From ‘great stuff’ to ‘con job’ over Government’s $152m funding

'Good start but will need ongoing investment to prevent damage to roads'

'Good start but will need ongoing investment to prevent damage to roads'

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THERE was divided opinion in response to The Herald webpoll which asked readers how impressed they were with the Government’s $152.7 million of investments announced for the Gisborne region.

Readers were asked to rate it on a scale of 1 to 5 — 1 being unimpressed and 5 very impressed.

Thirty-three percent, or 154 respondents, chose one and 36 percent, or 171 respondents, went for 5.

A rating of 2 made up 7 percent (32), 11 percent (53) chose 2 and 13 percent (60) went for 4.

One respondent who selected 4 said “great stuff . . . There’s no way National would have invested so much in our region”.

“Good start but will need ongoing investment to prevent damage to roads,” another said.

“That is a heck of a lot of money!! Lets hope it’s well spent and not wasted.”

“Iwi, GDC, Te Ha and others should now work constructively with government to ensure that the national opening of Tuia 250 In Tairawhiti in October 2019 is a major international success because this will provide the first significant platform for the launching of the region’s Navigations based tourism strategy.”

“It would be really beneficial to Gisborne if the rail could be fixed as well as the roads. By only fixing the roads, in time they will need to be repaired again, which is money down the drain. Great to read that the airport will be upgraded,” said a respondent who rated it 4.

Comments from those who rated it 5 included —

“Best news for Tairawhiti ever.”

“Great for Gisborne, do not like the Prime Minister referring to Gisborne as Tairawhiti; we have not had a name change so far as I am aware.”

“The RGF funding should have included development funding for Tairawhiti Museum to ensure that it is able to continue to play a key role in the development of the Regional Navigations Tourism Strategy. GDC (Gisborne District Council) has a responsibility to ensure that it continues to develop its existing core cultural infrastructure at the same time as it develops new projects.”

“Happy with the structural resources for our region. The hope now is to focus on other areas like the social impacts our community is struggling with, i.e. addictions .”

“Finally we have a government prepared to invest in the regions. We have long been ignored by successive governments, well done to this government for stepping up with much-needed money.”

Among the comments from those who selected 1 were —

“It’s all about roading and a few pet projects sponsored by Gisborne’s Great and Good. There is nothing for rail, nothing for flood protection and nothing to stop raw sewage being discharged into the bay.”

“Where is mention of the rapid rail link from airport to city?”

“Should have been a lot more.”

“Money should have been committed to getting the railway line open.”

“It is just about all going on roads and should be part of the roading fund. Around $20 million is for regional growth, which is pathetic and a con job.”

“You should have included a zero; that’s about what it’s worth to the average Gisbornite.”

THERE was divided opinion in response to The Herald webpoll which asked readers how impressed they were with the Government’s $152.7 million of investments announced for the Gisborne region.

Readers were asked to rate it on a scale of 1 to 5 — 1 being unimpressed and 5 very impressed.

Thirty-three percent, or 154 respondents, chose one and 36 percent, or 171 respondents, went for 5.

A rating of 2 made up 7 percent (32), 11 percent (53) chose 2 and 13 percent (60) went for 4.

One respondent who selected 4 said “great stuff . . . There’s no way National would have invested so much in our region”.

“Good start but will need ongoing investment to prevent damage to roads,” another said.

“That is a heck of a lot of money!! Lets hope it’s well spent and not wasted.”

“Iwi, GDC, Te Ha and others should now work constructively with government to ensure that the national opening of Tuia 250 In Tairawhiti in October 2019 is a major international success because this will provide the first significant platform for the launching of the region’s Navigations based tourism strategy.”

“It would be really beneficial to Gisborne if the rail could be fixed as well as the roads. By only fixing the roads, in time they will need to be repaired again, which is money down the drain. Great to read that the airport will be upgraded,” said a respondent who rated it 4.

Comments from those who rated it 5 included —

“Best news for Tairawhiti ever.”

“Great for Gisborne, do not like the Prime Minister referring to Gisborne as Tairawhiti; we have not had a name change so far as I am aware.”

“The RGF funding should have included development funding for Tairawhiti Museum to ensure that it is able to continue to play a key role in the development of the Regional Navigations Tourism Strategy. GDC (Gisborne District Council) has a responsibility to ensure that it continues to develop its existing core cultural infrastructure at the same time as it develops new projects.”

“Happy with the structural resources for our region. The hope now is to focus on other areas like the social impacts our community is struggling with, i.e. addictions .”

“Finally we have a government prepared to invest in the regions. We have long been ignored by successive governments, well done to this government for stepping up with much-needed money.”

Among the comments from those who selected 1 were —

“It’s all about roading and a few pet projects sponsored by Gisborne’s Great and Good. There is nothing for rail, nothing for flood protection and nothing to stop raw sewage being discharged into the bay.”

“Where is mention of the rapid rail link from airport to city?”

“Should have been a lot more.”

“Money should have been committed to getting the railway line open.”

“It is just about all going on roads and should be part of the roading fund. Around $20 million is for regional growth, which is pathetic and a con job.”

“You should have included a zero; that’s about what it’s worth to the average Gisbornite.”

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