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


Minister must untangle roadblocks

Hon. Maurice Williamson MP National Party Transport Spokesman

24 November 2005

Minister must untangle roadblocks

National Party Transport spokesman Maurice Williamson says the new Transport Minister must act urgently to "untangle the roadblocks that are preventing desperately needed roads from being built".

Mr Williamson is responding to the Transit New Zealand Annual report which shows the state highways builder finished just 57 per cent of the 118 projects set down for completion in 2004-2005, well short of its 95 per cent target.

"This follows criticism from roading contractors, concerned that the $500 million roading windfall announced by Labour just before the election is being drip-fed too slowly.

"In recent years, Transit has become well-known across the roading industry for its poor performance. It spends more time stopping development than it does actually building roads.

"For example, take the SH20 Mt Roskill extension. Transit said it would be finished by May 2005, but by then it hadn't even started. This is just one example of Transit's incompetence.

"Transit has only managed to exist, despite its appalling track record, because it faces no competition. New Zealand is one of the only countries in the developed world which has no private sector-funded roading.

"The competition that would come from entrusting the private sector to carry out some of our roading projects would soon put Transit's slack performance in context.

"Surely the new Minister of Transport cannot be satisfied with the slow rate of progress being made by Transit. He should be seeking solutions.

"Transit has become highly politicised by board members like Labour Party President Mike Williams and former Alliance MP John Wright. It desperately needs a major clean out.

"Everyone knows New Zealand faces a marathon effort to get the roading infrastructure up to scratch. This sort of under-performance requires further examination," says Mr Williamson.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Raising Corporate Taxes Has Become A Hot New Political Cause

Surprisingly, “raising taxes” has become a very fashionable political idea in 2021. That’s right. After decades of being seen (at best) as a necessary evil, higher corporate taxes are now being treated as the Great Good Thing that will revive the US economy, re-distribute wealth productively, help to build neglected and decaying public infrastructure, fund public health, address social inequality, restore a sense of community and generally make everyone feel better about the society in which they live... More>>


Government: The Duke Of Edinburgh

9 April 2021 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today expressed New Zealand’s sorrow at the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen at this profoundly sad time. On behalf of the New ... More>>


Government: Delivers Next Phase Of Climate Action

The Government is delivering on a key election commitment to tackle climate change, by banning new low and medium temperature coal-fired boilers and partnering with the private sector to help it transition away from fossil fuels. This is the first ... More>>

Government: Independent Experts To Advise On Post-Vaccination Future

The Government is acting to ensure decisions on responding to the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic are informed by the best available scientific evidence and strategic public health advice. “New Zealand has worked towards an elimination ... More>>

Health: Drug-Testing Law To Be Made Permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

World Travel: New Zealand Temporarily Suspending Travel From India - PM Jacinda Ardern

Travel into New Zealand from India - including for New Zealand citizens and residents - is being temporarily suspended because of high numbers of Covid-19 cases. More>>

Finance: Crown Accounts Again Better Than Forecast

Hon Grant Robertson Minister of Finance The economic recovery from COVID-19 continues to be reflected in the Government’s books, which are again better than expected. The Crown accounts for the eight months to the end of February 2021 showed both OBEGAL ... More>>




InfoPages News Channels