Transport worked fine

Murray McCully’s gamble paid off. Transport worked fine last night as the All Black slayed the Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys.

While the All Blacks v France game is the important match of the evening, the Auckland transport system has passed a test of its own.

Trains and buses taking fans to Eden Park for the Rugby World Cup match and the waterfront fanzone ran to schedule, and an Auckland Transport spokeswoman said the evening had so far gone off without a hitch.

Officials said that 25,910 people travelled to the match on public transport – 15,210 by bus and 10,700 by train while a further 1500 travelled by taxi.

An estimated 10,000 opted to walk to Eden Park on the official fans’ trail.

Trains took just 12 minutes to get from Britomart to Kingsland Station, which is just 200m from Eden Park. That compared with times exceeding two hours on opening night and 19 minutes last Saturday.

Another nail in Len’s coffin.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.