46 days ago

Auckland bus suspension: What you need to know

Caroline Williams Reporter from Auckland Stuff

More than 70,000 daily bus trips could be affected by a suspension dealt to hundreds of NZ Bus drivers across Auckland. The suspension comes after tensions between NZ Bus and union members as they tried to settle on a new collective agreement regarding pay and work hours. Union members had been declining bus fares from passengers, and planned to do so until Christmas before the suspension began. Now drivers will go without pay until Christmas Eve.
NZ Bus' biggest area is central Auckland, all of the Link services, and those serving the main isthmus arterials to eastern suburbs and along Mt Eden, Dominion and Sandringham Roads, as well as some to the outer west and northwest, and on the North Shore.
How has the bus driver suspension affected you? Let us know in the comments.

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7 days ago

How on earth do some people get their driver's license? 🚗

Fiona from Henderson

I am constantly surprised, gobsmacked, shocked and very disappointed at how so many drivers are driving so badly on a daily basis. I am assuming, maybe incorrectly, that you all have your driver's license. If so, is it a legitimate licence or is it from the bottom of the weet-bix packet?
The list of basic errors and stupidity on the roads is a daily mind boggling experience and we are now finding ourselves wondering when, not if but when some idiot is going to take us out because of their bad driving.
All this has come from me being behind someone I know today and watching their shocking driving and my blood was boiling. This person thinks they are a great driver and won't be told otherwise. So maybe they will listen to the Police.

So I got to thinking, what has really got my blood pressure up today and so here are just a few DAILY occurrences that happen all over Auckland, both suburbs and motorways and yes, they happened today.
1. Zero use of indicators - sorry but my crystal ball is at the cleaners, sorry my bad but I can't read your damn mind as to which way you want to turn. This includes at the roundabouts as well.
Don't forget to turn off your indicator as well, if it doesn't turn off automatically.
2. Constant tailgating - all the while trying to overtake while I am either at the legal speed or even a couple of kms over - BACK OFF!!
3. Overtaking on solid white lines - illegal!
4. Overtaking on solid yellow lines - illegal and dangerous!!
5. Trying to make a right/left hand turn on solid yellow lines (no breaks in the lines for turning) all the while holding everyone up while trying to do this illegal move - - illegal and even more dangerous and let's not forget about idiotic and selfish!!
6. Running orange/red lights - the lights will be turning green again you idiots. It doesn't take all day for it to turn green again either; it's only a couple of minutes out of your very important day! This includes truck drivers as well.
7. I’m now finding myself to pause for a few seconds when the lights do go green thus avoiding some idiot who is running a red light, yes again truck drivers are included in this one as well.
8. 80 kms means 80 kms NOT 90 or 100 kms NOT 120 or 130 kms as we seem to be seeing all the time now. I know so many of us drive the exact speed required or even maybe a 2-5 kms over (be honest), but our roads are not Hampton Downs folks. You will get to your destination in the end, but keep up this type of speeding and your final destination will be the cemetery.
9. Secure your children in the legally required restraints i.e. car seats, booster seats etc … I am fed up seeing children climbing all over the inside of a moving car. Also, stop using adult seat belts for your wee ones. All you are doing is strangling them and they are far too young to use them. These are your babies and are precious cargo. Treat them as such. Also, let them out of the car on the passenger side, NOT the driver’s side.
10. On the topic of restraints, put your own damn seatbelt on!
11. Turn your headlights on when visibility is poor like early mornings before the sun rises. You would be surprised as to how many people don’t turn on their headlights and rely totally on the street lights. Also, when it’s raining, in the tunnel and don’t forget when the sunsets. A few easy rules to remember, No sunlight – turn your headlights on, raining – turn your headlights on, in a tunnel – turn your headlights on, street lights on – yes, turn your headlights on. BE SEEN!!!
12. Make sure that you are not driving with your high beams on constantly as this makes it so difficult to see for oncoming traffic, especially with the LED and xenon light bulbs. They are so blinding.
13. NO TEXTING OR USING YOUR CELLPHONE while driving – we can see you dumbass (even when you are picking your nose!). You are putting all of our lives at risk with your reckless, thoughtless and very selfish behaviour. Your eyes should be on the road, up front not on your hand or lap. Do you really not know that it’s illegal to use your cell phone at all while driving? This also includes: Bus drivers, truck drivers, taxi drivers, motorcyclists etc …
14. Why are so many people constantly sitting on their brakes? Is it because they are tailgating or speeding or is it just because they are impatient? You know the type, they speed up then hit the brakes, they slow down then hit the brakes … give me strength!
15. Do not hog your lane, especially if you are driving slowly. We’ve all come across these people – they hold up all of the traffic and most of the time, they are driving from 10-20 kms below the required speed limit. Move over or speed up to the required speed limit.
16. Secure your pets in the car. Again, these are your babies and are precious cargo. Treat them as such.
17. Tie down your load in trailers or pickups. Playing dodgems on the road trying to avoid solid objects that you have allowed to fly off is dangerous. Also, you don’t know if it will fly straight into someone’s windscreen or just fall onto the road, either way, it’s so dangerous.
18. Stay left on the road, not all over the place like a sidewinding snake for crying out loud.
19. Your rear vision mirror and side mirrors are not decorative pieces, use them!
20. The rule for pedestrian crossings is you must stop and let the pedestrian cross completely if there is no island in the middle. Not half way across, not almost across – completely. If there is an island, you can move forward when the pedestrian has reached the island, not a moment before.
Yes, it was a stressful day on the roads today!!😠

