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


Waikato Expressway: Road of National Significance

John Key MP
National Party Leader

21 October 2008

Waikato Expressway: Road of National Significance

National will complete the construction of the Waikato Expressway within 10 years, says National Party Leader John Key.

“New Zealand has a significant infrastructure deficit. Large chunks of our roading network are clogged with bottlenecks and delays, leading inevitably to cost escalations which stifle economic growth.

“National will give priority treatment to the completion of the Waikato Expressway to help promote economic growth in the region. As a critical link in State Highway 1 – the backbone of our national road network – the Waikato Expressway will fall under our proposed new category of state highway called Roads of National Significance. These roads will be central to our development, investment, and growth plans.

“Reducing costs and travel time between Hamilton, our fourth largest city, and Auckland, our largest city, makes unmistakable economic and environmental sense. It is clear that the completed Waikato Expressway will fuel long-term economic growth in the region and boost national productivity.

“Most importantly, this will be an investment that delivers considerable returns to New Zealanders for generations to come.”

Mr Key says National is committing $790 million above funds already committed to the project to ensure it is completed expeditiously.

“The money will come from the additional infrastructure funding signalled in our fiscal policy. I want to stress that there will be no tolls on this road.”

The benefits of completing the Waikato Expressway include:

• A cut in typical travel times by at least 20 minutes between Cambridge and Mercer.

• Increased highway capacity and reduced congestion.

• Lower costs for the up to 16,000 to 20,000 motorists using this route daily in 2016.

• Millions of litres of reduced fuel consumption.

• Regional stimulation and economic growth.

“National does not believe it is credible to wait more than 10 years, on current planning, to even begin many of the Waikato Expressway component projects. That’s why we will complete the remaining tranches within 10 years.

“The New Zealand economy faces some big challenges in the years ahead. We cannot afford to let projects that are vital to enhancing the capacity for growth to languish on the backburner.”

To view Waikato Expressway Q&A visit:


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election