22 Jun 2020

Shane Jones blames iwi and DoC for Taranaki Crossing delays

From Morning Report, 6:17 am on 22 June 2020

The Regional Economic Development Minister has blamed iwi sensitivities and Department of Conservation red tape for the lack of progress on the $13.3 million Taranaki Crossing project.

Ngati Ruanui chief executive and Maori Party co-leader, Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, revealed last week she waited five months for a reply to Official Information Act request seeking to find out how the money was being spent, and says she is still not clear on where it went.

Shane Jones told RNZ Taranaki Whanganui reporter Robin Martin that Ngarewa-Packer was being disingenous.