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Waka Paddle to Gas Pedal: The First Century of Auckland Transport (Part One Book 1) by [Mexsom, Keith]
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Length: 406 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
Language: English
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Waka Paddle to Gas Pedal - The First Century of Auckland Transport - describes the evolution of Auckland's transport systems in terms of the aspirations and activities of various businessmen, planners, engineers, and politicians and the ensuing success and failure of their enterprises between 1840 and 1940. The story tells of how national and local parochialism and the propensity for many Aucklanders to reap a harvest of capital gains by speculating in land have been responsible for the delay and failure of many transport initiatives.
Throughout history, the progress of nations has been driven by visionaries and their ambitions. But only those ambitions realised are remembered. The misses, even the near misses, are soon archived and forgotten.
During the development of their various transport systems, there has been no lack of ambition expressed by Aucklanders struggling with the challenges of travelling and trading across their isthmus and beyond. Unfortunately for the present-day commuter and trader, and for reasons as diverse as the thousands of vehicles that now choke the City's roads, precious few ambitions were realised. This is the story of those that succeeded, but mostly of those that failed, and how.
The story provides some explanation to those thousands of motorists who now crawl, seemingly forever, along Auckland's roads; those with plenty of time to ponder, how did I get here?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1929 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0646965875
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Keith Mexsom; 1 edition (9 October 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M61OVWF
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #762,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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