Petition to ‘save’ road of ‘national importance’

The Opposition has started early this year with two National MPs launching a petition in a purported “bid to save road of national significance”.

The Greens especially and also Labour used petitions as an Opposition tactic last term.

Press release from the National Party: MPs launch bid to save road of national significance

National MPs Todd Muller, MP for Bay of Plenty and Scott Simpson, MP for Coromandel have today launched a campaign to ensure the Katikati to Tauranga four-lane Road of National Significance proceeds as planned by the previous National Government.

“The previous National-led Government had committed to a large number of important regional highway projects right around New Zealand, including the delivery of not only the Tauranga Northern Link (TNL) and the Katikati bypass, but also a full four-lane motorway from Tauranga to Katikati,” Mr Simpson says.
“These projects would greatly improve safety and travel times, better connect our regions and boost regional economic growth. However, the new Minister of Transport, Phil Twyford, has now indicated a number of these projects are under review.

“The by-pass of Katikati was warmly welcomed locally and this critical investment must go ahead with construction of the TNL beginning this year as planned. The road must also go all the way to Tauranga because that stretch of highway is currently one of the most dangerous in the country.”

“The Road of National Significance that includes the TNL would see a continuous four-lane State Highway with wide lanes, grade separated intersections and other safety measures stretching from Tauranga to Katikati,” Mr Muller says.

“I am particularly focused on ensuring our Omokoroa community is provided with a grade separated connection onto State Highway 2, and the work has to start immediately.
“This investment is critically important for Tauranga and the wider Bay of Plenty region and the Government has wrongly thrown the project into uncertainty.
“Our local National team will be pushing the Government to commit to the project and we encourage the public to show their support and ensure our region’s voice is heard loud and clear through signing this petition.”

The petition can be found here.

The petition states:

Support the Katikati to Tauranga Road of National Significance

The Katikati to Tauranga Road of National Significance is needed to greatly improve safety, shorten travel times, better connect our regions and boost economic development.

State Highway 2 is one of the most dangerous stretched of road in the country, however the new Transport Minister is failing to commit to the project.

Add your name, and let Phil Twyford know that he needs to back our regions.

Twyford is the new Minister of Transport.

Like Green and Labour ‘petitions’ this one seems to be an attempt to harvest contact information. It insists on email address, first and last name, and also prompts for Mobile phone number, and defaults to ticking ‘Send me text message updates’.

Most people are likely to have there things on things other than Katikati to Tauranga roading at this time of year.

It’s debatable whether the road being petitioned for is of ‘national importance’ but it is of National (Party, the Opposition) importance.

I’m not sure how much political petitions have had on public opinion, opinion polls or elections, but I doubt if it’s much.

 

27 Comments

  1. Trevors_elbow

     /  January 10, 2018

    Advocating for their communities Pete…. and using the Greens tactics against them is a good thing. Creates a nice “discussion” point for National in the House highlighting differences in approach….

    One would also think this targets NZF effectively as well… hard for them to justify not supporting these roads given their rhetoric re regional development … nice wedge issue for National

  2. Blazer

     /  January 10, 2018

    put it on ice,and prioritise roading in the..regions and rail in Auck/Northland.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 10, 2018

      Katikati is in the regions.

    • NOEL

       /  January 10, 2018

      Disagree Blazer. Put the emphasis on by passing Katikati which is dangerous from truck movement .The rest is just timing. Clear runs after 0900 going south same before 3.00 going north, Glide time in Tauranga industry would reduce a lot of traffic.

  3. PartisanZ

     /  January 10, 2018

    I’m with Blazer on this one. Indeed, I reckon put all RoNS on hold and review what could better be done for ALL regions of Aotearoa New Zealand with the phenomenally massive sums of money involved, i.e. $709.5 million (at this stage) for 18.5km from Puhoi to Warkworth … (my guess is it’ll crack the billion before its finished) …

    RoNS is the transportional expression of ‘cultural insanity’ …

    • Griff

       /  January 10, 2018

      Puhoi to Warkworth
      You wouldn’t be so against it if it was you sitting in traffic for three bloody hours trying to travel a few k’s. The dome valley is even worse with any accident leading to a hours long detour around state highway 16. Warkworth to Wellsford is really needed.
      Whangarei will become more important over time .
      The growth out here is phenomenal we need a reasonable road to go along with choochoos.

      • Gezza

         /  January 10, 2018

        to go along with choochoos
        Far out! Are you a child prodigy Griff? 😀

        • Griff

           /  January 10, 2018

          Nope
          I am more than half used and don’t quite reach genius level.
          What is wrong with adding a little humor?
          It made you react so as art was valid.

          The fascination with cho cho trains was for the hornby generation .
          Slightly before my time.

          I see a valid use for trains in bulk freight but don’t think they will replace personal transport or light freight.
          Battery electric cars and light freight are coming far faster than most think.
          An upgraded electrified rail network extended to whangarei will allow it to supersede Auckland’s port for the movement of bulk freight. This would allow Auckland to make better use of its prime land along the water front.
          Rail has a massive down side as it is capital heavy and unflexeble .
          Spending to much on it will make it harder to adapt to the cumming technology of self drive cars.

          • Gezza

             /  January 10, 2018

            Nothing wrong with adding a little humour, I’m all for it – hence the smiling emoji.

            Can’t stand whingers, grinches & grouches on forums – unless they’ve got a GSOH. 😉

            I’m also a fan of your anarchic spelling. 😀

      • Conspiratoor

         /  January 10, 2018

        Agreed Griff. 4 lanes all the way to the blue goose and a chinese built rail link ftom Marsden. Disregard partisanz input on this one. He’s never ventured further south than Rawene

        • PartisanZ

           /  January 10, 2018

          So soon after Gezza referred to “a GSOH” …

          I quake in fear … He knows who I am …

          Sherlock lives!

  4. PartisanZ

     /  January 10, 2018

    So a 5km detour around Dome Valley and the addition of more three-lane ‘passing lane’ sections, maybe costing $310 million leaves $400 million for work elsewhere, like making the Old North Road more attractive to holiday-makers … because its only a few days per year of holiday-makers who have this problem, isn’t it? … plus more passing-lane sections Warkworth to Wellsford and beyond …

    RoNS is an election bribe gone rogue protecting ‘cultural insanity’ …

    • PartisanZ

       /  January 10, 2018

      … and because of the public money and massive contracts involved, the culturally insane are protecting it …

      • PartisanZ

         /  January 10, 2018

        It’s sort of like … Orrrhhh, didums, did you have to wait in queues to go on holiday … just like you do to get to work each and every day of the year ….?

        And this terrible ‘inconvenience’ justifies criminally insane selective spending of public money – commonly known as “other people’s money” – for the convenience of you having smooth, uninterrupted holiday driving 5 days each year on a road that will otherwise be vastly under-utilized for 360 days …

        Like … ever thought of getting up earlier and leaving earlier to get to the beach house?

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  January 10, 2018

          What a load of crap, PZ. I travel the road every month and it is overloaded the whole year with conflicting traffic.

          • PartisanZ

             /  January 10, 2018

            I travel it frequently enough to know that what you say is crap Alan, including recently at ‘holiday time’ … It was pretty smooth-flowing going North but obviously a bit congested with folks returning for a start to the working year in Auckland … Overload is overload in any language …

            4 lanes is never going to cope with that situation either. Does 4 or even 6 lanes cope with everyone leaving work each day heading home on the Southern or Northern motorways …?

            Maybe … derrrrr …. stagger people’s working hours …?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  January 10, 2018

              4 lanes means faster traffic can pass slow traffic. There is a huge amount of freight on that road as well as slow tourists. Also a median barrier prevents head on collisions

            • PartisanZ

               /  January 10, 2018

              Much of that freight is ‘bulk freight’ that even Griff agrees is better shipped by rail …

              These other ‘inconveniences’ and nuisances to your superior driving can all be overcome by two-lanes plus passing lane sections, and median barriers can be retrospectively fitted in danger zones …

              RoNS are National government election bribes one and all … Where are they again? Oh, Right … Northland. Waikato. Tauranga-Bay of Plenty …

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  January 10, 2018

              How did Griff become an arbiter on shipping who knows better than the transport industry and their customers the best solutions?

              It’s just sad that so many NZers are willing to accept such poor and hugely costly infrastructure standards. The consequence is undeveloped generational poverty and joblessness.

  5. Blazer

     /  January 11, 2018

    ‘ who knows better than the transport industry and their customers the best solutions?’…a typical stupid statement from ..Al.The transport industry are interested in making the biggest profits with the least…..expense.Trucking coy’s don’t want competition from rail,but they do want wide lane highways to expedite their turnaround…times.

  6. Griff

     /  January 11, 2018

    meh
    PartisanZ insistence on trashing those who have holidays accommodation does not change reality.
    Google dome valley crash.
    I dont use highway one for holidays and neither does Allan
    He lives in boi and I live in kaiwaka….we use it to get to the big smoke for business along with tens of thousands of others who live north of Auckland. I never travel HW1 in peak holiday times yet regularly get delayed or diverted.

    My comment on the use of the highway and rail was balanced and congruent with our excepted future growth and technology’s.

    • Conspiratoor

       /  January 11, 2018

      Im in the same waka griff. If i understsnd partisanzs rambling discourse from previous exchanges he believes passing lanes are the solution to growing congestion …plus some diversion for added shits and giggles. A kind of pseudo RON

  7. Blazer

     /  January 11, 2018

    crusher Collins the Oravida Ogre in on the act now…with multiple petitions and the usual…liefest about projects that haven’t even been …costed.

    • pak

       /  January 12, 2018

      Exactly, just like because they said they were going to cut taxes, so if the opposition didn’t do the same as they were going to they we won the election, then you’re raising taxes, same flawed logic with these roads that they never had planned until just before the election.

  8. Frederick

     /  January 15, 2018

    Please continue the well needed Otaki to Levin Highway!