Dileepa Fonseka is a political reporter based in Wellington who covers housing, infrastructure, immigration, transport, local government and the Provincial Growth Fund. Infrastructure Councils will get over $750 million to upgrade their water systems, but they'll have to opt in to a reform programme if they want more
Government’s $761m spend on water upgrade comes with conditions PM says the investment will help bring water infrastructure up to scratch. Wed, 08 Jul 2020 Wed, 08 Jul 2020 A Watercare dam The government will spend $761 million helping to upgrade water services across the country as part of its Covid-19 economic recovery plan, but it is a drop in the ocean in terms of the investment needed.
The Government is pulling out a $761 million carrot, as it waves a stick at local authorities to get them to improve their drinking water, wastewater and storm water systems. It’s saying local authorities will get financial support if they opt into a reform programme aimed at centralising the management of these "three waters".
The government will spend $761 million to help bring New Zealand’s ageing three-waters infrastructure up to scratch, but only in areas where councils create regional water entities. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta today said the government will help foot the bill for upgrading water services that are under pressure across the country.
Dileepa Fonseka is a political reporter based in Wellington who covers housing, infrastructure, immigration, transport, local government and the Provincial Growth Fund. Immigration ANALYSIS: A list of infrastructure projects handpicked for border exemptions is either a hasty cut and paste job or a sign we can't build anything without foreign labour, writes Dileepa Fonseka
A leaked report which prefers Manukau Harbour over Northland for a new port is being slammed with the Government being urged to get the $2 million back that paid for it. The report is currently before Cabinet and not yet public, Newsroom wrote today. But the author of the Government's original report, and others in the shipping industry, say Manukau is not an option due to both logistical and ecological issues.
Moves to shift Auckland's port from the CBD to Northland have ground to a halt on the back of a new report before Cabinet that suggests Manukau Harbour is a better option. Wayne Brown, the man who led the original government study that looked into the port move, said consultants behind the latest report should give taxpayers their $2 million back if moving Auckland's port to Manukau Harbour was what they had recommended.
The fifth and final stage of Christchurch’s Coastal Pathway, from Redcliffs to Shag Rock, is set to be completed after a $15 million injection through the Government’s Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund. OPINION: I love a good coastal pathway. They’re a proven people-pleaser.
Plans to open up Drury for three massive development projects by Oyster Capital, Fulton Hogan and Kiwi Property are now one step closer and could transform the area over the next 30 years. But a number of Auckland councillors are concerned with how the city is going to pay for the billions of dollars worth of infrastructure that will be needed to support it.