Auckland Light Rail comes off the tracks – and we can only imagine where Twyford might be shunted

Latest from the Beehive –

Winston Peters was chuffed by prospects for New Zealand horse sales, Stuart Nash and Eugenie Sage went out to bat for endangered dolphins, and Carmel Sepuloni and Damien O’Connor were campaigning to introduce Covid-19-affected workers to farm animals.  In the case of help for Covid-19-affected workers, we imagine the ministers were talking about workers who have lost their jobs because of the government’s extreme measures to combat the pandemic rather than workers who have been infected by Covid-19.

Meanwhile Phil Twyford was putting lame ducks into the headlines by announcing a Cabinet agreement to end the twin track Auckland Light Rail process and refer the project to the Ministry of Transport for further work.

Despite extensive cross-party consultation, the said when revealing his latest political setback, government parties were unable to reach agreement on a preferred proposal. The future of the project will now be decided by the government following September’s general election.

Twyford said two credible and deliverable proposals had been received. But neither was sufficiently credible or deliverable – we may suppose – to pass muster with the Cabinet (or New Zealand First components of the Cabinet).

Auckland Light Rail remains a project in the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP), he said.

Along with news of Twyford’s misadventure in the rail business – raising questions, in the PM’s office about his ministerial future, we suspect – here’s what flowed from the Beehive yesterday –

24 JUNE 2020

Government supports dairy farming jobs for kiwis

Release

24 JUNE 2020

New Zealand horses prove their worth in Seoul

Foreign Affairs and Racing Minister Rt Hon Winston Peters has welcomed a breakthrough for New Zealand horse bloodstock sales with Korea.

Rt Hon Winston Peters

Deputy Prime Minister

Foreign Affairs

Racing

Release

24 JUNE 2020

Constable Hunt honoured at graduation

Auckland Constable Matt Hunt has been honoured by brand new Police recruits and senior Police leadership at the latest graduation ceremony at the Royal New Zealand Police College today.

Hon Stuart Nash

Police

Release

24 JUNE 2020

Better access to healthcare for Coasters 

West Coasters will soon have better access to modern integrated high quality health services at the new Te Nikau, Grey Hospital and Health Centre, Health Minister Dr David Clark says.

Hon Dr David Clark

Health

Release

24 JUNE 2020

New protection for dolphins and support for changes to fishing methods

Extensive new protections are being put in place as part of an updated plan to look after New Zealand’s native Hector’s and Māui dolphins, announced Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash and Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today.

Hon Stuart Nash Hon Eugenie Sage

Conservation

Fisheries

Release

24 JUNE 2020

More protection for whistleblowers

A Bill that will strengthen protections for whistleblowers has been introduced by the Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today.

Hon Chris Hipkins

Education

Release

24 JUNE 2020

Auckland Light Rail process ended

Cabinet has agreed to end the twin track Auckland Light Rail process and refer the project to the Ministry of Transport for further work, Transport Minister Phil Twyford says.

Hon Phil Twyford

Transport

Release

24 JUNE 2020

Government supports dairy farming jobs for kiwis

The Government and dairy sector have joined forces on a new campaign to support COVID-19 affected workers into a farming career, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said.

Hon Carmel Sepuloni Hon Damien O’Connor

Agriculture

 

 

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