Parliament

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

 

Rail rethink needs open mind, not eyes closed

Moana
MACKEY
Gisborne List MP
16 January 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT
Rail rethink needs open mind, not eyes closed

The Government could earn some much-needed brownie points if, instead of dismissing out of hand a report into the viability of the Gisborne to Napier rail line out, it looked at its recommendations with an open mind, Gisborne-based Labour MP Moana Mackey says.

“The BERL report shows the line is far closer to breaking even than previously thought and could even be profitable within a few years.

"How disappointing, then, to hear Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce on radio this morning completely writing it off.

"The reason the community fund-raised for and commissioned the BERL report was because it didn’t believe KiwiRail's case for mothballing the line stacked up. This has been confirmed by the BERL analysis.

“If the Government is to truly engage with the local community it must keep an open mind when reviewing the report and be prepared to make a decision based on the evidence, not on a pre-conceived assumption that the rail line could never be economically viable.

“It should take on board the recommendation that a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis - that also considers the broader economic benefits of retaining this vital rail link, not just to the Gisborne-Hawkes Bay economy but to the country as a whole – be undertaken.

"As a provincially isolated exporting region transport links are crucial, as is a mix of transport options - rail, roads and coastal shipping. To remove any one of these links without carrying out a proper analysis of the impact of such a move is unacceptable.

"Government Ministers are due to meet with community leaders and representatives in the next few weeks.

“Let’s hope they can put their prejudices aside and listen to the compelling evidence that supports retaining the Gisborne to Napier rail line.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Budget

It may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets?

Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards – an election year lolly scramble no less – for the eight years of belt tightening that they’ve endured, and for the rundown of essential public services.

Well, what Budget 2017 delivered instead in Education and in Health were allocations barely sufficient to maintain the current levels of service delivery More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search

 
 

Carer Settlement: Threat Of Staff Exodus In Mental Health

As a result of the recent pay rise awarded to their aged care and disability sector colleagues, many staff in non-government mental health and addiction organisations are considering leaving to join these workforces. More>>

ALSO:

Climate Policy: New Zealand Set To Blow Its Carbon Budget By 27%

The Government’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows New Zealand is set to release 647.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions between 2013 and 2020 – 137 million tonnes more than we are allowed under the Kyoto Protocol. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Christchurch Considers Cathedral, Stadium: Cathedral Working Group Report Released

“About half of Christchurch wants to see the cathedral reinstated, the other half wants something new and more modern, but really, everyone just needs a decision." More>>

ALSO:

Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>

ALSO:

NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>

ALSO:

Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election