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

 


Big funding injection for regions in Greens transport plan

8 August 2014

Big funding injection for regions in Green Party transport plan

The Green Party will increase transport spending in the regions by 50 percent over the next decade under its new transport plan, the Green Party said today.

“Transport is the life-blood of the regions. They have been starved under National,” Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said today.

“Over the next 10 years, we plan increase regional transport funding by $423 million and we will invest $3 billion on state highways that will hugely improve safety.

“The bulk of the National’s transport budget has gone on motorways as it pursues its obsession with Roads of National Significance (RoNS) while regional transport needs have been ignored. The Green Party plan will change that.

“This plan is about building a smarter greener economy that really works for all New Zealanders.

“Under the Green Party plan, regions will be able to bid for projects that best serve their transport needs, whether road, rail or a port project.

“That contrasts with National, which has indulged in naked pork-barrel politics. It announced 14 regional projects in June, paid for by the sale of state assets, which were selected on the basis of National’s political needs rather than any objective assessment of requirements.

“We will not direct the funding for the regions, as National has done. Regions will be able to bid to fund projects and they will go through Treasury for a rational assessment of the transport priorities and proper cost-benefit analysis – something completely lacking with National’s RoNS programme.

“We also plan to reverse the decades-long under-investment in rail, which remains the transport backbone of the country and is of particular importance for regions like Gisborne and the Hawke’s Bay, where National has mothballed the rail line,” said Ms Genter.

“National has been doing the bare minimum to keep rail alive and in some regions has killed it. It has been dragging its feet on investment to grow capacity.

“Despite this, rail freight has been growing for the past five years, but the infrastructure needs investment to make rail a more reliable and fast option.

“We will invest over $4 billion in the next 10 years on the rail network that will take pressure off roads and improve their safety while helping exporters get their goods to market reliably and efficiently.”

The regional transport plan is part of the Green Party’s overall transport plan that will invest $36.6 billion in the next decade including over $10 billion in new public transport projects and rail.

For a copy of the Green transport policy please see: www.greens.org.nz/transport

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Farcical Elevation Of David Seymour

With the election won, it’s time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. This time around, a couple of parliamentary Undersecretary posts in education and regulatory reform have been thrown in, plus an annual salary of $175,000 while he learns the ropes. Shouldn’t Seymour at least be put on a 90 day trial before he gets his hands on that sort of serious moolah?

It would be for his own good, really. At this rate, Act is never going to learn how to make its own way in the world More>>

 

As Key Mulls Joining ISIS Fighting: McCully Speech To UN Backs Security Council Bid

It is an honour to address you today on behalf of the Prime Minister and Government of New Zealand. Our General Election took place last week - our Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key is engaged in forming a government and that is why he is unable to be here in New York... More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cunliffe Triggers Party Wide Leadership Contest

David Cunliffe has resigned as Labour Leader, but says he will seek re-election... If there is any contest the election will have to go through a process involving the party membership and union affiliates. More>>

ALSO:

Flyover Appeal: Progress And Certainty, Or Confusion And More Delays?

Lindsay Shelton: The Transport Agency, embarrassed by the rejection of its flyover alongside the Basin Reserve, says it’s appealing because the decision could “constrain progress.” Yet for most clear-sighted Wellingtonians a 300-metre-long concrete structure above Kent and Cambridge Terraces would in no way be seen as progress… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Cunliffe’s Last Stand

Right now, embattled Labour leader David Cunliffe has three options. None of them are particularly attractive for him personally, or for the Labour Party... More>>

ALSO:

Key Seeking 'New Ideas': Look To Children’s Commissioner On Poverty - Greens

John Key should not reinvent the wheel when it comes to ideas for tackling child poverty, and instead look to the recommendations of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Group on Child Poverty, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says. More>>

ALSO:

'Safe To Re-Enter' - OIA Docs: Safety Is Absolute Priority At Pike River Mine

“We understand that the time it is taking to complete our evaluation of the risks is frustrating for the family members and we are trying to complete this work as quickly as we can,” Ms Dunphy says. “It is Solid Energy’s responsibility to make this decision and we will do so, once we have all the information required to make a fully-informed decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Images & Report: Mihi To Welcome Newly-Elected MPs To Parliament

The 29 newly elected MPs were welcomed into Parliament with a Mihi. Parliament’s current Speaker David Carter offered advice from his experience working in Parliament advising the MPs to work collaboratively. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Very Bad Year

While Labour leader David Cunliffe still appears to be in denial about the extent of Saturday night’s debacle, there was hardly a single redeeming feature about the election results for the centre-left... More>>

ALSO:

General Election NZ: National Win

Election Night: With almost all votes counted National and John Key have won a third term and are close to being able to govern alone if they so choose. Key has indicated he will still reach out to form a Government with ACT, United Future and Maori Party. More>>

ALSO:

Perfectly-Timed Anniversaries: Suffrage Day Is Last Chance To Enrol

“The last chance to enrol is Friday 19 September. You can’t enrol on election day.” More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news