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New Zealand Herald: Increasing levels of black soot

Nov. 13, 2018, 12:29 p.m.

Electric buses, modern trams and pedestrianising may help rid Queen St of black carbon.

Wellington regional council spending thousands a month to help bus network

Nov. 8, 2018, 12:26 p.m.

Wellington's regional council is paying $150,000 a month to add extra buses to its ailing new network.

Bus 'accidents' triple in first month of Wellington's new network

Nov. 5, 2018, 6:44 p.m.

First month of capital's beleaguered new bus network saw reported "accidents" triple in number.

More details of Wellington bus network review revealed

Oct. 31, 2018, 10:05 p.m.

The outline of an independent review of Wellington's bus network has been revealed.

At least 30 Wellington bus routes need fixing as network continues to struggle

Oct. 30, 2018, 9:13 a.m.

A plan has been hatched to fix Wellington's bus problems, but it'll require plenty of changes.

Union calls end to Wellington bus driver strike with mediation to come

Oct. 29, 2018, 10:21 p.m.

Tramways Union insists bus strike had 'desired effect' despite almost 97 per cent of services running unaffected on opening day.

Tranzit blames Basin Reserve flyover and children for Wellington bus route chaos

Oct. 26, 2018, 10:07 a.m.

The troubled new operator of Wellington’s bus routes has blamed misinformation for the city's bus chaos.

MPs, union, and companies in harmony: Capital bus overhaul too big, too quick

Oct. 25, 2018, 10:48 p.m.

In a rare show of unity, rival MPS, a union, and bus company are in agreement: Wellington's bus council was warned.

A podcast from Bryan Trump: Getting around in Wellington

Oct. 24, 2018, 10:39 a.m.

Every journey starts with a single step, perhaps some of them could do with a few more… I’ve been a broadcaster for half my life, and a good proportion of that ...

Newshub: Can Wellington's bus woes be fixed?

Oct. 7, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

It's been claimed Auckland had the same level of change, but overcame the hurdles.

Karl du Fresne: A glittering career reaches the end of the line

Oct. 4, 2018, 8:50 a.m.

OPINION: It's sad to see Chris Laidlaw's career come to this.

Angry protesters storm regional council meeting over Wellington bus driver dispute.

Oct. 3, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

Wellington bus drivers and union members demand resolution to contract dispute.

Transport Minister Phil Twyford continues to rule out intervening in Wellington bus network fiasco

Oct. 1, 2018, 1:42 p.m.

Calls are growing in Wellington for Government help fixing the city's chaotic bus network, but the transport minister's not budging.

Wellington's transport planners move to fast-track approval for light rail. Could, might, maybe, perhaps

Sept. 30, 2018, 5:40 p.m.

Light rail could be approved for Wellington within the next two years.

Light rail is on the list, says Twyford

Sept. 29, 2018, 11:41 a.m.

Seeing will be believing. ReVolt webmaster contends it won't happen in his lifetime.

Regional council says 'real story' must come out about Wellington bus fiasco following 'media frenzy'

Sept. 29, 2018, 10:08 a.m.

The regional council has called on staff to tell the "real story" about Wellington's new bus network.

Regional Council says it would do little differently if it could roll out Wellington's new bus network again

Sept. 27, 2018, 7:03 p.m.

Council deflects blame for Wellington's bus network fiasco, while saying problems will soon be fixed.

Extra services promised on 12 Wellington bus routes as backlash over new network continues

Sept. 26, 2018, 11:03 a.m.

Commuters on 12 Wellington bus routes to get more services within a few weeks.

Audit-General writes to Regional Council on public’s concerns about buses

Sept. 25, 2018, 3:31 p.m.

The Regional Council is also planning some evaluative work beginning next calendar year. NEXT YEAR !

"The Standard" Wellington bus debacle deeply damaging to Govt’s transport policy

Sept. 25, 2018, 10:18 a.m.

Wellington has been the poster city for public transport in Aotearoa, but the debacle of introducing the hated hub system to Wellington’s bus system not only th...

