Nine years to fix roads

LETTER

I would like to comment about the latest dig at the Labour Government for cutting regional state highway funding by Mrs Tolley, stating “It’s just not good enough”.

Isn’t it fair to say Mrs Tolley had ample time to push for roading for Gisborne and ensure this happened while National was in office, but it never did. Now National MPs are making noise about issues that have plagued this country for the past three terms they were in office but didn’t do a bloody thing to make changes.

The only reason Gisborne has missed out on so much is because the so-called local MP at the time National was in power didn’t care or do enough. Mrs Tolley has no right to make complaints about anything as Labour has nine years of National Party stuff-ups to fix, and it isn’t going to happen overnight.

Katie Macrae

I would like to comment about the latest dig at the Labour Government for cutting regional state highway funding by Mrs Tolley, stating “It’s just not good enough”.

Isn’t it fair to say Mrs Tolley had ample time to push for roading for Gisborne and ensure this happened while National was in office, but it never did. Now National MPs are making noise about issues that have plagued this country for the past three terms they were in office but didn’t do a bloody thing to make changes.

The only reason Gisborne has missed out on so much is because the so-called local MP at the time National was in power didn’t care or do enough. Mrs Tolley has no right to make complaints about anything as Labour has nine years of National Party stuff-ups to fix, and it isn’t going to happen overnight.

Katie Macrae

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G R Webb - 16 days ago
Its obvious that maths was not Ms Macrae's strong point. There is a vast difference between not spending on a project and taking money away from existing funding. It is the latter that the Labour Government is planning on doing and worse still its being sent to Auckland.

W Gerrard - 15 days ago
I agree with Katie, MP Tolley does have a cheek to complain. What did she and her national government do for gisborne in nine years??

G R Webb - 13 days ago
Well for a kick off we have two urban cycleways and a new bridge just out of Matawai. According to the NZTA website a total of $120 million will be invested in the region's transport network during the 2015-18 NLTP period. Investment in capital works will increase by $11m to $21m, with a significant focus on state highway and local road improvements. Of this total, $5m will be spent on cycling and walking projects and $1.5m on public transport. Then I guess you could look at how much was spent by the government in benefits. And of course the Global Financial Crisis and three Canterbury earthquakes had to be dealt with. Unlike Labour, the National government did not take money away.

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    Do you agree that ratepayers in the city and on the Flats should subsidise some of the spending on rural roads in the district?

    See also:
    April 21 editorial, The local share of roads spending