Cole­man de­fends stance

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Labour’s North­cote can­di­date Shanan Hal­bert ques­tions why, as sport and recre­ation min­is­ter, in­cum­bent MP, Na­tional’s Dr Jonathan Cole­man doesn’t sup­port SkyPath.

On Au­gust 24, Labour an­nounced a $30 mil­lion fund­ing boost for SkyPath, as part of its walk­ing and cy­cling poli­cies.

In a Face­book live chat on Au­gust 29, Hal­bert said it was ’’con­cern­ing’’ the Cole­man did not sup­port SkyPath, de­spite Gov­ern­ment sup­port.

Cole­man was un­able to at­tend the live chat, but said af­ter­wards he did sup­port the prin­ci­ple of be­ing able to walk and cy­cle across Auck­land Har­bour Bridge.

How­ever, he didn’t think North­cote Point could cope if it were the sole exit point for cy­clists, and SkyPath needed to con­nect with the SeaPath cy­cle­way.

‘‘It wasn’t so much about SkyPath, it was about the cy­cle lanes in North­cote Point.

‘‘The cy­cle lanes and the speed bumps are over en­gi­neered. I’m con­cerned they’ve wrecked a beau­ti­ful her­itage street.’’

Green Party can­di­date for North­cote Re­bekah Jaung said her party is huge sup­porter of ac­tive and pub­lic forms of trans­port.

ACT’s can­di­date Tim Kron­feld had doubts about the cost and the re­al­ity of the project, specif­i­cally the geotech­ni­cal prob­lems of clip­ping on SkyPath.

‘‘If I was the min­is­ter of sport and recre­ation, then I would be to­tally sup­port­ive of SkyPath.’’

RACHAEL CLARKE/STUFF

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