How to fix the (Wellington City) buses

Sept. 25, 2018, 10:04 a.m.

Roy Murphy comments from a practical perspective. GWRC should listen to practical people instead of theorists.

Greater Auckland Comments on Wellington's transport issues

Sept. 25, 2018, 9:54 a.m.

Reader comments are a must read.

Wellington's controversial new bus hubs to be reviewed as some are still being built

Sept. 25, 2018, 9:45 a.m.

Controversial Wellington bus hubs to be reassessed as some are still being built.

The evidence against more Wellington motorways

Sept. 24, 2018, 4:02 p.m.

Russell Tregonning's view on how more roads will not assist alleviating traffic congestion

Visually-impaired Wellington resident hit hard by bus changes

Sept. 24, 2018, 11:41 a.m.

Partially-sighted resident Tania Konia has missed all her doctors appointments for two months.

How did transport planners get Wellington's new bus network so wrong?

Sept. 21, 2018, 5:34 p.m.

Wellington's new bus system was years in the making - but is now a headache with no immediate painkiller.

Bus drivers are 'stakeholders' too, and they just want a fair deal

Sept. 20, 2018, 10:19 a.m.

OPINION: They just want a fair deal, otherwise industrial action may be taken.

Recommended by Greater Wellington Regional Council confirms urgent review into bus debacle

Sept. 20, 2018, 10:17 a.m.

After two months, and headache after headache, Wellington's bus system will be "urgently" independently reviewed.

Wellington passengers left behind due to small buses

Sept. 18, 2018, 6:22 p.m.

Nearly half of buses arriving during peak periods on one of Wellington's busiest routes are too small, figures for the regional council show.

Buses too small – council report identifies reason for overcrowded services

Sept. 18, 2018, 6:13 p.m.

GWRC blames operators for using smaller buses than contracted to do.

Some of Wellington's delayed new bus hubs won't be completed until February

Sept. 18, 2018, 1:15 p.m.

Transfers now counted as extra trips since bus system changeover.

Overcrowding on busy Wellington routes result of operator using buses which are too small

Sept. 18, 2018, 10:50 a.m.

Wellington bus operator sending out buses too small for the job on busy routes.

Dave Armstrong: It could be a long time in the cold for Wellington council's bus culprits

Sept. 18, 2018, 10:48 a.m.

OPINION: The guilty Wellington councillors could find themselves out of office for a long time.

How to describe the bus failures?

Sept. 17, 2018, 11:19 a.m.

Peter Kerr's comments are a must read

Council versus council in Wellington bus 'omnishambles'

Sept. 17, 2018, 9:56 a.m.

Wellington's city council has very little to do with the city's buses yet somehow it is shouldering the blame for the omnishambles.

[Stuff] Government select committee to 'grill' parties responsible for Wellington's bus network

Sept. 14, 2018, 9:43 a.m.

Regional council and NZTA expected to be "grilled" over Wellington's struggling ...

[Stuff] Greater Wellington Regional Council may order independent review into bus network debacle

Sept. 13, 2018, 1:47 p.m.

Regional council considering independent review into Wellington's bus network pr...

No shows (unconvincing) and complaints (convincing)

Sept. 12, 2018, 12:11 p.m.

Crs Donaldson and Laidlaw are not winning the public over.

[Stuff] Transport Minister had early concerns about Wellington's new bus system

Sept. 12, 2018, 9:10 a.m.

Transport Minister Phil Twyford disappointed commuters have borne brunt of bus s...

[Stuff] 1050 complaints in 11 days for Tranzit buses in Wellington

Sept. 12, 2018, 9:09 a.m.

Wellington bus company averaged 95 complaints per day for its first 11 days.

[Stuff] Wellington Mayor Justin Lester calls on regional councillors to show leadership over bus fiasco

Sept. 12, 2018, 9:07 a.m.

Mayor adds voice to Wellington's bus fiasco, urging regional councillors to ackn...

[Stuff] My suggestions for how council chief can fix Wellington's buses

Sept. 11, 2018, 9:25 a.m.

