Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Wellington’s Lag as New Zealand’s Capital City Woeful

Wellington’s Lag as New Zealand’s Capital City Woeful

Property Council Wellington is extremely concerned with the decision to axe the Basin Reserve Project.

An independent Board of Inquiry has declined resource consent for the New Zealand Transport Agency’s (NZTA’s) $90 million flyover project which is a huge step back for the city.

Property Council agrees with Greater Wellington Regional Council, Wellington City Council and the NZTA that north-south traffic must be separated from east-west traffic in the area.

The other important aspect of this project is its integral role in the Wellington Northern Corridor project.

This project provides desperately needed infrastructure from Wellington Airport to 10 kilometres north of Levin.

The Northern Corridor brings significant benefits to Wellington:
• 8,000 construction jobs to build the corridor and 865 extra permanent roles in the region
• 30 per cent fewer serious crashes in the five years after the route is completed (2,800 over five years throughout Porirua, Kapiti and Wellington: NZTA statistics 2008 - 2012)
• Save 40 minutes journey-time between Wellington Airport and Levin by 2031
• Provide up to 31 kilometres of new walking and cycling facilities

Wellington Branch president Andrew Hay says the decision is a significant setback for a key section of transport infrastructure.

“The flow-on effect of retaining the state highway course through the high pedestrian area of Te Aro will hinder intensification and growth in residential population in the area that is otherwise ideally suited to such a growing use.”

With a projected population increase of 80,000 largely in Kapiti and Wellington central over the next 20 years, mistakes today could prove irreversible for the Capital City in the future.

Wellington has arrived at a crossroads to determine its level of progress and commercial viability but it must shed bureaucratic delays and the Not In My Backyard mentality.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Wine: 20% Of Marlborough Storage Tanks Damaged By Quake

An estimated 20 percent of wine storage tanks in the Marlborough region, the country’s largest wine producing area, have been damaged by the impact of the recent Kaikoura earthquake. More>>

ALSO:

ACC: Levy Recommendations For 2017 – 2019 Period

• For car owners, a 13% reduction in the average Motor Vehicle levy • For businesses, a 10% reduction in the average Work levy, and changes to workplace safety incentive products • For employees, due to an increase in claims volumes and costs, a 3% increase in the Earners’ levy. More>>

Women's Affairs: Government Accepts Recommendations On Pay Equity

The Government will update the Equal Pay Act and amend the Employment Relations Act to implement recommendations of the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity. More>>

ALSO:

Immigration: Increase In Seasonal Workers For RSE

The current cap will be increased by 1,000 from 9,500 to 10,500 RSE workers for the 2016-17 season. Mr Woodhouse says the horticulture and viticulture industry is New Zealand’s fourth largest export industry, producing almost $5 billion in exports. More>>

ALSO:

Hurunui: Crown Irrigation Invests Up To $3.4m In North Canterbury

Crown Irrigation Investments will invest up to $3.4m in the Hurunui Water Project, an irrigation scheme that will be capable of irrigating up to 21,000 hectares on the south side of the Hurunui River in North Canterbury. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Great:Butterfly Eradication Success

The invasive pest great white butterfly has been eradicated from New Zealand in a world-first achievement, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry say. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Government’s Tax Cuts Fixation

Long before the earthquake hit, the dodginess of the government tax cuts programnme was evident in the language of its packaging. It is being touted as a “tax cuts and family care” package... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news