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Transmission Gully

Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, September 2nd, 2019 - 69 comments
Categories: julie anne genter, local government, Steven Joyce, transport, uncategorized - Tags:

NZTA have determined to not proceed with tolling the Transmission Gully motorway.

This is in part because transport flow modeling shows that if priced, too many would simply use the alternative state highway route.

So, no cost to any driver. And clearly not enough need of it at all. No signal of a sustainability cost to road transport. Not a jot.

Transmission Gully was an important political win for MP Peter Dunne, and an important part of his continuing support for supporting the National-led government, through Minister Joyce.

Who knows if we ran the alternative history about whether it would have happened or not under a Labour-led government.

In 2012 the Greens’ Julie Anne Genter described the motorway as costing about $1 billion when the official business case benefits were $600 million.

More recently, costs have blown out so badly that the contractor is taking out an action so big against NZTA that it is mentioned as a specific liability in NZTA’s annual report.

This government will open this motorway next year, before the election. Tough gig.

I love a good motorway. The Cambridge 110km speed expressway is a handsome piece of kit. And I’m looking forward to avoiding Hamilton and Huntly entirely rather than being pulled into wearying and compressed local networks. The new expressways are safer, faster,
separated from the local network mostly, with multiple lanes to separate cars from freight.

But holy mackerel this Transmission Gully looks like our largest single transport waste.

69 comments on “Transmission Gully ”

  1. riffer 1

    Yes, as a Wellingtonian, I'm in two minds here. I took a road trip over the weekend – up to Hamilton, via National park, then to Tauranga and back down again via Desert Road. The Cambridge Expressway is great to travel on, as is the Kapiti Expressway. But there are a few areas where the traffic gets bunched up, and it's got me wondering how much fuel we all waste in traffic jams compared to free flowing traffic. I'm not sure what's more environmentally friendly. Seems also that we are in such a hurry nowadays that if we can't get from Auckland to Welly in six and a half hours it's somehow a huge drain on the economy. I work in Tawa, and live in Upper Hutt so it's a bit of a commute each day. I'm curious as to how much Transmission Gully will actually benefit me. Probably won't much. But it's here now, so I guess we just have to accept it and move on. These massive projects really are fraught aren't they?

    • Dukeofurl 1.1

      Free flowing …until it bunches. Its the nature of the traffic system as the volume builds up to the roads capacity.

      Good example is the motorway past Orewa where it ends at Puhoi. On busy weekends the motorway backs up because the road goes from 2 lanes at say 3500 vehicles per hour to one lane at 1500 per hour. This is for a few hours at the most.

      Cant see where the idea it was Dunnes 'political win' came from. It was on Nations 'RONS' list when they came into government in 2008

      As well the idea of the Contractor taking on the Government over cost blow outs seems to ignore the process which built and now 'owns the road' with yearly payments of $125 mill from the government.

      NZTA quite rightly says there is no financial liability as the contractor who is part of the consortium isnt 'working for the government' on this. read the link to understand the context.

      "WGP won the contract to design and build Transmission Gully and maintain it for 25 years. The venture consists of Cimic Group’s PPP unit Pacific Partnerships, Accident Compensation Corp’s investment arm, and global investment manager InfraRed Capital Partners."

      The WGP takes on the financial risk over DESIGN AND BUILD. End of story.

  2. Gosman 2

    To avoid the problem of people using other routes they should be tolled too.

    • KJT 2.1

      Agree. Especially if it is in proportion to their real share of the road costs. "User pays".

      Though if we made trucks pay their full road costs, we would not need the extra roads in the first place.

      • Gosman 2.1.1

        Transmission gully (although very expensive) was always a better arterial route than the coastal option as the coast route goes through too many built up areas. Even if you priced trucks off the road there should be roads like Transmission gully to remove the fast flowing from the local traffic.

        • KJT

          Not convinced on that. Most of the Kapiti Road congestion is Wellington commuters who live along the coast.

          Transmission gully will mainly advantage Wellington to Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga linehaul trucks. The sort of freight that is more efficiently carried by rail.

          Transmission gully is a several billion dollar subsidy to a few trucking firms.

          • Gosman

            And anyone who lives on the Kapiti Coast north of Paekakariki. The only motor vehicle commuters who won't benefit are those living in Pukerua bay. Even those in Plimmerton will be able to get on to the motorway at Porirua much faster.

            • OnceWasTim

              It's possible @ Goz that the residents of Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki might be grateful if they could somehow be excommunicated from all that daily commuting grind of the masses – especially when some pillock consumed by the need to check their social media or missed call causes some snarl-up, death or road closure

              Won't be too long before all youse icky people are able to stick to the new improved highway to heaven cutting through the ranges.

              Choice eh?

            • KJT

              What will happen in reality is that, just like in West Auckland, the new road will result in several hundred thousand people moving out of the miserable hole that is Wellington central. So that in ten years congestion on both the old and new road will be worse than it is now. Feeding into the insoluble problem of parking and congestion in Wellington central, and causing demands for yet another new road.

