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Fran O'Sullivan: Respect vital to oil wheels of any port move

New Zealand Herald

COMMENT: The chief executive of a ports company having to bludge a copy of Wayne Brown's "let's shift Auckland's port operations to Northport" report from journalists before commenting; a mayor consulted just once and briefly by Brown's team over proposals that would gut a prime council asset; another port CEO subject to blatant intimidation by a Cabinet minister for raising questions - is this really the way New Zealand in 2019 goes about making a $10 billion-plus decision on supply chain infrastructure for the Upper North Island?

Connecting the Nation


Were I an Aucklander I would be keen to free up the Waitemata waterfront by moving most of the Port of Auckland as well as the Devonport Naval Base. The shift may well be commercially costly, but everyone living in Wellington celebrates its superior connection of the city with its harbour.