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

 


Ferry Services

Ferry Services

Public transport, especially ferry services, has been a hot topic during National Party candidate Andrew Bayly’s meetings in the Hunua electorate.

Better transport solutions for Hunua is one of Andrew’s passions and, recently, he met with Auckland ferry operator Sealink, to ascertain the outlook for ferry services from Pine Harbour and across the Manukau Harbour.

Sealink, provides ferry services to Waiheke, Great Barrier, and Rakino, and recently acquired the Pine Harbour Ferry business. Managing Director, Todd Bolton, told Andrew Bayly that Sealink will continue to operate the same services as at present, but he is well aware of the demand for later sailings during the week and for services on weekends. He will be holding discussions with Auckland Transport, the outcome of which he hopes will allow Sealink to commit to building another vessel to provide these additional services.

The other area of consideration for Sealink is the Manukau Harbour. With a significant increase in housing in the Waiuku area, Todd is assessing the feasibility of providing ferry services connecting Onehunga Wharf, Clark’s Beach, Waiuku and Huia.

The key issues that need to be addressed before Sealink could contemplate a new service are:
1. Access to the Onehunga Wharf, which is controlled by Ports of Auckland
2. The need for landings to be built at the ports of call
3. Silting of the Harbour, which restricts access during periods of low tide; and
4. The need to make an adequate return on the cost of a vessel.

Chairman of the Manukau Harbour Restoration Society, Jim Jackson, said, “the Sealink proposal to operate a ferry service on the Manukau would be fully supported by his group as being the first and most critical step in starting long overdue change to the Harbour. The Manukau is New Zealand’s second largest harbour and the Sealink proposal would allow the wider public to appreciate its value and importance to Auckland at first hand”.

To get a service is going to involve reaching agreement with Auckland Transport and Ports of Auckland. For Sealink, the first priority is to improve the nature and number of sailings into and from Pine Harbour.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Balance Of Trade: NZ Posts Trade Deficit In October On Falling Dairy Exports

New Zealand’s posted its largest monthly trade deficit for October in six years, while narrowing the shortfall from September, led by a fall in dairy exports to China while all main imports into the country rose. More>>

ALSO:

Gigatown Winner: Plenty Of Positives For Dunedin

Although the city has taken the Gigatown title, along with new ultrafast 1Gbps broadband and funding for $700,000 worth of UFB-related initiatives across the community, Mr Cull says Dunedin has gained so much more through its involvement. More>>

ALSO:

R18: The Warehouse Group Praised For Removing Games

The decision by New Zealand’s largest retailer The Warehouse Group (TW Group), to withdraw stocks of the latest version of Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) and other R18 games, has been praised by advocacy group Stop Demand Foundation. More>>

ALSO:

Air NZ Wine Awards: Victory For Villa Maria As Pinot Noir Thrills

It was a night to remember as Villa Maria Estate picked up one of the highest accolades of the evening, the O-I New Zealand Reserve Wine of the Show Trophy, at the 28th Air New Zealand Wine Awards. The Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Marlborough ... More>>

ALSO:

Future Brighter Money: RBNZ Releases New Bank Note Designs

New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news