Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Candidate says "NZ Bus Deserves to Lose Contract"

Regional Council Candidate says "NZ Bus Deserves to Lose Contract"

NZ Bus, which has the contract to provide "public transport" bus services in the Wellington region, deserves to lose its contract with the Regional Council "if it doesn't pull its socks up immediately", says the MANA candidate for Wellington Regional Council, Ariana Paretutanganui-Tamati.

As reported by Scoop, a joint Transport Agency/Police operation in Wellington this week "pink-stickered" 28 buses and removed them from service for significant fluid-leak faults. Police said the common theme among all 28 of the vehicles ordered off the road was serious oil leaks – an obvious fire hazard. Other significant faults detected on a number of buses included insecure fuel tanks and battery boxes, as well as faulty lighting. Vehicles that receive pink stickers must immediately be removed from service, reported Scoop.

MANA policy, in any event, is to push for a law change, says Ms Paretutanganui-Tamati, so that Regional Councils are allowed to bring the operation of public transport under their direct control and ownership. The Regional Council, as a publicly elected body should do exactly this, she says, but at present it is prohibited from doing so by law. But doing so would also enable the Council to ensure that bus drivers, along with all other Council staff, would be paid a "living wage", which is also a central plank of MANA policy, she adds.

She also points out that bus-drivers for NZ Bus are paid very little more than the minimum wage for working long shifts that usually include several hours of non-paid down-time during off-peak hours. "It was a persistent theme in the (still quite recent) spate of buses running over pedestrians in Wellington, that the drivers were keeping to tight time-schedules even when driving through Wellington's narrow streets", says Ms Paretutanganui-Tamati. "MANA policy is always to give People priority over commercial interests, and these sorts of problems with public transport being run by private commercial interests are an example of why direct control of it should be returned to democratically responsible bodies such as the Council."

Ms Paretutanganui-Tamati is standing for Regional Council on a platform including No user-charges for household water, Grass-roots democracy not a super-city, No drilling off our coasts, No fracking, Renewable energy including much more use of trolley buses, and making Wellington a living-wage region.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Covid-19: Auckland Back To Alert Level Three After One New Community Case Revealed

Auckland will move to alert level three for a week at 6am tomorrow morning after two new Covid-19 community cases announced this evening could not be directly linked to earlier cases, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
The rest of the country will move to level two.... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Rivals For The Covid Saliva Testing Dollar

If you want a good insight into what the limits of tiny, barely discernible steps to reduce poverty actually look like, delve into the latest Statistics Department figures on poverty in New Zealand Most of the nine measures utilised reveal little or no progress in combatting poverty over the 21 months to March 2020... More>>


Government: Main Benefits To Increase In Line With Wages

All measures of child poverty were trending downwards, prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, across the two years since year ended June 2018, Stats NZ said today. The COVID-19 lockdown in late March 2020 affected Stats NZ’s ability to collect data from households ... More>>

Government: Reserve Bank To Take Account Of Housing In Decision Making

The Reserve Bank is now required to consider the impact on housing when making monetary and financial policy decisions, Grant Robertson announced today. Changes have been made to the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s remit requiring it to take into ... More>>


RNZ: Alert Levels Remain

There are no new community cases of Covid-19 today, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says at least half of the Papatoetoe High School community have been tested and the results that have come through so far have all been negative... More>>


NZ Initiative: New Report Highlights How Our Housing Crisis Could Worsen If We Don’t Act Now

If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand , Research Assistant Leonard Hong ... More>>

Parliament: Kiwi MPs Among The “Most Educated In The World”

New analysis of MP qualifications reveals New Zealand’s Parliament is one of the most educated and highest qualified in the world, and significantly more educated than Australia’s. The research, by Mark Blackham of BlacklandPR and Geoffrey Miller ... More>>

The Dig: An Illogical Ideological Struggle

Dig beneath all the trade wars and the arguments to the effect that the USA should not permit China to achieve economic and technological superiority, or even parity, and you find the real reason behind the conflict... More>>

Travel: Government Eases Visa Restrictions For Visitors In New Zealand

Visitor visa holders will be able to stay in New Zealand a little longer as the Government eases restrictions for those still here, the Minister of Immigration has announced. More>>




InfoPages News Channels