Design Work for Whangaparaoa Road Upgrade
20 November 2012
Design Work for Whangaparaoa
Auckland Transport is moving to the
detailed design stage for the upgrade of the 1.6km section
of Whangaparaoa Road from Hibiscus Coast Highway to Red
Beach Road. It has appointed GHD Consultants Ltd to carry
out the design.
The proposed upgrade sees Whangaparaoa
Road becoming a four-lane road by adding two lanes to the
south of the existing road, alterations and additions to
underground services such as stormwater and wastewater, and
putting the power lines underground.
An assessment was
completed last year, and the preferred option for widening
the road was decided on following public displays in August
The 1.6km section of the road reached its
capacity of 25,000 vehicle movements a day in 2009. The
upgrade to Whangaparaoa Road is a priority because Penlink,
the second access to the peninsula, is on hold for the
Letters have been dropped off at
homes and businesses where GHD need to access properties to
carry out surveys to assist with the design work. A web
page is being set up on the Auckland Transport
© Scoop Media
On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>