Who Supports - Tuakau
Allan Sanson - Mayoral Candidate for Waikato District Council
"I am fully supportive of a passenger rail service between Hamilton and Auckland. This is a service that is long overdue being provided in this region. It is essential that we provide a clean, comfortable service aboard an appropriate train and I am convinced it will be well patronised. If elected as the next Mayor of Waikato District Council I give an undertaking and commitment to pursue this matter for the District by working towards securing a funding formula with Environment Waikato and the Government so as to provide a Passenger rail service.
There is an opportunity with this train starting in Hamilton to have stops at Ngaruawahia, Huntly, Te Kauwhata and Tuakau. At the initial stages it would be unreasonable to provide any additional stops as this would add too much travel time between Hamilton and downtown Auckland. The service must be able to leave Hamilton and arrive in downtown Auckland within two hours to encourage people to use it. After consultation with the ratepayers in May/June 2011, if the support is still there for a targeted rate I am sure that we could implement a two year trial period starting approximately around October 2011."
Anthony Tangye - Candidate for Councillor representing the Awaroa ki Tuakau Ward
"Rail is a solid part of any community especially to the smaller towns such as Tuakau. It is a reliable, safe and cost effective way of transporting people to and from work, shopping and general travel. A passenger service train that ran between Hamilton and Auckland was trialled back in the '90s but was unsuccessful, not due to the lack of patrons but due to the ineffective rolling stock and the unsuitable time table for commuters..
The transportation of goods is one vital part of furthering the economic growth, not just for Tuakau District but for the whole Waikato District. A freight siding will also bring mass employment through all the related industry that comes with warehousing, distribution and manufacturing. All freight trains must go through the Tuakau District before reaching Auckland. I believe it is possible to make Tuakau District a major distribution hub for South Auckland and Waikato. It is perfectly located between State Highway 1 and 2.
Tuakau has a deep history with rail. How many other towns can say they moved it whole main street to be closer to the railway station. In 1875 the railway station was opened and the locals enjoyed a rail service right up until the mid '80s when it was closed.
It's time to bring it back."
Clint Baddeley - Deputy Mayor Waikato District Council
Candidate for Mayor of Waikato District Council and District Councillor for Raglan
"I support the integration of train services between Hamilton and Auckland and return including provision for people to join the train along the way, to achieve this the Government and Local Government need to work together, if elected I will advocate for this service. Train services makes environmental and economic sense for our Communities."
Lionel Petersen - Candidate for Awaroa ke Tuakau Ward of Waikato District Counci
“The Tuakau community is isolated unless you have a car. Our young need “Hope” for the future. “Hope” comes from access to jobs and higher educational opportunities. Hope provides the opportunity to make a life for themselves - without a car. Many of our older people don't drive and trains will set them free too. Trains provide our people with that “Hope”, they enable our people to access sport, recreation, jobs, tech, uni, movies and Middlemore. Trains enable our school leavers to get started on building their future without leaving home. Trains will change Tuakau from a distant place to being a part of the wider world. Trains also mean that our people won’t leave to find the opportunities they seek. I support Vote Trains because Tuakau must support its neighbours because together we can bring the trains back to our towns."