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


RMA Causes Road Gridlock

RMA Causes Road Gridlock

Monday 22 Jul 2002

ACT leader Richard Prebble took to the Auckland motorways this morning to announce ACT's plan to break the gridlock on the city's roads.

"The estimated cost of traffic congestion in Auckland is $1 billion a year," Mr Prebble said.

"The problem with Auckland's motorways has never been a lack of money, it's the Resource Management Act. Transit New Zealand has not been able to spend all the money allocated to Auckland, because no new motorway has managed to get planning approval since the RMA came into effect.

"This year's petrol tax increase was never needed and the government has taken most of the money for social spending.

"ACT's proposal is for a special Act of Parliament to enable Auckland's strategic roads to be built within the next three years. Auckland has the money in the Infrastructure Auckland fund. The motorways have already been planned. All that is needed is the legislative authority to build the new roads.

"ACT's positive solution to Auckland's roading congestion is yet another example of how ACT leads and the other parties follow. Parliament's Hansard record shows that neither of the two old parties mentioned Auckland's traffic congestion until ACT started to campaign on the issue, and ACT MP Penny Webster put forward her Completion of the Auckland Strategic Network private member's bill - and idea that the old parties now say they also support.

"Of course, Labour has been unable to take any effective action because of the Greens' hostility to any transport solution that involves roads.

"No solution that doesn't involve completing the motorway network will ever solve the city's transport problems.

"ACT also recognises that successive governments have under-invested in the whole nation's roading network, and it is ACT's policy that taxes raised from roading should go back to roading," Mr Prebble said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

KiwiBailed: KiwiBuild Head Officially Resigns

The head of Kiwibuild, Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from the role. In a statement issued on his behalf, it was announced that he would step down from today [Friday].

Housing Minister Phil Twyford's office said he would not be commenting on Mr Barclay's resignation as it was an employment matter. Last month, Mr Twyford confirmed that Mr Barclay had not been at work for a number of weeks. More>>


Welfare Stats: Rise In Hardship Numbers Shows Income Inadequacy

The latest Ministry of Social Development quarterly report show that a record number of people have received hardship assistance from work and income, with an additional 40,000 hardship payments made between September and December 2018, compared to the previous quarter of the same year... More>>


DHBs "Prepared": Junior Doctors Strike Again

The needs of acute patients will be met during tomorrow's junior doctor strike, a DHB spokesperson says... Almost 3000 junior doctors are expected to walk off the job, which will affect all DHBs apart from West Coast District Health Board. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>


JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>


Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

Trainers: Taratahi Institute of Agriculture In Interim Liquidation

Taratahi employ 250 staff and this year has provided education to over 2500 students. Taratahi owns and manages 8 farms throughout the country. More>>


IPCA Report: Complaints About Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha

The Authority has found that DC Haumaha acted improperly by approaching staff and others to provide information to support him to refute the allegations about his 2016 conduct, or solicited other staff to do so on his behalf... More>>





InfoPages News Channels