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Updated at 8:12 am on 19 August 2012
Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says claims the Government is neglecting local roads at the expense of new highways are not true.
More than $10 billion is to be spent on seven roads deemed of national significance over the next decade.
But Local Government New Zealand says an increase of 2% for local road maintenance and renewal in the next three years will lead to a drop in maintenance.
However, Mr Brownlee says local roads are adequately funded.
While 29% of transport spending in the next three years will go on new and improved highway infrastructure, he says 26% will be spent on local roads.
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