Roading the main issue
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.