the huge subsidy to driving

The EU has calculated its subsidy to driving is €500 billion per year.

Also, even at the current low rates of walking and cycling due to unpleasant traffic environments:

“Due to positive health effects, cycling is an external benefit worth €24 billion per year and walking €66 billion per year.”

In NZ, the subsidy to driving per capita will be significantly higher than it is in Europe due to our sprawl and high car dependency.

This information could be useful when you are face-to-face with regressive car dependent people complaining about spending money on cycleways or arguing against the changes to our systems that would boost cycling numbers, such as 30 km/hr speeds. Cycleways give us a return on investment. Roads are what cost too much.

Sewage Contamination in the Sea

Recently Sandi and Heidi had a meeting with a member of the Central City Residents’ Group in order to discuss the Stop Auckland’s Sewage Overflows Coalition (SASOC). As Transition Town Pt Chevalier has members keen to try to stop sewage going into the sea, we thought it was good to learn more about this campaign. There was also some other common ground, which could lead to possibly supporting each other.

  1. SASOC. It’d be good to be able to put Transition Town Pt Chev’s name to support this cause, but I want to understand fully the cost and technical differences between separating sewage and stormwater, vs building the new interceptor. To this end, I’ve been given a contact name at Watercare and will communicate with them. Hopefully I’ll be able to satisfy myself that the central interceptor is at least as sound a concept as separating the stormwater from the sewerage, in which case I will recommend to TTPC that we support the SASOC campaign. One of the major issues is that the quality of stormwater entering our harbours in the separated systems is highly toxic, due to road runoff, and providing distributed treatment systems is expensive.
  2. Other ways to prevent stormwater entering the combined system should be implemented. Rainwater tanks that feed laundry, toilet (and perhaps even hot water) are used in Australia. Widespread installation of these tanks throughout the regions that feed the sewerage system would ease the peak stormwater loads, as the drawdown of water in the tanks for these uses means there is capacity for new stormwater, even in the middle of winter. Rainwater tanks that just feed the garden – though good for the garden and lowering the water demand – do not provide this stormwater peak relief for the network.
  3. Emergency composting toilets. The skillset around establishing and using composting toilets is an important one to develop for resiliency during civil emergencies. As a way of introducing the public to the concept, perhaps Civil Defense could install public composting toilets around the city.
  4. Parking levies are necessary in Auckland. One of the big costs that the driving mode imposes on society is through the impact of parking spaces. Carparks in the suburbs spread amenities apart, turning a walkable environment into one with long distances that are easier to drive. They contribute to road runoff issues. They are a poor use of space in the central city where 57,000 people live, and which is the densest residential area in the country – all the ground level carparks there should be plazas or parks for residents and visitors to use. And worst of all, they induce driving. If Auckland introduced parking levies at the level that Sydney has them, there would be $137.5 million of revenue per year – although this would drop as landowners shift the carparks to better uses.
  5. Intensification is a tool for assisting a more compact, people-friendly urban form.

good articles on carbon emissions reductions from better transport planning

A couple of good articles showing that we are right to push for cycleways and better walking amenity as an important way to reduce carbon emissions. Transport carbon emissions are big, and the easiest thing to target while also improving our lifestyle and health.

Simon Wilson:


Transition Town Point Chevalier presents:

The Point Chevalier Treasure Hunt !

A fun, free event for the whole family and neighbourhood.

When: Sunday, November 8th , 1 – 4 pm

Where: All over Point Chevalier

1 pm start at Pt. Chevalier Library – Finish at Coyle Park

Bring your whole family, friends and lively spirits and travel around Point Chevalier collecting clues that piece together an understanding of our suburb’s amazing history and natural beauty.

You can choose a leisurely walk to find clues and surprises, go hard out on your bicycle or scooter to cover the distance, or just sit back amongst the hustle and bustle. There will be something for everyone to participate in and enjoy!

If you are interested in getting involved and helping out please contact us !

Bicylces (singles and tandems) can be rented on the day from Adventure Cycles in Pt. Chevalier. For more info contact them directly under (09) 940 2453 or email.

Rediscover Point Chevalier and have fun for the whole neighborhood! Come and spend a playful action-packed Sunday with your whanau and neighbors. Bring your whole family, friends and lively spirits. Travel around Pt. Chevalier collecting clues that piece together an understanding of our suburb’s amazing history and natural beauty. Share conversations about how we want our suburb to be in the future. You can choose a leisurely walk to find clues and surprises, go hard out on your bicycle or scooter to cover the distance, or just sit back amongst the hustle and bustle. There will be something for everyone to participate in and enjoy !

Mission Statement

Transition Point Chevalier is committed to creating an inclusive, cooperative, compassionate, fun-loving and vibrant community in Point Chevalier, by living and acting locally, applying sustainable practices and developing community resilience.

The basis for the statement comes from a community hui in which the following values and actions were offered as guiding ideas by the participants. 