OPINION: Dave Armstrong's six-day plan for fixing Wellington's bus fiasco.

What must be changed, to fix the problems with Karori’s buses

Sept. 10, 2018, 5:13 p.m.

Mike Flinn comments on the Karori bus issues that he predicted in 2015

More than just a bad joke: the bustastrophe and the government

Sept. 9, 2018, 5:27 p.m.

Read, especially, the comment from Kerry dated 9 September. Very telling

Wellington bus network has become a joke - Labour MP

Sept. 8, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

The government may have to step in to fix Wellington's troubled bus network, say...

[Stuff] International "expert" flown into Wellington to sort out bus timetables

Sept. 7, 2018, 10:48 a.m.

An international expert has been flown in to fix the capital's bus timetable scr...

NZ Productivity Commission states that we must move away from fossil fuels

Sept. 6, 2018, 2:01 p.m.

Transitioning to zero net emissions by 2050: moving to a very low-emissions electricity system in New Zealand

[Stuff] Greater Wellington Regional Council chief executive to focus solely on fixing bus issues

Sept. 6, 2018, 12:54 p.m.

Greater Wellington Regional Council chief executive to work solely on fixing bus...

[Cook Strait News] Report on the Karori bus issues meeting 30 August.

Sept. 5, 2018, 7:15 p.m.

Independent Herald 05-09-18

Perth is looking at trackless trams. A solution for Wellington too ?

Sept. 5, 2018, 7:06 p.m.

Planning has begun on a new concept of public transport that experts believe wil...

[Stuff] A new level of "service" - Fewer seats on buses

Sept. 4, 2018, 12:36 p.m.

It wasn't just a bleary-eyed hallucination - this Wellington bus turned up minus...

[Stuff] Jane Bowron: A bus ride to agitation, anger and anxiety

Sept. 3, 2018, 11:52 a.m.

OPINION: The young Metlink employee at the bus stop sighed when I asked about th...

[TVNZ] Q+A 2 September. Continuing bus issues in Wellington.

Sept. 3, 2018, 11:40 a.m.

Whena Owen looks at why Wellingtonians are wild about their failing bus service.

[Podcast] Unwired: the state of Wellington’s bus system. Scroll to bottom of page and click Start icon

Aug. 31, 2018, 5:06 p.m.

  Two things convinced me back in 2016 that NZ was headed in the wrong direction...

[Stuff] Curtain to be lifted on Wellington's transport network future

Aug. 31, 2018, 1 p.m.

Wellington to learn which major proposals will receive Government backing.

Karori residents want Laidlaw to resign over bus failures

Aug. 31, 2018, 10:45 a.m.

Is it past time for out of touch councillors and GWRC/Metlink senior managers to consider other employment ?

[RNZ] Karori residents vent frustrations over new bus services

Aug. 31, 2018, 10:39 a.m.

Furious commuters packed into a Wellington school hall last night calling for he...

[RNZ] Wellington bus driver shares concern over rest breaks

Aug. 30, 2018, 10:13 p.m.

A Wellington bus driver told the Employment Relations Authority today that rest ...

[Talk Wellington] Driving Me Crazy by Helena Bailey

Aug. 30, 2018, 6:31 p.m.

Catching the bus now feels more stressful and less useful. Guest poster Helena B...

[Cook Strait News] See pages 2 and 3

Aug. 30, 2018, 2:24 p.m.

Cook Strait News 30-08-18

[Guardian UK] Air pollution causes ‘huge’ reduction in intelligence, study reveals

Aug. 29, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

Impact of high levels of toxic air ‘is equivalent to having lost a year of educa...

[Stuff] Dave Armstrong: My free plan for better Wellington buses

Aug. 28, 2018, 11:17 a.m.

OPINION: Bus rides are a contract. If the contract's broken, we shouldn't pay.

[Stuff] How did our council get the new bus service so terribly wrong?

Aug. 28, 2018, 11:16 a.m.

OPINION: The new bus system will never work because it is stupid.

