We all hate Mike Hosking.
That is righteous and that is proper and his most recent column stating he is considering leaving Auckland was met with the usual howls of mirth and people begging him to do so.
But what he is articulating is actually a very visceral scream by many, many, many Aucklanders who hate the gridlock we are now living with.
We are all left asking the question, ‘Sweet Jesus, how long does it take to build a fucking cycle lane in Auckland??????”
Are these the pyramids of the modern world are they? Complicated engineering feats beyond the capacity of today’s machines?
Just. Build. The. Bloody. Things!
I’ve lived in Auckland for 40 years, 25 of those years in central Auckland, and I can say without a shadow of a doubt it’s never been a shittier time to live here.
The gridlock, the fucking gridlock, just kills me. I don’t even own a car, never have! I do what I’m supposed to do, I walk, I catch public transport or I ride share, and yet every day, every single fucking day I am stuck in gridlock.
While I’m stuck in gridlock, I see more and more friends and family who can’t afford to live in the city that they were born into.
Local Government doesn’t set the immigration levels, central Government does, yet central Government does sweet fuck all in actually funding the infrastructure needs of the city coping with that influx.
Migrant workers and International students are exploited and cause huge pressures on housing and transport and central Government do nothing more than promise to build more bloody roads as if that’s the solution and not the endless exploitation of migrant workers, international students and intensive tourism.
Goff can tell us all that he’s managed to wrestle $9b in infrastructure, but none of us are benefitting from that, we are just stuck in the fucking gridlock. It’s like Simon Wilson bitching about cycle lanes, or Russel Brown bitching about cycle lanes or David Slack bitching about cycle lanes. At some point you just don’t care about fucking cycle lanes, you just want to get to your fucking destination across town in less than 4 hours!
By the way, let’s just comment quickly on the joy of ‘Enhancing K Rd’
We all have to say how wonderful it is that K Rd is being dug up for some bullshit cycle lane thing, and how great it is to have K Rd dug up and what a joy it is to have K Rd dug up because if anyone DARE criticise it an enraged Russel Brown will declare a militant cycle Fatwa on you and demand you are cancelled by the woke.
So. Yay, my favourite street is shit.
2.7million tourists pour into Auckland via the airport every year, gridlocking the roads around the airport. Immigration draws in tens of thousands every year, gridlocking the city and those floating swine palaces, the cruise ships, block off the waterfront whenever they visit.
All those new roads the Government are borrowing billions for will result in the exact same gridlock of building that Auckland is currently being strangled by.
We may all righteously hate Mike Hosking, but he is articulating a real rage that is going to be exploited by National in the election despite National’s underfunding of infrastructure and exploitation of migration for the entire decade they were in power being the root cause of this gridlock.