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[POLL] Should Grizz have been killed?

Auckland Airport is acknowledging the public outcry after 10-month-old trainee security dog Grizz was shot dead and is promising its own investigation.

Grizz escaped from his handler while being loaded into the back of an Avsex Explosive Detector Dog van on Friday morning. He managed to get through the security area when a gate opened to let a truck through. Read more »

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Labour thinks a rail link in 15 years time will solve airport traffic issues now

You really have to wonder about the thinking department of Sue Moroney:

Battling traffic to and from Auckland Airport is like travelling in a third world country, Labour’s transport spokeswoman Sue Moroney says.

Moroney said the latest grind of traffic and roadworks around the airport was a national embarrassment and showed the city was crying out for a train line or light rail service.

Increased congestion heading into the peak Christmas and summer holiday period has caused major headaches for travellers, with reports of people missing flights after being stuck in traffic for multiple hours.

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Awesome! Another student loan dodger arrested at the airport.

Some people are really, really slow at learning lessons other provide for them.

Another person has been arrested at the border because of student loan debt.

The woman was arrested at Auckland Airport as she tried to board a flight to Australia on Tuesday, the Herald understands.

She appeared in Manukau District Court on Wednesday.   Read more »

No it doesn’t and neither does the case for trains

The NZ Herald editorial comes out against the loopy idea that trams to the airport would be a winner.

Auckland councillor Mike Lee is not alone in doubting the practicality of running trams from Britomart to the airport. The proposal is one of several under consideration by Auckland Transport for another mode of public transport to and from the airport, which has asked for a decision by the middle of this year so that it can include a rail or bus station in its plans for a new domestic air terminal.

The fact the airport company has made this request is good news indeed. Though it has long said it is open to the idea of a rail service to the airport, the revenue it earns from carparking and retail rentals in and around its terminals has given reason to wonder whether it would really welcome trains from downtown Auckland.

The ability to greet or farewell travellers at Britomart may be more convenient than driving all the way to Mangere for many Aucklanders. For that very reason a rail connection to the airport should be a high priority for the Auckland Council, as it was until, inexplicably, Mayor Len Brown postponed it to the 2020s in his planning.

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Rail from City to Airport getting no love

The Herald’s editorial raises its eyebrows:

Auckland councillor Mike Lee is not alone in doubting the practicality of running trams from Britomart to the airport. The proposal is one of several under consideration by Auckland Transport for another mode of public transport to and from the airport, which has asked for a decision by the middle of this year so that it can include a rail or bus station in its plans for a new domestic air terminal.

The fact the airport company has made this request is good news indeed. Though it has long said it is open to the idea of a rail service to the airport, the revenue it earns from carparking and retail rentals in and around its terminals has given reason to wonder whether it would really welcome trains from downtown Auckland.

The ability to greet or farewell travellers at Britomart may be more convenient than driving all the way to Mangere for many Aucklanders. For that very reason a rail connection to the airport should be a high priority for the Auckland Council, as it was until, inexplicably, Mayor Len Brown postponed it to the 2020s in his planning.

Now the airport company’s wish to start building the much-needed new domestic terminal by 2021 means it needs a decision much sooner on whether it needs to accommodate a rail or bus service. It probably has not contemplated trams, or “light rail” as urban planners call them.

Yeah.  Funny stuff.  “Rail” is a dirty word, so now they’re calling them trams again. One more step back, and we’ll have horse-drawn carriages.   Read more »

Slap me with a week old snapper: public transport that works

SkyBus in Melbourne

SkyBus in Melbourne

Free on-board Wi-Fi and ground hosts to welcome intrepid travellers to Auckland are just the beginning of big plans by new owners to expand – and smarten – the 24-hour airport bus service.

The former Airbus fleet has already had its name changed to that of Melbourne’s 38-year-old SkyBus, which is taking it under its wing.

It will be repainted from light blue to red as more buses are added between the fast-growing airport precinct and downtown Auckland to widen the span of departures, which already run every 10 minutes during week days. Read more »

Auckland Council finally runs broke, now looking for coins down the back of the sofa

Auckland Council is finally broke.

It’s cash strapped and now it’s looking at selling down the family jewels to find some more money.

This is the sort of thing a compulsive addicted spender would do. Pretty soon it will be selling furniture and then the bailiffs will turn up.

