Nation building projects always take multiple terms, and the risk of Labour losing puts at risk some of the largest and most important we’ve seen in generations.
Each loss will damage the sustainability of our regions, networks and cities for decades to come.
In no particular order, here’s a few.
The Road To Zero programme which is a multi-year programme by NZTA to improve highway and arterial and highway road safety to bring down New Zealand’s worsening road death and injury toll. National Transport Spokesperson Simeon Brown says he will gut it.
Let’s Get Wellington Moving including light rail will if National gets in be scrapped, according to their transport policy.
National will stop the existing Auckland to airport light rail project which has been in advanced planning since 2015. National will also stop light rail to Auckland’s North Shore.
This is consistent with what National did in 2011 when they killed off the Christchurch plan that included light rail.
And again in mid 2017 when the idea was brought up again.
National will scrap the NZ Battery Project at Lake Onslow.
There is no other existing plan for enough generation to enable the full transition from combustion engines to 100% renewable electricity. At the moment New Zealand consumes about 41 billion Kilowatts. To convert away from combustion engines we’d need at least another 9 billion kilowatts. We’ll need big new generation available by 2030 once our fleet gets to 20% electric.
National will scrap the entire Three Waters programme. Local councils will get the assets back unconstrained, with no attempt to reverse 55% of our rivers being impaired and 45% too poisoned to get into higher than gumboot level.
National will reverse all attempts to get New Zealand agricultural emissions into the Emissions Trading Scheme. That’s 50% of our national emissions that Luxon will ensure continue without any pricing signal at all.
I have not yet seen their plans for Kainga Ora, but as a successful mass-builder it would surely be in the frame for privatisation and floating on the stock exchange. Kainga Ora’s remaining mass developments are capital-hungry and ripe for being spun off beforehand.
National’s leader Mr Luxon has a high repeated priority to go through Departmental expenditure line by line, so we can expect more major projects to be proposed for cuts as the campaign progresses.