Firstly, let me state that I have immense admiration for Napier and the wonderful idea of putting the two Art Deco-style busses into operation. You have a city that draws me and I wish I could visit far more. The idea of bring the two busses into service is great and I am sure that thousands will come to love them once they are able to take advantage of this new venture.
But, why did the city not bring in the busses in a more ‘raw state’ and let NZ workers bring them up to our robust standards. It could have provided jobs and used the existing skills of our workers. Now you have to wait while the firm in Tauranga fixes up what can only be described as crappy workmanship.
Still, I can’t wait to try them out. Go for it. Maybe Auckland can buy some ‘themed’ busses—a variety of fun themes come to mind. New Plymouth--- get some themed mini-busses, travelling from ‘Surf to Mountain’ or larger ‘Around the Mountain busses. Maybe Jim Hicky can give it kick along.