The Super City has earned $391 million from shares in Auckland Airport and Ports of Auckland, which could be sold by the cash-strapped council.

The council’s finance committee yesterday voted 16-3 for a review of alternative financing sources, including the possible sale of a $1.4 billion stake in Auckland Airport and the $1.1 billion ports company.

Councillors are taking a wait-and-see approach to a push by senior officers to consider asset sales.

The Herald has reported investors would eagerly snap up any shares with one investment banker, Mark Lister, saying the council’s airport stake could be sold in a matter of hours.

Figures supplied to the Herald by the council’s investment arm show that dividends from the two assets have totalled $391.6 million in five years.

The airport company has accounted for $231.9 million, including a special dividend of $101.5 million last year.   Read more »

Auckland Council blames lack of tax payer money from everyone else in New Zealand for their problems

If it isn’t clear to everyone yet that Auckland Council isn’t an Auckland problem, here’s your latest example.

If the government is to get involved at all, it’s to put in place a statutory manager and to introduce recall elections.

Several Auckland councillors say a serious lack of funding by the Government is forcing them to consider selling assets, and they want some protected.

Yeah, that’s it.  They can’t balance the budget, so now they want people in Christchurch, Westport and Kataia to chip in so they can keep their toys.

The council has approved a review of all its assets after its budget committee agreed in May to consider alternative sources of financing to take the pressure off the region’s rising rates.

But some councillors have hit back against the idea of leaving all assets on the table for possible sale, including major ones such as the airport and Ports of Auckland.

Councillor John Watson said he had never come across anyone from the public who thought it was a good idea to sell assets, especially when the priority was to look at the council’s own costs.

“I’m not a business person, but in terms of household budgets most people look at their own costs… before they start hocking things off.”   Read more »

The Huddle at 1740

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I’m on ZB with Larry Williams to do The Huddle with Barry Soper.

Our topics will be:

  • There’s been more fallout from the St Bede’s parents thumbing their nose at the punishment given by their school to the oiks who jumped on the luggage carousel at Auckland airport. There have been feeble attempts by the parents to try and mitigate the damage they’ve done by saying that the boys weren’t really at fault….their mates egged them on. They appear to be quite thick this bunch – you wonder where all their money has come from because they feel like families who don’t appear to be  able to tie their own shoelaces!
  • And of course we have the Northland by election to keep us entertained as well.
  • Then we’ve had the Cotton On case which is more confusing than anything as I’m not sure what the staff are being asked to do by the company. It’s also only a negotiation at their distribution centre not ALL their retail staff so there’s a bit of misinformation going around on that one. We’re hoping to get Michael Woodhouse on to discuss the law with us and what can and can’t be done under the rules.

     

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Clowns with Clown parents, aided by a Clown judge

Some people are clowns, and then their parents step up and show why they are clowns…it is a learned behaviour.

Two Christchurch college students have today won a legal battle to row with their school’s Maadi Cup rowing team.

St Bede’s College students Jordan Kennedy and Jack Bell were chucked off the rowing team after breaching Auckland Airport security on Friday.

They were caught riding on the baggage conveyor at the Jetstar carousel in the arrivals hall at Auckland Airport’s domestic terminal.

The pair were given formal warnings by police and the Aviation Security Service (Avsec) after the prank shortly after arriving on a domestic flight from Christchurch.

The school decided that Jordan and Jack, aged 16 and 17, were in breach of the school’s code of conduct and banned them from competing at the regatta, which started this morning.

But the boys’ parents sought an urgent injunction at the High Court in Christchurch to allow their sons to row in the first race at 11.28am today.

Justice Rachel Dunningham heard the case via a tele-conference this morning. St Bede’s College rector Justin Boyle and the Board of Trustees of St Bede’s College were named as respondents.

In a decision released before the race, Justice Dunningham granted an interim injunction to prevent St Bede’s from stopping the boys rowing at the 2015 Maadi Cup.

Lawyers for the boys’ parents also tried to have their names suppressed, but the judge declined to make a name suppression order.
A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said the pair were spotted “instantly” once they passed through the rubber curtains by a Jetstar ramp agent.

The Jetstar rep called his supervisor who, in turn, involved Avsec.

“The boys apologised immediately and said they did it for fun,” the CAA spokesman said.

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