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


Report on Transmission Gully should be the last

Mark Blumsky, Nathan Guy & Chris Finlayson
National MPs for Transmission Gully

09 March 2006

Report on Transmission Gully should be the last

The National Party's Wellington-based MPs are challenging Wellington-based Labour MPs to back the recommendations in the Transit-Greater Wellington regional council hearing sub-committee report into Transmission Gully. "There are now very high expectations by the public in the Wellington region that Transmission Gully will be built. Labour's Wellington MPs need to hop off the fence and get the rest of their Labour colleagues on board," says Mark Blumsky.

"The signals from the Government can't leave the Regional Land Transport Committee or Transit New Zealand in any doubt as to the political consensus on Transmission Gully," Mr Blumsky says.

"This report confirms the gully route is the best option for solving our transport problems. It shows it has overwhelming support from people in the greater Wellington region," says National's Otaki-based MP Nathan Guy.

"Labour's Wellington MPs have been less than clear on whether they support the gully option. They need to explain where they actually stand," says Mr Guy.

National's Chris Finlayson agrees that Transmission Gully is affordable.

"The committee says a sensibly modified Transmission Gully could be built for less than $1 billion. This is substantially less than previously thought," Mr Finlayson says.

"The MPs for Transmission Gully lobby group believes this should be the last report on the issue. The gully route has got a clear green light from a committee which has considered all the technical issues, funding issues and the community response. Let's build Transmission Gully now - it is already decades late," say the three National MPs.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news