I write to mourn the passing of our very young Hawke's Bay Expressway.
I fear that the over-protective element in our local and state government has decided that "express" is something that only Aucklanders are entitled to use, and we must bear with the down-scaling of something that the Twin Cities Area had awaited for almost 60 years.
We had, for a very brief time, a complete and unencumbered "express" line through the twin urban areas, allowing "express" journeys to be enjoyed by all.
Sadly, ity appears that the Nanny State has decided the general population must be "protected" from each other, by the rampant installation of barriers all over the blessed place.
These have effectively converted an "Expressway" into a tram-line, with all being subjected to the whims of the slowest trams.
Now, we have agricultural vehicle driven by bucolic ingrates, on an "Expressway," at busy times, at 60kph, with nowhere for them to pull in to let traffic pass.
Similarly, we have the disinterested plodding home at 80kph, holding up those who are needing to travel an "Expressway" to get where they need to be.
The Truckies have no choice, they are limited by the class of vehicle they operate, but nonetheless, the choke the system.
I have no aversion to the barriers, providing we have the TWO LANES in each direction that we really need.
With what we have now, our poor lamented "Expressway" is much more a "Depressway."
RIP Hawke's Bay Expressway, we will miss you.
When a Christchurch school lost four classrooms to fire, retired AMI Branch Manager Philip Buckingham knew how he could help.
Philip – “ When one of our offices is relocated or refitted as a flexi workspace, there are all sorts of useful items left behind — stationery, file cabinets, chairs, desks, computer monitor arms. For years now, we have gathered it all up and donated it to schools; initially those hit particularly hard by the Christchurch earthquakes. It’s hard to explain, but it’s just in our DNA at AMI to help people. After the Russley School fire, there was an urgent need to get the kids some stationery. On my way home, I went to the school and spoke with the principal, Greg Lewis. We couldn’t have asked for a better principal for the school, he is such a great guy.”
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