Road funding increased

LETTER

I noticed in an article on Gisborne District Council’s recent long-term plan meeting at Makauri School that it was mentioned the previous Government had “cut subsidies to the country’s councils” leading to an overspend by GDC. I know it is fashionable to blame the previous Government for a variety of ills, especially when a new Government is trying to balance an out-of-control budget, but the fact is that the Gisborne region received $4 million more from NZTA in 2016/17 than in 2015/16 for local road construction and maintenance.

Of course that always needs to be matched by local rates funding, only State Highways are funded 100 percent from the Road Transport fund. And it is also true that this funding does go up and down from year to year, dependent on the local rating ability and the agreed programme of work.

In addition, the National Government funded the construction of the new Motu Bridge after decades of waiting, and it has just opened to traffic. It was extra funding, not the Road Transport funding from road taxes etc.

National also promised at the election to return to Tairawhiti Roads the $17m savings from NZTA. Has the new Government honoured that promise?

Anne Tolley MP

I noticed in an article on Gisborne District Council’s recent long-term plan meeting at Makauri School that it was mentioned the previous Government had “cut subsidies to the country’s councils” leading to an overspend by GDC. I know it is fashionable to blame the previous Government for a variety of ills, especially when a new Government is trying to balance an out-of-control budget, but the fact is that the Gisborne region received $4 million more from NZTA in 2016/17 than in 2015/16 for local road construction and maintenance.

Of course that always needs to be matched by local rates funding, only State Highways are funded 100 percent from the Road Transport fund. And it is also true that this funding does go up and down from year to year, dependent on the local rating ability and the agreed programme of work.

In addition, the National Government funded the construction of the new Motu Bridge after decades of waiting, and it has just opened to traffic. It was extra funding, not the Road Transport funding from road taxes etc.

National also promised at the election to return to Tairawhiti Roads the $17m savings from NZTA. Has the new Government honoured that promise?

Anne Tolley MP

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W Gerrard - 6 months ago
National may have promised to return $17 million savings to Tairawhiti Roads but would you have honoured this if you were back in government? Why should only the roads be funded, what about rail?

Tony Lee - 6 months ago
Mrs Tolley, what an absurd notion that any government would be expected to honour election promises made by its opposition.