Stupidity rules (once again)


Lost in yesterday’s controversial decision by the Geographical Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) to insist on a Whanganui instead of the current Wanganui was their decision on what to call the new railway station at Khyber Pass.

BOSTON RD: The temporary station moves to Khyber Pass to be called Grafton

BOSTON RD: The temporary station moves to Khyber Pass to be called Grafton

It comes as no surprise that the Wellington-based board has decided to go with Grafton instead of the obvious one-  Khyber Pass.

Once again stupidity rules.

Auckland, unlike Wellington, doesn’t have clear boundaries between villages. You can live in one part of Auckland and find several possibilities of which actual suburb you live in because the boundaries are so blurred. But when you get off a train at a stop named by a suburb, you should expect to be in the heart of that suburb.

We continue to create confusion for passengers who already have a bad experience on the train.

The other day a woman got on the train to go to Mt Eden railway station to visit the excellent Time Out bookshop in the Mt Eden village.

I tried to convince her Mt Eden station was more at the bottom of Symonds St near TV3 and she would have a heck of a long hike to get to Mt Eden by which time the bookshop would be closed.

She got off at Mt Eden insisting they wouldn’t have called it Mt Eden railway station if it wasn’t at Mt Eden village.

Good luck to the person who catches a train to go to the Grafton dairy thinking Khyber Pass Station is the heart of Grafton. It’s sort of close but Khyber Pass is famous enough to be well known as Khyber Pass.

I hope people who get off at Grafton and get confused and lost sue the Geographical Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) for distress.

You’ve got three months to point out to the board its foolishness. See my earlier post on how to do this.

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  1. James Pole says:

    At least they didn’t call it Park Road! The names of certain stations on the network are far too specific — Fruitvale Road being an excellent example.


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