              Spending similar amounts on rail avoids much of those problems, and still allows Wellington commuters to live in more pleasant places.

              • Gosman

                "… several hundred thousand people moving out of the miserable hole that is Wellington central"

                Ummm…. you really have no idea of Wellington do you? Wellington central hasn't got hundreds of thousands of people living in it and is certainly no miserable hole.

        • mauī

          Bypassing around the built up areas probably would have been a better arterial route and a whole lot cheaper than building an additional motorway.

          • Dukeofurl

            Its Wellington, the Transmission gully route is the only by pass available to coastal communities, which then by passes Porirua area after leaving the gully.

            The concept is right , just not tolling it isnt. However passenger trains make a better option, maybe some congestion charge for cars to 'enter Wellington'

          • Gosman

            Ummm… have you ever been to Wellington? Transmission gully is really the only way you can bypass around the built up areas.

            • mauī

              Umm.. all they needed to do was widen the existing SH1 and get around the existing townships on the map. They are small towns to bypass, and that's a hell of a lot easier task than the complex engineering exercise of T Gully.

              • Alice Tectonite

                How would you get round Mana & Plimmerton without reclaiming part of the harbour? (And without just bulldozing through)

                • mauī

                  In Mana have the highway run through where the rail line is now, and shift the rail to the left of it into the park. You would have to reclaim more land at the north end of Mana, but the rail is already on reclaimed land anyway.

                  Plimmerton, use the current alignment, but might need to bulldoze the 10 houses south of the Palmers Garden store to get a bit of extra width / buffer through that area.

                  • Gosman

                    That is not bypassing the built up area. It is just making the existing road right through the middle of it bigger.

                    • mauī

                      Transmission sounds more like your kind of thing, you can throw money down the drain duplicating critical infrastructure and bypass everything.

                      "That is not bypassing the built up area"

                      Stupidity… I've taken the Mana road from running through the main street to around the outside.

                    • Gosman

                      But it still goes right through the heart of Plimmerton.

      • Dukeofurl 2.1.2

        Road pavements are designed for trucks and almost all of the maintenance costs are due to them. However its the volume of cars which leads to most new highways. Trucks are quite low volume but they can peak at certain times. I once lived on the main route from Mt Maunganui to Rotorua and central North Island. while plenty trucks especially logging, cars predominated.

        In the central north island there are some wonderful roads which mostly arent state highways that were built as part of the Waikato river hydro projects of the 1960s. Apart from being a bit narrow for modern standards they dont show any wear and tear – and arent infested with the volume of cars

      • alwyn 2.1.3

        How about charging the passengers on the proposed Auckland/Hamilton trains the full cost of their trips? I believe that they are going to charge $12/trip. Why not the $150 or so that would probably be the full cost?

        According to this report the cost of the 5 year trial is about $80 million. Suppose they average, over the 5 years, the number they are using as an estimate for year 3 of 103,000.


        That will make the cost of each trip about $155.

        I really can't be bothered costing this any more accurately. Whatever the number works out as it will be vastly greater than the fare charged. Good Greenies, and economically illiterate Lefties in general don't of course care. Nineteenth Century transport, like trains and trams are just so wonderful

        • Robert Guyton

          "Nineteenth Century transport, like trains and trams are just so wonderful"

          The first shoes were invented long before the nineteenth century. Should we mock their use because they aren't a 21st Century invention?

          • Dukeofurl

            Rail transport goes way back to ancient times , much further than 19th century , they were wooden rails and hauled by animals.

            One from the 15th century still exists

            "In 1515, Cardinal Matthäus Lang wrote a description of the Reisszug, a funicular railway at the Hohensalzburg Fortress in Austria. The line originally used wooden rails and a hemp haulage rope and was operated by human or animal power, through a treadwheel.[8] The line still exists and is operational, although in updated form and is possibly the oldest operational railway" Wikipedia

            Of course steam trains are so 19th century …. indeed, and no longer used. Modern forms of trains can carry passengers faster than cars and bigger loads and cheaper than trucks ( for many trips- imagine the labour savings !)

        • KJT

          You forgot to factor in the savings in roads, imported cars and carbon emissions which the trains will make.

          Typical right winger, unable to add and subtract.

          • alwyn

            I did say I couldn't be bothered doing a proper evaluation on such a silly project.

            Tell me, when you complain about the cost of Transmission Gully have you put in, as a benefit, the reduced pollution that will occur in all the built up areas along the existing SH1?

            I'm sure you will tell us about the improved health in Porirua, Paremata, Mana and Pukekura Bay won't you?

            And of course you will value the reduced travel time for all the people travelling along the route. Let us know what the numbers are.

            • In Vino

              When it comes to being utterly silly, can any of you explain to me how we all avoid complete gridlock over the years as we stupidly add far more vehicles to our roads each year than we take off?

              Not even National's road-mania programme would have coped.

              As a society, we seem to have no brains when it comes to roads, – we just keep piling more traffic onto them and wonder why we get traffic jams.

