COMMENT: By Greg Treadwell

Nikki Kaye's intervention into the Waiheke ferry debacle is welcome but there's a strong sense of rather trop tard about it all.

An urgent investigation by the MP into outright hostility that erupted last week over unreliable ferry services to the Hauraki Gulf island belies decades of neglect from governments, both left and right.

Too long has the essential public transport route been at the mercy of a relentless commercial attitude, with both central and local government watching, hands in pockets for one reason or another, from the sidelines.

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This week's conflict on the wharves and

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