Now’s our rail chance — make the call Mr Peters

LETTER

An open letter to Hon. Winston Peters

Dear Winston,

Congratulations on your new status. It was sad to see you looking so despondent at the time the PM was explaining to the nation the contents of her letter to you and that she was “only a phone call away”.

Now is the time for you to honour some of those pre-election promises, in particular your commitment to national rail.

Minister Jones was in the district recently and gave some monies to the Chardonnay Express. That would probably pay for a repaint of the Muriwai goods shed which is unfortunately as far as the train can go.

However, in this regional programme he gave several millions for the re-establishment of the Wairoa/Napier line. That line was basically functioning and, with some overdue maintenance, is about to be up and running again. Congratulations.

The Gisborne/Wairoa line is a much more serious issue getting progressively worse through neglect. The National Government shut down on the idea. When approached, Anne Tolley was totally negative.

As an MP from an isolated region, you have stressed the importance of regional rail.

The PM is well aware of our situation. In a recent letter to this paper I suggested that when the link was restored she and her family could travel overnight Gisborne/Wellington to arrive fresh and ready to govern.

Sir, pick up the phone. As a self-confessed Gizzy wannabe she will thank you for it at the end of the day.

Kind regards

Denis A. Irwin

PS: Find enclosed a bottle of my 747 Estate Blend to settle your nerves prior to making the call.

An open letter to Hon. Winston Peters

Dear Winston,

Congratulations on your new status. It was sad to see you looking so despondent at the time the PM was explaining to the nation the contents of her letter to you and that she was “only a phone call away”.

Now is the time for you to honour some of those pre-election promises, in particular your commitment to national rail.

Minister Jones was in the district recently and gave some monies to the Chardonnay Express. That would probably pay for a repaint of the Muriwai goods shed which is unfortunately as far as the train can go.

However, in this regional programme he gave several millions for the re-establishment of the Wairoa/Napier line. That line was basically functioning and, with some overdue maintenance, is about to be up and running again. Congratulations.

The Gisborne/Wairoa line is a much more serious issue getting progressively worse through neglect. The National Government shut down on the idea. When approached, Anne Tolley was totally negative.

As an MP from an isolated region, you have stressed the importance of regional rail.

The PM is well aware of our situation. In a recent letter to this paper I suggested that when the link was restored she and her family could travel overnight Gisborne/Wellington to arrive fresh and ready to govern.

Sir, pick up the phone. As a self-confessed Gizzy wannabe she will thank you for it at the end of the day.

Kind regards

Denis A. Irwin

PS: Find enclosed a bottle of my 747 Estate Blend to settle your nerves prior to making the call.

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Michael Nicholson, Paekakariki - 2 months ago
Sir,
The railway to Gisborne should be reopened as a matter of urgency, or at least be phase two once the Napier to Wairoa railway is again up and running.
NZ First has strong rail policy which includes reopening the Gisborne railway, in fact all three parties in Government had promised to do just this and it is now time to honour these promises.
With a growing freight demand, the Gisborne railway can help to mitigate the ever-growing number of dangerous truck movements on the region's roads thus reducing road fatalities, improving regional transport resilience through diversification of modes and reduce carbon emissions as rail is nine times more fuel efficient than road transport.
The Gisborne railway also has such a lot of potential to provide passenger services to local communities and also attract tourists to the region on high-end passenger trains such as the Antipodes Explorer luxury train which is currently being developed, and also a growing number of mid-range touring trains such as the Dominion Post Rail Tours and other tour company orgised train-based travel, not to mention heritage excursion train operators.

G R Webb - 2 months ago
Please enlighten us on this "growing freight demand" and what has changed in that area since the line was closed?

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