Newsroom: Pat Baskett, an Auckland writer and climate activist, laments the number of opportunities we’ve missed to improve public transport in New Zealand, arguing a lack of action on reducing CO2 from car and truck exhausts is unthinkable. Dr Timothy F. Welch, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning, further suggests that affordable public transport is not a luxury or liability – it’s a basic human right. “Public transportation isn’t meant to be profitable,” he says.