State of New Zealand roads
I’m a pensioner, semi retired, (and curmudgeonly), with a small home based business which requires a lot of travelling around the North Island. Regular trips between Waihi and Auckland and Waihi to Tauranga. How many of you have travelled those third world goat tracks that we are told are main arterials ?
I don’t think I have ever seen the roads in such poor condition. We all know there has been little or no maintenance in the last 2 years as there was a portion of the LTNZ roading budget given to the light rail in Auckland. However the Waihi to Tauranga road has been one of the lucky recipients of idiot Genter’s generosity in doing “safety improvements” to the road which include larger speed limit signs, that has slowed us down. Cheese cutter wires along places where I have never seen a car off the road, which now means that should any car hit the wires it will bounce back into the road. Look at which side of the road they are installed on in corners, south of Katikati by the Golf course being a good example.
God help a motor cyclist going into the cheese cutter wires, because nothing else will.
But the road surface has not been improved. So is very uneven, still many potholes and many smooth areas but has newly painted lines on it, that keeps us in our place.
To achieve these “safety improvements” idiot Genter has allowed the cutting down of a considerable number of trees, I guess Green Party and hypocrite are words that belong together.
Anyone travelled Tirau to Turangi on SH1 lately or Taupo to Rotorua, allow your self a lot of extra time for the numerous stop/go road repairs, some of these are in places where there was temporary reduced speed limit signs instead of repairing the broken and uneven seal. I have travelled those roads regularly for the last 10 years and the last two years are the worst road conditions I have seen. Try the Orewa to Warkworth road. But Twyford did get his photo taken at the opening of the Huntly bypass, planned and funded by National, but slowed considerably under Labour.
For those political tragics like myself who regularly watch Parliamentary question time, the two idiots, Twyford and Genter answer every question with it is “nine years of neglect under National that has caused the problem”. As I remember New Zealand’s roads were in good condition and had ongoing maintenance until 2 years of neglect under these two idiot’s watch.
This brings me to the point of this post.
Labour announces the biggest infrastructure spend in New Zealand’s history, fine, except Stephen Joyce has comprehensively debunked this with facts. I believe National approved in their last budget the funding for $44 billion to be spent on roads of national significance. Makes fools of the fat fairy, Cindy and of course the drunken dwarf, banging on about there being no funding for ghost roads under National. Labour is only spending less than a billion this year, in other words road repairs, no new roads.
This big deal infrastructure spend was first publicly with no announced with no details last year to allow the roading gangs to crew-up and train the people and the actual details of the spending was made when the companies are ready to go and the election date announced. Have you seen how many staff are on the safety trucks? Where did they suddenly appear from overnight? Where did all the trucks and their equipment appear from?
Now here is the cynic in me, with it being election time, this will be Labours big boast of how wonderful they are:
We are building roads
We are spending on infrastructure
We have considerably increased job numbers,
We are forcing up the minimum wage which will help all the staff on the roading contracts.
We are governing the country well, (Robertson will hope this will stop the GDP collapsing completely into negative territory)
Roll on September so we don’t have to listen to these fools any more.