[Stuff] Wellington officials plan to bust 'ghost buses' and improve timetables

Aug. 28, 2018, 11:14 a.m.

After an outpouring of commuter frustration, Wellington bus timetables on some r...

[RNZ] 300 Wellington bus users voice frustrations at meeting

Aug. 27, 2018, 6:09 p.m.

Wellington Regional Council will be making no more than minor changes to the new...

[TVNZ] Fierce criticism six weeks after Wellington introduces new bus network

Aug. 27, 2018, 2:16 p.m.

Commuters aired their concerns at a meeting in Kilbirnie today.

Bad timing with the bus hubs

Aug. 27, 2018, 10:55 a.m.

Construction of the bus hubs ought to have commenced months earlier.

[Stuff] Bus nightmare: Wellington council officials face jeers and abuse at fiery meeting

Aug. 26, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

Bureaucrats face the wrath of some bus users at a meeting to discuss the city's ...

An open letter about that AA rating (awarded to the GWRC)

Aug. 23, 2018, 12:26 p.m.

Just what were Local Government NZ thinking of !

[Stuff] Wellington bus drivers tell councillors they're tired, and it's a risk to public safety

Aug. 17, 2018, 11:43 a.m.

Exhaustion a ticking time bomb, city councillors are told.

[Cook Strait News] 16 Aug 2018 Pages 3, 4, 8

Aug. 16, 2018, 7:06 p.m.

Cook Strait News 16-08-18

[Independent Herald] 15 Aug 2018 Pages 4, 8, 11

Aug. 15, 2018, 7:12 p.m.

Independent Herald 15-08-18

[TVNZ] Seven Sharp looks at the dysfunctional new Wellington bus service (Facebook)

Aug. 15, 2018, 8:33 a.m.

Wellington's new bus network has been slammed by passengers. You may have heard ...

The cash fare rip-off

Aug. 14, 2018, 12:18 p.m.

Mike Flinn investigates unfair fares

Shakes, rattles and rumbles in Kowhai Park

Aug. 14, 2018, 11:19 a.m.

Noisy large buses unsuited for some areas are in service

[Stuff] Civil disobedience could be next step for disgruntled Wellington bus commuters

Aug. 13, 2018, 3:13 p.m.

Commuters could stop paying fares to send message about Wellington's battling bu...

How to fix Karori’s bus problems

Aug. 13, 2018, 10:52 a.m.

Another report from Mike Flinn

Wellington bus passengers may refuse to pay fares in protest at new service

Aug. 13, 2018, 9:43 a.m.

Fed up Wellington bus passengers should consider not paying their fares in prote...

[Stuff] Standing room only at 'fiery' meeting as Wellingtonians speak out on capital's buses

Aug. 13, 2018, 9:37 a.m.

A "generation of people" could be put off taking public transport in Wellington ...

How to fix the VUW bus problems

Aug. 12, 2018, 12:23 p.m.

Logical advice from Mike Flinn, again.

[Stuff] Putting the brakes on bus chaos – how to fix public transport tendering

Aug. 11, 2018, 9:38 a.m.

OPINION: Wellington's bus chaos comes at a time when drivers are already under h...

How to restore confidence in the buses?

Aug. 10, 2018, 3:29 p.m.

Karori resident Michael Lee comments

Where’s the apology from the GWRC ?

Aug. 9, 2018, 7:15 p.m.

Urgent action needed to address bus route issues.

Councillors admit bus problems, ask for more direct services and bigger buses

Aug. 9, 2018, 7:11 p.m.

Not enough buses on the routes, routes don't suit many of the passengers.

[RNZ] Wellington new bus services to change following complaints

Aug. 8, 2018, 8:02 p.m.

Just weeks after implementation, Greater Wellington Regional Council has today v...

Regional councillors told: bus problems are “regrettable”

Aug. 8, 2018, 7:17 p.m.

Excues, excuses, but when will frustrated bus users see action?

$763,000 grant for battery chargers. To charge converted old trolley buses with battery power .

