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Infrastructure Commission investigates Tiwai Pt implications

National Business Review

Infrastructure Commission investigates Tiwai Pt implications Can the market sort it or will it take government intervention? Tue, 04 Aug 2020 Tue, 04 Aug 2020 Infrastructure Commission boss Dr Alan Bollard The Infrastructure Commission is launching a study into the ramifications of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter shut down.

New Zealand wants to build a 100% renewable electricity grid, but massive infrastructure is not the best option

SciBlogs.co.nz

Janet Stephenson, University of Otago A proposed multibillion-dollar project to build a pumped hydro storage plant could make New Zealand’s electricity grid 100% renewable, but expensive new infrastructure may not be the best way to achieve this. New Zealand’s electricity generation is already around 80% renewable, with just over half of that provided by hydro power.

Tauranga rates struck but wait continues for Govt infrastructure funding

Bay of Plenty Times

Tauranga City Council has signed off its budget for the next year without knowing whether any of it's $1 billion bid for Government Covid-19 economic stimulus funding will be successful. Yesterday the council adopted it's Annual Plan 2020/21, including a 1.1 per cent average residential and 10.8 per cent commercial rates rise, that will apply retrospectively from July 1.

Council couldn’t wait for the Government

Bay of Plenty Times

Byline: Samantha Motion On Page: A006 Rates struck, grey area remains Tauranga City Council has signed off its budget for the next year without knowing whether any of its $1 billion bid for Government Covid-19 economic stimulus funding will be successful.

Minister of Health Chris Hipkins unveils $262 million spend to further upgrades for Auckland City Hospital

New Zealand Herald

Minister of Health Chris Hipkins has this morning announced $262 million will be spent on replacing 50-year-old infrastructure at Auckland City Hospital. It's part of the Government's $3.5 billion investment package to improve our hospitals and health infrastructure across New Zealand.

Paihia waterfront to receive $8m makeover

Maori Television

The Paihia waterfront in the Bay of Islands is to receive a makeover with more than $8 million in funding from the government. The Bay of Islands is the cornerstone of Northland tourism and Paihia the hub for maritime-based tourism and recreation in the area.

Twyford believes government changes will lead to urban intensification

National Business Review

Supporting Audio Phil Twyford Urban development minister Phil Twyford may have been burnt by the KiwiBuild debacle, but he is confident the government’s latest initiatives will help alleviate the housing crisis. Twyford said new laws making it easier to fund infrastructure and making urban development agency Kāinga Ora a one-stop shop for large developments, plus a new national policy statement directing councils to free up their consenting processes, would give housing developments a boost.

RMA should be scrapped

Waikato Times

Byline: Thomas Coughlan Section: News > National On Page: 6 The Resource Management Act, one of New Zealand's most controversial laws, looks set to be scrapped and replaced with two separate pieces of legislation to streamline development.

Taking the slow road

Dominion Post

Byline: Joel Maxwell Section: News > National On Page: 1 Completion of the final $330 million section of the Kapiti Expressway - part of an asphalt chain including Transmission Gully - has probably been pushed back by another year.