Gisborne rail line closure 'short-sighted'
Wed, 03 Oct 2012 7:00p.m.
News that Gisborne's rail line is to be mothballed has been met with sadness, if not much surprise.
KiwiRail has said the line is too expensive to repair, and it has no intention of subsidising a route that has been underused for years, but supporters say KiwiRail itself has been an obstacle in the past.
They say it's a premature decision, based on short-term thinking and questionable numbers, and it'll be to the detriment of their region.
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4/10/2012 12:33:02 a.m.
Alan Preston wrote:
What are we going to do about it ?
Use the Official Information Act and the Electoral Financing Act to uncover and expose the money trail between those who provided pre-election funding to the National Party and the implementation of their totally inappropriate and strategically suicidal policies.
Expose the inconsistancy of National's policies with the peer-reviewed research that advice from agencies such as the International Energy Agency is based on.
The public of New Zealand need to be informed about the extent to which this corruption is standing in the way of New Zealand implementing post-peak-oil-appropriate transport and energy infrastucture - that provides resilience, is sustainable, non (or less ) polluting, is independant of imported oil, is more economically efficient, that provides mobility and is less harmful to the health of our people.
Educating the people of New Zealand about these aspects and on how to confront our 'elected representatives' (who are actually only representing vested interests) is the only way we are going to influence change. Knowledge is power !
If we don't change them, they are going to take us where they're going !
3/10/2012 11:25:41 p.m.
Karl Barkley wrote:
Kiwi Rail Can Keep the Gisborne Railway Line open . Only needs $4 Mil to repair the Wash Out ok . Over Next 10 years Kiwi Rail Plans to Build 3000 New Wagons, These are To be Built in China @ $100000 each = $300'000'000 ! Where as if they are Built @ Hillside they will Cost an Extra $75'000'000 Divided by 10 Years = 7'500'000 per year to Employ 250 Plus Hillside Works in a Job , Then there are the other Kiwis Suppling Steel Made a Glenbrook , Paint and Many other Components all KIW Made! Keeping $300 Million Dollars in the NZ Government Books as it will all stay in NZ & Go around ! Well back to this Wash out There's Money to Pour into Chinese Jobs But Not Kiwi Jobs . What's Wrong Here New Zealand is on the Wrong Track . Save Our Rail Save Our Job's Lets Build a Better New Zealand for our Future Generations ! We can't find $4Mil to Keep 212Km ? of Railway Track open but we Have to Pay Millions to Clean up one Ship Wreck ! NZ is on the Rocks & Johns Boys have Rocks in their Heads !
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