            • KJT

              You are complaining about the cost of the Hamilton train. Where the cost to the country per passenger, even with no fares, is not only cheaper than transmission gully. It also saves billions in widening roads.

              A transmission gully rail line to new greenfields suburbs makes much more sense than more roads, as does encouraging industry into smaller towns where land, transport and infrastructure is underutilized.

          • Alice Tectonite

            Some right wingers are good at addition & subtraction. Especially the addition of wealth to the rich while subtracting it from the poor

        • Dukeofurl

          The annual operating cost is around $2 mill. Most of that $80 mill is capital costs for changes to stations and such.

          Transmission gully, based on the reported $125 mill per year charge the government will pay to cover the capital cost and maintenance, will work out to be $15 per vehicle per trip .

          Do you think The motorists will be paying for a full cost recovery toll ?

          Dont know what so precious about Wellington drivers that they dont get to pay when those in Auckland and Northland have to pay a toll for a similar road on the outskirts – which also has free 'coastal' route option.

          Maybe NZTA being based in Wellington is making a decision based on the self interest of its senior staff?

          • alwyn

            You seem to be suggesting that for the Auckland Hamilton route the only thing that matters is the annual operating cost. The rest is only capital cost and doesn't count.

            Then for Transmission Gully you want to cover the Capital and Operating costs.

            Is that really what you mean to say? If not what is your cost of capital for the Auckland Hamilton train service? And what would you charge for maintenance of the line, stations, train etc? Surly you want to compare like with like when comparing projects?

            Or don't you because it shows the foolishness of using trains for passenger transport in this country?

            • Enough is Enough

              Take the economics out of it for a minute, and consider the actual demand. The Hamilton Auckland passenger train will only work if you can get from CBD to CBD in substantially less time than you would driving.

              Nobody is proposing anything that comes remotely close to that. It is looking like we will be getting a slow train to Pukekohe, then swapping trains and getting on the Auckland commuter lines.

              When you finally get to Britomat, you will probably have to Uber to where you need to be.

              I am yet to meet anyone who will leave the car at home to take up this proposed option.

              • alwyn

                I am sure you are right.

                However I didn't want to get too far from the original topic of this post, which was on the economics, or otherwise, of Transmission Gully. If people are going to judge that project by one set of standards I think it only reasonable that they be the same set of standards that are used for every transport project.

                In the same way I consider it fair to look at the ridiculous cycle way projects that are, apparently going ahead in Wellington. If Transmission Gully is supposed to be foolish what does that say about the totally ridiculous plan for a $100 million pathway for pedestrians and bicycles from Ngauranga to Petone?

                • Enough is Enough


                • lprent

                  Perhaps a link would help to convince people to have a look at it. Right now I’m a complete sceptic that you’re representing whatever the project is correctly.

                  For a starter I can’t think of a way that a project like that could cost 100 million unless of course most of it was buying land. Which would seem to be unlikely as they’re usually run alongside existing roads or over public land and paths.

                  They aren’t the kind of projects that require lots of earth moving or deep bedded road foundations. It is usually a strip of concrete.

                  Ok – here we go…


                  Designs for the pathway have yet to be finalised, but the seaside track – which will run alongside the railway line – will include a sea wall to protect the line and the adjacent State Highway 2.

                  Ah – that explains the most of the cost. Building seawalls is bloody expensive.

                  The roughly six-kilometre track would require land reclamation, and the track would also be used as an alternative route for emergency services vehicles if the highway became blocked, Genter said.

                  Reclaiming land is expensive. Building it for vehicles is expensive.

                  Ok – so that explains the bill.

                  The Ngauranga-to-Petone section, which is expected to cost between $76 million and $94m, will form part of the Great Harbour Way around Wellington Harbour between Owhiro Bay and Eastbourne.

                  Basically you’re full of bullshit. I suspect that if I looked at the cost justifications for this project – most of it has to do with providing protection for the rail and roadway from both the sea and in the event of earthquakes or slips on the roadway. Allowing emergency vehicles is a high benefit, which was also much of the justification for Transmission Gully.

                  Personally, I’d just demolish the Wellington and Hutt as just being completely unsafe – it’d be cheaper. From a geophysical viewpoint it is about the most stupid location in NZ to have a city that is possible. The only one that would be worse is to have it in the alpine fault.

                  Just as most of the reason for transmission

                  • New view

                    I’m with your line of thinking with the paragraph starting (basically you’re full of bullshit). Any alternative route out of Wellington in the event of an earthquake will be part of the thinking behind this project. The possibility of a further connection to the Hutt in the area of the old transmission gully road will be in the thinking I’m sure. Everyone bangs on about cost but to me that’s mindless bullshit. This project is needed. Anyone with an eye for the future should be able to see this. I have lived in Hawke’s Bay a long time but was born and grew up in Wellington. I think a reasonably priced toll would be fine. Even a buck each way would raise a lot of money over time.

