Roading the main is­sue

Rodney Times - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

Roading is the topic most Rod­ney and Hibis­cus Coast res­i­dents want to see ad­dressed in the next term of Gov­ern­ment. From build­ing Penlink to fix­ing con­ges­tion on State High­way 1 at Gre­ville Road, lo­cals are tired of be­ing stuck in traf­fic.

In an un­sci­en­tific poll on the Rod­ney Times Neigh­bourly page, we asked read­ers what they wanted to most from the next Gov­ern­ment. Out of 238 votes, 42.9 per cent voted to build Penlink, and fix­ing Hill Street re­ceived 12.6 per cent of the votes. Other op­tions in­cluded build­ing a hospi­tal in Rod­ney, bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion and bet­ter fund­ing for men­tal health.

While can­vass­ing res­i­dents, the Rod­ney Times re­ceived a va­ri­ety of re­sponses to the ques­tion what mat­ters most to you this elec­tion. Debra Hunt from Hat­fields said she wanted the next Gov­ern­ment to give more as­sis­tance to refugees by dou­bling the quota. Kane Adams from Orewa would like bet­ter cy­ber se­cu­rity and Orewa Surf Life­sav­ing Club head coach Zac Franich, who shot to fame dur­ing this year’s The Bach­e­lor TV show, crossed his fin­gers and hoped for Penlink. Franich said he re­mem­bered do­ing a project on Penlink at school and couldn’t be­lieve the much-talked about bridge still hadn’t been built.

For 7-year-old Red Beach School stu­dent Maddi, a pool that peo­ple and an­i­mals could use was top of her list.

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