More pork barrel politics from Jones over port
National has an open mind about shifting Auckland’s port
activity long-term but is skeptical about the process
underpinning a recently-released report on the idea,
National’s Transport spokesperson Chris Bishop says.
“This looks like a political play by Infrastructure
Minister Shane Jones to succeed in the north, and the worry
is that this process is heading towards a pre-determined
“These decisions need to be based on
sound economic analysis of what is best for the economic
future of the upper North Island, not what best suits NZ
“There should be a proper process
in place for these decisions to be made through the new
“I also wonder if the
left hand is talking to the right hand. If you’re going to
divert shipping, freight and logistics to Northland then a
four-lane motorway between Whangarei and Auckland will be
needed to unlock Northland’s economic potential.
“But the Government won’t do this because of
Transport Minister Phil Twyford’s aversion to road
building and his determination to throw billions at a slow
tram down Dominion Rd.
“Decisions of this scale
shouldn’t be made during the two weeks of a coalition
negotiation. New Zealand’s infrastructure should be geared
toward economic growth and free from political meddling, as
it would be under a National
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