People in Ellerslie didn’t know there was a motorway next to their house

Noise barriers are to be installed to protect residents living near Auckland’s Southern Motorway.

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) said it planned to begin construction by the middle of this year, and the project would cost $6 million.

Residents in the southern suburb of Ellerslie have long campaigned for the barriers to be installed.

The design was not settled yet and there would be further community consultation but there would be trees planted, NZTA said.

The agency was investigating how noise barriers could be used near other sections of urban motorways in Auckland, it said.

Isn’t it amazing that the people who bought these properties ten years ago realised that the value of their property was clearly influenced by the motorway running right next to it.   But now that these properties have appreciated to a million and more, the poor and middle class can no longer afford them.

The well-to-do have moved in, and they want ‘something done’ about this motorway noise.

I bet you dollars to knobs of goat poo that properties adjoining the motorway in low socio-economic areas will not get this special treatment.

Don’t like living next to a motorway?  Don’t buy a house there.  Don’t like the noise?  Pay for double glazing and insulation.

I really don’t see this as a taxpayer problem.  Not when the motorway has been there for longer than most people have been alive.



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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.