Wellington Scoop

No rubber stamp approval for Basin flyover, warns Councillor Pannett

Media release from Iona Pannett
“There should be no rubber stamp for the Basin Reserve flyover,” said Wellington City Councillor Iona Pannett today.

The Environmental Protection Authority has until the 12th July to recommend to the Government whether the application by the New Zealand Transport Agency to build the flyover should be heard by the Environment Court, the Wellington City Council or political appointees under the Board of Inquiry process.

“The Boards of Inquiry set up under the National Government to fast track projects have so far given approval for all projects.

“People opposed to the flyover should be very concerned therefore if the project goes to a Board of Inquiry; the risk is real that the project will be given the green light.

“The Boards have been set up to give certainty to achieve the Government’s policy ends. This is an inappropriate approach for contentious issues like the flyover, they should be heard in the relatively neutral setting of the Court”, said Cr Pannett.

“The Government needs to reassure Wellingtonians that those who have concerns about the flyover will be given a fair hearing.

“It is the view of Wellington City Council that the application should be heard by the Court rather than the Board. I hope this viewpoint should be listened to by the Government.

“There are serious questions to be asked about the Boards of Inquiry generally and whether they are providing robust and fair outcomes for all New Zealanders. I hope future governments will address these questions,” said Cr Pannett.

Blog: http://ionapannett.blogspot.com/


  1. peter@southwelly, 5. July 2013, 12:31

    How iconic, Ms Pannett wants to halt progress in the City. How much more of this tweedle dum, tweedle dee do nothing will we see from this myopic “green-led” Council ? Auckland and Christchurch charge ahead, Wellington swelters with under performance.

  2. Sigh, 5. July 2013, 14:25

    More gibberish as usual.

    Can we please vote her out this time people?

  3. Traveller, 5. July 2013, 18:39

    Peter and Sigh: you need to take a deep breath. She’s offering an opinion on how the resource consent application should be handled. It’s not a “do nothing” statement.

  4. Michael Gibson, 6. July 2013, 7:45

    Iona Pannett has lacked mana & status ever since she voted to industrialise part of the Valley which lies just below the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary & which is an important bird-passage, glow-worm centre & is presently zoned Open Space.

  5. Mike, 6. July 2013, 16:48

    Iona’s proposal is very sensible, allowing the Basin proposal to be considered by the normal resource consent process rather than being effectively rubber stamped by a Board of Inquiry.

    Wellington has reaped benefits from wisdom applied by the Environment Court, and not taking advantage of that option would be short-sighted and foolish.