Wellington Scoop

NZ First joins Labour and Greens – opposes Basin flyover as “outdated monstrosity”

New Zealand First has joined Labour and the Greens in opposing the Transport Agency’s plans to build a flyover alongside the Basin Reserve.

Statement from NZ First – March 15

New Zealand First holds serious concerns about the merits of constructing a flyover at the Basin Reserve and believes other options should be explored. Environment spokesperson Andrew Williams says the flyover is an outdated concrete and steel monstrosity unsuitable for the area.

“The Government is spending about $80 million to trench part of State Highway 1 and create a National War Memorial Park on the land above ready for the 2015 Gallipoli centenary commemorations.

“It’s an insult to the memory of our fallen servicemen and women that just metres down the road a nine-metre high flyover will blight the landscape.

“The flyover will destroy the heritage value of a special precinct of Wellington which will include not just the memorial park but also the Basin Reserve and Government House.

“The Government must instruct the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to find an alternative to the flyover. Whatever NZTA comes up with must be sympathetic to the sacred nature of the memorial park.”