Aug. 8, 2018, 5:18 p.m.

Trolley buses in storage may be converted to battery operation

[Stuff] Regional council says it got things 'terribly wrong' with Wellington's new bus network

Aug. 8, 2018, 5:14 p.m.

Wellington's public transport overseers admit things went "terribly wrong" with ...

[Stuff] Converted trolley buses among eclectic mix of electric vehicles to get subsidies

Aug. 7, 2018, 8:08 p.m.

Grant will pay for charging stations to power-up 50 converted trolley buses at d...

[RNZ] Wellington's old trolley buses are making a comeback

Aug. 7, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

John Campbell talks to Herwin Bongers of ReVolt and others

The shocking bus service

Aug. 7, 2018, 11:42 a.m.

Three weeks on and still the issues remain

[Stuff] Future changes to Wellington's new bus network 'inevitable' despite seven years of planning

Aug. 7, 2018, 9:54 a.m.

Despite seven years of planning, Wellington's new bus system will probably be "t...

[Stuff] Thousands spent on bus stops to avoid confusion between 'Johnsonville' and 'Miramar'

Aug. 7, 2018, 9:52 a.m.

The good folk of Broadmeadows had a new bus system installed so they wouldn't ge...

[Stuff] Dave Armstrong: When will councillors answer questions on Wellington's bustastrophe?

Aug. 7, 2018, 9:49 a.m.

OPINION: Regional councillors need to front up about Wellington's bustastrophe.

[BBC] Air quality: Diesel scrappage scheme being considered

Aug. 4, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

The scheme is part of the government's draft clean air plan, which critics dismi...

[Guardian] Air pollution linked to spikes in hospital and GP visits

Aug. 4, 2018, 10:24 a.m.

Study shows poor air quality leads to health problems and ‘should serve as a war...

[Guardian] Air pollution linked to changes in heart structure

Aug. 4, 2018, 10:18 a.m.

Study shows correlation between levels of exposure to fine particulate matter an...

Shortage of bus drivers: some Friday services cancelled

Aug. 3, 2018, 11:44 a.m.

"Why are we waiting" would be commuters chant at bus stops

[CookStraitNews] No charge at all

Aug. 3, 2018, 9:01 a.m.

Cook Strait News 02-08-18

[Stuff] Tranzit snubs MSD offer to pay $80,000 to train bus drivers for Wellington

July 28, 2018, 12:40 p.m.

First Tranzit was keen, anxious even, to get funding to train and recruit Wellin...

[CookStraitNews] Transport planners need a kick up the bum. See page 3.

July 26, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

Cook Strait News 26-07-18

Gordon Campbell on Wellington's bus experiment

July 26, 2018, 8:07 p.m.

Is the result a better, safer, cheaper, quicker and more convenient service than...

[Stuff] Cr Laban calls on Tramways Union and Tranzit to settle standoff

July 23, 2018, 8:14 p.m.

Standoff needs to be resolved for commuters' sake, Greater Wellington regional c...

[RNZ] Hutt Valley bus drivers to take industrial action

July 21, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

Hutt Valley Tranzit bus drivers have voted to protest what they call unlawful an...

[RNZ] New Wellingon bus routes: "I'm not entirely happy" - Laidlaw

July 20, 2018, 8:24 p.m.

Another six months was probably needed in order to successfully introduce radica...

[RNZ] Wellington bus drivers face 14 hour shifts - union

July 20, 2018, 8:21 p.m.

The roll out of new buses and bus routes in Wellington is continuing to be contr...

[RNZ] Wellington bus network overhaul: Ministry admits role in securing jobs for unemployed

July 20, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

Trained bus drivers were overlooked in favour of the unemployed in the overhaule...

[RNZ] Cr Ponter tries to make light of the shambles that is the new Wellington bus service

July 16, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

A seven-year-in-the-making overhaul of Wellington's bus service went down like a...

[Cook Strait News] Group ReVolts against Wellington City Council (See page 3)

July 12, 2018, 5:48 p.m.

