Expressway Protest at Parliament

Ch’Ch Wizard accepts Kāpiti cheque for ‘wasted’ motorway money

By the Editor, Alan Tristram

On the steps of Parliament today, the Wizard of Christchurch accepted  a $450 million cheque representing the difference between the cost of the Kāpiti Western Link Road and the Government’s proposed four-lane Expressway.

A sizable group from SaveKapiti who had travelled into the Capital presented the Wizard with the giant cheque.

They say money earmarked for the Kapiti Expressway is wasted and should be spent on the Christchurch rebuild.The Wizard stepped in to help after Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee, who is also minister in charge of Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, refused to accept it.

The crowd of more than 50 protesters were addressed by the Wizard; by Labour Transport Spokesman Phil Twyford;  and by Green Party Transport Spokeswoman Julie Anne Genter.

Mr Twyford said the proposed Otaki to Levin expressway, which the New Zealand Transport Agency scrapped last week in favour of several upgrades to State Highway 1 and SH57, saving $300 million, was the beginning of a government back-track on its promise to pour money into seven roads of national significance.


I couldn’t make this because of work commitments, but thank you Save Kapiti and well done.