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

 


Cut Your Losses on Interislander Ferry

Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader

10 April 2014

Cut Your Losses on Interislander Ferry

Cut your losses, buy a new ferry and sack Gerry, New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters advised the Government today.

“At the same time turf out the KiwiRail board and management,” says Mr Peters.

“The Aratere has and always will be a lemon – cut it adrift. Sell it for carrying oranges, we don’t care, but for the sake of the New Zealand economy we need Cook Strait ferries that are up to the job.

“Kiwis and tourists are being stranded in Wellington and Picton again and again, and businesses face setbacks when freight shipments are held up.

“The Aratere was bought cheaply, it didn’t suit the freight requirements, it had problems at sea from the start, then some misguided management decided to jumbo size it because it wasn’t up to the task.

“That has been a multi-million dollar disaster. Mariners tell us that the lengthening put a massive increased loading on the existing propellers, which have now failed, and other mechanisms.

“The cost of the Aratere, the jumbo-sizing, the constant repairs, and the cancelled trips have saddled KiwiRail with huge costs. All avoidable. A new ship will be cheaper in the long run.

“The new Minister, who will replace Transport Minister, Gerry Brownlee, the board and management must look at future traffic across the Strait and buy a ship that will be able to service the route in coming years.

“They need to look for a quality ship that can handle the loads now and into the future and one that is suited to the Cook Strait sea conditions.

“None of this was considered when buying the Aratere. It was a panic buy just as the railway wagons were, and they weren’t up to scratch either,” says Mr Peters.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

    SPECIAL EDUCATION (& More):

    Online Learning Plans:

    Post Cab Presser: Inquiries And Consciences

    This afternoon the Prime Minister John Key announced that his cabinet had drafted terms of reference for the Havelock North water contamination inquiry... In response to questions on the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, the Prime Minister said he didn't think allowing National MPs a conscience vote was warranted. More>>

    ALSO:

    Statistics, Homelessness, Privacy: Auckland City Mission Data Joins Govt Research Database

    For the first time, data from an agency outside government, Auckland City Mission, will be included in Statistics New Zealand’s vault of information for researchers. Data from the Auckland City Mission is going into the “Integrated Data Infrastructure” or IDI. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Parliament
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news