The Government should publicly release its detailed analysis of rail to Auckland Airport before it closes off options, so the public can have an informed debate, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford.
The Transport Agency today said it is no longer investigating a heavy rail line to the airport.
A survey showing the number of homeless people in Central Auckland has more than doubled in just three years is appalling, but will come as no surprise to the agencies confronted by the problem on a daily basis, Labour MP Jacinda Ardern says.
“The Government’s inaction in response to the housing crisis is at the heart of this growing problem. In recent weeks we have even seen them go so far as to denigrate and blame people who are sleeping rough.
National’s out-of-control housing crisis has made life a misery for many in what is supposed to be the world’s most liveable city, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says.
“In their latest State of the Nation report, the Salvation Army found it takes the typical worker 20 hours to earn the money to pay the rent on a modest two bedroom flat in Auckland – half the average working week. That has risen from 17 hours of pay in 2010.
Infrastructure Minister Steven Joyce has destroyed the certainty the Prime Minister gave private sector investors in his State of the Nation announcement on the City Rail Link, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says.
“Steven Joyce has again poured cold water on network charging as a way for Aucklanders to pay their share of the City Rail Link. Today he suggested the Government may require the sale of public assets as a precondition for paying its half share.
Adding the security industry to the list of high risk industries under the Health and Safety Reform Act would be the best memorial for slain 22-year-old Charanpreet Singh Dhaliwal, Te Atatu MP Phil Twyford says.
“A coroner has just issued his findings on the death of the young security guard at a construction site in West Auckland in 2011.
Government Ministers have an obligation to meet the Kiribati-Tuvalu delegation bringing a petition to Parliament today in support of Ioane Teitiota who is facing deportation along with his wife and New Zealand-born children, Labour’s MP for Te Atatū Phil Twyford says.
“This family are devastated at the prospect of being shipped back to Kiribati; a place their kids have never lived and which is sinking below sea level.
The main impact of the Government’s agreement with Auckland Council today will be simply to delay still further decisions needed to relieve the city’s traffic congestion, says Labour’s Auckland Issues Spokesperson, Phil Goff.
“Government has been aware for more than six years that Auckland’s population is outstripping the ability of its transport infrastructure to cope.