The National Party is defending its role in the Transmission Gully, following a scathing review that found the project was flawed from the get-go.
An interim review into the 27km highway has found serious flaws at the planning stage of the public-private partnership project (PPP), along with a lack of transparency.
Transmission Gully was the first motorway in New Zealand set up under a PPP model by the National government in 2012.
The road was supposed to be completed in April 2020 but was delayed by more than a year because of significant re-estimation of earthwork requirements, storm events, the Kaikōura earthquake and COVID-19.
However, a report commissioned last year after the Transport Agency had to pay more than $200 million to get it back on track, found the project was flawed from the start.
This scathing report on National’s use of Public Private Partnerships (PPP’s) as a means to find a cheaper way to build infrastructure was always an idealogical nightmare that risked biting National in the arse and helps explain why National are plummeting to 23% in the latest Roy Morgan poll.
Small Government and the free market are as out of fashion as Nu Metal and Limp Bizkit.
Covid has reminded voters that the State protects them, not mixed public private partnerships and National still clinging to these old Right Wing values of free market over all utterly misses the culture change a unique shared experience like Covid has provoked in people.
National don’t know what they stand for and they don’t know what their own political philosophy even means.
After Covid, no voter wants to hear the State is handing things over to the private sector and this is why National aren’t politically relevant.
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