Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Senior Business Leaders Join Opposition to Port Expansion

Senior Business Leaders Join Opposition to Port Expansion


Three of New Zealand’s most respected business figures have joined a growing list of business and community leaders dismayed that Ports of Auckland Limited’s (POAL) reclamation plans are on the verge of being approved by Council to be included in the new Auckland Unitary Plan.

Warehouse founder Sir Stephen Tindall, former Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO Sir Ralph Norris and 2011 NZ Herald Business Leader of the Year and Managing Director of Mainfreight Don Braid have spoken out ahead of today’s meeting of the Council’s Auckland Plan Committee, which is fast-tracking Ports reclamations within the Unitary Plan process.

The three business leaders have asked that Councillors move to prevent the Port expansion being included in the Unitary Plan, pending an independent and objective review.
That review would not automatically disqualify the current proposal, the three said, but would seek to see if there is a better and more practical solution for the future.
“Why the rush, as we have not yet had the debate on how to service a busier Port?” They asked. “This is critical and is the obvious next step for Council to take.”

Meanwhile, Heart of the City CEO Alex Swney said that in December 2012, Council claimed to have heard the alarm of Aucklanders and requested a study be carried out that would consider the wider-ranging implications of the Port reclamations and the possibility of trebling the container through put at the Auckland Port.

“Instead, Council has only been offered two reclamation possibilities without any evidence of this wider study being offered,” said Mr Swney. “Council officers have seemingly ignored this request.”

Heart of the City will also be presenting to the Committee, and will stress the need to decouple POAL’s plans from the rush to get the Unitary Plan through.

“There is plenty of capacity at the current port for today's trade. No jobs are at risk and our supply chain is still secure,” said Mr Swney. “The waterfront is one area that Aucklanders and New Zealanders have said we should plan carefully – very carefully. We are tired of 'wharf at a time development' on our waterfront. This is just too important to get wrong, especially in the absence of a meaningful analysis that includes considering all of the costs associated with such a substantial encroachment into our harbour.”

Mr Swney added that all Heart of the City was asking was that Council follow its own process and demand from its officers the report it asked for 6 months ago – a report that considers the costs associated with dredging and blasting the harbour, train and road access and the implications for high-volume freight through the communities in which the Unitary Plan looks to build density.

“Yes it is complicated, which is why it needs time,” said Mr Swney. “And fortunately, in this instance, we do have time. Lets use it wisely.”
ENDS

=

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Law Commission: Review Of Search And Surveillance Act Begins

“For example, the Act was drafted before cloud-based storage of data was commonplace. In the light of these and other developments, the Commission will be examining whether the investigative powers in the Act are sufficient for law enforcement purposes. We will also consider whether the safeguards that surround those processes are adequate.” More>>

ALSO:

Houses, Campers And Cops: LGNZ Media Briefing

At their quarterly media briefing today Local Government New Zealand addressed areas where local authorities are feeling pressure and outlined their approach for the upcoming local body elections in September-October. More>>

ALSO:

17 Year Sentences In Baby Moko Case: Attorney General On Plea Bargain

“The Crown’s decisions in this case, including the decision to accept the manslaughter pleas, were motivated by the need to secure convictions for this horrendous killing and to avoid the significant risk that either of the defendants could escape such a conviction because of evidential issues.” More>>

ALSO:

As Govt Cuts Lobby Anti-Smoking Group Funds: On The Nation - Plain Packaging Debate

Imperial Tobacco leaves open possibility of law suit against New Zealand government if plain packaging is introduced, as planned. Says it’s a “last resort” but “of course we will defend the right to use our brands”. More>>

ALSO:

No Rail For New Harbour Crossing: National Giving Up On Rail In Auckland

The National Government’s decision to scrap two planned rail lines in Auckland shows it is giving up on a city-wide rail network in Auckland, and on thousands of commuters who sit in traffic jams every single day, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news