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


"Gully Road Within Five Years," News A Vindication

17 May 2001

"Gully Road Within Five Years," News A Vindication, Says Dunne

United Future leader and Ohariu Belmont MP, Hon Peter Dunne, says Wellington Regional Council chairman Stuart Macaskill's comments that Transmission Gully could be built within five years is great news.

Mr Dunne, Parliament's leading campaigner for the Transmission Gully highway, says Mr Macaskill's comments are a complete vindication of his efforts, including his recent Member's Bill which the government voted down, to fast-track the construction of the highway.

"Mr Macaskill's comments are great news for Wellington, and will be widely welcomed by a public that is frustrated beyond belief at the delay in getting the Transmission Gully go-ahead."

"I just hope he has not been carried away by the Government's spin doctors, trying to repair the damage the inaction of local Labour MPs has caused them on this issue."

"Of course, it puts the ball firmly back in the Government's court to now deliver on its commitments to provide a mechanism for the early construction of Transmission Gully quickly and without further equivocation."

"Its policy package has to be complete and leave no room for ambiguity or further delay."

"In this context, it will be interesting to see what steps the Government will take to overcome the 8 years of environmental delays that Transport Minister Mark Gosche cited as a reason why my plan to fast-track the highway's construction over three years could not be achieved."

"Was that just more puffery from a Government reluctant to acknowledge the greater contribution of others to achieving this project, or does it remain a substantial unresolved question still to be faced."

"Moreover, given the vehement opposition of the Greens and the Alliance, can the Government actually deliver its proposed package?" Mr Dunne asks.

Mr Dunne says he remains ready and willing to work with the Government to achieve the early construction of Transmission Gully, but that despite repeated requests to Mr Gosche for a briefing on the Government's plans he has yet to receive even the courtesy of an acknowledgement, let alone any more formal briefing.

"I call on the Government to stop playing petty politics and to start work constructively to achieve an outcome in the bests interests of the whole of Wellington, not just the Labour Party," Mr Dunne says.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election