Borrowing with intention better than hope Business will welcome the focus on improving the transport system. By Nevil Gibson Fri, 13 Dec 2019 A little more than half of the the Coalition spend-up will go to road, rail and other improvements to the transport system
"Important policy and legislative developments have landed today which could enable a bolder, more streamlined way of delivering new infrastructure for the benefit all New Zealanders," says Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Paul Blair. "New government announcements and a Productivity Commission report this week are reiterating that New Zealand needs new ways of working together, brought together by a coherent vision, to dramatically change outcomes for the better.
The managed closure of Ports of Auckland and moving operations to Northport is the recommendation of the final Upper North Island supply chain working group (UNISCS) report. The report also advises continued operation of the Port of Tauranga, a rejuvenated North Auckland rail line and a new inland freight hub in North West Auckland.
By Pattrick Smellie | Thu, 12 Dec 2019 New Zealand First is pressing for a Cabinet decision on relocating Auckland's main port facilities to Northport, near Whangarei, in the first half of next year, ahead of the 2020 election. Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones said in a statement today that a "short work programme" would now be undertaken by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Commission to assess the final report of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy working group.
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has welcomed the announcement by the government that Treasury, the Infrastructure Commission and other economic analysts will independently assess the UNISC working party report and the assumptions underlying it. "I have no doubt that the Auckland’s port will have to move in the medium-term, and I support that.
In light of Cabinet’s position that freight operations on prime land in downtown Auckland are no longer viable, the Government will now embark on a short work programme to enable decision-making in the first half of next year, Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones says.
Transport was the major winner in the Government’s half-year fiscal and economic update this wee, which h incorporates a total of $12 billion of new investment, with $8.1 billion falling within the five-year Budget horizon and $3.9 billion occurring in later years.
Today’s major infrastructure spending announcement is good news for members in the EMA’s upper North Island region. EMA Head of Advocacy and Strategy, Alan McDonald, says an additional infrastructure spend of $12 billion over four years is a welcome boost, especially with $6.8 billion of it going into the transport sector.
BusinessNZ has welcomed the $12 billion infrastructure boost announced today, and says it’s appropriate for road and rail transport to be the priorities. Chief Executive Kirk Hope said business would be keen to see the details of the projects. "We need to make sure the projects can be executed, and that decisions are worked through Infrastructure Commission to ensure investments are strategic and contribute to New Zealand’s growth in productivity.