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Lee isolated on Waterview option

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

National’s decision today to push for an inferior option for the Waterview Connection is a kick in the guts for the people of Mt Albert and has effectively sidelined their candidate Melissa Lee, Labour’s Mt Albert candidate David Shearer says. Transport …

Lee isolated on Waterview option

National’s decision today to push for an inferior option for the Waterview Connection is a kick in the guts for the people of Mt Albert and has effectively sidelined their candidate Melissa Lee, Labour’s Mt Albert candidate David Shearer says.

Transport Minister Steven Joyce today all but ruled out the deep tunnel option supported by Labour, despite knowing there is overwhelming support among Mt Albert people for a tunnel, David Shearer says.

“This is a second class solution for a first class city.

“The role of an MP is to be an advocate for their community. Melissa Lee is not willing to stand up for the wishes of Mt Albert residents. She announced she supported bulldozing 500 homes for a six lane motorway even before the Government announced its latest decision.

“Her preferred option is even more extreme than that of the Government’s.

“Steven Joyce admitted at a press conference today that he had not bothered to brief Ms Lee on his decision.

“This follows John Key’s dismissal of her views yesterday after she voiced her personal preference for a hugely unpopular all-above ground motorway through Mt Albert.

“Over the last two days she has shown she does not have the ear of the Government and is not prepared to advocate for the people of Mt Albert.”

ENDS

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