Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Government Should Come Clean

RAM media release 22.12.04

Government Should Come Clean on Secret Plans to Introduce Tolls

"The recent Environment Court's decision to grant Transit a six month extension to sort out the Orewa-Puhoi motorway was a premature decision" says Elaine West, Public Roads Spokesperson for RAM - Residents Action Movement.

"Essentially, the Environment Court and associated Commissioners by-passed a golden opportunity to recommend that Transit go to the source of the problem and seek a full and immediate explanation about the intentions of the Working Party set up by Transport Ministry officials and Treasury."

Ms West believes that New Zealanders are unwittingly entering a road pricing regime that Transport Ministry officials and Treasury have been shaping over time ­ without full public knowledge, public debate or public input.

She says that tolls and congestions fees are new Direct Road User Charges that Government will use to radically restructure the way New Zealanders have traditionally paid for public roads.

"And the Orewa to Puhoi motorway is tagged as the nation's 'toll road flag-bearer'."

She says "Government and Treasury officials are well aware that tactics such as delaying road construction along with increasing costs will wear down the public majority who oppose tolls."

"It is clear that most of the affected community do not want tolled roads as indicated in submissions and surveys. However, the public are being driven to frustration so that they will ultimately accept tolls as a means to an end."

"It comes as no surprise that the Orewa-Puhoi motorway costs have risen 20% on last August's figures (c.$300m-$385m) and quadrupled over eight years."

"And it also comes as no surprise that Government continues to unfairly target new road taxes from the same road users who already fund public roads through Road User Charges, petrol taxes, vehicle-related charges and income tax."

Ms West says: "The Government should come clean with its secret plans to introduce tolls and congestion fees on our public roads and the Environment Court should force the issue."

EDNS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need.

And I’m hedging with the ‘could well’ only because the Ardern government hasn’t yet spelled out whether the name change it has announced will also involve a rejection of the controversial use of Big Data to try and predict those children deemed to be at highest risk of inter-generational reliance on welfare support. More>>

 

Principals' Federation: End Of National Standards

Today the Minister of Education announced that the Government has stopped the controversial National Standards system of assessment and declared them an arbitrary measure which did not raise children's achievement as the previous Government intended. More>>

ALSO:

Public Good: People’s Report On Public Broadcasting And Media Presented

The People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media, was crowdfunded and was informed by an extensive consultation, seeking the views of both those working in Media as well as gathering input both online and in person from ordinary Citizens. More>>

ALSO:

RBNZ To RNZB: PM's Press Conference

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern was joined by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for Children Tracey Martin to announce the appointment of Adrian Orr as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank and the name change of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children to ‘Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children’. More>>

ALSO:

'Taming Globalised Capital': Why Is Labour Supporting Investment Rules In WTO?

‘Today, we learned the new government has added New Zealand’s name to a proposal designed to lead to foreign investment rules in the WTO at this week’s ministerial meeting in Argentina,’ said Auckland University Professor Jane Kelsey. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages