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

 


National’s lack of ambition holding Auckland back

1 March 2013

National’s lack of ambition holding Auckland back

Steven Joyce’s predictable response to a government-commissioned report on the future of Auckland is typical of this government’s lack of vision and lack of ambition for our largest city, Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said today.

Professor Michael Enright’s report, commissioned by the government and Auckland Council, states that for Auckland to be an economically competitive city, crucial investments are needed in transport, particularly the City Rail Link and a rail link to the airport, and compact urban form, rather than the government’s policy of continued sprawl.

“Aucklanders will be justifiably disappointed that the Government’s first reaction to a report on the future of Auckland is to dismiss any ideas that are not consistent with National’s ideology,” said Ms Genter.

“Professor Enright’s report backs the calls from Aucklanders and the city’s business leaders for investment in the City Rail Link and a more compact urban form leading to a lively, liveable city. It is yet another report showing that the National Government is pushing Auckland in the wrong direction.

“How many New Zealand and international experts need to confirm the economic necessity of the City Rail Link before the Government will wake up and make it a priority?

“Minister Joyce’s reaction just shows how out of touch the National Government is with the dreams and aspirations of Aucklanders. National’s plan for Auckland is a recipe for more sprawl, higher transport costs, more congestion, more pollution, unaffordable housing, and a less vibrant city.

“The Government should be investing in bringing our largest city up to world-class standard, starting with a world-class rail system and ending sprawl. Instead, it is wasting billions on uneconomic highways such as Transmission Gully and the Puhoi to Wellsford Holiday Highway.

Aucklanders and all New Zealanders deserve better. We need a government that will invest in smart, green projects that will make our the best places in the world to raise our families. It’s clear that National isn’t that government,” said Ms Genter.

________________________________________


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Diver's Alarums: Breach Means Training Provider Must Repay $1.47 Million

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) following an investigation which showed that some student enrolments between 2009 -2014 could not be validated and that courses were under-delivered against their agreement with the TEC. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Government Plans Suggest Bulk Funding Return

Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Auckland Looks Long Term To Pay-Per-Km Road Pricing

Aucklanders can expect to be paying variable rates per kilometre to travel on the city's most congested roads under an emerging transport strategy being formulated by the government and the Auckland Council. More>>

ALSO:

Despite Promises: Government Extends Iraq Deployment

Cabinet has agreed to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Security Forces until November 2018. More>>

ALSO:

On The 'Terrorism' Card:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news