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

 


National Failing to Deliver on Bay of Plenty Roading Promise

National Failing to Deliver on Bay of Plenty Roading Promises


In the House last week Independent MP Brendan Horan raised the issue of John Key’s now six-year-old promise to relieve congestion for commuters from the eastern regions of the city, his promise to build a tunnel from Welcome Bay, with a four-lane Hairini Bridge, and roading into City. Minister Brownlees reply has stunned Mr Horan, the Mayor and ratepayers.

Tauranga urgently needs a new four-lane Hairini Bridge with separate cycle space and walking access for school children. It needs MP’s who will stand up and fight for what hope is there for his latest round of promises to build regional roads he said.

On 4 November 2008, John Key as Leader of the Opposition stood before the voters in Tauranga and promised ‘a four-lane State Highway which runs from Fifteenth Avenue, along Turret Road to the Hairini intersection.’ John Key unequivocally committed to a project including ‘a new bridge at Turret Road.’

“It seems the only thing Bay of Plenty voters can be certain of is that the Prime Minister and his local candidates Simon Bridges and Todd Muller cannot be trusted to deliver on a promise made,” said Brendan Horan.

“The National Party in 2014 are committing to leaving in place the two-lane bottleneck of the Hairini Bridge for the foreseeable future. Though currently a State Highway the NZ Transport Agency have brokered a deal with the city to take over Route K (though not the debt of $60 million) and hand over the Hairini problems to the city to manage, changing the roads classification to a local road, along with an unknown additional cost of $45 million to remediate the problems the Prime Minister promised to fix. Adding insult to injury for local Ratepayers.

“Yesterday, the Prime Minister promised $212 million for regional roading projects. Nothing for Tauranga, what chance have these project of getting underway? said Brendan Horan.

Local residents are paying for roading through vehicle licensing, through petrol taxes, and through road user charges. Tauranga has been shafted by National-led Governments. Route K is a millstone around the necks of ratepayers and its debt will be a burden for 35 years to come. Now it appears we are being gifted another.

“What is needed now is action,” said Brendan Horan. “Immediate action is needed to scrap the Hairini Tunnel and build the four-lane bridge that will deliver a much-needed solution to congestion in Tauranga,” I will continue to fight for this on behalf of the Tauranga and BOP electorates he said.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news