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A “triumph” for McCully

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, September 18th, 2011 - 27 comments
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I guess they didn’t trust him to get it right. Outstanding:

And now the trains are bare

This time the trains were ready – and most fans went by road or walked.

Passengers were outnumbered by security guards by three to one at Auckland’s central Britomart train station as they prepared to travel to Eden Park for its second evening match of the Rugby World Cup.

There was such a drop-off in passengers, Rugby World Cup minister Murray McCully travelled almost alone in a carriage when he went by train to watch Australia take on Ireland.

27 comments on “A “triumph” for McCully ”

  1. Rugby World Cup minister Murray McCully travelled almost alone in a carriage when he went by train to watch Australia take on Ireland.

    Can you blame the rest of humanity? 

    • Craig Glen Eden 1.1

      Some one should have locked the carriage door and walk away! Then in the same way this National Government operates they could have said it had nothing to do with me I left the carriage and didn’t see any thing. Was someone left in the carriage Im not sure, but if there was its was the other persons fault.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 1.2

      But did he go to Party central as its new Pope

    • Peter nickle 1.3

      No chance of Len Brown being on the train with him is there?
      Brown, the do as I say mayor, not as I do.
      People realise if they want to get to the game, better use a car or walk, do not rely on 3rd world transport modes such as trains & buses.
      I live on the shore & it is 30 minutes home from a game finishing, driving & parking near Western Springs onramp. Why take public transport?

  2. Guess now Mussolini McCully will use this as an argument to can all further PT improvements in Auckland as unneccessary.

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    Incompetent underestimation as a starter, incompetent over-estimation as a finisher.

    • aerobubble 3.1

      By the time its over, he’ll have the experience to run the world’s third largest sportings

  4. hellonearthis 4

    Numbers less for a game than for the opening, who would have guessed that, not McCully.

  5. logie97 5

    Once the onlookers have visited to see what “Party Central” looks like, who is going to go there? Rugby Fans? Only some of those who don’t have Sky.

    Maybe McCully should have consulted Ken Ring. Even he should have been able
    to tell them that September evenings are not the nicest to be standing around near
    wind tunnels pretending to be enjoying a beer. Maybe the planners did. His maps usually have great big “H”s.

    The commentators after last night’s game were saying, “Look out Auckland – there is going to be a wave of green coming down. How many Irish Bars are there in Auckland … they’ll be ringing?”
    Strange Nesbit et al didn’t mention Party Central in that.

  6. drx 6

    This was interesting from the herald.
    If the Statistician was correct then the original estimates were close to correct.


    The estimate of 150,000 to 200,000 revellers at the waterfront for Rugby World Cup’s opening night has been dismissed by a statistician who calculated that it was a physically impossible to fit that number in the downtown entertainment areas
    Statistician Tony Cooper, the managing director of research company Double Digit Numerics, found the true figure was probably less than half that number. He estimated a maximum of 70,000 revellers in the lower CBD area.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Interesting – if accurate.

      This might suggest that the arrangements which were put in place at Party Central couldn’t cope with a crowd significantly smaller than 100K people.

      Brewery, pissup, not organised.

  7. jabba 7

    great stuff Murray, good to see the Govt sort out an enept Council run by Len Brown

  8. Draco T Bastard 8

    That whole article reads like an eulogy to roads and National while conveniently not mentioning the lack of 200k+ people trying to use the transport system. If the same number as last week had tried to use the roads to the CBD and game it would have been far worse.

  9. randal 9

    and now he is busy trying to pretend that SPARC knows what it is doing when in the end they are just another bunch of cronies looking after their own arses because they wouldnt tell the truth. Infantilised serial idiots!

  10. logie97 10

    Meanwhile, on Radio, McCully is receiving all the patsy questions he wants from that sycophant Murray Deaker and all is well with the world again. Hurrah!

  11. logie97 11

    Leave aside McCully’s fictional figures, has anyone got some more reliable numbers for how many were at Party Central celebrating last night? From some news items, the problems of overcrowding appeared to be in the bars immediately outside the ground and in other areas of the city.

    • aerobubble 11.1

      Party Central. New Kiwi euphemism.

      My car, broke down, missed the service for the dozen year in a row,
      now its car party central.

  12. randal 12

    well they done it the reel keewee way now mate. send in some outsourced security guards. any trouble and wack.

  13. The responsibility for the 9 September 2011 transport and events planning fiasco must be placed where it belongs – on the unelected Boards of the Auckland Transport and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Auckland Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) and this National Government Cabinet who appointed them.

    Why is the Chair of Auckland Transport – Mark Ford – not getting the finger of blame pointed at him?

    Could it have anything to do with Mark Ford’s choice of Momentum as the ‘recruitment’ company, resplendent with former National Party President Michelle Boag and former National Party Prime Minister Jenny Shipley as Board members, to ‘short-list’ the 200 hopeful CCO Board members for the National Party Cabinet to effectively ‘rubber stamp’?

    Miraculously, Mark Ford moved through the revolving door as Chair of the Auckland Transition Agency (ATA) responsible for building the ‘Supercity’ framework from it’s legislative base (which was railroaded through Parliament) and came out the other side with two top jobs – Chair of the Auckland Transport CCO and CEO of Watercare Services?

    Yes – I guess it wouldn’t be a very good look for any National Party Minister or Prime Minister to point the finger at someone who THEY helped pick?

    Wonder how well this John Key led National Government will do in the polls when the public spotlight is shone with full glare on the arguably corrupt ‘conflicts of interest’ that prevailed in the corporate takeover of the Auckland region via the, in my considered opinion, not so ‘Supercity’?

    Penny Bright. Independent ‘Public Watchdog’ Candidate for Epsom.

    • drx 13.1

      Interestingly Mathew Hooton didn’t want to talk about the Auckland problem on nine to Noon. More interested that Ireland beat Aus.

  14. peterlepaysan 14

    Has any one checked out the 200,000 figure?

    where did that come from?

    I would be very surprised if it got past 80.000.

    Look at attendance figures at major entertainment events in Auckland over the last two decades.

    Where the hell are 200.000 going to come from.

    Typical media bs.

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