                    • alwyn

                      Um. The project he was talking about in that paragraph was the cycle/walkway which will be between the existing Hutt road and the sea. It certainly isn't an "alternative" to the Hutt road is it? After all it will be within about 20 meters of the current SH2 (the Hutt Road), that goes from Wellingto to the Hutt, for its full length.

                      You then continue by saying "The possibility of a further connection to the Hutt in the area of the old transmission gully road will be in the thinking I’m sure".

                      Sorry but it WAS in the thinking when we had a rather more sensible Government than the current mob. Their was a plan to build a Petone/ Grenada link road, which would have provided a link between Transmission Gully and the Hutt. Under National it was planned that construction would have started this year.

                      At the time of this press release it said "The project, estimated at $250-270m, is supported by all councils in the Wellington region, and ranked as the region’s third highest transport priority."


                      Well, the anti-car, pro bicycle, Greens didn't like the idea of building anything that cars might use so, when they became part of this Government, it was scrapped. The Melling interchange was scrapped at the same time. So much for making the roads safer when they do that.

                      They might be going to think about it in another 10 years the NZTA now says. So I guess that at best something everyone in Wellington, including the Area's Labour MP are in favour of, is being pushed off into the never-never to keep Ms Genter happy.


                      You certainly don't seem to actually think very favourably about what the current Government is up to do you?

                    • New view []

                      Alwyn. Calm down. Governments come and go. I’m a Nat by nature. Forget your politics for a second and think about what my comment actually says instead of picking holes in it. I’m saying the highway is needed and future alternative routes out of Wellington would have been part of the thought process because of earthquake risk. You are correct but I was thinking of the big picture. The whole Wellington area is susceptible to earthquake and slips not just the road between Wellington and the Hutt. Don’t try to teach me to suck eggs about Wellington I was born there. I Know the present Government has put parts of the project on hold and I think they are fuckwits because of it. I just know that the whole alternative roading system is needed and will be completed eventually. If you don’t agree that’s fine. One thing we do agree on is that in my opinion Genter is looser.

                  • alwyn

                    "I suspect that if I looked at the cost justifications for this project ".

                    Frankly I suspect that if you looked at the cost justifications you would find that they were, at best, a lot of mealy-mouthed platitudes to try and explain away the ridiculous cost of a stupid idea. Why don't you have a look and see if there is any truth in your clearly strongly held opinion?

                    As far as your opinion on a seawall is concerned they haven't had, or required anything like it in the time since it was built. It reached the Hutt in 1874 after all so it seems to have survived pretty well without one.

                    As for emergency vehicles. Do you really think that the 4 lane highway will become completely impassable by any vehicle but the 5 metre wide cycle/walkway will be sitting there and passable by vehicles? Really?

                    There is an existing cycle lane there already of course. It would be about 1.5 to 2 meters wide I would think but cyclists seldom use it. Like most cycle ways in Wellington it is scorned by the Lycra-clad fraternity. I came in from the Hutt this evening at about 5.30 pm. There was one cyclist using the cycleway and 8 using the highway on the stretch from Ngauranga to Petone. It was a beautiful fine calm evening That would be the total cycle traffic for a period of about half an hour for the times they would have departed from Ngauranga. Not much used is it?

                    As far as your opinions on the benefits of this foolish scheme go I fear I must conclude you are full of the proverbial. I am far to polite to say so quite so bluntly though.

                  • Alice Tectonite

                    Largely correct about the seawall. I understand building it to take vehicles allows construction while rail remains operational. Last time there was a major washout along that section it came quite close to cutting into the southbound carriageway (& would've if the storm hadn't abated when it did).

                    Geohazards: many NZ towns & cities are built in unsuitable locations. Most people just live in happy ignorance…

                    • Christchurch, quakes & floods
                    • Wellington, quakes & slope failures plus Hutt floods
                    • Auckland, scattergun volcanic field, no apparent pattern spatially or temporally (plus signs of relatively recent active on the Kerepehi Fault less than 50km from downtown)

                    Then there's the megathrust that makes large parts of the east coast unsuitable, and the North Island fault system, and the TVZ rifting plus supervolcanoes, etc, etc…

                    The more you know the more hazardous NZ looks

                    • lprent

                      The more you know the more hazardous NZ looks

                      Tell me about it. I started my tertiary education with an earth science degree at waikato whilst also looking at civil defense from several aspects. Doesn't matter where you look in NZ, it is pretty hairy. After you've looked through the wash deposits in Hamilton from several Taupo eruptions or that interesting caldera that ChCh calls a harbour or the origins of Dunedin peninsula and Dunedin itself.

                      I like Auckland. Like the whole of the northland area it has only had basaltic eruptions, few really large faults as it is so far from the southern alpine faults or the corkscrew faults of the cook strait region and the faults running up east cost to Opotiki..

                      Nice little basalt cones that give a lot of warning… Doesn't scare like the rest of NZ does.

                • KJT

                  If you look at total costs, rail in Wellington makes a lot more sense, than building ever more road lanes to feed ever more cars into the city center.

                  • Dukeofurl

                    Yes. And the original idea of Transmission Gully would provide resilience against landslides on the coastal route.

