Industry News

Action promised on SH2 - at last!

Wairarapa Times-Age

High traffic volumes around the turnoff to Norfolk Rd on SH2 on Friday are a common scene. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV ARTHUR HAWKES A roundabout for the Norfolk Rd-State Highway 2 intersection has finally been given the green light by the New Zealand Transport Agency.

The rebuilding of NZ's coastal shipping industry requires government intervention

OPINION: If the Covid-19 response has taught us anything, it’s that our economy lives and dies by our supply chains and that when push comes to shove New Zealand can’t always rely on the rest of the world. But when it comes to shipping goods from one Kiwi city to another we are dependent on a handful of multinational companies running crews who are paid at "international" rates far below those of New Zealand crews.

GAVIN EVANS: Shovel-ready... after the politics and patch protection


When Infrastructure Reference Group chair Mark Binns kicked off the "shovel-ready" funding scheme in April, he warned that the group wasn’t interested in "time-wasters" and wouldn’t be funding "dream-schemes" or building "bridges to nowhere." Nor would it be socialising the losses of already failing private initiatives.

$570m pledged for Waikato Expressway extension


National has pledged to build a $570 million extension to the Waikato Expressway if they form the next government. Opposition leader Todd Muller made the announcement during a visit to Piarere, south-east of Cambridge, on Friday. Extending the four-lane Waikato Expressway from Cambridge to the intersection of State Highway 1 and SH29, at Piarere, will improve travel times and save lives, says Muller.

$12 billion isn't nearly enough: The scale of Wellington's infrastructure deficit

Dominion Post

Additional funding to fix Wellington's underground pipe network looks set to bump up Wellington rates. The pipes are leaking, the rail is creaking and the roads can’t handle a little rain. Wellington may be a 21st-century city, but it’s got old bones, which are starting to show their age after years of underinvestment.

Port, gallery investments ‘biggest in our lifetime’

Whanganui Chronicle

Byline: Mike Tweed On Page: A001 Where the PGF millions are going to be spent Whanganui community leaders have welcomed a major Government funding boost as a huge kickstarter for the economy. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones visited Whanganui on Thursday to announce funding through the Provincial Growth Fund for the Sarjeant Gallery redevelopment ($12 million) and the Port of Whanganui rejuvenation projects ($26.75m).

Site above resort to be transformed

Otago Daily Times

With its commanding views over downtown Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, Lakeview has been a popular camping spot for Otago and Southland families for decades. However, over the past 20 years or so, its motley collection of 170 cabins became increasingly tatty and dated.

National's election plan: Muller's $570m extension of major motorway

Hamilton News

National would spend $570 million extending a section of the Waikato Expressway if elected, leader Todd Muller says. Muller revealed National's transport plan at Piarere, one of the Waikato's most notorious intersections and a section of road earmarked by National in the extension of the Expressway.

How to electrify the economy before it's too late


Marc Daalder is a political reporter based in Wellington who covers Covid-19, climate change, energy, primary industries, technology and the far-right. Twitter: @marcdaalder. Energy Analysis: The electrification of our economy is needed to reduce emissions, particularly from industry and transport.