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Newtown meeting threatens fare revolt

A near-capacity crowd at the Newtown Community Centre last night aired their frustrations at Wellington’s public transport system.

Over 100 people attended the meeting, with many speaking out against the changes that have continued to cause problems for passengers and drivers since 15 July.

Event organiser Kara Lipski said that a public strike on fare payments could be a possible form of protest action if the public gained the support of bus drivers.

The meeting was attended by Wellington City Councillors Chris Calvi-Freeman and Sarah Free, as well as GWRC chair Chris Laidlaw and councillors Ian McKinnon, Daran Ponter and Roger Blakeley. They were not invited to speak to the meeting.

A comprehensive RNZ report is here:

Three further public meetings will be held at the end of the month and early September.

A meeting on Wellington buses, hosted by Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Daran Ponter and Rongotai MP Paul Eagle, will take place on Sunday 26 August from 3:00pm at St Patrick’s College, Kilbirnie.

A meeting on the Wellington bus network, hosted by Daran Ponter, will take place on Thursday 30 August from 7:30pm at the Karori Community Centre, 7 Beauchamp Street, Karori.

A meeting on Miramar buses, hosted by Daran Ponter and Paul Eagle MP will take place on Thursday 6 September from 7:30pm at Gateway Baptist Church, 33 Park Road, Miramar.