Heads should roll, writes Simon Wilson. Auckland Transport is preparing to ask for government funding to build an expensive and inefficient bus route through the central city, blocking plans for a new park, despite its own analysis revealing it has chosen the wrong option. Why?
Do the Devonport nimbys have a point? Is it good enough to settle for developments that are merely 'good enough'? Simon Wilson reports on the retirement village project that has big implications for the whole city.
Prime Minister Bill English made his big pre-Budget speech in Wellington yesterday. He mentioned Auckland exactly zero times. Is this a deliberate election-year strategy, asks Simon Wilson.
While Labour Party stalwarts mop up the blood after last night’s 'emergency discussions' to review the importance of Willie Jackson, Simon Wilson takes a scalpel to the outcome.
Jacob Kear, a chef from “the best restaurant in the world”, has taken over the stoves at Clooney in Freeman’s Bay. Some of the local critics have raved, but not all of them. How good is he really, and how good has he made the restaurant, and how much would you pay anyway?
The minister of finance just announced a multi-billion dollar spend up - and Auckland should be very worried. Simon Wilson explains how the government’s traffic plans are badly stuck.
Auckland Transport wants a rail line from the CBD to the airport, and so does Council. Then why does a start date seem further away than ever? Simon Wilson examines what’s gone wrong and how to make it right in the dispute over rail to the airport.
Here’s a quick and easy and inexpensive way we can all get more excited about Auckland. Change the names of things! No really – Simon Wilson is serious about this.