Throw the case out and start again?
As the East West Link Board of Inquiry continues it seems a rather piece of damning revelation has come out from the hearings.
This came from TOES (The Onehunga Enhancement Society) who are opposed to the East West Link in part:
So the visual representation by TOES is admitted by NZTA that they are the correct visuals while the NZTA visuals were inaccurate. In other words someone in NZTA is telling porkies to try to get the East West Link over the line.
This revelation comes after NZTA said in their rebuttal evidence that the East West Link is so good it doesn’t need a business case nor a Benefit Cost Ratio (of which it currently stands at 0.96):
And of course the actual link harming the very thing it was meant to serve industry:
Now if a retailer or service provider was caught providing the consumer with inaccurate information that would skewer a rational decision that provider would have their backsides in trouble from the Commerce Commission under a Fair Trading Act complaint. To have inaccurate information from NZTA as such could be deemed to deceive the public from making such a rational choice. Consequently the Board of Inquiry should be dissolved and the entire process started again with the right information. Another way of looking at it is if the East West Link was challenged in the High Court how would the court see the use of inaccurate information that was used to inform and guide the submitters as well as being used in the consent application by NZTA? I would say the court would take a very dim view.
So it seems NZTA have admitted to what is basically telling porkies about the East West Link. Might be time to do the entire process again properly (and costs awarded back to submitters for essentially time wasted as a result of inaccurate information put forward by NZTA).