August 14, 2009
Chris’s really simple recipe for New Zealand infrastucture development
Take all the toys, funding and powers away from Transit New Zealand, except for responsibility for a handful of legislatively defined routes of national significance (not State Highway One but Arthur’s Pass, Haast Pass, the Napier-Taupo road and the roads to Gisbourne and New Plymouth). Divide the toys, funding and powers between regional councils on a per-capita basis.
Enshrine all this in legislature, give regional councils power to go to Wellington and kick up a stink about it, and require at least five years notice of changes to funding or allocation.
Do the same with money for hospitals, schools, and any areas of infrastructure and development that are currently funded directly from Wellington.
Bring to a slow boil and simmer for 20 years. Then see what we’ve got.