web analytics
The Standard
Advertising

NRT: National’s roads are pure pork

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 pm, July 29th, 2014 - 13 comments
Categories: bill english, Economy, national, same old national, tax, transport, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: , , , ,

no-right-turn-256Reposted from No Right Turn

Last month the government announced it would be spending $212 million on regional roads. Every single one of the priority projects (and eight of nine lower priority projects) is in a National-held electorate, which suggested immediately that this was pre-election pork-barrelling. But now thanks to Rob Salmond and the OIA, that suspicion has been confirmed:

But local MP Bill English – who has no Ministerial responsibility for transport – requested and received two NZTA briefings in 10 days about [the Kawarau Falls Bridge]. And, lo and behold, the project has received the blessing of the normally tight-as-a-drum Minister of Finance, Bill English. It is now at the head of the queue.

English has made sure that, despite its low efficiency and low benefit cost ratio, taxpayers will spend up to $25 million on his Kawerau Falls Bridge anyway. Who wants to take bets on the name of the new bridge?

Similar Ministerial interference is likely elsewhere, too. Nick Smith in Nelson has long been an advocate of the Nelson Southern Link, despite the Environment Court rubbishing it in 2004 and NZTA panning in 2014 (Cost: Up to $50 million. Benefit cost ratio “0 to 2,” page 32.).2 And Anne Tolley in Gisborne is getting the now infamous “let’s replace the Motu bridge we’ve only just fixed” project (Benefit cost ratio “0 to 2″, page 32), which even the Gisborne council and local truck drivers think isn’t a good idea.

They’re also spinning the benefit-cost ratios; the Kawarau Falls Bridge (BCR 1.1) is classified as “1 to 3″, which is just a little misleading. And if they’re doing that to something which barely breaks even, the ones classified as “0 to 2″ are probably all below 0.5.

These roads are basically pure pork. They are assessed as costing more money to build than they will ever produce in benefits, even using NZTA’s infamously overoptimistic assessments. But they’ve been approved because National MPs and Ministers want to be seen as delivering something for their electorates before the election. So much for assessing needs based on merits.

13 comments on “NRT: National’s roads are pure pork”

  1. Clemgeopin 1

    That article clearly reveals the corrupt partisan practices of this dodgy government. Where are our news reporters, our investigative journalists and our fair and balanced political ‘commentators’ on our TV and the MSM reporting on these shockingly shoddy affairs?

    Key and Jerry Brownlee have a serious explaining to do. When are they going to be interviewed, questioned and held responsible? Going by the biased standards of our media and their pro government slant, not likely to happen!

  2. emergency mike 2

    Benefit cost ratio 0 to 2? As I understand it, 0 means you’ll get nothing back on your investment, 1 means you break even, and 2 means you’ll get back twice what you put in? Am I right?

    If I am then ‘Benefit cost ratio 0 to 2′ sounds a bit like being offered a return on your investment of between -100% and 100%. Which sounds a lot like like either ‘no one has a clue’ or ‘total dogshit’.

  3. disturbed 3

    National is going the wrong way down the road, here’s why.
    This tarmac crazed Government came in late 2008.

    Then they set about dismantling our railway system in N.Z.

    Bill English as Minister of Finance said as a small population we cant afford both land transport functions, so they began building roads and more roads.

    At the same time they grudgingly put a rail plan together to fund $250 Million a year for three years to make them look like they were trying to do some rail restoration.

    After three years Kiwirail got $750 million for restoring the rail system National said that was a good result.

    Here is the real truth,

    While the drip feed $250m a year came to Kiwirail the funds were “diverted from repairs and upgrades on the rail, and were sent to:
    Auckland passenger rail, = $350M
    Wellington Commuter rail.=$200M
    Locomotives and Wagons. = $200M

    So you know virtually nothing went to “restore our rail network” at all

    Do you wonder why the Napier Gisborne rail washout never got fixed while a rail freight and tourism surge was occurring of doubling of previous years financial figures showed?

    Because now they wanted the rail corridor simply for a cycleway, without care for all Gisborne HB citizens wanting rail back to lower truck gridlock.

