Western Leader : Western Leader 2nd November
12 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 2, 2010 OPINION A NZ COMPANY SINCE 1984 PH 838 9118, PIONEER ST PH 827 8827, 10A MARGAN AVE www.theaussiebutcher.co.nz HENDERSON NEW LYNN WE SELL ONLY THE BEST OF NZ MEAT! EXPIRE 7/11/10 OPE 7 DAYS B PICKLED PORK R PORK BELLY REPORK LEG STEAKS & SCHNITZELS EN N EN 899 KG 999 KG 999 KG ONLY NOW ONLY THE BIG NZ PORK SALE!! FRESH PORK LEG ROASTS 699 KG ONLY FRESH PORK SHOULDER ROASTS FRESH PORK LOIN CHOPS FRESH PORK SLICES 699 KG 099 KG 099 KG NOW ONLY NOW NOW O O O O O O O OFFERS S OFFERS EXPIRE EXPIRE W W W W W W W W W W$1299 KG Hobbit drama with a Dibley touch Not quite the greatest show on earth, a short season, but easily the best in town. It had everything -- includ- ing that potential promo- tional line about secret stars flown in direct from Holly- wood . Plus anger, threats, recriminations, backroom drama, allegations of double- dealing, stage maidens in dis- tress, suspense, a cameo per- formance from Trevor Mal- lard last seen in that failed Auckland project On the Waterfront -- and a final upbeat climax. Even borrowed humour. That came from, of all places, old scripts of The Vicar of Dibley. Reworked -- actually worked to death by John Key -- it was a standout whenever the media asked whether Cabinet would push more millions the way of the mys- terious movie men only glimpsed through the glass of ministerial limos. Remember? His answer: No, no, no, no, no, no -- yes. In the mailbag, road-users rage from Mercer to Wark- worth: I am with you on the total inadequacy of the local road construction cartel. They build low-quality roads. How can the new State Highway 1 bit at Mercer be so bumpy? It s brand new! They take for- ever to build them. The sloppy work they do rewards them as they have to do it all over again soon after. Whoever heard of major bridges being obsolete after 50 years, like the Newmarket Viaduct and the harbour bridge? On top of this, they charge an arm and a leg for their poor work. The Newmarket Viaduct cost $215 million while the incredible 300-metre high, 2.5km long Millau Viaduct in France cost only five times as much; we d just get one of the seven French piers here on the Newmarket budget. These guys are bankrupt- ing the country. -- Name provided Over the past 18 months that road upgrade at Wark- worth has baffled myself and my wife -- as the same men- tality is prevalent elsewhere in the Auckland region -- pro- fessed experts cannot see the wood for the trees, and nobody asks any questions. The simple fact is that a two-lane bridge exists 50 to 100 metres away from the upgrade with the Omaha- Tawharanui-Leigh-Matakana Warkworth, etc, junction beyond. We travel north regularly, leaving North Shore at 4 to 4.30am on long weekends, and 11pm to midnight on the return journey. Getting our little girl out of bed at that hour is a small price to pay as opposed to the chaos which is now obviously set to remain in force -- after the upgrade . All over the region, road planners appear to have a fix- ation with funnelling people into an already existing bottleneck. They seem to operate with impunity, creating such havoc. Examples from North Shore: Large stuff-up (unfix- able) -- Tristram Ave motorway-Wairau Rd on and off-ramp junctions. Another marvellous funnelling effect -- complete with light phasing to complement the chaos. Moderate/large stuff-up (possibly fixable but with further chaos) -- Northcote on and off-ramp. The same single-lane motorway entry city-bound and on-lane exit northbound. This has existed for as long as I can remember before the sale and develop- ment of the huge Smales Farm business park. Of course city-bound cars still attempt to pull in hard left from the straight-through lane (intended for Northcote- bound traffic) and have done so for years. Did anyone forecast Smales Farm? Also, in the other direction, try to cross three lanes of traffic within 50 metres to turn left to North Shore Hospital after the motorway exit. Minor/stupid -- someone thought it would be a good idea to change the sign at the bottom of Killarney St at the Kitchener Rd intersection from a stop sign to a merge- give way. Quite entertaining watching the dodgem show on Kitchener Rd. Minor/hopeful -- probably the same person -- thought to erect a sign on the round- about at the intersection of Kitchener Rd-Anzac St- Hurstmere Rd-The Strand to test pedestrians nerve and willpower, and to amuse us motorists. It says -- Caution, motorists have the right of way . This is for people crossing the footpath and entry to The Strand, allowing cars to turn left and not become Strand- ed in the middle of the roundabout. Needless to elaborate what actually happens. We wait with bated breath to see what happens to the current Lake Rd-Hauraki Corner-Napier Ave two-year project. All bets are off. -- Name provided Others who ve sat in a queue for nearly two hours from Puhoi to Warkworth, only moving momentarily for traffic lights in Warkworth to turn green, must have had the same thought. Forget the millions of dollars for bypasses and other money-wasting projects, switch off the traffic lights and put a pointsman on duty. The salary of a few points- men at public holidays would save us taxpayers millions on unnecessary roading pro- jects. -- Name provided I couldn t agree more with you about our supposed expert roading engineers. I travelled over that new piece of road at Warkworth over the weekend, and even though it wasn t rush hour I wondered why they haven t built a four-lane bridge. For all the millions of dollars that cost -- that piece of road achieves nothing other than creating another bottleneck. Then there s Waterview Connection Project. I only very recently found out a vital detail for this. There will be no entrance or exit (on or off-ramps) at the Waterview interchange for the tunnels. Residents from Pt Cheva- lier, Waterview, Mt Albert, Avondale, etc, will have no access to the tunnels at all at Waterview. They will have to go to St Lukes interchange (back- tracking in all cases) to join the motorway there and then travel back along the motorway to the tunnels. There are no plans to upgrade St Lukes inter- change to cope with this (and the increased traffic from an enlarged Westfield St Lukes Mall). The overall effect would be one of increased local road impact and a huge incon- venience to local residents. Waterview is a major interchange and yet once again there is a half-hearted attempt to fix the problems. -- Terry Small, Pt Chevalier To contact Pat Booth email email@example.com or write care of this newspaper. All replies are open for publication unless marked.
November 4th 2010