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The Gauntlet: Issue #49



Newsletter #49 - 24 August 2017


We are now less than a month from a general election and possibly the completion of the Kowhai Park upgrade. Rodney Times questioned the candidates.


KOWHAI PARK

The works team upgrading Kowhai Park are doing a great job, working through a very wet winter. There has been no traffic disruption, no damage to the environment, and all the works has been done for around half a million dollars. It looks like the black top is ready to be laid. The opening could be within a month.


What would an opening look like? For the ribbon cutting, would dignitaries need to park on Elizabeth Street? If so, how would pedestrians get to Kowhai Park from Elizabeth Street?


What we do know is what many motorists queued at the intersection will be thinking.


PLEDGES


Candidates Mark Mitchell, Marj Lubeck, Tracey Martin (Photo courtesy of Rodney Times)


Incumbent Member of Parliament for Rodney, National’s Mark Mitchell, got candid to the Rodney Times here: http://bit.ly/2is3AFv. In relation to Hill Street, he gave these answers:


What do you see as the main issues affecting Rodney?

Rodney needs continued investment into our services and infrastructure to support our economic and residential growth.


Tell us what your party's policies will do for people in this community?

National is working hard to grow the economy, because it means we can raise family incomes, build new infrastructure and deliver outstanding public services in a way that is affordable.


In Rodney, this means we can keep building roads like the Hill Street upgrade and the Puhoi to Wellsford Roadway…


The Labour Party candidate for Rodney, Marja Lubeck, gave these answers: http://bit.ly/2w5nLfA. In relation to Hill Street, she made these comments:


What do you see as the main issues affecting Rodney?

For us in the Rodney electorate, the most pressing issues are housing affordability, health, transport, and education.


Tell us what your party's policies will do for people in this community?

Labour will invest in infrastructure and build 21st century transport networks.


New Zealand First list Member of Parliament and Rodney candidate, Tracey Martin, gave these answers: http://bit.ly/2v7t4xX. More specifically, she gave these answers in relation to Hill Street:


What do you see as the main issues affecting Rodney?

Public Transport, roading, youth access to post-secondary education, home ownership for young families, rapid population growth and economic development.


Tell us what your party's policies will do for people in this community?

Our commitment to fund immediate attention to the Hill Street intersection and Penlink will address bottlenecks for economic development.


Our "extraction to export levy" with 25 per cent being returned to the area from which the extraction was made will provide needed funds for local infrastructure.


Our commitment to a localised binding referendum will give the people of North Rodney the opportunity to voice their views about being part of "Auckland".


DIDN’T THEY DO WELL?

As the late Bruce Forsyth would ask, didn’t they do well? Well, weren’t not sure. It’s too early to tell. And here’s why.


Labour and National have been giving almost daily announcements. The