                    Well the construction costs blowout by the contractors showed they vastly under- estimated the gradient of cuts required in the main route.

                    My feeling is that its only enough to get it done and it will continue to be unstable for generations to come .

                    I wonder if the private finance consortium will still be on the hook for the land slip clearance every winter and every earthquake ? or will they walk away after a 'big one'- as they are prone to do.

        • KJT

          Every truck trip down transmission gully is going to cost at least 10 times what they pay in road user charges. But righties don't care. So long as a right wing politician gets his/her directorship in a trucking firm.

        • mauī

          Bizarre that you wouldn't target cars first? Being that they make up the vast majority of transport trips…

          • Sam C

            I find it really weird that you wouldn't toll this road. To say that too many would use the alternative route ignores the fact that the alternative route is an absolute dog.

            At say $3 a vehicle per trip, I would have thought most private passenger vehicle drivers would be more than happy to fork out for such a hassle free journey.

            • greywarshark

              For there and back if it was $4 it would be acceptable to most motorists and affordable for low-income.

              It should be tolled as a reminder that the roads are costly to put in, costly to maintain, are not going to be practicable for much longer for private cars, and are just a stop gap till we can organise better transport systems that meet the needs of people in a changed world. The money collected could be spent on maintenance, finding ways of keeping traffic flowing after accidents. Go into regular small helpful messages, like don't hold your cellphone while driving and say to callers 'I'm driving so could you be brief and state time I can phone you back'. Another would be don't change lanes without indicating and looking at the blind spots beside your car on both left and right. Also do not tailgate, leave a couple of car lengths at the front of you. And at roundabouts slow slightly to about 35 kmh which gives the seconds that allow other vehicles to move forward from their queue.

              Better and more thoughtful driving would keep the traffic flowing, and a little less speed and a little more courtesy would often result in quicker journeys because of better integration of traffic.

              • Sam C

                Impossible to argue with any of that.

                • greywarshark

                  What – someone agrees with me? I thought your point was good also. And also I think we should remember that nothing is going to provide the perfect answer. There is a possibility that some will choose to go by the untolled road. That is expected human behaviour and shouldn't be a reason not to have the toll road for the majority.

                  Thought – every time a suggestion to deal with something in a practical way is raised, someone will always counter it with a 'but' of this kind. 'We can't raise tax because the wealthy will find better ways to get round it', is an example of an argument that I find lackadaisical.

              • Chris T

                "It should be tolled as a reminder that the roads are costly to put in, costly to maintain, are not going to be practicable for much longer for private cars, and are just a stop gap till we can organise better transport systems that meet the needs of people in a changed world. "

                Are electric cars going to float in mid air now then?

                • KJT

                  They will combine as a train on rail lines, as they do now in a couple of cities in Europe Rails being much less space hungry, and cheaper than roads.

        • Psycho Milt

          Nineteenth Century transport, like trains and trams are just so wonderful

          The private automobile is a 19th Century invention. For trains, think 18th Century. I'm not sure why right-wingers are so obsessed with which century a thing was invented in, but it's a very odd criterion to value. Skateboards and Segways are much more recent inventions, shouldn't you all be using those instead of those 19th Century automobiles?

          • Alice Tectonite

            Surely they should be using hovercrafts (+/- eels) or some other modern thing as the wheel was invent thousands of years ago

  3. PB 3

    And still the good folk of Northland pay a toll for the road south. Are we the only ones who pay for our road?

    • greywarshark 3.1

      When travelling on it recently I thought I saw an alternative road for the Northland toll part. Was I mistaken?

      • KJT 3.1.1

        There is, but as it adds 3/4 of an hour to the normally two hour trip few use it.

        There is actually more justification for improving Auckland Whangarei than transmission gully, which simply gets more civil servants into central Wellington, who could be based elsewhere. Whangarei Auckland removing a lot of the truck traffic onto an upgraded rail line would save at least half an hour. As much as building a highway. Invariably you get stuck behind a line of trucks passing each other on the Brynderwyns.

    • Ad 3.2

      They could still add more with each new section towards the Brynderwyns.

  4. Wayne 4

    So it is terrible that Transmission Gully is not tolled but ok that Waikato Expressway is not. Hardly a consistent position to take.

    The reality is that NZ has an inchoate tolling policy. Tolls on the Puhoi road, tolls on the Tauranga Expressway but none anywhere else.

    For a comparison, there is an alternative to the Puhoi motorway, but few take it. So much easier to use the motorway. And I suspect that would be the reality of Transmission Gully. People might say now they would use an alternative, but I reckon in practise they would use it at a cost of $2.60 (being the same as Puhoi Expressway).

    Transmission Gully will be a huge improvement, and given Wellington’s vulnerability, it makes sense to have an effective and safe alternative.

    • Ad 4.1

      You will be aware from legislation your own government passed that tolls are considered on a case by case basis.

      NZ has inchoate legislation: there's no definition of "alternative route".

      A highway along a fault line is not the best form of insurance against an earthquake.