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27 minutes ago

A Pride panel discussion in our grand foyer - Reply

Matt from Henderson

I am quite disgusted that this kind of post is on Neighbourly. The Auckland Museum stands up for all the World Wars, 1 and 2, the Anzac War, the Maori Wars and everything that we stand for as NEW ZEALAND! I am going to say a fat "NO" for having such things like this inside a Museum. If I was going to the Museum I wouldn't take my son to have a look inside looking at information or videos of people saying that it's "OK that two men or two women can be in a relationship". This maybe just a discussion on this but as a Kiwi I wouldn't allow that kind of perversion to go into a historical museum especially with all the memories and past events that have occurred not here in NZ but worldwide.
What do others think? Should we allow the LGTBQ group to spread their rainbow colours and show videos of themselves saying it's "Ok to be gay and lesbian? Really Quite in shock about this.
I hope the people who work in the Auckland Museum put their foot down in this one and show total disagreement. I just think the Auckland Museum has a lot of past and historical events that need to be remembered that need to be left for our next generation to see. We don't need this perversion to happen in this day of age.

Matt

2 hours ago

☀️🏄Enjoy the fabulous long weekend🏊☀️

Fiona from Henderson

May you and your friends and family enjoy the lovely long weekend ahead of us.
Please be careful on the roads & remember to plan your trip, especially if you have children in the car with you. 🚗🚙
Try to avoid travelling in the worst times between 9am - 4pm, this is when all the cars will be nose to tail and tempers have been known to flare on these occasions.
Try to travel outside of these hours, that way breaks can be had, toilet stops will be less stressful and you can also get there and back all in on safe condition.
Travelling in the evenings will be cooler and you will find yourself driving a bit more carefully and slower to get there. The children can sleep in the car.
Make sure that you have plenty of snacks and drinks on hand, especially in this warm weather.
If you are not going away (like myself), then avoid the motorways at all costs in those hours,, unless it's a short trip.
Mind you, Auckland maybe nice & quiet for those of us who remain behind.
Perfect time to go for a nice walk, a nice picnic at park or a beach or even in your backyard.🍕🍗🍓🍑🍎
Maybe a nice bike ride will be on the schedule.🚴
You may even discover a new ice cream place along your way.🍦🍧
Remember to slip, slop, slap in this glorious summer weather, especially the little ones.
If you are going to the beach, DON'T FORGET YOUR SUNSCREEN and apply liberally and often. Also, keep eye on the little ones near water and the sand dunes.
But above all, be safe (and sensible and have so much fun and we'll see you all when you get back - all in one piece please.
☀️☀️⛱🏊🏄🚣🏖☀️☀️