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


Do It Yourself, Minister Tells Hawke’s Bay

Denis O’Rourke MP

Spokesperson for Transport
10 April 2014


Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee told Parliament today that if Hawke’s Bay ratepayers are so sure the Gisborne to Napier rail link is so good they should restore it themselves.

New Zealand First Transport Spokesperson Denis O’Rourke says he is disappointed with the Minister’s response to questions relating to re-establishing the mothballed line.

“The Minister dismissed and belittled the proposal for a partnership between the council and local investors to pay for a new freight operation on the line by leasing it from KiwiRail and buying the necessary rolling stock from it. They asked the Government only for $3 million to $4 million for the restoration of the damaged track and associated infrastructure.

“What the Minister didn’t explain was why the National Government won’t invest a paltry sum while it is spending billions on Roads of National Significance (RONS) projects.

“All the evidence shows the investment is a sensible and smart move, particularly as the forest harvest in the region will take off in future years,” Mr O’Rourke said.

“The log harvest is expected to grow from 90,000 tonnes a year to about 900,000 tonnes within a few years, significantly increasing the number of trucks and congestion on the road.

“The Government’s out of hand refusal to seriously consider the regional council’s proposal, given its modest cost but large potential benefit, shows how lacking in vision its transport policy is,” says Mr O’Rourke.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news