finding that moving Auckland’s freight port to Northland would yield
significant benefits opens the door for an Infrastructure Commission assessment
of how such a move could proceed, who would pay, and how the process could be
best executed,” says Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Paul Blair.
from the Upper North Island Supply Chain Working Group indicates that moving
the port’s freight operations north would have substantial benefits for the
Northland region as well as freeing up valuable land in the Auckland CBD.
project could be a rare exemplar of a nation-building strategic investment
where meaningful infrastructure investment will lead to knock-on benefits for
the local regions and ultimately the country.
this process has such enormous implications for infrastructure development and
the overall fate of New Zealand’s well-being, an independent review by the
newly formed New Zealand Infrastructure Commission – Te Waihanga is essential
to make sure we do this right.
“The Port of
Auckland has had a 150-year life, so we need to be thinking in terms of the
next port lasting 150 more years.
report notes significant sensitivity to key assumptions and these should be
further tested with stakeholders.
Auckland’s port land be used for commercial or recreational uses? Does the
business case deliver net jobs growth to Northland and New Zealand or does it
simply shift these from Auckland? How commercially viable is the shift of the
supply chain to Northland versus use of Tauranga? Is 70% mode shift to rail
realistic and does it require road and rail to be delivered together?
port will be no mean feat, and there should be broad agreement on who will foot
the bill for the substantial investments needed in rail, road, inland freight
hubs, and harbour redevelopments.
$10 billion investment in the north crowds out transport investment south of
Auckland, there could be severe impacts for housing supply and development
“The Golden Triangle is
over half of New Zealand’s population and more than that in terms of economic
primary question should be: what strategic investments should we make to
optimise New Zealand’s long-term growth and well-being?
Waihanga was established for exactly this type of project, so we look forward
to it adding its weight to New Zealand’s largest infrastructure project. We
only get one shot at moving Auckland’s port, it is important that we get it
right,” says Blair.
For further information and comment contact Paul
Blair on 021 902 436