12 Sep 2014

Transport chair hopes for funding boost

9:08 pm on 12 September 2014

Mr Key had no pre-election windfalls to offer but with economic development spokesperson Steven Joyce outlined 10 government initiatives that benefit the region, or will do in future.

Work begins to clear a slip on Mangakahia Road in Northland.

Workers clear a slip on Mangakahia Road in Northland after a bad storm in July. Photo: RNZ / Lois Williams

Northland's Regional Transport chair John Bain said the most important was the sign-off announced today on the extension of the Auckland motorway to Warkworth, and eventually Wellsford.

Mr Bain said Mr Key and Mr Joyce also spoke of the need for the Government to take a close look at Northland's roading network.

He said the July storm did about $40 million worth of damage to the roads and they are in urgent need of investment.

John Key was heckled by about thirty protesters as he arrived at Toll Stadium - including people unhappy about unsealed rural roads, and logging traffic.

Flooding at Hukerenui, Northland.

Flooding at Hukerenui, Northland. Photo: Northland Regional Council

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