      John Key promised it would "save" 40 minutes. The end result never matches up.

  5. Adrian 5

    One day it will look like the cleverest and ironicly cheapest, decision made when the Magnitude 7.5+ hits and getting anything in and out of Wellington in two helicopters is the only option when the only two roads existing are very very vulnerable.

  6. A 6

    They could always add a toll later. The first few sentences made an excellent point.

    • Ad 6.1

      This is final for this government.

      NZTA have considered it and rejected it multiple times already.

  7. hoom 7

    transport flow modeling shows that if priced, too many would simply use the alternative state highway route.

    I look forward to the same logic being applied to Public Transport charging yes

    Currently NZTa requires 50% of PT operating cost to be 'recovered' by ticket charges regardless of its negative impact on patronage, the large greenhouse gas & congestion savings from moving people on PT rather than cars.

    • Graeme 7.2

      Currently NZTa requires 50% of PT operating cost to be 'recovered' by ticket charges regardless of its negative impact on patronage

      Not quite correct, we have a $2.00 bus fare, anywhere, in Queenstown, subsidised / underwritten by district and regional councils with a bit thrown in by NZTA. And it's doing the deed in moving people out of their cars.



      Although in our case NZTA got dragged screaming and kicking as the only option with Frankton Road (effectively the only road into town) was to reduce traffic volumes as any upgrade wasn't possible almost irrespective of cost due to topographic constraints.

      Unfortunately no park and ride options, same issue way too expensive, but previous QLDC under current NZTA board member V. Van Uden allowed a proposed and excavated under ground car park at 5 Mile (Hendo's Hole) to be mostly filled in to save the new developer money. Henderson had proposed this as a park and ride to swing the consent with the council previous to Van Uturn's

  8. Sacha 8

    BCR is 0.6, construction is $1b, so that's $400m flushed before a single vehicle even uses it (https://www.greaterauckland.org.nz/2010/01/07/transmission-gully-bcr-of-0-6/)

    and the full PPP cost over 25 years is $3b (https://www.greaterauckland.org.nz/2013/03/05/my-issue-with-the-transmission-gully-ppp/)

    So the public pays 5x the 'benefit' (which includes 'time savings'). Nice rort!

    • KJT 8.1

      But. Some National party MP's will get a directorship with trucking firms.

      And don't forget the trucking, and road building lobbies, party donations.

    • KJT 8.2

      Don't forget the extra lanes required ten years down the track, as new subdivisions grow at Foxton.

      Providing commuter highways is like filling a leaking bucket.

      Compare to Melbourne. At least when I lived there years ago. The decision was made to spend on public transport rather than ever more motorways. Then you could go almost anywhere in the city for $2 all day, on fast efficient trains and trams.

      The lack of road congestion compared to Auckland and Wellington was apparent, even then.

  9. Sacha 9

    Joyce will be hoping this lack of tolls sets a precedent for his Puhoi holiday highway, a lavish gift for the landbankers of Matakana from our pockets. Imagine the gratitude!