Cook Strait News 12-07-18

[PDF] Letter to the Editor

July 11, 2018, 5:38 p.m.

[Stuff] Dave Armstrong on the state of Wellington's hit and miss bus services. Satire alert.

July 10, 2018, 5:37 p.m.

OPINION: Identify the culprit for our bus fiasco in this fun family board game.

[Stuff] Trevor Mallard slams bus event as celebration of lost jobs for 'my poorest neighbours'

July 9, 2018, 4:02 p.m.

Event at Parliament a celebration of lost jobs for his "poorest paid neighbours"...

Rostering and safety on the buses.

July 8, 2018, 5:36 p.m.

[RNZ] Environment minister Parker hits out at Greater Wellington Council electric double decker bus reveal.

July 5, 2018, 5:35 p.m.

The Environment Minister has called out the Greater Wellington Regional Council ...

[Stuff] Fully electric double deckers buses hit Wellington streets for the first time

July 5, 2018, 5:32 p.m.

The capital's first electric double-decker bus has hit the road, but can it hand...

[Stuff] Wellington's diesel buses "could" be phased out from 2019! Is this just window dressing or reality?

June 21, 2018, 5:33 p.m.

Wellington's commuter diesel bus fleet could start to be phased out as early as ...

[Stuff] Wellington's trolley buses could be destined for Auckland or Tauranga

June 18, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

Capital's old trolley buses could be sent to other cities if they're converted to battery buses.

[TVNZ] Wellington residential street turned into a diesel bus terminus 18 hours a day. (Facebook)

June 18, 2018, 5:34 p.m.

In Wellington's Seatoun new diesel buses have replaced the city's old electric o...

[Times] Noise impacts health

June 17, 2018, 9:22 p.m.

Traffic noise has become one of the UK’s most significant urban health threats, ...

[RNZ] GWRC's Roger Blakeley responds to claims over diesel buses. Incorrect statement towards end as Wellington will have mainly old diesel buses east - west to 2025.

June 17, 2018, 9:07 p.m.

Wellington Regional Councillor Roger Blakeley was at the meeting of residents in Seatoun on 13 June arranged by the ReVolt campaign group who wants to speed up the introduction of electric buses to Wellington.

[RNZ] Herwin of ReVolt interviewed by Wallace Chapman

June 17, 2018, 5:37 p.m.

A campaign group called ReVolt Wellington met with a group of Wellington City an...

[Stuff] Resident to spend tens of thousands to tackle bus noise pollution.

June 12, 2018, 5:34 p.m.

Wellington resident will spend $30,000 to soundproof his house from rowdy diesel...

[RNZ] Wage concerns prompt Government to rethink bus tendering using Public Transport Operating Model - NZTA. Alas the rethink has been deferred.

Nov. 3, 2017, 5:36 p.m.

The government is to look at reforming the competitive tendering system for choo...

[RNZ] Trolley buses cost $6m more a year than diesel - council

Oct. 28, 2017, 3:44 p.m.

Wellington's soon-to-be scrapped trolley buses cost about $6 million more to ope...

The dirty truth about Wellington buses - and why GWRC wants to keep it secret

Sept. 25, 2017, 6:12 p.m.

OPINION: Choking and spluttering in the wake of a sooty bus exhaust is something Wellington cyclist or pedestrian knows well.

Ratepayers and rush-hour commuters to pay for capital's public transport fare cuts

Aug. 4, 2017, 11:28 a.m.

Discounts aplenty on capital's public transport, but not for peak-hour commuters.

[RNZ] A big shake-up for the capital's bus fleet

June 16, 2017, 9:32 a.m.

Questions are being raised over whether the Wellington region can deliver on its...

[RNZ] $43m deal to power up city buses. (Failed Wrightspeed project)

April 21, 2016, 3:46 p.m.

NZ Bus owner Infratil plans to go part-electric for its bus services in Auckland...

[RNZ] Trolley buses to be axed

March 14, 2014, 3:23 p.m.

The Wellington Regional Council says the city's trolley bus lines are likely to ...