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


Government must commit to Horowhenua Expressway

9 April 2018

Government must commit to Horowhenua Expressway

Otaki MP Nathan Guy is holding a public meeting tomorrow night so residents concerned about the potential scrapping of the Otaki to Levin road upgrade can have their voices heard.

Mr Guy will be joined by National Party leader Simon Bridges to speak to locals and advise how best they can fight to have this section of the Horowhenua Expressway completed.

“The Otaki-Levin section of this Road of National Significance has apparently been shelved but the Minister of Transport seems to be saying two different things so, really, the future is as clear as mud.

“On Monday Phil Twyford said this Road of National Significance would be fully completed but that seems to contradict NZTA’s position that it’s still under investigation.

“When you have media writing stories about the information merry-go-round between the Minister’s office and NZTA, that’s got to be embarrassing.

“This Government simply must put its ideological dislike of roads aside and focus on the issues that matter. Local residents spend far too long stuck in gridlocks that are choking productivity and economic growth.

“Over and above that though, is the issue of safety. This section should be a priority because it has claimed 11 lives in the last five years and seriously injured 43 motorists.

“The Associate Minister of Transport, Julie Anne Genter should sit up and take notice of that.

“If she really wanted to put her money where her mouth is, she should be using her influence within the Coalition to ensure road safety is the priority that she says it is, instead of being rolled by Grant Robertson and his over-committed Budget.

“I invite anyone with an interest in the completion of this project to come along and let us know their thoughts. We’ll do our best to help with ways and means to apply pressure on the Government and hold it accountable to its so-called commitment to the regions,” Mr Guy says.

The public meeting will take place at the Te Takere Library, 10 Bath Street, Levin at 7pm Tuesday 10 April.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Perils Of Using PPPs To Meet Auckland’s Roading Needs

More than once, the coalition government has ruled out using public private partnerships (PPPs) to fund the country’s infrastructure needs in health and education – apparently private profiteering in those areas is recognised as being undesirable. Not the same story though with transport, and the reasons for that differential treatment are mystifying. Earlier today, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced that one of two new roads that the government would be co-financing would be a PPP – namely, the Penlink project that will link the northern motorway to the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.



HiveMind: Fair Enough? How Should New Zealanders Be Taxed?

Have Your Say - Scoop and PEP invite you to share your issues, ideas and perspectives on the NZ tax system with other New Zealanders using Scoop’s HiveMind tool. This Tax HiveMind is intended to complement and feed into the review being run by the Government-appointed Tax Working Group (TWG), which is looking at the fairness, balance and structure of the tax system with a 10-year time horizon. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Thompson + Clark & Russia’s World Cup

Daily, the coalition government keeps running into examples of the toxic legacy left behind by National – and just as regularly, even the simple fixes are proving stubbornly difficult to enact. Take the case of the security firm Thompson + Clark ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The GCSB’s Security Hang-Up With Russia

So our GCSB has chimed in, alongside its British, Australian and US allies, with warnings about a “fresh wave” of Russian cyber attacks, although the warning has been curiously framed. More>>


PM's Europe Trip: CHOGM & Bilateral Meetings

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in Europe for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and meetings with counterparts in Paris and Berlin. More>>


Addressing Climate Change: No New Offshore Exploration Permits

The Coalition Government is taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More>>


Road Safety Summit: Actions To Improve Identified

The Local Government Road Safety Summit held last week identified actions that will lead to lasting changes to road safety in New Zealand, says Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>





Featured InfoPages