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


Minister Welcomes Co-Ordinated Approach

23 April, 2002

Minister Welcomes Co-Ordinated Approach From Utilities

The Minister of Communications Paul Swain has welcomed the co-ordinated approach being taken by utility companies and road owners towards resolving the issue of utility access to the road corridor.

Speaking at the NZ Utilities Conference in Wellington this morning, Mr Swain indicated the Government was willing to work in partnership with utilities, local authorites and Transit NZ on road access for utilities.

Mr Swain said he would welcome an approach from the recently-formed Utilities Advisory Group, once they had resolved differences amongst themselves.

It is a question of balancing the need to roll-out sophisticated telecommunications infrastructure, of critical importance to New Zealand’s economic development, while taking into account the wishes of the community. “If New Zealand is to lift itself back into the top half of the OECD again it needs to make sure it has world class infrastructure in place,” he said.

The Government would like to see the stakeholders develop voluntary codes - to co-ordinate utility access to the roads and minimise disruption to the public - themselves, as this is a quicker and less complicated solution said Mr Swain. “But the government will not shirk its repsonsibility to get involved if the stakeholders consider that Government involvement is necessary.”

Mr Swain committed the time of officials at the Ministry of Economic Development to work with the Utilities Advisory Group on the issue.

The full text of Paul Swain’s speech is available on the web site.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>


United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>


Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election