NZ First made promises, but will they come to fruition in the next government

Tracey Martin's election promises included immediate funding for Hill St and Penlink.
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Tracey Martin's election promises included immediate funding for Hill St and Penlink.

It's still anyone's guess as to who will form New Zealand's next government, but the decision isn't far off.

NZ First will hold an all day joint-caucus and board meeting on October 16 to decide which party to give their support to.

The decision could raise or dash the hopes of groups looking to have election promises made good from Winston Peters and NZ First.

The NZ First board and caucus will meet on Monday to decide the next government.
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The NZ First board and caucus will meet on Monday to decide the next government.

Three of those promises north of Auckland were immediate funding for a four-lane Penlink road on the Hibiscus Coast, immediate funding to fix Warkworth's notorious Hill St intersection, and clearing the debt for Mangawhai ratepayers after the Kaipara District Council wastewater scheme fiasco.

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At Mangawhai, Mangawhai Residents and Ratepayers Association chairman Bruce Rogan and his executive think a Labour led coalition with NZ First would be the best outcome to see their promise come true.

Winston Peters said he would make it a bottomline to clear the more than $30 million debt burden for ratepayers the wastewater scheme blowout had caused.

Rogan said whatever members of the executive's political persuasions were, a Labour led coalition was seen as the best outcome to see this happen for ratepayers.

"If Winston does deal with National, I don't think that there is the slightest possibility that anything will be done.

"If he does deal with Labour, exactly the opposite will be the case because I had an undertaking from them before the election that if Labour formed a government, they would come and sit down with us and work out a solution."

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Any discussions would occur with whoever became the next Local Government minister, Rogan said.

Rodney electorate candidate and NZ First MP Tracey Martin promised immediate funding for upgrades to the Hill St Intersection in Warkworth.

Fix Hill Street Now action group member Grant McLachlan said Labour list MP Marja Lubeck had also said fixing the intersection was a "no brainer", and Rodney MP Mark Mitchell reckoned it could be fixed within 18 months.

McLachlan was on the fence about which coalition could make it happen, but said history pointed to Labour as being more likely.

Labour had funded upgrades to intersections in Warkworth, but when National came to power upgrades to Hill St were shelved.

Under National, the Northern Motorway extension originally included the upgrade at Hill St, McLachlan said.

"But they decided to pull the plug on the upgraded intersection," he said.

McLachlan said with Rodney being the safest National seat in the country, there was no pressure for the party to deliver.  He also didn't believe there was pressure for Labour.

It would be up to NZ First to deliver on its promise, he said.

Penlink Now chairman Stephen Lyttleton couldn't be reached to provide comment on which coalition he thought to deliver NZ First's promise for immediate funding for a four lane Penlink.

An unscientific survey on Neighbourly.co.nz on which coalition Rodney residents preferred showed the majority, 53.8 per cent, would like to see a National - NZ First coalitiion.

A National - Greens coalition was favoured by 15.4 per cent and another 15.4 per cent favoured a NZ First - Labour - Green partnership.

A National - Labour coalition was sought by 7.7 per cent, a National - NZ First - ACT arrangement gained 5.1 per cent and a National - Greean - ACT partnership 2.6 per cent.

 - Stuff

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