Billions on infrastructure – but no airport rail for 30 years

Increased infrastructure spending must focus on the best ways to fix the housing and transport problems in Auckland, not just a few more expensive and ineffective highways, the Green Party said today.

“The most serious infrastructure problems Auckland faces are in transport and housing, and National has spent the last nine years showing that they have no idea how to fix either of them,” Green Party Auckland Issues spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said.

“The full trains and overflowing buses every day in Auckland have shown that people want to use public transport, and the government should support that instead of thumbing their noses and pouring more money into roads that clog up immediately.

“Steven Joyce’s promise on infrastructure rings hollow when the National Government has recently said we have to wait 30 years for airport rail, and possibly longer for rail to the North Shore.

“Aucklanders urgently need quality, affordable housing close to where people work and socialise, along major transport routes served by fast and clean public transport.

“How much of Steven Joyce’s supposed new transport infrastructure spending will go towards high capacity, efficient rail, and how much will be for roads?

“We will be playing catch up on public transport for decades because of National’s inaction the past nine years. For example, the Northwestern busway should have been built as part of the Western Ring Route.

“Meanwhile, National is scrapping Kiwirail’s electric locomotives on the main trunk line, making New Zealand the only country in the world that’s getting rid of electric trains and replacing them with dirty diesels,” Ms Genter said.

Latest Transport Announcements

Story

Auckland light rail back on track, Greens welcome engagement with community

The Green Party is welcoming the announcement today by the Minister of Transport that Auckland light rail is getting back on track.
Read More

Story

Greens call for walking and cycling priority for Auckland Harbour Bridge

The Green Party is calling for active transport access across the Auckland Harbour Bridge to be a priority as the future of the SkyPath remains unc...
Read More

Story

Green Party delivers on reducing transport emissions

The Green Party is already delivering on its commitment for cleaner, climate-friendly transport through our Cooperation Agreement with the Government.
Read More

Story

Greens announce bold transport plan for Auckland to tackle climate change and congestion

The Green Party has today outlined a major transport plan for Auckland including new investments in light rail, busways, an expansion of regional r...
Read More

Story

Greens announce bold transport plan for Wellington to tackle climate change and congestion

The Green Party has today outlined a major transport plan for Wellington including investments in light rail, an expansion of regional passenger ra...
Read More

Story

Greens announce bold transport plan for Christchurch to tackle climate change and congestion

The Green Party has today outlined a major transport plan for Christchurch including new investments in commuter rail, a high frequency bus service...
Read More

Latest Auckland Issues Announcements

Story

Auckland light rail back on track, Greens welcome engagement with community

The Green Party is welcoming the announcement today by the Minister of Transport that Auckland light rail is getting back on track.
Read More

Story

Greens call for walking and cycling priority for Auckland Harbour Bridge

The Green Party is calling for active transport access across the Auckland Harbour Bridge to be a priority as the future of the SkyPath remains unc...
Read More

Story

Seaweek: Green Party calls on New Zealanders to make submissions supporting Waiheke Rāhui to protect declining kaimoana

The Green Party supports the Rāhui placed around Waiheke Island by Ngāti Pāoa to protect declining kaimoana and as part of Seaweek, is asking New Z...
Read More

Story

Greens would bring urban food farms to Auckland City

The Green Party will invest funding in community agriculture and urban food gardens in places like Auckland city centre.
Read More

Auckland’s Transport Future

As our biggest city, with well-known transport issues, it’s crucial we act now and ensure people living in Auckland can get where they need to; no ...
FIND OUT MORE

Story

Green Party: Auckland Council’s proposed COVID budget cuts are regressive and dangerous for the climate

The Green Party says Auckland Council’s proposed COVID budget cuts are regressive and dangerous for the climate.
Read More