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


Whenuapai - Wood Shorely beat Mangere

Whenuapai - Wood Shorely beat Mangere
March 23, 2006

North Shore City Mayor George Wood says an airport at Whenuapai must seem like a beautiful dream for Shore commuters battling lengthening delays to catch their flights at Mangere.

Roadworks at Mangere bridge are further slowing traffic crawling towards the region’s international airport, says Mr Wood, who estimates a quarter of those motorists are trekking south from north of Auckland’s harbour bridge.

A supporter of the Waitakere City-championed Whenuapai air base upgrade, George Wood says the worsening traffic situation highlights the folly of reliance on the airport in south Auckland.

“If the Government had given the green light to a joint civilian-military airport at Whenuapai when it had the chance, we’d at least have relief in sight.

“Whenuapai gives travel choices to more than half a million people who live within 15km of what is already a fully functioning international airport.”

Mr Wood is calling on the government to take another look at the Whenuapai proposal which he calls an overdue monopoly buster.

“Travel times to Mangere are getting longer and some people are being caught in traffic and not catching their flights.

“With the advent of a four-lane upper harbour motorway from North Shore City, west-bound trips to Whenuapai airport would lessen southbound congestion through Spaghetti Junction and way down to Mangere.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>


State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>


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... More>>





Featured InfoPages