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


Northland is getting regional roading funds

Northland is getting regional roading funds

Industry and Regional Development Minister Jim Anderton is not sure where MP John Carter has been over the last few months while decisions on regional roading have been made and announced.

Jim Anderton, says “Transfund has already decided that Northland will receive $56 million for regional roading over the next five years for project priorities set by Council’s in the region. Already $9.7 m has been committed to regional roading in Northland for the current year. Work will be starting, I understand before Christmas. On what planet has John Carter been living?

“The options and priorities for a bridge over the Hokianga are for the local Councils and Transfund to decide based on their priorities, and with funding that has never before been available under National governments.

“This Labour Progressive Government has provided a regional development fund of $30 million per year available for regional roading in Northland and the East Coast as priority regions and this will be used for roads which carry significant wood processing traffic.

“Far North Mayor Yvonne Sharp has acknowledged the benefits this funding is able to make to the region in a newspaper column and in a letter she has sent to me, saying:

‘The announcement that the Far North District would receive $9.7m totally subsidised regional development roading funding for the current year is amazingly positive for the district.

For years there has been a stripping of infrastructure from rural areas such as ours and our communities have suffered accordingly.

The Government in 1999 gave a commitment to position regional development partnerships and there was no way that Northland could have coped with the forthcoming ‘wall of wood’ with direct intervention from Government.’

“I am not surprised that Far North MP John Carter doesn’t understand regional development funding as National never worked with regions or adequately funded regional infrastructure in the thirty-eight years they were in office since the second world war!” said Jim Anderton said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why New Zealand Needs To Change Its Defence Habits

In a flashback to the military displays of days gone by, one of our frigates recently joined a Carrier Strike show of force in the South China Sea, en route to a joint military exercise in Singapore with our traditional allies, called BersamaGold21. Reportedly, Anna Powles, from the Centre of Defence and Security Studies at Massey University felt this to be a case of us doing our bit to uphold international law, and the right of free transit through the region in question... More>>

Government: New COVID-19 Protection Framework Delivers Greater Freedoms For Vaccinated New Zealanders

Vaccinated New Zealanders will regain everyday freedoms when the country moves to a new simplified COVID-19 Protection Framework that doesn’t rely on nationwide lockdowns as the main measure to stop the virus spreading. In a suite of announcements that establish a pathway out of restrictions the Government is also providing up to $940 million per fortnight to support businesses through the challenging period... More>>



Government: Responds To Independent Review Into WorkSafe

The Government has clear expectations that WorkSafe must action the recommendations of the independent review into the regulator to improve its management of adventure activities following the tragedy at Whakaari White Island, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood says... More>>

Government: New Zealand Secures Historic Free Trade Deal With The United Kingdom
New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed in principle the details of a historic Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will further accelerate our COVID-19 economic recovery say Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor... More>>


Ombudsman: Launches Investigation Into MIQ Booking System
The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is launching a broad investigation into the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) booking system after receiving hundreds of complaints... More>>


Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>

Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>

Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>




InfoPages News Channels