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


Govt urges mayors to work together

Govt urges mayors to work together

Transport Minister Paul Swain and Tauranga-based MP Margaret Wilson encouraged Transit New Zealand, the Tauranga District Council and the Western Bay of Plenty District Council to continue to work together to address the region's transport needs.

"As the fastest-growing city in New Zealand with a busy port and thriving local economy, Tauranga faces rapidly increasing traffic volumes," said Mr Swain on a visit to Tauranga today.

Mr Swain and Ms Wilson encouraged Bay of Plenty local authorities to give "full and frank" input into Transit New Zealand's annual and 10-year state highway programmes.

"Both are still only at the draft stage which means there is further opportunity for local authorities to make clear their regional roading priorities," said Ms Wilson.

"There are a number of major projects already underway in the Tauranga area," she said.

- Work on the $91 million Project PJK (jointly funded by Transit and the Tauranga District Council), started in October 1999 and will be completed in June 2003 inside the allocated budget.

- Safety improvements on SH2 between Te Maunga and Mangatapu are currently under construction.

- Transit is currently designing the $23 million Hewlett's / Maunganui road Intersection project.

- The Hewlett's Road Maunganui Traffic Study and the Tauranga Eastern Arterial are currently under investigation.

"Under Transit's 10-year draft state highways programme $274 million has been earmarked for the Bay of Plenty area, " said Mr Swain. "This represents 5% of available funding and gives the Bay of Plenty the fourth largest slice of the pie after Auckland, Wellington and Waikato.

"The recent release of this programme generated a lot of discussion around New Zealand, as it illustrated that demand for roading projects will always outstrip funding.

"This is why the government is looking at alternative ways to funding transport projects, such as Public Private Partnerships and tolls, which will become possible when the Land Transport Management Bill is passed later this year.

"There may be projects in the Tauranga area which will be suitable for PPP projects. However PPP projects are dependent on high traffic volumes and given New Zealand's low population we are unlikely to see more than a handful across the country," said Mr Swain.

© 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