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  • Public feedback sought on proposed land classifications for the West Coast
    An independent assessment of stewardship land on the West Coast has delivered recommendations for revised land classifications, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says. Stewardship land is the term given for land that was allocated to DOC when it was formed in 1987, but had yet to be given a specific ...
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  • New funding for protecting and enabling mātauranga Māori
    Investing in protecting mātauranga Māori and tāonga will unlock significant economic and cultural benefits for Aotearoa, Associate Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta announced today. Te Pae Tawhiti programme which supports research and innovation in the Maori economy is getting a further $27.6 million investment over the next four years. ...
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  • Budget 2022 invests $30 million into Māori provider development
    Māori primary and community care providers will be supported to lift their capability, capacity, and service sustainability through a $30 million investment from Budget 2022, Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare announced today while visiting Mahitahi Hauora in Whangārei. “Māori providers play a critical role in our response to COVID-19, ...
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  • Second COVID-19 vaccine booster for the most vulnerable
    Second COVID-19 booster recommended for the most vulnerable 6 months after first booster Several hundred thousand people will be eligible Legislative change to enable rollout from mid-June People who are at high-risk of getting very sick from a COVID-19 infection will soon be eligible to receive a second booster, ...
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  • Harvard Commencement Speech – Democracy, disinformation and kindness
    E oku manukura, nga pou haemata o te ngahere. e Piko o Te Mahuri, tera te tipu o te rakau. E tipu, e rea, ka puta, ka ora. Tena koutou katoa.   President Bacow, Provost Garber, Governing Boards and deans, And most importantly, graduates.   In Te Reo Māori, the ...
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  • Government investment delivers a safer connection through South Auckland
    The Franklin community have a safer journey to work, school and into Auckland with the construction of Glenbrook Roundabout on State Highway 22. Minister of Transport, Michael Wood, attended an event today that marked the completion of the last major milestone of the project. The Government is upgrading New Zealand’s ...
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  • Further support for eating disorder services
    People battling with eating disorders can expect more support being available with additional funding allocated. In addition to the $15.5 million spent each year, $3.9 million in extra funding over four years has been secured as part of Budget 2022. “This will help increase the capacity of eating disorder services ...
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  • New workforce frameworks support improved responses to family violence
    New workforce frameworks launched today will make an important difference to people impacted by family violence by strengthening responses and ensuring services support people’s safety, and long-term healing and wellbeing. “People have long been asking for workforces capable of providing safe, consistent, and effective responses to family violence, in ways ...
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  • Govt helps protect shops from ram raids
    The Government is providing further support to help Police protect small businesses affected by a spike in ram raids, Minister of Police Poto Williams says. $6 million from the Proceeds of Crime Fund will be invested in a crime prevention programme to be managed by Police which will include solutions ...
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  • New Matariki resources available for schools and kura
    Associate Minister of Education (Māori) Kelvin Davis has today announced 51 education resources that will help bring Mātauranga Māori to life. “Matariki is our first uniquely te ao Māori public holiday and is a time for us to remember the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future. Matariki ...
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  • Government investing in warm, dry classrooms and new schools and kura
    Budget 2022 has taken capital investment in school property under this Government to $3.6 billion since 2018, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “A further $777m in capital investment means new schools and kura, more classrooms, and includes $219m in capital funding that will go directly to schools over the ...
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  • Budget 2022 funding to lower the starting age for bowel screening for Māori and Pacific peoples
    60,000 more people to receive screening each year. Over $36 million across four years to shift the starting age for bowel screening from 60 years old to 50 years old for Māori and Pacific people. Associate Ministers of Health Peeni Henare and Aupito William Sio say Budget 2022 will ...
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  • Budget 2022 delivers new investment in our Māori and Pacific health workforce
    Budget 2022 will deliver 1900 new health workers and will support 2700 more students into training programmes through a $76 million investment to continue to grow the health workforce for our Māori and Pacific communities, Associate Ministers of Health Peeni Henare and Aupito William Sio announced today. “This Budget specifically ...
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  • Startup Advisors Council appointed
    The Government has appointed a Startup Advisors’ Council to help identify and address the opportunities and challenges facing high growth start-up businesses, Research, Science, and Innovation Minister Megan Woods, and Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash have announced. “Startups are major contributors to the knowledge and innovation that we ...
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  • Government targets innovation-led growth to turbo-charge business potential
    Hundreds of New Zealand companies are set to benefit from the launch of two new grants aimed at fuelling firms that want to innovate, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods says. “This $250 million investment over the next four years is a sign of my commitment to some of ...
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  • Budget 2022 bolsters legal aid, ensures continued access to justice
    New Zealand’s legal aid scheme will be significantly strengthened with further investment from Budget 2022, Minister of Justice Kris Faafoi announced today. “Budget 2022 will help around 93,000 more people be eligible for legal aid from January 2023, fulfilling our election promise to make improvements to our court system so ...
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  • Positioning the Māori media sector for the future
    Investing in the Māori media sector over the next two years will support the industry while it transitions to a new public media environment, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. “By capturing and sharing local stories and innovative Māori content with New Zealand audiences, across a range of ...
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  • Rollout of cameras on fishing vessels to begin
    The Government has today confirmed key details of the nationwide rollout of cameras on commercial fishing vessels. Up to 300 inshore fishing vessels will be fitted with the technology by the end of 2024, providing independent, accurate information about fishing activity and better evidence for decision-making,” Oceans and Fisheries Minister ...
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  • Speech for TRENZ Hui 2022: “Ready to Welcome”
    It is my pleasure to be here at TRENZ 2022. This is an event that continues to facilitate connection, collaboration and engagement between our businesses and key overseas markets. The conversations that happen here will play a crucial role in shaping New Zealand’s tourism recovery. That’s why TRENZ remains such ...
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  • Boosting the Māori economy through Progressive Procurement
    Māori businesses will play a vital role to help lift whānau Māori aspirations and dreams for a better life, while reinforcing New Zealand’s economic security. A successful Progressive Procurement initiative to diversify government spend on goods and services and increase Māori business engagement with government procurement is getting a further ...
