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.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Climate Marches: New Zealanders March For Solutions Not Pollution

Ahead of the UN Climate Summit in Paris more than 15,000 New Zealanders have taken part in the Peoples Climate march in Auckland, kicking off the largest climate mobilisation the world has ever seen... More>>


Labour: Little Announces New Shadow Cabinet

“Labour had an impressive intake of fresh faces after last year’s election and newest MPs have now had a year to show what they’re made of. This reshuffle rewards hard work and continues my drive to renew our Caucus line up." More>>


Because Reasons: Someone Reckons David Seymour Is Politician Of The Year

Trans Tasman's 11th annual Roll Call has thrown a curve ball this year, ignoring the likes of John Key, Bill English, and Winston Peters to pick its politician of the year from the ranks of the new generation. More>>


Whaling: NZ Deeply Disappointed By Japan's Decision

“New Zealand is strongly opposed to whaling in the Southern Ocean. We call on Japan to take heed of the 2014 International Court of Justice decision and international scientific advice concerning their whaling activities.” More>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news