Green for stop

Green is usually the colour for go but in politics it’s the colour for stop:

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Green Party owes it to New Zealanders to identify which State highway projects would not proceed under its just released transport policy.

“With $11 billion removed from planned State highway projects, it’s hard not to conclude it’s all of them,” Mr Brownlee says.

97 per cent of New Zealand’s passenger travel and 91 per cent of freight movement is done on the roads.

“The National Government supports public transport and has provided $2.4 billion over the past five years. With the local government contribution that is $3.5 billion spent on public transport, including commuter rail investment in Auckland and Wellington.

“The Green Party needs to explain which of the following roading projects it would axe first, or if it’s all of them:

Northland (Puhoi – Wellsford: $1.38 billion, Akerama Curves Realignment & Passing Lane: $10-$13.5 million, Loop Rd North to Smeatons Hill Safety Improvements: $15-$20 million).

Auckland (Western Ring Route: $2 billion, Northern Corridor: $450 million, Southern Corridor: $210 million, State Highway 20A to the Airport: $140 million, East West Link: $10 million investigation).

Bay of Plenty (Tauranga Eastern Link: $500 million, Rotorua Eastern Arterial investigation).

Waikato (Waikato Expressway: $1.9 billion).

Taranaki (Normanby Overbridge Realignment: $10-$15 million, Mt Messenger and Awakino Gorge Corridor: $20-$25 million).

Gisborne (Panikau Hill and Wallace Hill Slow Vehicle Bays: $1.2-$1.5 million, Motu Bridge Replacement:  $3-$5 million).

Hawkes Bay (Napier port access package investigation).

Manawatu (Whirokino Trestle Bridge Replacement: $25-$30 million).

Wellington (Wellington Northern Corridor, includes Transmission Gully: $2.1 – 2.4 billion).

Nelson (Nelson Southern Link investigation).

Marlborough (Opawa and Wairau Bridges Replacement: $20-$25 million).

West Coast (Taramakau Road/Rail Bridge: $10-$15 million).

Canterbury (Christchurch Motorways: $730 million, Mingha Bluff to Rough Creek realignment: $20-$25 million).

Otago (Kawarau Falls Bridge:$20-$25 million).

“The Greens also propose to cut local road spending by over half a billion dollars, putting pressure on our communities and compromising safety.

“Since being elected in 2008 the National Government has been rectifying a 30 year deficit in road transport infrastructure. The Green Party proposal would put us back by decades.

“The National Government has a balanced land transport policy ( which gives commuters choice in the modes they use to travel and helps businesses to choose the most efficient way of getting their goods to domestic and international markets,” Mr Brownlee says.

 The Green’s transport policy shows it’s anti-progress and anti transport.

It also shows how disconnected it is from provincial and rural New Zealand.

The road improvements it would stop are vital links within and between provinces.

They carry people, emergency services, stock and produce as well as tourists all of which are important for the social and economic well-being of the communities they link.

The only go about the Green transport is the progress which would go away if their policies were implemented.

18 Responses to Green for stop

  1. Dave Kennedy says:

    Ele, this is just scare tactics, the Greens aren’t anti roads but we think that proper cost benefit analysis needs to be done. The NZTA used to use a robust benefit cost ratio to determine priorities, however a new criteria was added called ‘strategic fit’ which has no evidence base but is determined by Government whim. This has seen billions being spent on motorways with no real economic benefit while our Southland roads, that support over 12% of our nation’s export income, have been seriously underfunded. For Southland this is still not being addressed in National’s new announcements. If you just have a talk to any truck driver they will tell you that the roads getting the attention from National are not always the ones that support road freight. Having a more diverse approach to transport funding will also relieve congestion on roads and improve traffic flow without building highly expensive motorways.

    You have listed all these regional transport initiatives, but as usual National did little consultation and many of these projects would not be the priority for each region. Proper cost/benefit analysis and consultation should be a priority, but not for this Government.

  2. Dave Kennedy says:

    Also a recent Green announcement:

    The Green Party will increase transport spending in the regions by 50 percent over the next decade under its new transport plan, the Green Party said today.

    “Transport is the life-blood of the regions. They have been starved under National,” Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said today.

