Transport policy ‘out of touch’ - Muller

Todd Muller is slamming the government’s draft transport policy. Photo: Supplied.

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller is slamming the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport as ‘out of touch with regional New Zealand'.

“The Government's priorities are so far out of step with what every day New Zealander's expect that you have to wonder what planet they live on,” says Todd.

“First they tell us they are going to be pouring $4 Billion into trams and trains for Auckland, and then in the same breath say funding allocated for state highways, like the stretch between Katikati and Tauranga, will be cut by 11 per cent.

“They expect the Bay to pay more and receive less? Let's see how that goes down in our communities like Omokoroa and Te Puna where they are screaming out for vital upgrades for a road that has seen over 619 accidents since 2010.”

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones is always quick to talk in billions, says Todd.

“Today I want to talk about the $5 Billion the Labour/Greens/New Zealand First Government will be cutting out of the State Highway construction programme over the next decade.

“If anything this shows that New Zealand First's claim to be the party of the regions is an absolute farce – they are just another cog in the Labour/Greens machine.”

Todd says the Tauranga Northern Link tendering process for a road due to commence construction this year, is now on ice.

“Now I understand why the Minister of Transport Phil Twyford refuses to come and drive SH2 with me – because he doesn't have it in him to look the community in the eye and say ‘we aren't building your road'.

“They say there will be safety improvements, and anything that makes our roads safer is welcome, but we all know this will just be tinkering at the edges. Let's do it once, and do it right. Let's get on with it and get the TNL built.” 



14 Comments

Planets

Posted on 05-04-2018 13:02 | By Merlin

Talking about planets Todd which one are you own it must be the farthest away you are so out of touch yourself.These roads are going to addressed for safety factors long before the Northern link would have materialised under your watch for which no money was appropriated after nine years with the Ex Minister of Transport the local MP who achieved nothing on this road in nine years.I hope you are reading all these comments because you are not getting much support for yours.

Planets

Posted on 05-04-2018 13:02 | By Merlin

Talking about planets Todd which one are you own it must be the farthest away you are so out of touch yourself.These roads are going to addressed for safety factors long before the Northern link would have materialised under your watch for which no money was appropriated after nine years with the Ex Minister of Transport the local MP who achieved nothing on this road in nine years.I hope you are reading all these comments because you are not getting much support for yours.

They are

Posted on 04-04-2018 18:41 | By Merlin

They are attacking the Government on Roading, raising taxes but when you look at it they did exactly the same thing by breaking a promise not to raise GST,resume Super contributions when in surplus and raised numerous taxes but called them levies instead and increased the exercise on petrol them selves. Tauranga got an Eastern Link with less traffic than the Northern link and two toll roads and Auckland and Hamilton have none.If they had it would have helped their infrastructure.So much B******t coming from the Ex government it makes you cringe.888888t

Todd

Posted on 04-04-2018 17:59 | By Told you

You will get nowhere talking the way you do, please tell the true and dont try to bend things to suit your ideals, twisting the story dose you no good, man up and be positive.

Idle hands

Posted on 04-04-2018 16:57 | By backofthequeue

Fascinating how we have heard more from Todd Muller in the past few months than ever before. His attempts to make himself relevant outside of government are so orchestrated as to make him appear a bit of a joke. Any issues that exist today must be laid firmly at the feet of the National party who had nine years to act and did not!

Todd. Muller?

Posted on 04-04-2018 15:27 | By waiknot

Did you actually bother to read the whole document? You are being so misleading here that it must border on dishonest.

Sick of the waffle

Posted on 04-04-2018 15:25 | By thebrads6

9 years of National & now Labour & co. I am well & truly sick of the dribble you lot keep spewing at each other. Here is a novel idea, stop the blame game and SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING

White noise

Posted on 04-04-2018 14:54 | By maildrop

Blah blah. Make the right noises for Simon. Show me the gravy train money. Choo Choo Todd.

Don’t worry

Posted on 04-04-2018 14:28 | By NZer

Cindy is going to put in new taxes and tax the crap out of you all and.... still do nothing!!!

Todd is

Posted on 04-04-2018 14:22 | By Merlin

Todd is getting boring and Simon is not my PM he thinks he is still a crown prosecutor and twist things around to suit.His legacy was absolutely zero for Tauranga after nine years.

Still bitter eh Todd?

Posted on 04-04-2018 13:41 | By Bruja

There was NOTHING yesterday that said Katikati-Tauranga road funding would be cut. Firstly, they are prioritising safety and the priorities will be shown by statistics. That puts Katikati - Tauranga front and centre. Secondly, they are massively increasing funding on regional roads. That strip of road is in the region of Bay of Plenty. It is both a State Highway and a regional road. Thirdly, they are massively increasing rail funding including regional rail which means rail such as a Tauranga -Hamilton-Auckland triangle. YOU had 9 years to sort Katikati to Tauranga. You didn't. End of. Build a bridge! Oh that's right, you guys didn't do that either. Especially eleven bridges Bridges....oh, make that zero bridges Bridges. It'd be funny if it weren't so blatantly 'politicking'. :(

Nine years

Posted on 04-04-2018 13:24 | By Kiwi Poet

National had nine years to do something, they concentrated on roads of "National Significance" and in the meantime degraded state highways and forced more and more costs on to Local Bodies. Todd is being careless with the truth and using a very selective view that does not highlight the investment in the regions that will occurr.

Why

Posted on 04-04-2018 12:51 | By Merlin

Why did not you do it in the last nine years even with the Minister of Transport a local MP.We got two toll roads one either side of Tauranga instead.By the way the Minister does not have to jump when you say so.Why the Eastern link was done which has less traffic than the northern Route I fail to see.The safety issues will be dealt with sooner than it will take to get the processes done for the highway as it was priority 11 I believe in the agenda.

Well done Todd

Posted on 04-04-2018 12:18 | By mattbop

Your party done nothing about that road for 9 years. People have been dying there in their masses since I was a kid. You say 'lets do it once and do it right' but your party is making a 6 lane road merge onto a 2 lane bridge at welcome bay. Foward thinking there mate.

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