    This all the while National was spending massive on repairs on roading because all those trucks are now wrecking the roads faster than they can repair them.

    It is a loosing transport policy that will bankrupt our Nation after all rail services are gone if this bunch of idiots keep this dopey Tarmac plan.

    Then rocketing oil prices will make road freight so expensive as the dollar drops and fuel prices rise, we will be so screwed.

    • Clemgeopin 3.1

      +100.
      Why can’t this stooopid government understand basic stuff!

      • Draco T Bastard 3.1.1

        They do understand basic stuff – they understand what makes the rich richer and they’ll do that even if it means destroying NZ.

        • Chooky 3.1.1.1

          +!00…yes these motorways are for their developer friends and their blind trusts…and massive immigration …from where?….(i hope not the Middle East when it gets too hot for Israel)

          These motorways will not help the average New Zealander ( particularly if they are toll roads and with the oil crisis)

          Nor will these roads help New Zealand TOURISM….which relies on an aesthetic experience..Tourism is one of New Zealand’s biggest earners and not factored in to the economics of motorway building…eating up precious country side

          Labour should axe the motorways …save the billions in borrowing ….and concentrate on rail and Tourism, public transport and bike trails …i have yet to see Labour’s policy on this

    • Colonial Viper 3.2

      Then rocketing oil prices will make road freight so expensive as the dollar drops and fuel prices rise, we will be so screwed.

      Yep. Although I think the problem will be more around affordability – prices can stay stable, but as business and personal incomes drop, stagnation will mount.

      Bill English as Minister of Finance said as a small population we cant afford both land transport functions, so they began building roads and more roads.

      I mean, it’s just fuckwittery from English whom I doubt believes one word of it. We built and ran a nationwide rail system with fewer than 1M people in the country ffs.

      • Draco T Bastard 3.2.1

        We built and ran a nationwide rail system with fewer than 1M people in the country ffs.

        That’s because rail and the trains to run on them are incredibly cheap to build. This is in contrast to how expensive it is to build and maintain roads.

        Blinglish did say we could have one or the other, not both, and he’s probably right. Where he’s going wrong is in the fact that he’s building the more expensive roads rather than rail.

  4. vto 4

    $400 million for diary farmers irrigation dreams of grandeur (can’t handle the free market so need welfare)

    $1,700million for shoddy South Canterbury Finance investors (can’t handle the free market so need welfare).

    $30million for foreigner Rio Tinto (can’t handle the free market so needs welfare)

    $35million loan for Steven Joyce’s business mediaworks (can’t handle the free market so needs welfare).

    $212million for National seat roads (where is the free market to provide? More welfare please).

    …..

    but cant handle a few million to keep Christchurch East schools stable for a few years post-earthquake to ensure our children are safe and secure in the only remaining stability in their lives…

    they have names for these sorts of people. srylands is one. Disgusting – spitoooeeee hard

  5. disturbed 5

    Yes and the final straw is now we hear they are scrapping wagons at an alarming rate every week now this was from inside sources.

    In Joyce/Brownlee’s words “it doesn’t’ stack up”?

    They were lying about the Napier Gisborne rail. but we say what they are doing now certainly “doesn’t stack up”.

  6. Jepenseque 6

    This is a weak critique. National holds almost every regional/rural seat. Ergo regional roads are going to be in national held seats. Also surprise surprise a local mp is interested in a local road.

  7. disturbed 7

    Jepenseque

    You are ignoring all the flack regional national M.P’s are now receiving with their hasty embrace of taxpayer road funding over rail restoration.

    Trouble with this simplistic analogy you applied to the critique was to assume there are no actual negative effects to local regional tax and ratepayers as these National M.P.’s are pushing for pork barrel politics of boosting local roads while running down rail restoration.

    Most of the flack these Nat M.P.’s are facing is the following;
    1/ proliferation of truck gridlock occurring as rail freight moves to road.
    2/ worsening environmental effects from heavy 24/7 trucks though residential suburban communities.
    3/ worsening budget costs imposed on local ratepayers due to local roads destroyed by truck road freight movements moving onto their roads causing cost shifting from NZTA to local councils/ratepayers.

