About Us

The Campaign for Better Transport is a politically independent, voluntary incorporated society which is committed to better transport alternatives for Auckland and New Zealand. It is run by a committee that meets on a monthly basis.

Cameron Pitches, Convenor

Cameron has been the Convenor of the Campaign for Better Transport since its inception in 2002. Prior to that, Cameron administered the website for a the predecessor Campaign for Public Transport organisation.

Professionally, Cameron is a consultant software architect, specialising in Oracle and SQL Server databases, and custom desktop and website development.

Dr. Graham Bush, Secretary

For thirty years Graham Bush lectured in Political Studies at the University of Auckland where he was in charge of the Diploma in Local Government & Administration. He is also the author of four books on Auckland and has been a media commentator on Auckland issues for four decades. From 1999 until 2007 he was a member of the Auckland Regional Land Transport Committee.

Ross Galloway, Treasurer


Committee Members:

Cr Graeme Easte

Graeme is a founding member of the Campaign for Better Transport, and is also a member of Walk Auckland and Living Streets.   Graeme is also a current Auckland City Councillor, representing the Western Bays ward.

Garth Houltham

Garth has lived in Auckland all his life. He is a Primary School Teacher who currently works as a Reliever throughout Auckland. He has a passion for history, is a mad keen family historian and was a foundation member of the Onehunga Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists.  He is currently the Research Officer for the New Zealand Fencible Society. Garth is also an active member of The Onehunga Enhancement Society. He has been a CBT member for 3 years and was the Co-ordinator of the successful campaign to have the Onehunga Railway line reopened.

Jennifer Northover

Jennifer has various undergrad and postgrad qualifications from Auckland and Massey Universities in science, commerce and systems.  Jennifer has held senior consultancy roles at KPMG and prior to that with Ernst Young.

Currently Jennifer contracts to organisations to design and implement solutions for business improvement, generally with a focus on the interface between the business operations and supporting systems.

Jennifer has done a lot of work in the local government sector, and currently works for Local Government Online developing and managing online interactive forms for local and territorial authorities.

Jodi Johnston

Jodi, at 22, is the youngest member of the Campaign for Better Transport Executive. He has lived in Auckland all his life, and is in his fifth year studying a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Property majoring in Accounting and Commercial Law at the University of Auckland. He has been interested in transport issues since secondary school, and feels that transport modes need to be used in appropriate situations. He has also became an unofficial transport expert among the various students of the University of Auckland .He joined the Campaign for Better Transport in 2008, and is an eager contributor to the Campaign for Better Transport Forum.

Matt Lowrie

Matt Lowrie is an analyst that spends an inordinate amount of his spare time on the Auckland Transport Blog

Our Vision

What’s the Problem?

Most Aucklanders agree that traffic congestion is a problem.  Auckland has an extensive motorway network that has received hundreds of millions of dollars of funding in recent years.  However, in spite of this traffic delays still occur, particularly at peak times when large numbers of single occupant vehicles take to the road.

It seems obvious that a better solution is to invest in so called alternative transport options so that people aren’t forced to use their cars to get to work, education or leisure activities.  It also follows that if more people use public transport, then there will be less traffic on the roads so that even those that don’t use public transport, such as the road freight industry, benefit. The same argument applies to enabling walking and cycling throughout Auckland.

Equitable funding for all (Auckland) transport modes

  • A framework for funding that reduces fossil fuel dependency
  • A funding system that does not favour roads
  • Transparent decision making on transport issues

Extension of Auckland rail lines to major population centres

  • Rail Tracks – Onehunga / Wiri-Manukau City Centre / Southdown-Avondale / Kumeu-Northcote
  • Rail Services – West to Helensville, South to Tuakau, Hamilton and Wellington

Improvement of rail infrastructure to meet urban passenger and freight needs

  • Electrification of rail lines in Auckland region
  • Lengthening of rail station platforms to accommodate full length of trains used
  • Create policy on rail freight needs (including track capacity and need for more tracks on routes)

Development of an Integrated Transport Network

  • Covering rail/road/ferries/cycles/pedestrian
  • Development of Newmarket rail station as major transport hub
  • Shifted emphasis from single CBD/Britomart hub to multiple hubs at regional mode junctions
  • Integration of tickets, fares and schedules between transport modes
  • Better land use strategies and town planning to reduce trip demand
  • Develop arterial ferry routes

Intelligent use of roads and motorways

  • Creation of more and better High Occupance Vehicle arterial lanes and carparks
  • Discourage single occupant vehicles
  • Encourage broader benefit cost benefit analysis for roading projects

Extension of walkway and cycleway networks

  • Creation of arterial cycleways and walkways
  • Construct walkway and cycleway across Auckland harbour bridge

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