Petitioning Labour Party Spokesperson for Auckland Issues and the Environment Phil Twyford and 8 others

The Hon. Simon Bridges, Transport Minister: Stop destroying nature: STOP the Redoubt Road/ Mill Road Corridor!


Auckland Transport (a division of Auckland City Council) has decided to build a major arterial route up to 6 lanes wide parallel with the SH 1 Motorway.
Auckland Transport’s reasons given are that the existing road has a high crash record, provides poor quality arterial connection, and population growth and development necessitates this project.
This proposed road would initially run from Manukau City to Alfriston, and then eventually to Drury and Pukekohe.
The first stage of this proposed road would:
• Deprive 260 families of their existing homes, with up to 400 seriously compromised. Many of these are long standing properties together with a large number of houses recently built.
• Cost Auckland ratepayers or NZ tax-payers $246,000,000 for this first stage only!
• Destroy many areas of centuries old native forest and other heritage trees along the Redoubt/Mill Road ridgeline that are a refuge to many kinds of endangered wildlife (e.g. Kereru, Tui, Kaka, NZ Harrier, Silvereye, Fantails, Kingfisher (Kotare), Morepork, Shiny Cuckoo, Grey Warblers and many more).
• Severely damage Murphy’s Bush (the nearest substantial stand of lowland native bush to the Auckland CBD in relation to the Hunua Ranges to the south).
• Destroy a good proportion of an iconic and protected sensitive ridgeline between Totara Park and the city along Redoubt Road and Mill Road.
• Fail to deter, in fact encourage even more traffic to exit the southern and south western motorways to avoid the terrible congestion that exists. Poor planning of the motorway system is responsible for up to 80% of traffic currently using residential roads at peak times.

What should happen:
• No further development in the Southern region of the super city that puts further demand on roads that cannot cope even with ‘current’ traffic demand.
• The several serious bottlenecks on the motorway should be fixed at a LOT less cost to the taxpayer (For example: Mt Wellington, Manurewa, Takanini and Ti Irangi Drive interchange).
• Reduction and policing of the speed limit through residential areas.
• The introduction of traffic lights, roundabouts, chicanes where needed to make the roads SAFE as well as introducing cycle lanes, improved shoulders and pedestrian areas.
• Preservation of native trees, heritage trees and wildlife refuges in order to re-create a biodiversity corridor between the Redoubt Ridge/Totara Park/Mill Road stands of bush, through the rest of the super city, all the way to the Waitakeres.
• Genuine consultation with all communities where traffic problems exist. Work on suitable remedies to resolving them that do not include wanton destruction of existing housing and the environment.
• All future development plans considered in areas from Manukau, Flat Bush to Drury should take into account the wellbeing of existing residential communities.
RREAG
The Redoubt Ridge Environmental Action Group was created by a group of affected or concerned citizens in the Redoubt/Mill Road area. The group wish to inform the Auckland and NZ public about what is planned and the enormous cost involved – rates and huge borrowings required to complete this project.
This expressway/highway is not needed if public transport and existing roading infrastructure are made to work effectively.
The cost of this planned road from Redoubt Road to Alfriston School alone would be $246,000,000, 53% of which, we are advised by Auckland Transport, would come from the government coffers (all taxpayers).
The further extension of this road from Alfriston to Drury would affect hundreds more houses and inevitably cost much more than the first stage.
We urge all NZ resident ratepayers and tax payers to object to this wasteful and irresponsible plan from Auckland Transport. This plan was created without any consultation with Auckland Super City’s own biodiversity division.
Information meetings were held where affected homeowners were simply told that ‘this is what Auckland Transport will do’ with scant consideration for the wellbeing of the local communities.
Submissions made by residents to date were not acknowledged.
Former agreements reached between the local community and previous Manukau City Mayor Len Brown and his council to make a road that would NOT affect houses and that would avoid destroying the environment have all conveniently been forgotten since the Super City was created.
PLEASE GIVE US YOUR SUPPORT:
• IN OPPOSING THIS PROPOSED EXPRESSWAY/HIGHWAY.
• IN UPGRADING THE EXISTING SH1.
• TO PROTECT WILDLIFE AND TREES/BUSH.
• TO RECREATE THE BIODIVERSITY CONNECTION BETWEEN THE SOUTH AND NORTH WEST OF THE ‘SUPER’ CITY TO MAKE IT A LIVEABLE CITY FOR ALL.
The Redoubt Ridge Environmental Action Group (www.redoubtaction.co.nz)