    So you are wrong to assume “This is a weak critique. National holds almost every regional/rural seat.”

    We will expect a drop in National voter support across the regional electorate due to all these negative effects deliberately forced/applied on local ratepayers by National Government’s dumb tarmac only expensive policies.

    Hope we all see them thrown out in September by crass attempt of shifting a central Government maintenance cost to local councils and ratepayers in this underhanded deliberate manner.

    It is just another form of imposing more taxes on the regions and less on the crown debt as they embrace tarmac over rail.

  8. Chooky 8

    +100…this message has to get out there!

Important links

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

1 2 3 7

  • Time for NZ to prohibit the killing of great apes
    That ban was widely hailed, and spurred efforts in other countries to get similar bans. However, apes are still being exploited, abused and killed, both in captivity and in the wild. Examples of cruelty, neglect and abuse abound. Apes are… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers MP
    2 days ago
  • Auckland building consents: Tragic
    The only word to describe the latest building consent figures for Auckland is ‘tragic’, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Whatever the Government is doing to address the Auckland housing crisis, it is clearly not working. ...
    2 days ago
  • A whiff of a new biosecurity scandal?
    A pest which could create havoc for New Zealand’s horticulture and agriculture sector must be as much a focus for the Government as hunting out fruit flies, Labour’s Biosecurity spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “While the Ministry for Primary Industries is… ...
    3 days ago
  • Government shrugs off health sector crisis
    Despite new evidence showing that cuts to health spending are costing lives the Government continues to deny the sector is struggling, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Health services in New Zealand are in crisis. ...
    3 days ago
  • Parata lowered the bar for failing charter school
    When Hekia Parata became aware that the Whangaruru charter school was experiencing major problems her first action was to drop standards by reducing the number of qualified teachers they had to employ, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins has revealed. “Hekia… ...
    3 days ago
  • National not being straight about the economy
    John Key and Bill English need to be straight with New Zealanders about the damage their failure to diversify the economy is doing, after new figures show export growth plunged due to a collapse in dairy exports, says Grant Robertson.… ...
    3 days ago
  • Mind the Gap
    This week the International Monetary Fund released a report on the wider economic value in closing the gender pay gap. When even the bastions of free-market economics start to raise concerns about gender pay gaps, we have to realise how… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    3 days ago
  • Labour will hold National to parental leave promise
    Labour will hold National to its promise to increase the support given to new parents of premature, multiple birth and babies born with disabilities, Labour’s paid parental leave campaigner Sue Moroney says. "I am naturally disappointed that after battling for… ...
    4 days ago
  • It was all just pillar talk
    Steven Joyce’s confession that he can no longer guarantee a pillar-free design for the New Zealand International Convention Centre shows the Government has abandoned its dream of creating an ‘iconic’ ‘world-class’ structure, says Labour Economic Development spokesperson David Clark. “Steven… ...
    4 days ago
  • Australians move on offshore speculators
    John Key might want to have a quiet word with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott about Canberra's just-announced crack down on offshore speculators when he visits New Zealand this week, Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says."Tony Abbott's centre right government… ...
    4 days ago
  • Government at odds on overseas driver crashes
    National backbencher Jacqui Dean has spoken out about overseas driver crashes, putting herself at odds with Prime Minister John Key who is on record as saying it’s not a big issue, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “I’m not surprised… ...
    4 days ago
  • Human Rights and the Palestine Crisis
    Last week I heard two Palestinians speak at Wellington events about the ongoing crisis in their country. Samar Sabawi spoke to a full house about the history of Palestine and gave us a lucid and disturbing account of the situation… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    4 days ago
  • Time to take real care of our kids
    An Amnesty International report has once again criticised New Zealand’s track record on looking after our kids, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. The annual report, which looks at global human rights abuses highlights not only the fact that high… ...
    4 days ago
  • John Key wrong about Labour’s war vote
    John Key’s desperate claims that the former Labour Government didn’t put combat troop deployment to a Parliamentary vote are simply wrong, Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff says. “It was disgraceful that the Prime Minister ran rough shod over democracy and… ...
