Poli­cies to im­prove ru­ral trans­port

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The Mata­mata Chron­i­cle con­tin­ues its reg­u­lar Q&A with party can­di­dates for Waikato and Hau­raki-Waikato elec­torates. This week we asked what their party can do to im­prove trans­port to bet­ter con­nect ru­ral towns with each other, as well as with cities like Hamil­ton and Tau­ranga.


EVs are an im­por­tant part of the so­lu­tion to our trans­port pol­lu­tion prob­lem that makes up 20 per cent of New Zealand’s cli­mate chang­ing green­house gas emis­sions.

Road trans­port causes 90 per cent of this.

Up to 80 per cent of New Zealand’s elec­tric­ity is gen­er­ated from clean, lo­cal sources yet we spend over $6 bil­lion ev­ery year im­port­ing petrol and diesel for our ve­hi­cles.

There are enough new re­new­able power plants con­sented or ready to be built to pro­vide the ex­tra elec­tric­ity needed to power mil­lions of elec­tric cars in New Zealand.

New Zealand First

pri­va­tised or cor­po­ra­tised.

They will be prop­erly main­tained and will bal­ance road user needs with public trans­port to re­duce de­pen­dency on pri­vate cars.

Public trans­port is a ma­jor pri­or­ity for the re­gions and our party wants to en­cour­age its use. In or­der to do this, we need to sub­ject road­ing projects to wider scru­tiny, so that we have an en­com­pass­ing re­gional strat­egy.

This in­cludes bet­ter use of our rail net­work with con­nect­ing coaches link­ing to out­ly­ing ar­eas.

We need to de­velop a pro­gramme of rail­ways of na­tional im­por­tance, with im­prove­ments and ex­ten­sions where there is an op­por­tu­nity. This will re­duce de­pen­dency on the road­ing net­work for heavy and bulk freight ser­vices.

New Zealand First also pro­motes elec­tri­fi­ca­tion over liq­uid fuel pow­ered ve­hi­cles where pos­si­ble.


Rapid Rail plan which will ben­e­fit the Waikato, start­ing with a $20m com­mit­ment to es­tab­lish­ing a pas­sen­ger service be­tween Auck­land, Hamil­ton, and Tau­ranga. As part of Labour’s re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion through de­cent re­gional eco­nomic devel­op­ment, the Waikato de­serves well paid jobs and hous­ing, and bet­ter trans­port op­tion, to of­fer peo­ple a rea­son to stay and build their lives within the Waikato.

In the next 25 years, the pop­u­la­tion of the ‘‘Golden Tri­an­gle’’ of Auck­land, Hamil­ton and Tau­ranga is pro­jected to in­crease by 800,000 – three­quar­ters of na­tional pop­u­la­tion growth. It is time this grow­ing re­gion had a mod­ern, rapid rail service.

As Labour can­di­date for Waikato, I have ad­vo­cated for com­muter rail and im­proved road­ing through­out the Waikato and I am­proud to sup­port this ini­tia­tive.

Labour will boost trans­port in­vest­ment in re­gional projects across the coun­try by dou­bling the fund­ing range in the Gov­ern­ment Pol­icy State­ment. The Waikato is grow­ing rapidly – and the roads are strug­gling to cope with in­creased heavy traf­fic and tourist ve­hi­cles.

Labour will also hold an ur­gent Road­ing Sum­mit in Welling­ton work­ing along­side coun­cils to com­pile a plan to ac­cel­er­ate projects that would oth­er­wise be de­layed or never be built, as an as­sess­ment of re­gional needs, with a fo­cus on fix­ing ac­ci­dent blackspots given the wor­ry­ing rise in the road toll in re­cent years.

Labour’s re­gional trans­port plan will make New Zealand an even bet­ter place to live, work, visit, and do busi­ness.

Im­prove­ments to State High­way 1 be­tween Cam­bridge and Piarere are planned.

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