$500 million of infrastructure projects to be fast tracked

February 11th, 2009 at 11:37 am by David Farrar

John Key has given details of $500 million of projects that will be fast tracked:

  • $69 million on five new schools
  • $30 million on school refurbishments and maintenance at 64 schools
  • $9 million for special schools facilities
  • $34 million to upgrade ICT infrastucture so schools are broadband capable.
  • $41 million on improvements in 11 schools
  • $6 million to establish a trades academy on Southern Cross Campus in Mangere
  • $28 million to help schools accelerate existing building projects that have stalled.
  • $43 million on acclerating five large state highway projects (Kopu Bridge Replacement, Matahorua Gorge Realignment, Hawkes Bay Expressway Southern Extension, Muldoon’s Rimutaka Corner Easing and Christchurch Southern Motorway
  • $100 million for smaller regional roading projects, with one third to be spent before 30 June.
  • $105 million on upgrades and renovations to 10,000 state houses – 18 a day for 18 months
  • $20 million on construction of 69 new state houses

Targeted infrastructure spending is a far better response than some of the massive pork laden stimulus packages we have seen overseas.

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38 Responses to “$500 million of infrastructure projects to be fast tracked”

  1. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,753 comments) says:

    Ho Hum.

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  2. slightlyrighty (2,475 comments) says:

    How is it that $47 million can refurbish one Governor General’s residence, yet 69 million gets us 5 new Schools?

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  3. dime (10,095 comments) says:

    $6 million to establish a trades academy on Southern Cross Campus in Mangere – this sounds promising. 6 mil doesnt sound a huge amount?

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  4. Right of way is Way of Right (1,122 comments) says:

    Outstanding. A complete understanding that what is required to get this country moving is industry and productivity. In concert with moves to make things easier for small to medium business, we now have targeted spending. Rather than borrow money to throw at the problem, we have targeted spending to stimulate the economy, encourage growth and generate wealth.

    With these policies, once the global economy begins to recover, we will be at the crest of the wave, because we have already started to produce, to build, to generate momentum.

    I am so glad I voted National.

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  5. getstaffed (9,186 comments) says:

    spending on schools is all well and good for the trade suppliers but IMO the untill we train and reward excellent teachers and improve or exit poor teachers then better facilities are simply wasted. excellent teachers are the cornerstone of excellent education. sideline issue here i know. but one dear to my heart.

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  6. dime (10,095 comments) says:

    getstaffed – simple solution.. pat teachers on performance.. none of this “you all earn the same” crap

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  7. jacob van hartog (300 comments) says:

    Are they still counting labours $700 mill buy back of Kiwi Rail as part of the Stimulus package of $9 billion ?

    Its called bare faced cheek

    All the other projects listed here seem to be work that was lined up to start by labour anyway, only the spin doctors have done a makeover

    [DPF: Have you tried reading first before what you are commenting on. The Govt has said for weeks that this is about bringing forward scheduled infrastructure spending, not identifying new projects.]

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  8. Andrew W (1,629 comments) says:

    I’m starting to worry about all this money being spent on “stimulus packages”, it’s all starting to look like trogan horse socialism to me.

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  9. Russell Brown (405 comments) says:

    All the other projects listed here seem to be work that was lined up to start by labour anyway, only the spin doctors have done a makeover

    Quite. It’s welcome and sensible, but not exactly a work of vision.

    [DPF: I’ll take practical over visionary]

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  10. greenfly (1,059 comments) says:

    Is that it ! Is that all this government can do – spend, spend, spend taxpayers money and on schools those socialist instruments of indoctrination!! This is a RED government, not a blue! Never thought I’d see the day! Thanks alot, Nanny John.

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  11. jarbury (464 comments) says:

    A good start, but does seem a bit half-arsed really. Is the Kopu Bridge really the biggest transport project in the country that we can find which needs to be brought forward? Only 69 state houses – geez the last government was building way more than that per year. How about 690 state houses next year or something that might actually make a difference?

    [DPF: The last Government let their existing stock get so run down they should have spent more on looking after what they had]

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  12. reddeath26 (97 comments) says:

    @greenfly-
    Don’t even try to confuse the mob with your left wing indoctrination. They know that intellectuals are in on the conspriacy. It is only a nanny state if it is performed by Helen Clarke, the Labour party or the Green Party.

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  13. Ratbiter (1,265 comments) says:

    Good to see. I wonder how much faster this “fast track” really is though…?

    Reddeath & Greenfly – yes, when “Liarbore” steals your tax dollars and spend it on such PC nanny-state namby-pamby nonsense as public transport, public health services, public schools (dirty little socialist indoctrination camps, those) and public highways, then it’s just the evil socialists at work, and boo them. But when our blue-eyed National boy does it, he’s some sort of hero. Go figure… :-P

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  14. dime (10,095 comments) says:

    greenfly – youre saying this government isnt far right wing??? they are centrist??? that will go down well at your next green party gathering.. (dont eat the food, it was grown in human shit)

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  15. nz capitalist (306 comments) says:

    An absolute disgrace!