    5 days ago
  • Māori language bill needs work
     It is clear that the first draft of the Māori Language Bill was about structures and funding rather than the survival of te reo Māori, Labour’s Māori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says.  “Labour is pleased that the Minister of Māori… ...
    5 days ago
  • Report proves troubled school shouldn’t have opened
    The long-awaited release of an Education Review Office report into Northland’s troubled Whangaruru charter school proves it should never have been approved in the first place, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “This report identifies problems with absenteeism and disengaged… ...
    5 days ago
  • Reply to PM’s statement on deploying troops to Iraq
    “The decision of any Government to send troops to a conflict zone is a very serious one, and it is right that this House takes time to consider it, to debate it, and, ideally, to vote on it, but we… ...
    5 days ago
  • Minister must take action on death trap slides
    Workplace Relations Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse must take urgent action to ensure inflatable amusement rides don’t become death traps for children, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Relations Iain Lees-Galloway says. “No one wants to stop kids having fun, but horror stories… ...
    5 days ago
  • Manus Island and the New Zealand Government
    This week the Greens have participated in awareness activity about Manus Island, the refugee camp on an island in Papua New Guinea where Australia dumps asylum seekers. John Key says that he has every confidence in the Australian Government’s claim… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 week ago
  • Election Inquiry – Getting accessible voting on the agenda
    James Shaw has been doing a series of blogs on the Election Inquiry into last year’s general election.  I thought this was a great opportunity to raise an issue very dear to me – accessible voting. Last year’s general election… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers MP
    1 week ago
  • RMA changes no solution to Christchurch housing
    Housing will continue to be a big issue in 2015. The latest Consumer Price Index, released last month, shows both good news and bad news on the housing front. After years of being the most expensive place to build a… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Saving kokako in South Auckland’s Hunua Ranges
    It is amazing that you can hear the song of the endangered North Island kokako in South Auckland’s Hunua Ranges, less than 50 kms from the central city. A heavy schedule of policy workshops at the Green Party’s Policy… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Let’s not turn a blind eye to human rights
    The Cricket World Cup has just opened in New Zealand, and it’s an opportunity for us to shine on the world stage. International sport can be a chance for us to build relationships with other countries, and examine what it… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Its Just Not Cricket
    This week it was my privilege to work with Sri Lankan Tamil communities in this country and host Australian journalist and human rights advocate Trevor Grant. I knew a bit about Trevor from his biography but I didn’t know just… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Time for NZ to #BeCrueltyFree
    The Government is about to progress the final stages of the Animal Welfare Amendment bill. This will be our last opportunity to get changes made to improve the bill to ensure a better outcome for animals. I have put forwards… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers MP
    2 weeks ago
  • We want access!
    Access to buildings is a big issue for many New Zealanders. It looks like that, due to the hard work and persistence of people in the disability community, the Government may finally be starting to take access to buildings seriously.… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Greens call on Super Fund to divest from fossil fuels
    The Green Party today called on the New Zealand Superannuation Fund (the Fund) to divest from fossil fuels, starting immediately with coal. The call was accompanied with a new report, Making money from a climate catastrophe: The case for divesting… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Kiwis’ housing crisis
    Shelter is a fundamental human need along with food, water and clean air. All humans need adequate shelter; it’s a human right. Warm, safe, stable accommodation is critical for young people to be able learn and grow and just be.… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    3 weeks ago
  • On the River Patrol in Te Tai Tokerau
    Last Wednesday, I went on a tour of some of Northland’s rivers with  Millan Ruka from Environmental River Patrol as he monitored water quality throughout Te Tai Tokerau. The dry conditions meant we couldn’t use the boat but we visited… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    3 weeks ago
  • Opening of Parliament 2015
    Russel NormanOpening of Parliament Speech February 2015 Tēnā koutou Tēnā koutou Tēnā koutou katoa. A brief history of climate change What a summer! It's been hot, even here in Wellington, hotter than any summer I can remember. All… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    3 weeks ago

Removed at the request of The Daily Blog.
Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere