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.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Key In NY: Prime Minister Addresses United Nations

    Prime Minister John Key has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, focusing on a call for action in Syria and on other conflicts, reform of the veto process and on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More>>.


    Gordon Campbell: On The Lack Of Accountability Over Philip Smith

    In New Zealand, accountability is an exotic creature rarely glimpsed at ministerial level, or among senior management. The flight to Rio by the paedophile /murderer Philip John Smith/Traynor is no exception. More>>


    More On Corrections

    Gordon Campbell: On Putin’s Diplomatic Coup Over Syria

    There’s a simple historical precedent for what is occurring in Syria. During WWII, the Allies joined forces with a known butcher and tyrant – Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union – in order to defeat a greater evil, Nazi Germany… More>>


    Key 'Didn't Know': Brownlee Seeks Pandas In China

    While Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is in China pushing a taxpayer funded deal to bring two pandas to New Zealand, the country’s military look set to be hit with a pay freeze, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. More>>


    Scoop Business: GCSB Willing To Extend Cyber-Attack Programme To Local ISPs

    The Government Communications Security Bureau’s ‘Cortex’ cyber-security programme has been successful in helping identify and mitigate a series of cyber attacks since its introduction and an extension to cover local internet service providers is still on the cards... More>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news