Letter to
Labour Party Spokesperson for Auckland Issues and the Environment Phil Twyford
Labour Party Spokesperson for the Environment Maryan Street
Green Party spokesperson on: Environment and Economics & Finance. Russell Norman
and 6 others
Green Party Spokesperson for: Environment Catherine Delahunty
Green Party spokesperson: Environment, Conservation, Resource Management issues Eugene Sage
Labour Party Transport Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway
MP, The Green Party, Spokes person for Transport Julie Anne Genter
Minister of Transport The Honourable Simon Bridges
Associate Minister of Transport The Honourable Craig Foss
Stop destroying nature: STOP the Redoubt Road/ Mill Road Corridor!

Dear Mr. Bridges, Mr Foss, Mr. Twyford, Ms. Street, Mr. Norman, Ms. Delahunty, Ms. Sage, Ms Genter and Mr. Lees-Galloway,

The undersigned urges you to take up this matter on behalf of many New Zealand rate payers and tax payers and STOP Auckland Transport from their proposed building of a major arterial road including the wanton destruction of entire communities, native bush, wildlife and significant heritage trees.

Auckland Transport has decided to build a major artertial route up to 6 lanes wide parallel with the SH1 Motorway.
The proposed road would initially run from Manukau City to Alfriston, and then eventually to Drury and Pukekohe.

The first stage of this project alone would:
• Deprive 260 families of their existing homes, with up to 400 seriously compromised. Many of these are long standing properties together with a large number of houses recently built.
• Cost Auckland ratepayers or NZ tax-payers $246,000,000 for this first stage only!
• Destroy many areas of centuries old native forest and other heritage trees along the Redoubt/Mill Road ridgeline that are a refuge to many kinds of endangered wildlife (e.g. Kereru, Tui, Kaka, NZ Harrier, Silvereye, Fantails, Kingfisher (Kotare), Morepork, Shiny Cuckoo, Grey Warblers and many more).
• Severely damage Murphy’s Bush (the nearest substantial stand of lowland native bush to the Auckland CBD in relation to the Hunua Ranges to the south).
• Destroy a good proportion of an iconic and protected sensitive ridgeline between Totara Park and the city along Redoubt Road and Mill Road.
• Fail to deter, in fact encourage even more traffic to exit the southern and south western motorways to avoid the terrible congestion that exists. Poor planning of the motorway system is responsible for up to 80% of traffic currently using residential roads at peak times.

What should happen:
• No further development in the Southern region of the super city that puts further demand on roads that cannot cope even with ‘current’ traffic demand.
• The several serious bottlenecks on the motorway should be fixed at a LOT less cost to the taxpayer (For example: Mt Wellington, Manurewa, Takanini and Ti Irangi Drive interchange).
• Reduction and policing of the speed limit through residential areas.
• The introduction of traffic lights, roundabouts, chicanes where needed to make the roads SAFE as well as introducing cycle lanes, improved shoulders and pedestrian areas.
• Preservation of native trees, heritage trees and wildlife refuges in order to re-create a biodiversity corridor between the Redoubt Ridge/Totara Park/Mill Road stands of bush, through the rest of the super city, all the way to the Waitakeres.
• Genuine consultation with all communities where traffic problems exist. Work on suitable remedies to resolving them that do not include wanton destruction of existing housing and the environment.
• All future development plans considered in areas from Manukau, Flat Bush to Drury should take into account the wellbeing of existing residential communities.

The cost for this project (and far more for the future extension past Alfriston) would be funded 53% by the NZ Governement.
The amount for the first part alone would be NZ$246,000,000!

NZ resident ratepayers and Tax Payers ask you to STOP this wasteful and irresponsible plan from Auckland Transport at your most urgent opportunity!!