    What a waste of taxpayer money giving handouts to various projects which are unnecessary and pointless for no better reason than they are in National electorates.

    A far better use of Mr Key’s time would be a $20 billion tax cut to save New Zealand from third world status circa. 2018; although the worst part of this is that it will be passed in Parliament on the votes of ACT (Sir Roger Douglas will say one thing yesterday and vote for the opposite tomorrow)

    [DPF: Ummn four of the schools getting money are in Upper Hutt – not a National electorate. ]

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  16. AG (1,830 comments) says:

    Dime,

    “(dont eat the food, it was grown in human shit)”

    I take it you don’t eat much steak, then? You do know what cows eat, and what it grows on??

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  17. dime (10,095 comments) says:

    AG – reckon theres a difference between a steak… and a vegetable? i guess they wash them.. but still. i find it off putting.

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  18. AG (1,830 comments) says:

    Sure there’s a difference. One grows in shit, then you eat it. The other eats stuff that grows in shit, then you eat it.

    Circle of life, Dime. Circle of life.

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  19. Brian Smaller (4,024 comments) says:

    $105 million on upgrades and renovations to 10,000 state houses – 18 a day for 18 months

    And how many of those 18 houses a day for 18 months will be pieces of crap again in a few years. Drive around Naenae or Taita to see how well they are treated – even the new ones and the ones done up in the last few years.

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  20. Straight Shooter (135 comments) says:

    Oh, no, there isn’t any sniff of pork anywhere!

    And how exactly is the Hawke’s Bay ‘Expressway’ more important than an extension of the Waikato Expressway?

    Honestly, National’s major criticism of Labour was the politicisation of ‘independent’ state service processes. It seems that National now wish to extend it to include infrastructure.

    Let’s milk every cent out of how little they now have. How cynical!

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  21. peterwn (3,298 comments) says:

    $100M for lesser roading projects before 30 June. Sounds like a gift from heaven for Contractors Federation members. Trying to rush things before the end of the financial year IMO results in wastage and high tender prices. A Transit chairman years ago was moaning about high tender prices when trying to beat ‘spend it or lose it’ expenditure deadlines.

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  22. GPT1 (2,122 comments) says:

    $500m disappears pretty quickly! Is the $290k per state house including land purchases?

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  23. Ruth (178 comments) says:

    Amazing how some people want to stop all spending. In a few years we would look like a crumbling city in the former USSR.

    In the real world things move on. Build it and get over it.

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  24. emmess (1,432 comments) says:

    >>And how exactly is the Hawke’s Bay ‘Expressway’ more important than an extension of the Waikato Expressway?

    An announcement on the Waikato expressway is apparently coming soon, so overall this announcement is very good and it’s seems to be another step towards the Helen Clark ‘dead body’ tunnel project being canned.
    But why the hell is money being wasted on state houses? if you remove the politics, their existence is totally illogical to any sane person.

    And BTW does anyone know what the Muldoon’s Rimutaka Corner Easing is? The whole hill or a specific part. Drove over there for the first time a month ago and I am curious?

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  25. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    I don’t know enough to be ab;e to comment specifically on these projects.

    But speaking generally, I commend Key and English for taking what is undoubtedly the right path: that of supporting businesses and in turn jobs through creating demand for goods and services.

    Now, if they have any time to spare, could they please pop over the ditch and tell bloody Tintin and his mate that they’ll get nowhere handing similar amounts to bogans and hoping like crazy they spend it on a new carb for the Holden and not on pokies or cigarettes. Though I guess with the latter, at least they get a fair portion straight back as excise.

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  26. Owen McShane (1,226 comments) says:

    Sadly, I am getting daily decisions from the Environment Court killing off developments all over the country and endorsing the worst practises of councils and creating judge made law which the current round of reforms are unlikely to change..

    Our local newspapers continue to celebrate every decision to stop projects or water them down so much they are no longer viable.

    It is almost as thought there is a rush to close down the economy before any of these stimuli have a chance to make a difference.

    At least these infrastructure projects do not destroy wealth and I hope this is a forerunner to killing off all those rail projects and tunneled motorways which do.

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  27. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    Ratbiter says:

    …when “Liarbore” steals your tax dollars and spend it on such PC nanny-state namby-pamby nonsense … it’s just the evil socialists at work… But when our blue-eyed National boy does it, he’s some sort of hero. Go figure…

    When Labour were doing it there wasn’t a recession, rising unemployment and imminent business closures. Or to put it another way, if you’d sashayed down the street in nothing but your shorts and some sunscreen six months ago, you’d have been mad. Given the present climate, you’d be mad not to. But I suspect you know that, Ratty, because one thing you’re not is stupid.

