The New Zealand National Party has launched its Pothole of the Week campaign in a bid to voice Kiwi road user frustration at the state of our roads.
Simeon Brown, National’s Transport spokesperson, is encouraging people to send in photos of potholes in their community so that the party can relay them to Transport Minister Michael Wood.
“Kiwis are sick and tired of all the potholes peppering New Zealand’s roads which are damaging vehicles and causing havoc for motorists,” says Brown.
He also said that the party is hearing from people daily that the roads are the worst they’ve ever been.
“We’re asking Kiwis to sign our petition and send us pictures of the potholes plaguing their community so that the Transport Minister can see just how bad things are. Each week, we will highlight the worst pothole, with the aim of getting the Government to sort the issue.
“Aside from causing damage to cars, potholes are a safety hazard and that’s why they need to be fixed. So it goes without saying that people should only take photos of potholes if and when it is safe to do so.”
It was also mentioned that people in Tauranga and Rodney have taken to repairing the potholes themselves rather than waiting around for NZTA or local authorities to fix them.
“Minister Wood needs to stop wasting money on his pet projects and get the potholes fixed,” adds Brown.