So disappointing to see that the Auckland Regional Council didn’t even bother to respond to an offer by the designer of a personal rapid transport system to use his design to solve the woeful public transport from Auckland airport to the city.
Is PRT the solution for Auckland? I don’t know. And I don’t know if Ollie Mikosza’s particular design or the ULTra design that is going into service at Heathrow and Gurgoan in India or one of the other systems under construction would be the best choice. But I wish Auckland Regional Council would at least have the imagination to look into a concept that has been proven around the world. But no. Outdated concepts like motorways, that’s all the powers that be are interested in.
This kind of small mindedness is endemic throughout government, especially with the Nats in charge. And private business is no better. If our leadership would choice it, New Zealand could become a world leader in creating a sustainable economy using our wind, hydro, and tide potential. We could be the centre of green argiculture innovation. We could design a sensible tax/welfare system based on a guaranteed minimum income/negative tax like Gareth Morgan’s ‘big Kahuna’. We could design our cities for the future.
This is a great country that can lead, and has led, the world but we don’t get there because we lack the leadership to take us there.