More than $3 billion worth of NZ Upgrade Programme projects are moving forward, with five major projects in Auckland, Wellington and Tauranga each a step closer to construction this week. Waka Kotahi Transport Agency has issued an Advanced Notice seeking registrations of interest from prequalified and experienced contractors for improvements on Auckland’s Southern Motorway (SH1) between Papakura and Drury South, the Tauranga Northern Link in the Bay of Plenty and the Penlink connection from the Northern Motorway (SH1) to the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, north of Auckland.
19022020News Photo: TOM LEE/STUFF - Meterological drought conditions in Waikato. Dry fields as far as the eye can see near Te Awamutu. A Waikato leader believes there is a "lack of leadership" in Auckland following their recent call for more water, amid the city's pleas during its current shortage.
"We are proud to support the Visionweek web summit, which will start the conversation on a national vision for New Zealand," says Paul Blair, CEO of Infrastructure New Zealand. "Visionweek runs from 8-12 June. It is a free, inclusive opportunity for individuals, businesses, iwi and communities to share their vision for what the well-being of New Zealanders should look like in 5, 10, or 50 years.
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Byline: RIPU BHATIA Section: News > National On Page: 1 A $26 million project to replace the runway at Auckland Airport will begin in two weeks and create 150 jobs. Works were brought forward after the outbreak of coronavirus and resulting reduction of flights created an opening.
The Far North District Council has presented 17 'shovel-ready' infrastructure projects for government funding, part of a national plan to stimulate the economy and reduce the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The projects were submitted last month to the Infrastructure Industry Reference Group, a taskforce set up by the government to seek out infrastructure projects around the country that would New Zealand boost spending and employment.
6.45 - HAYDN JONES There's been a lot of talk about so-called shovelreadyprojectsthe Government is keen to get started post lockdown. But will those infrastructure ideas really kick start theeconomy like we're all hoping for? John Tookey is a Professor of construction.
Gary Taylor, chief executive of the Environmental Defence Society, said it's been made clear the spending surge wouldn't be "all about motorways". The fast-tracking of the infrastructure projects has widespread support from Parliament, but councils and the construction sector say the devil will be in the detail.