Prime Minister defends transport funding plans

From Morning Report, 7:09 am on 7 March 2023

The Government's hit the brakes on making emissions reductions its top transport priority, saying Cyclone Gabrielle has changed everything.. 

It was planning to channel some of the money normally spent on road maintenance into bus and bike lanes. 

But now the focus is on an emergency style plan to repair roads devastated in cyclone Gabrielle and other recent storms.

National is calling it a chaotic backpedal, while the Green Party is urging the government not to kick the climate can down the road.

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins spoke to Guyon Espiner.