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

 

Our Fresh Water: Monitoring Report Confirms Serious Challenges For Rivers

• nitrogen levels are getting worse at 55 percent and getting better at 28 percent of monitored river sites across New Zealand • phosphorus levels are getting better at 42 percent and getting worse at 25 percent of monitored river sites across New Zealand More>>

ALSO:

Stats: Wind And Geothermal Emerge As Significant Sources Of Energy

Geothermal’s contribution to New Zealand’s total renewable energy generation increased from 11.5 percent in 2007 to 21 percent in 2015.... The value of wind jumped from $238 million (2 percent of total renewable energy generation) in 2007 to $884 million (6 percent) in 2015. More>>

Errors Found: Electricity Authority Dumps Transmission Pricing Modelling

The Electricity Authority is ditching the cost-benefit analysis at the heart of its controversial attempt to find a new way to divide up costs for the national grid after finding an expanding range of serious computational errors in the work by Australian consultancy Oakley Greenwood. More>>

ALSO:

New Record: Migrant Arrivals At 129,500 A Year

Annual net migration has been steadily increasing since 2012. "This was mainly due to the rising number of migrant arrivals to New Zealand," population statistics senior manager Peter Dolan said. "Fewer migrant departures also contributed to the increase in net migration." More>>

ALSO:

Launched: NASA's Super Pressure Balloon Takes Flight From NZ

NASA successfully launched its football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, at10:50 a.m. Tuesday, April 25 (6:50 p.m. April 24 in U.S. Eastern Time), on a mission designed to run 100 or more days floating at 110,000 feet (33.5 km) about the globe in the southern hemisphere's mid-latitude band. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news