    “Over the next 10 years, we plan increase regional transport funding by $423 million and we will invest $3 billion on state highways that will hugely improve safety.

    “The bulk of the National’s transport budget has gone on motorways as it pursues its obsession with Roads of National Significance (RoNS) while regional transport needs have been ignored. The Green Party plan will change that.”

  3. Mr E says:

    “Over the next 10 years” – how long is a government term?

  4. Dave Kennedy says:

    Mr E, after our first term in Government the country won’t want to get rid of us 😉

  5. Roger Barton says:

    Yes Dave…especially when so much will be “free” however that will happen!

  6. Mr E says:

    My mum used to call that “Indian giving”. Personally I don’t like the phrase.

  7. Dave Kennedy says:

    Nothing is free, as you well know Roger, which is why the Greens always do very solid cost benefit analysis of all our policies and look at long term benefits too.

  8. Mr E says:

    “which is why the Greens always do very solid cost benefit analysis of all our policies ”

    My quote from:

    “Greens paid for an economic report that says:
    “a significant number (e.g. the bottom 10 percent) would become vulnerable at a pay-out of around $7 per kg of milk solids.”

    That is vulnerable to a carbon tax.

    Rabobank warns of a $5/kgMS.

    Greens hold strong with their carbon tax policy. Oh no…..”

  9. Dave Kennedy says:

    Mr E but they would also benefit from our 1% reduction in company tax, R&D investment, cheaper power, better rural roads, adding value to milk products…

  10. Mr E says:

    You paid for the Berl report to find out what sectors could afford your carbon tax.

    The findings now suggest Dairy can’t based on the recent forecast. And you are ignoring that.

    Why did you pay for the Berl report if you are now ignoring the findings?

  11. Paranormal says:

    Sadly DK, as regularly proven here and elsewhere, your understanding of economics isn’t as sound as it should be for a party aspiring to politics.

    Stop and have a think about ‘adding value to milk products’ and why that may not have already been done by Fonterra and other dairy cooperatives. Of course we could plow our milk fat into ‘sustainable’ (insert Tui ad here) fuel like other foodstuffs worldwide.

    The greens rabid approach to roads and transport should alert voters to the danger in voting Green and expecting any sort of rational improvement. trains and coastal shipping just don’t cut it. roads do as they provide the flexibility a modern vibrant economy requires.

    As for regional roads – suggest you talk to local councils about that.

  12. Mr E says:

    I know a man who says “everything after “but” is bull dust”

  13. Gravedodger says:

    Stated with all the aplomb of a Second Lieutenant leading his platoon out of the trenches into a hail of intersecting Machine Gun fire in no mans land c1916.
    Even if a battle is won the war will be lost as men, money and equipment lie idle among the dead.

    “ashes in their mouths”

    Tell im ees dreamin.

    Add value to dairy products? what add hundreds and thousands, that is multi colored frosting, not dollars.
    1% reduction in company tax? when the melons reach the treasury benches company profits will crash well below 1%.
    Cheaper power? under the proposed additional layer of bureaucracy that is a totally fraudulent myth.
    Capital Gains tax? do keep up Davy that was exploded by Mr c and the hirsute challenged Heven Vague yesterday.
    But it appears printing the dosh is still a goer.

    BTW where’s your main man Dave, Jabba will be worried..

  14. willdwan says:

    You pay company tax on profit Dave, but after you’ve helped yourselves to the carbon fine there won’t be any!

  15. JC says:


    That is shear mendacity. The Greens are *not* proposing the same carbon tax as BC. In BC everyone pays the carbon tax not just the rich pricks the Greens hate.

    Nor do the Greens propose an actual rich prick rate ($75,000) of 7.7% or a corporate tax rate that varies between 2.5-10%.

    Top personal tax rate for over $150,000 is 16%.

    You guys are the top liars and hypocrites in this election for peddling your punitive BS and ridiculous failed socialist ideas with their 100% failure rate and trying to compare with BC.

    Its disgraceful and dishonest politics.


  16. jabba says:

    Don’t worry GD .. our bOb will be back

  17. JC says:

    The BC tax rates. Read it and weep for the con the Greens are trying to pull.

    BC is doing OK despite a high carbon tax, but the concomitant reductions in personal and corporate tax rates are the drivers of the reasonable economy.


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