Nick’s Blog

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Eight deaths a national disgrace


In the past 12 months, eight people have died on State Highway 5, or the Napier to Taupō road. That’s a stark statistic and frankly, a national disgrace. This is a national issue, as that road connects the central North Island with the east coast and importantly, Napier Port. And it’s deadly dangerous. Last week, … Read More

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RTF commends roadside drug testing law


Last year, 103 people died in crashes on New Zealand roads where the driver was later found to have drugs in their system. Unfortunately, this is an upward trend and is surpassing those killed with excess alcohol in their system. In comparison, there have 22 deaths in New Zealand from Covid-19. No untimely deaths from … Read More

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Data allows better decision making


One important thing the Covid-19 experience has taught us so far is the value of data. A lot of figures get thrown around daily but the important ones are the percentages – what percentage of the population has it; what percentage recover from it; what percentage die from it; and what is the R-value – … Read More

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Debate on drugs essential


Debate on legalising recreational cannabis is hotting up, as the general election on 19 September nears. It will be put to a referendum vote. The New Zealand Drug Foundation’s Vote Yes campaign has a lot of money, high-profile people, and adept social media skills behind it. The Say Nope to Dope campaign is backed by … Read More

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Time to take a breath on port decisions


I fail to see why there is the perceived need to rush into moving Ports of Auckland, or the rush to pick a favourite to replace it. So, I was pleased to see the Government release, this week, a sensible and measured report that stopped the push to develop Northport in its tracks. The promises … Read More

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Shovel-ready – the misleading catchcry of 2020


On Monday this week, New Zealand’s capital city ground to a grid-locked halt for five hours because of a small slip on State Highway 2. This shows us a number of things to be concerned about. The city predicted to be hit by a big earthquake any day now has no transport resilience; the management … Read More

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Know what you are voting for


It seems every time you tune into social media you get hit with the New Zealand Drug Foundation’s ‘Vote Yes’ campaign to legalise recreational cannabis. The Drug Foundation wants people to vote yes in the upcoming election referendum. A yes vote will allow the Cannabis Legislation and Control Bill to progress through normal processes into … Read More

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Freight dismissed in Wellington’s road plans


Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) is a misnomer for road freight transport and the purpose of the capital city’s airport and sea port connections to the rest of the world are seemingly irrelevant in its plans. The anti-road, anti-fossil fuel ideologues have taken over and the project could be seen as getting Wellington moving for … Read More

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Looking to a green freight future


One of the positive outcomes of the Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand was it initiated a greater understanding by Government of both the necessity and the many inter-connected parts of moving freight. Road freight transport presents a conundrum for this Government. They don’t like fossil-fuelled trucks on roads, but they need them. We have an … Read More

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Show me the money tree


As I look this week at another bunch of speed limit cuts around the country, I have to say, show me the money tree. Anyone who thinks we should be slowing down the economy in the middle of a global pandemic that is putting companies out of business and workers out of jobs like never … Read More

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