Roading on agenda at MP Ngatapa meeting

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LABOUR MP Stuart Nash will host a meeting at Ngatapa Community Hall on Thursday, with roading and the impact of forestry trucks to be among the issues discussed.

Other speakers will include mayor Meng Foon, Ben Payne, harvest manager at PF Olsen and Chris Berry, manager at PF Olsen.

Mr Foon said he planned to attend because roading was an important local issue.

Community roads and continued access and improvement to the roading network needed government support, regardless of who was in power, he said.

“It is my duty to inform the politicians and lobby hard for our region.”

It was going through a big growth spurt, particularly in the wood and horticulture industries.

“In the wood industry, we were exporting 300,000 tonnes in 2001, now we are exporting 2.5 million tonnes.

“We need more resources to better accommodate the extra stress on our roading assets.’’

The needs of State Highway 35 and State Highway 2 from Opotiki to Napier would be reviewed through the Tairawhiti Action plan.

“Once we have that report, I would expect positive support from central Government and New Zealand Transport Agency,” Mr Foon said.

The community meeting will be between 5pm and 7.30pm, with a sausage sizzle provided.

Mr Nash, the MP for Napier, is Labour’s spokesman for forestry and economic development.

Ngatapa is in the Napier electorate.

LABOUR MP Stuart Nash will host a meeting at Ngatapa Community Hall on Thursday, with roading and the impact of forestry trucks to be among the issues discussed.

Other speakers will include mayor Meng Foon, Ben Payne, harvest manager at PF Olsen and Chris Berry, manager at PF Olsen.

Mr Foon said he planned to attend because roading was an important local issue.

Community roads and continued access and improvement to the roading network needed government support, regardless of who was in power, he said.

“It is my duty to inform the politicians and lobby hard for our region.”

It was going through a big growth spurt, particularly in the wood and horticulture industries.

“In the wood industry, we were exporting 300,000 tonnes in 2001, now we are exporting 2.5 million tonnes.

“We need more resources to better accommodate the extra stress on our roading assets.’’

The needs of State Highway 35 and State Highway 2 from Opotiki to Napier would be reviewed through the Tairawhiti Action plan.

“Once we have that report, I would expect positive support from central Government and New Zealand Transport Agency,” Mr Foon said.

The community meeting will be between 5pm and 7.30pm, with a sausage sizzle provided.

Mr Nash, the MP for Napier, is Labour’s spokesman for forestry and economic development.

Ngatapa is in the Napier electorate.

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winston moreton - 5 months ago
Be interesting to hear Mayor Meng Foon explain why our so-called Eastland Community Trust, of which he is a member, is so opposed to using the railway to move logs on the Wairoa to Napier line. They are fixing the Kaikoura line, why not ours?

MAT BOONEN - 5 months ago
Spend the money on roads not offices.
It is ridiculous in this day and age we block off (with security) Motu road as the only viable time constrained option to link eastern Bay of Plenty to Tairawhiti. And yet the Motu road stays open due to slips or weather more so than the state hwy. Let's not talk about Waikeremoana State Highway either. But enough is enough. Time for action not election promises or fancy waka-shaped offices that go nowhere.

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