Being own to new things, compassion, consciousness, cooperation, creativity, fun, growth / learning, health, inclusiveness, interdependence, positivity, respect, sense of belonging, sharing, trust, vibrance.


Awareness raising, being positive, buying locally produced products, composting (toilets), cooperative buying and selling, empowering others, fair trade organic super market, informing others, kaitiakitanga (stewardship), listening, making submissions to council plans, manaakitanga (taking care of each other), more environmental education, planting vegetables and fruit trees, rain tanks, recycling, riding your bike, singing in groups, small actions and events, talking with your neighbours, walking, wind and solar power, worm farms.

Transition Point Chevalier (TPC) House Rules

Purpose of the monthly meetings

  • for generating new actions and ideas
  • for subgroups to share news of their activities and useful information that may benefit other groups
  • as an opportunity for people to connect and network
  • for anyone interested in TPC to find out more and be welcomed
  • to endorse subgroups
  • to provide continuity of focus for the purpose of TPC and to build forward momentum

Structure of the monthly meetings

  • welcome and introduction by the chair, with a brief summary of what TPC is and does
  • quick round of self introduction, possibly followed by a relationship-building exercise and an overview of the structure of the meeting. [1]
  • setting the agenda – created fresh each meeting by the participants and chair, includes time allocations for each item and update from each subgroup
  • may have a theme of the night

Decision making at the monthly meetings

  • Consensus decision-making is the desired model. This means that the issue needs to be explored until everybody agrees on a decision. It does not mean that everyone believes the decision to be the best option; rather that everyone agrees that they can live with this decision in the best interests of the group moving forward.
  • Where a decision has not been reached by consensus in the time allocated for that issue, the Chair has the ultimate authority to defer the decision to a subsequent meeting or to use an alternative decision-making process such as “majority” or “consensus minus one”, depending on the urgency and gravity of the issue.
  • Tasks and responsibilities will arise which require people to undertake roles, in which decision-making is required. Some of these roles will be general responsibilities; others will be specific to certain tasks.
  • Decision-making in a role should be based on the perceived greater interest of TPC, not personal agenda.
  • Where someone in a decision-making role has a vested interest in the decision, this should be stated in advance of accepting the role.

Chair of the monthly meetings

  • The chair will be assigned at a prior meeting. This scheduling will take place in the next fortnight. Anyone interested in chairing one of the meetings should approach a member of the steering group tonight after the meeting.
  • The chair will introduce the meeting and concept of TPC.
  • The chair shall check the actions on the minutes of the previous meeting before the meeting and place on the agenda only those items which need to be discussed.
  • The chair will facilitate the pace of the meeting and ensure that time frames are kept.
  • If people wish to put an item on the agenda and/or have it advertised in advance of the meeting, they need to contact the chair of the meeting. A list of meeting chairs and contact details will appear on the website.


  • A point-of-contact person is required. Like all roles, this role shall be filled by any individual only temporarily.
  • The point of contact person can make decisions about how to respond to queries about TPC. It is suggested that for complex decisions she or he attempt to consult with other TPC members for advice.
  • The point-of-contact should report back to the monthly meeting a brief summary of any communications.
  • Ruth MacClure is the initial point-of-contact person.

Media Spokesperson

  • One spokesperson, or ideally several, are required. Like all roles, these roles shall be filled by any individual only temporarily.
  • The media person can discuss TPC with external organisations as he or she sees fit. It is suggested that for major opportunities, he or she attempt to consult with other TPC members as to their interest in participating.
  • Each spokesperson shall report back to the monthly meeting a brief summary of any communications.
  • Finn Mackesy and Niki Harre are the initial spokespeople.


  • Any resident of Point Chevalier – or anyone with a strong connection to Point Chevalier – can propose a subgroup.
  • Subgroups need to be endorsed by the monthly meeting.
  • To be considered for endorsement, subgroups shall provide to a monthly meeting a Statement of Purpose and a description of how this links to the TPC’s Statement of Purpose.
  • Subgroups shall send at least one representative to each monthly meeting, who shall report on the subgroup’s news and activities.
  • Each subgroup needs the contact details of a contact person to be put on the web page.
  • Subgroups may act without referring decisions to the monthly meetings.
  • Subgroups shall decide on their own decision-making processes, as and when they need to.
  • Subgroups are encouraged to network with existing groups in related fields.
  • Any person present at a monthly meeting can query whether the reported activities of a subgroup are within TPC’s vision.
  • The chair can ask a Subgroup to report back on how their activities are within TPC’s vision, or to lose their endorsement as a Subgroup.

Photo Gallery

Our first photo taken at the Steering Group meeting on 26 July 2008.
From left to right: Guido, Finn, Ruth, Niki, Jo, Lucie and Heidi.

We are catching up with publishing our event photos since 2008 so this might take a while to complete.

Here our first entry from 2008:
Point Chevalier Treasure Hunt – 8 November 2008

Here some pics from our Fleamarket and Neighbours Day on 7 April 2019.

Some photos on the redesign of our annual beds at DSCG end of April 2019.