Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


New Zealand Taxpayers To Fund Failed Joint Project

20 February 2001

New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters, says “that it is no surprise to learn of the imminent failure of the joint venture bid by New Zealand Airways Corporation and the American giant, Lockheed Martin to gain the contract to run Britain’s national air traffic control system (NATS).

Indications of serious trouble emerged some days ago when the financial backers of the bid, Apax, withdrew its support,” said Mr Peters, “and things have got progressively worse since then.

Reports in The Guardian newspaper, stating that the Lockheed Martin led bid is about to be eliminated due to the failure to deliver on its promised $2 billion computer air traffic control system at Swanwick in Hampshire, even after four years of development, has parallels here in New Zealand, he said.

“This bid was an ill conceived in the first instance and was largely predicated on the whims and fanciful thinking of a small number of individuals within Airways, whose grandiose dreams had now seen millions of dollars of claimed benefits to the New Zealand taxpayer drift off into space,” Mr Peters claimed.

“What is even more shameful however, is the manner in which the Government, in particular the Minister responsible, Mark Burton, continues to defend and support this ill conceived project, when the folly of its false foundations have been vigorously and constantly drawn to his attention.

In the spirit of ensuring those responsible for failure or wastage are held accountable, as is consistently promised by individual Labour party MPs, I look forward to that principle being demonstrated in this instance,” concluded Mr Peters.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news