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  • Continuing to improve Māori employment outcomes through Cadetships
    The continued Budget 22 investment into the Cadetship programmes will ensure Māori thrive in the labour market, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. The Government will invest $25 million into the Cadetships programme, delivered by Te Puni Kōkiri. As the whole world struggles with rising inflation, the Government’s ...
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  • NZ commits to enduring partnership with Solomon Islands
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Minister of Defence Peeni Henare today announced the extension of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) deployment to Solomon Islands, as part of the Pacific-led Solomon Islands International Assistance Force (SIAF). “Aotearoa New Zealand and Solomon Islands have an enduring and long-standing partnership,” Nanaia Mahuta said. ...
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  • NZ committed to enduring partnership with Solomon Islands
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Minister of Defence Peeni Henare today announced the extension of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) deployment to Solomon Islands, as part of the Pacific-led Solomon Islands International Assistance Force (SIAF). “Aotearoa New Zealand and Solomon Islands have an enduring and long-standing partnership,” Nanaia Mahuta said. ...
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  • New Zealand Country Statement to the Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly, Geneva
    Director-General, esteemed fellow Ministers, and colleagues, tēnā koutou katoa. Greetings to all. Aotearoa New Zealand is alarmed at the catastrophic and complex health crisis evolving in Ukraine. We reiterate our call for an immediate end to Russian hostilities against Ukraine. Chair, this 75th Session of the World Health Assembly comes at ...
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  • Passport fees to increase from 25 May
    As part of a regular review by the Department of Internal Affairs, the fees for New Zealand passports will increase slightly due to the decrease in demand caused by COVID-19. Internal Affairs Minister Jan Tinetti says that the Government has made every effort to keep the increase to a minimum ...
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  • Additional government support for Buller District flood recovery
    The Government is providing additional support to the Buller District Council to assist the recovery from the February 2022 floods, Minister for Emergency Management Kiri Allan announced today. “The Buller District has experienced two significant floods in short succession, resulting in significant impacts for the community and for Council to ...
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  • Government investment boosts coastal shipping in Aotearoa
    New Zealand is a step closer to a more resilient, competitive, and sustainable coastal shipping sector following the selection of preferred suppliers for new and enhanced coastal shipping services, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today.  “Coastal shipping is a small but important part of the New Zealand freight system, ...
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  • Speech on RM Reform to the Thomson Reuters Environmental Law and Policy Conference: 24 May 2022
    Tēnā koutou katoa It’s a pleasure to speak to you today on how we are tracking with the resource management reforms. It is timely, given that in last week’s Budget the Government announced significant funding to ensure an efficient transition to the future resource management system. There is broad consensus ...
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  • Vision for Māori success in tertiary education takes another step
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis have welcomed the release of a paper from independent advisory group, Taumata Aronui, outlining the group’s vision for Māori success in the tertiary education system. “Manu Kōkiri – Māori Success and Tertiary Education: Towards a Comprehensive Vision – is the ...
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  • Whānau Resilience focuses on wāhine and rangatahi
    The best way to have economic security in New Zealand is by investing in wāhine and our rangatahi says Minister for Māori Development. Budget 2022, is allocating $28.5 million over the next two years to strengthen whānau resilience through developing leadership within key cohorts of whānau leaders, wāhine and rangatahi ...
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  • Increase in funding secures future for Whānau Ora
    Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies will receive $166.5 million over four years to help whānau maintain and build their resilience as Aotearoa moves forward from COVID-19, Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today. “Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies and partners will remain a key feature of the Government’s support for whānau ...
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  • Govt invests in sustainable food producer
    The development of sustainable, plant-based foods and meat alternatives is getting new government backing, with investment from a dedicated regional economic development fund. “The investment in Sustainable Foods Ltd  is part of a wider government strategy to develop a low-emissions, highly-skilled economy that responds to global demands,” said Stuart Nash. ...
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  • New Zealand to stay at Orange for now
    With New Zealand expecting to see Omicron cases rise during the winter, the Orange setting remains appropriate for managing this stage of the outbreak, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “While daily cases numbers have flattened nationally, they are again beginning to increase in the Northern region and hospitalisation ...
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  • Independent panel appointed to review electoral law
    Justice Minister Kris Faafoi today announced appointments to the independent panel that will lead a review of New Zealand’s electoral law. “This panel, appointed by an independent panel of experts, aim to make election rules clearer and fairer, to build more trust in the system and better support people to ...
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  • Board appointed for Auckland’s most transformational project
    Honourable Dame Fran Wilde will lead the board overseeing the design and construction of Auckland’s largest, most transformational project of a generation – Auckland Light Rail, which will connect hundreds of thousands of people across the city, Minister of Transport Michael Wood announced today. “Auckland Light Rail is New Zealand’s ...
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  • Government continues record Māori Education investment
    Boost to Māori Medium property that will improve and redevelop kura, purchase land and build new facilities Scholarships and mentoring to grow and expand the Māori teaching workforce Funding to continue to grow the Māori language The Government’s commitment to the growth and development of te reo Māori has ...
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  • PM attends Indo-Pacific Economic Framework talks ahead of US travel
    On the eve of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s trade mission to the United States, New Zealand has joined with partner governments from across the Indo-Pacific region to begin the next phase of discussions towards an Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF). The Framework, initially proposed by US President Biden in ...
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  • NZ to provide additional deployment to support Ukraine
    As part of New Zealand’s ongoing response to the war in Ukraine, New Zealand is providing further support and personnel to assist Ukraine to defend itself against Russia’s unprovoked and illegal invasion, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “We have been clear throughout Russia’s assault on Ukraine, that such a ...
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  • Stubbing out tobacco smuggling
    Budget 2022 is providing investment to crackdown on tobacco smuggling into New Zealand. “Customs has seen a significant increase in the smuggling of tobacco products into New Zealand over recent years,” Minister of Customs Meka Whaitiri says. This trend is also showing that tobacco smuggling operations are now often very ...
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