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  28. emmess (1,432 comments) says:

    Yeah, funny how not just Labour and other leftists, but many others are all for Keynesianism when the economy is in the poo.
    But aren’t so keen for the other side of the equation that is cutting back on spending when things are going well.
    Who are the true Keynesians then?

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  29. Zippy Gonzales (485 comments) says:

    [DPF: Ummn four of the schools getting money are in Upper Hutt – not a National electorate. ]

    Not yet ;-)

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  30. heathcote (104 comments) says:

    At long last the Kopu bridge is to be replaced. Thank goodness. You try going across it in the back of an ambulance with a sick patient…… Labour had the opportunity to complete this essential work over their nine years and they failed miserably. Of course it’s not their electorate (and never will be).

    When we moved to Thames in 1993 we were told the new bridge would be complete within five years. Here we are 16 years later still waiting for the first sod to be turned. What has the cost been in wasted time and fuel over all those years? Let alone safety and discomfort. The answer is millions and millions of dollars, far more than the replacement cost.

    Roll on July.

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  31. bruceh (102 comments) says:

    20 M on 69 new state houses. I thought we changed the govt last election.

    If the intention is to stimulate activity in the building sector it would be far better to deal to land use regulation by regional and local govt and all the associated stand over fees and tactics developers and section buyers have to submit to. RMA reforms to date improve process but do not address the functional interferences in supply and demand of land.

    But of course, I keep forgetting that Gaia might not cope somehow if a city grows in the form of conventional suburbs rather than high density ‘urban form’

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  32. Anthony (798 comments) says:

    I just got a letter back from the new Minister of Housing rebuffing my suggestion that those earning enough to pay market rents for state houses should actually be charged a premium – one because a state house unlike a private sector one has almost guaranteed tenure for as long as you want to stay – and two because there should be some incentive to leave a state house if you don’t really need it! Those with more bedrooms than they need should also pay more in rent. But no, the Minister says we can’t punish those taking advantage of the taxpayer – we have to gently encourage them to change! Obviously no change of attitude at Housing!

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  33. libertyscott (359 comments) says:

    I assume there are cost/benefit assessments of all of this spending? No of course not.

    I know the road projects have a BCR higher than 1:1, so they are fine, but I object strongly to the politicisation of road funding. Politicians don’t know what’s best anymore than anyone on this board. National in the 1990s completely separated road funding decisions from the Transport Minister, so that objective criteria would be used, and the Minister couldn’t get lobbied by MPs seeking pet projects – it was seen to be a model for the world. Labour eroded it, National is now continuing to do so.

    As far as state housing is concerned, the housing market is in a slump. State housing tenants now have income related rentals. Why is the state subsidising rents through providing housing AND the accommodation supplement? More importantly, why do the Nats think spending other people’s money like this when so many are struggling to pay mortgages is fair? After all, half of those on such welfare aren’t likely to ever vote National!

    A more useful step is what Owen suggests: Serious RMA reform (which Nick Smith ideologically opposes, since he is a Labour MP in drag) and killing off the wealth destroying rail and road tunnel projects. Auckland rail electrification and the Victoria Park tunnel (when it should be viaduct widening) should be at the top of the list, along with the Waterview extension to SH20 tunnel (which should be a trenched motorway like the rest of the route – but the former MP’s electorate is sacrosanct).

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  34. libertyscott (359 comments) says:

    Oh and easing Muldoon’s Corner is getting rid of the hairpin curve on the Hutt side of the Rimutaka Hill Road. Long been planned, as it is only bend on the highway that means large trucks have to drive for about 50m on the other side of the road to negotiate it. It is called “Muldoon’s Corner” because some wit at the then National Roads Board figured because the bend turns right and right without stopping (when going downhill) that it was akin to Muldoon – which is, of course, a matter of dispute.

    It hasn’t a great Benefit Cost Ratio last time I looked, but it will make it a little easier and quicker to cross, by about 10 seconds or so, and reduce accidents at the bend. It was to go ahead already, but it proved to be more expensive than first anticipated, as it involves a bridge over the gully at this point to straighten it out.

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  35. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    State Housing:

    Why are these fucktard leaches living in State Houses?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/4844844a11.html

    Member of a gang – no state benefits.

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  36. llew (1,533 comments) says:

    Those with more bedrooms than they need should also pay more in rent. But no, the Minister says we can’t punish those taking advantage of the taxpayer – we have to gently encourage them to change! Obviously no change of attitude at Housing!

    No change at Parliament you mean – those are political decisions, not Housing NZ’s call to make. You’d be surprised what ideas HNZC has considered to “encourage” market renters, and people in larger houses than they need, to move out.

    In the end though, the pollies always deem that turfing tenants, some of them little old ladies, out on the street isn’t going to play well in the newspapers.

    As always no doubt, various plans for incentives to move are being concocted & considered, with very little likelihood of implementation.

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