Not so much Golden Arches as Jaundiced Arches for those who ate a late burger at the Greenlane McDonalds on December 15th. A food handler (not a comforting term in this context) has sparked a public health hepatitis alert after working a late shift while highly infectious.
A key feature of the new $207m Central Motorway Junction are the ramp lights which help phase traffic from the on ramps onto the motorways. What a shame then that Transit have switched them off until January 8th, saying that that not enough operators have been rostered over the holidays to monitor the new signals.
I have two questions:
- $207 million and we have signals that need humans to monitor them?
- Not enough staff rostered?
and two comments:
- I understand the need for folks to watch CCTV feeds and phase things accordingly in the past but in the age of advanced modeling and intelligent transport systems, this is the best we can do?
- Back in mid-December, the Transit big cheese Rick van Barnveld said that the “Christmas period is a crucial time [for the implementation of this scheme] when we don’t have peak traffic flows” and pleaded for Aucklanders to work with them. It’s a shame his HR and Operations managers weren’t listening.
photo: Michael Tarry
If you’re here looking for places to go and things to do for New Year’s Eve in Auckland, let me point you in the right direction.
Families with younger kids who love to party should head over to Auckland Zoo for the Buzz Junior Jungle Rock Party where, to the cheers of the parents and the boos of the kids, the party will see in the New Year at 2100hrs.
One of the glorious things about summer in Auckland is the profusion of Jacarandas and Bougainvilleas in bloom at this time of year. I know they’re both imported trees but the intensity of their colours – red and purple – is fabulous. I am fortunate to have a Scarlet O’Hara Bougainvillea Scarlet O’Hara Bougainvillea growing over the back of my house and out my lounge window can see a Jacaranda is all its purple glory. Fantastic!
The residents of Franklin Road in Auckland are renown for their annual Christmas light displays. In the spirit of Christmas, I thought I’d link to other Auckland bloggers and Flickr folk who have posted on these festive folk’s frolics.
PJ – with an eye for the quirky
Idle Vice – taking the organisers to task
Click Attack – the lights at dusk
Robyn Gallagher – photographing the unlit lights
NZPA – the stock shots from the pros
The Government has fudged their ‘get tough on fireworks’ stance with a ‘neither one thing nor the other’ . Environment Minister David Benson-Pope has said that fireworks will only be sold for three days next year, only to those over 18 and that sparklers will only be sold as part of larger fireworks packs.
“What do you mean you ‘can only get sparklers’!”
The Government maintains that (i) those selling fireworks will break the law if they sell fireworks to people under 18 and (ii) those buying them will have to present identification in the same way as purchasing tobacco or alcohol. These same measures haven’t prevented underage drinking and smoking so quite how they will prevent vandalism, arson, injuries and lifelong scarring I’m not sure.
The inhabitants of the police station at the bottom of our road changed their name this afternoon. No longer will they be officers of North Shore/Waitakere/Rodney and Auckland Metro Road Policing. Top cop Viv Rickard announced that they’ve shed the quadruple-barreled moniker with officers now comprising part of the slimmer, sleeker Waitemata Police District.