Public meetings on the Kapiti expressway have been postponed until after the Mana by-election, but Stephen Joyce had nothing to do with it…honest.
It is apparently pure coincidence that the NZTA announced the postponement of the public consultation process on 2nd November, the same day that Kapiti residents protested against the expressway outside the campaign launch of National Party Mana candidate Hekia Parata.
The change of date protects Parata from Melissa Lee-like gaffes and the frustration of locals who don’t want a motorway that has more costs than benefits and that cuts through a community.
(Lee, to jog your memory, was the National candidate in last year’s Mt Albert by-election who imploded at a public meeting on the controversial Waterview motorway extension.)
The Greens Mana candidate Jan Logie points out that residents should be able to vote in the by-election with full information about the government’s plans for their community.
She also notes that the Greens alternative is to build the two-lane local Western Link Road, improve State Highway One, and transform the rail network into a fast, modern, reliable mass transit system.
The Transport Minister Stephen Joyce told Parliament today – with a straight face – that the Transport Authority reached the decision to delay independently.
Does anyone know how to contact the Tui billboard writers?