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

 


Councils won’t bear burden of fixing local roads

Hon Gerry Brownlee

Minister of Transport


16 July 2014 Media Statement

Councils won’t bear burden of fixing local roads

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says Northlanders can count on the Government’s financial support for repairs to the region’s storm-damaged local roading network.

“This is on top of repairs to the State highway network, which are already well underway,” Mr Brownlee says.

“The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is working with Northland councils right now to assess the full extent of damage to the roading network, and funding will be available where and when it’s most needed to re-establish transport links and support the region’s recovery.

“NZTA will provide emergency works funding through the National Land Transport Fund to enable it and local authorities to respond to the immediate effects of the flooding, including managing temporary road closures and establishing detours, and to allow for damaged roads to be repaired.

“NZTA’s emergency works policy ensures funding assistance rates provided for emergency works through the National Land Transport Fund are greater than standard assistance rates.

“This funding increases in line with the extent of damage – the greater the cost of repairing damaged roads, the greater the emergency works funding assistance rates.

“A number of elements are taken into account when formulating these rates, but if the cost of repairing the damage is great enough the emergency rate can see central Government picking up in excess of 90 per cent of the bill.

“While the level of funding required for repairing Northland’s roads following this week’s storms won’t be known until a full assessment is complete, the process of assessing damage and estimating repair costs is well underway.

“Contrary to some recent commentary suggesting Northland’s roading network has been underfunded, over the past five years (2009/10 to 2013/14) the Government has provided $23 million for emergency works to repair local roads in Northland, in addition to $14 million in emergency works funding for state highways.

“Over the same period the total investment in the region’s local road and state highway network through the National Land Transport Fund has been $480 million.”

Mr Brownlee says NZTA contractors are working around the clock, with assistance from extra Civil Defence staff brought north from Auckland, to establish a new detour around the slip on SH1 at Kawakawa, which the Transport Agency aims to have in use by the end of the week.

“State Highway 1 is a life-line for Northland, and re-opening it as soon as possible is the agency’s number one priority.”

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

Ridiculous reported comments on RNZ this morning by Trade Minister Tim Groser, as he sought to dampen down concerns about the leaked draft of the IP chapter of ther Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. According to Groser, ‘extreme’ positions are common at the outset of negotiations, and these get whittled down over the course of negotiations. Fine.

Except that we’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations.

Still, Groser did promise that the cost of medicines would not rise as a result of the TPP trade deal. Great. But this is not what politicians in other countries are saying. More>>

.

 
 

Parliament Today:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Review Team Named, Leadership Campaign Starts

Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban.

ALSO:

Roy Morgan Poll: National Slips, Labour Hits Lows

The first New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll since the NZ Election shows National 43.5% (down 3.54% since the September 20 Election). This isn’t unusual, National support has dropped after each of John Key’s Election victories... However, support for the main opposition Labour Party has crashed to 22.5% (down 2.63% and the lowest support for Labour since the 1914 NZ Election as United Labour). More>>

ALSO:

In On First Round: New Zealand Wins Security Council Seat

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed New Zealand securing a place on the United Nations Security Council for the 2015-16 term. More>>

ALSO:

TPP Leak: Intellectual Property Text Confirms Risk - Jane Kelsey

The US is continuing its assault on generic medicines through numerous proposed changes to patent laws. ‘These are bound to impact on Pharmac if they are accepted’, according to Professor Kelsey... Copyright is another area of ongoing sensitivity... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news