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Road under scrutiny now rail is out
By DIANE JOYCE
NZTA says road is not precarious
More than mascara and lipstick
will have to be applied to the high-
way between Napier and Gisborne
if it is to carry the load for the
closed rail link, Wairoa mayor Les
The decision to close the line
between the two cities would not
be revisited, the Government has
told East Cost politicians.
Hawke s Bay s mayors and
Hawke s Bay Regional Council
chairman Fenton Wilson met
Transport Minister Gerry Brown-
lee and Economic Development
Minister Steven Joyce on Thur-
Regional Transport Committee
chairman and rail line advocate
Alan Dick said he wanted to
attend but [the ministers] didn t
want me there .
Reporting to the Regional
Transport Committee, Mr Wilson
said: The discussion was good. It
started with very blunt language:
That there was no intention to
turn the decision to mothball the
rail around, at this stage .
He said given that position, the
civic leaders focused on what it
needed for transport links, par-
ticularly to transport goods from
the region to national and inter-
After the meeting, the two min-
isters released a statement saying
their ministries would join forces
with the local authorities of the
Tairawhiti Region -- Gisborne,
Wairoa and Napier and Hastings
-- to deliver a broad and deep
study of the region s economic
potential over the next 30 years
and appropriate transport infra-
structure that would service that .
Mr Probert told the transport
committee that now any rail
options had been put to bed ,
serious efforts had to go into
upgrading the only alternative
route, the precarious State
It needs more than a few pass-
ing lanes, more than mascara and
lipstick -- it needs real work.
He said the unstable and
uncertain route would have to
carry the load previously tran-
sported by rail, as well as greater
volumes of timber, oil and gas.
The New Zealand Transport
Agency representative on the
transport committee, regional
manager Jenny Chetwynd, said
that based on her organisation s
data the road was not precarious.
A substantial maintenance pro-
gramme was planned for the next
three years and an additional $4
million was programmed to build
new passing lanes.
Mr Wilson said his concern with
the route was that long trucks
could not negotiate some bends
without crossing the centre line.
They re all over the road.
Ms Chetwynd said the agency
had talks scheduled with East
Coast freight companies to discuss
their difficulties with the road.
Following the script: A customer waits as Lee Smith
and Jane Gordon prepare prescriptions at Deco City
Amcal Pharmacy in Lower Emerson St, Napier.
by increase in
By CAROLYN VEEN
An increase in prescription fees has been much
discussed in national media, but Hawke s Bay
pharmacists say the extra $2 an item does not
seem to be a big deal for most people.
The increase from $3 to $5 an item came into
effect on January 1.
Flaxmere Pharmacist Tim Klingender said
whether prescriptions were picked up or not had
never really been about the cost.
It runs deeper than the cost; sometimes it s
about personal and cultural beliefs. We ve had
people leave their prescribed medication on the
counter even though it has been free . . . Others
that don t come back to collect their prescriptions
believe the medication won t help them.
We have had one or two people say they can t
afford the new price, but we had that response
when the prescription cost was only $3.
Liz Dixon from Gilmore s Pharmacy in Havelock
North said her customers had not shown a lot of
resistance to the new charges.
Many of them remember how much the
charges dropped, from $15 to $3, when the Pri-
mary Health Organisations came on board about
nine or 10 years ago, she said.
We do have some customers who are struggling
to pay the increase [in] costs, just as every com-
Deco City Amcal pharmacy manager, Jane Gor-
don, had not had any complaints so far.
Most people think the new charges are still
pretty reasonable . . . as the additional burden on
any one person or family would not exceed $40 per
year, she said.
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