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

 

Eastern Motorway To Be Main Election Issue In 2007

Tuesday 30 May 2006

Eastern Motorway To Be Main Election Issue In 2007

The eastern motorway will again be the main issue in next year’s local body elections in the Hobson Ward, Action Hobson councillors Christine Caughey and Richard Simpson said today.

“C&R Now remains obsessed with tarmacking Hobson Bay, destroying our local environment and, consequently, trashing property values in the Hobson ward,” the councillors said.

“Last night, C&R Now formed an unholy alliance with a handful of City Vision councillors to vote against even allowing council officers to formally talk to the public about the merits or otherwise of removing the motorway designation from the eastern transport corridor.

“Why would you oppose even such a moderate proposal for public consultation on this matter? It reveals that, whatever they may say, C&R Now has learned nothing from their rejection by the voters in 2004 and that a motorway across Hobson Bay remains their true agenda.”

The councillors said they deeply regretted that C&R Now wanted the motorway – or “busway” as some are now describing it –to remain alive as the Hobson ward’s dominating issue.

“Until we put this issue to rest permanently, Auckland will never have the serious debate about modern, 21st century transport options that other world cities take for granted – a proper, integrated system that can get people from one side of the city to the other in half an hour, not half a day.

“And until we seriously address transport, how can Auckland move on to tackling broader issues – from cracking down on graffiti and youth crime, to protecting our heritage and quality of air, to upgrading Auckland to truly be part of the digital age?”

The councillors said Action Hobson would campaign on a wide range of issues in 2007, “but we will be strongly pointing out that C&R Now is so obsessed with having a motorway across our front yard that they oppose even public consultation on the matter”.

ENDS

© 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages