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


Greens Overlander campaign off to a roaring start

22 August 2006

Greens 'Save the Overlander' campaign off to a roaring start

This morning, the Green Party collected hundreds of signatures within barely an hour, during forays by a trio of its MPs into Wellington Railway Station and Britomart Rail Terminal to launch the Green Party campaign to 'Save the Overlander' passenger rail link between Auckland and Wellington

Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons and Wellington-based MP Sue Kedgley were out at 7am collecting signatures in Wellington, while Auckland-based MP Keith Locke was doing likewise among rail commuters at Britomart.

The Greens are seeking a two year stay of execution for the Overlander, to devise a marketing strategy that can return the service to profitability. Such a reprieve would also enable necessary repairs on the track to be done, that would transform the Overlander into a modern, speedy and reliable tourism experience.

"I was really heartened to see how keen people were to sign the petition. New Zealanders from every walk of life obviously feel very attached to this train service. They don't want to see it scrapped. Travelling by train up and down the island is an experience they value, and they want their children to enjoy it in future," Ms Kedgley says.

"It is easy to forget how essential the Overlander is to the communities along the route. Once the track has been repaired and the service is being properly marketed, the Overlander should become a great tourism asset. And once those passenger numbers begin to rise, train travel will be clearly seen as a cost efficient and sustainable form of public transport," Ms Fitzsimons says.

The Green Party will be collecting more signatures in the weeks ahead, and will be supporting efforts by regional councils to gain a reprieve.

"Once we can win a breathing space, Toll can devise a targeted marketing campaign for both international and domestic travellers, and we can all then work together with central and regional government to save this Kiwi icon," Ms Fitzsimons says.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“The BPS and the Treasury’s Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update show we can deliver our promises while running sustainable surpluses and paying down debt...

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>


Principals' Federation: End Of National Standards

Today the Minister of Education announced that the Government has stopped the controversial National Standards system of assessment and declared them an arbitrary measure which did not raise children's achievement as the previous Government intended. More>>


Public Good: People’s Report On Public Broadcasting And Media Presented

The People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media, was crowdfunded and was informed by an extensive consultation, seeking the views of both those working in Media as well as gathering input both online and in person from ordinary Citizens. More>>


RBNZ To RNZB: PM's Press Conference

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern was joined by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for Children Tracey Martin to announce the appointment of Adrian Orr as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank and the name change of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children to ‘Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children’. More>>


'Taming Globalised Capital': Why Is Labour Supporting Investment Rules In WTO?

‘Today, we learned the new government has added New Zealand’s name to a proposal designed to lead to foreign investment rules in the WTO at this week’s ministerial meeting in Argentina,’ said Auckland University Professor Jane Kelsey. More>>





Featured InfoPages