
a de facto chief executive. She is
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