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Politicians ponder the future of KiwiRail

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/04/2016

WHAT THE POLITICIANS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE WAY FORWARD FOR KIWIRAIL

* "The government is going to be contributing to the fortunes of KiwiRail for a very long period of time... no one is arguing there isn't a place for KiwiRail in New Zealand" - Prime Minister John Key

* "I don't think we should expect any large change at all in the ownership or structure of KiwiRail" - State Owned Enterprises Minister Todd McClay

* "National should let KiwiRail compete for funding from the enormous roading budget and scrap the two-tiered funding system which grossly favours costly highway projects" - the Greens' Julie Anne Genter

* "The National Land Transport Fund will spend over $10 billion in the next four years, some of that needs to go to rail" - Labour's David Parker

* "The government is loading up our roads with heavy trucks ... if it had maintained the railways properly much of the freight would go by rail" - NZ First's Winston Peters

* "Why does KiwiRail still own the Interislander ferries? Private operators would do a better job" - spending watchdog the Taxpayers' Union.

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