That’s why National is working hard across the country to support our regions by investing heavily in things like accelerating regional roading projects, putting in ultra-fast and rural broadband, encouraging water storage and irrigation, building new schools and classrooms, and building cycleways.
In 2016, the National Party announced funding of up to $115 million to complete the next four projects in our accelerated regional roading package. These are:
- Awakino Gorge Tunnel bypass (Taranaki, $9-15m)
- Mt Messenger bypass (Taranaki, $80-90m)
- Motu Bridge replacement (East Coast / Gisborne, $3-5m)
- Opawa Bridge replacement (Marlborough / Blenheim, $14-17.5m)
In 2014, National set out a $212 million accelerated regional roading package. This latest announcement brings the total number of projects committed to across New Zealand to 13. Five of them are already either finished or underway.
This package has helped to generate around 2,100 construction jobs and a further 4,000 jobs are expected from rolling out ultra-fast and rural broadband.
Other results so far:
- $333 million is being invested in cycleway projects across the country, including provincial centres like Whangarei, Hamilton, Tauranga/Western Bay, Rotorua, Gisborne, Hastings/Napier, New Plymouth, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Blenheim, Nelson and Dunedin.
- $2 billion to roll out faster broadband across the country to make it more accessible to New Zealanders. Ensuring our regions have the best possible access to connectivity will help regional economies to diversify and develop. It will also help build tourism and provide a platform to attract investment and migrants to the region.
- Investing in the New Zealand Cycle Trail to boost tourism, particularly in our regions.
- Building new schools in Whakatane, Gisborne, Hastings, Rolleston near Christchurch, and Hamilton as well as undertaking significant expansions of schools in Papamoa and Queenstown. We’re also spending more than $1 billion repairing and rebuilding Christchurch schools after the earthquakes.
- National will continue to support and invest in our regions to help them get ahead.