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


More heavy handedness from NZTA

Transport Spokesperson

31 January  2014       MEDIA STATEMENT

More heavy handedness from NZTA

The New Zealand Transport Agency seems set on botching yet another round of compulsory land acquisition, this time over a planned link road to Transmission Gully, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says.

“Despite the government being hell bent on bulldozing roads through communities, farms, and culturally important sites, NZTA should be standing up to Ministers on behalf of communities and ensuring that they are treated fairly.

“There are still outstanding claims from the Kapiti expressway, including one in the Maori Land Court. Residents there still have a bad taste in their mouths about the way they have been treated by NZTA.

“Sadly, the agency appears to have learned nothing with shocked residents in Takapau Valley now being advised by letter that a link road connected to Transmission Gully could pass through their properties.

“I would have thought a knock on the door and face to face discussion would be more appropriate when someone’s home and living is on the chopping block. 

“Then there is the highly dubious Environmental Protection Agency hearings for the Puhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance and the Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington, where engagement has been reduced to a farce with little time given for submissions.

“Sometimes change is necessary, but NZTA is treating affected communities with unnecessary contempt by rushing these projects through like a bull at a gate.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Wellington.Scoop: Serco – First The Prisons, And Now It Wants To Run The Trains

As the government continues its inquiry into Serco’s discredited administration of Mt Eden prison in Auckland, here in Wellington there’s further scrutiny of the British outsourcing company – because it’s competing to take over the running of our commuter trains. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Countdown, And Mary Margaret O’Hara

To date, the Key government has been unwilling to share any information about this TPP deal until it is too late for outraged public opinion to affect the outcome... the disclosure process is likely to consist of a similarly skewed and careful exercise in spin. More>>


Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Key In NY: Prime Minister Addresses United Nations

    Prime Minister John Key has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, focusing on a call for action in Syria and on other conflicts, reform of the veto process and on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More>>.


    Gordon Campbell: On The Lack Of Accountability Over Philip Smith

    In New Zealand, accountability is an exotic creature rarely glimpsed at ministerial level, or among senior management. The flight to Rio by the paedophile /murderer Philip John Smith/Traynor is no exception. More>>


    More On Corrections

    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news