Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


High Court decision supports grid upgrade process

4 May 2009
Media release
High Court decision supports Electricity Commission grid upgrade review process

The High Court has turned down a request for judicial review of the Electricity Commission’s approval of a major transmission project from Whakamaru to Pakuranga, Auckland.

In its decision issued today (Monday) the court rejected the claim on all grounds and contemplated costs against New Era Energy.

In July 2007 the Commission approved Transpower’s proposal for the North Island Grid Upgrade project (NIGU). In August 2008 a group called New Era Energy, representing affected land owners along the route, asked the court to quash the decision, claiming it and the deliberations that led to it were predetermined and bias, illegal, irrational and suffered from a mistake of fact.

Electricity Commission Chair David Caygill welcomed the decision. “The Court’s judgment confirms that the Commission’s decision making process was correct and gives us confidence in its robustness and integrity. The court said the Commission had reached reasonable decisions, there was no predetermination or bias, and rejected all of New Era’s arguments,” he said.

“This is the second time in just over a year that the courts have confirmed the Commission's approach to reviewing transmission investments. In March 2008 the Court of Appeal upheld the Commission's Otahuhu substation diversity decision,” Mr Caygill said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

a well

Wellness: Gordon Campbell On Ardern, Davos, And Wellbeing

The word “well-being” has a nice warm ring to it. So much so that the ‘wellbeing budget’ being touted by PM Jacinda Ardern at the rich folks’ club in Davos, Switzerland sounds more like a marketing slogan than an actual policy initiative.

Still, it is just as easy to forget that GDP – the common measure of how well an economy is performing – is also a marketing device. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why Shipping Is NZ’s New Trade Problem

So Jacinda Ardern and Theresa May have signed a piece of paper promising peace in our time when it comes to our trade with Britain... Brexit is not the only concern. More>>


Reshuffle: National Announces Spokesperson For Drug Reform

National Leader Simon Bridges has appointed Paula Bennett to the new position of Spokesperson for Drug Reform as the Government pushes ahead with its agenda of drug decriminalisation, to signal National’s commitment to holding them to account. More>>


KiwiBailed: KiwiBuild Head Officially Resigns

The head of Kiwibuild, Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from the role. In a statement issued on his behalf, it was announced that he would step down from today [Friday]. More>>


Welfare Stats: Rise In Hardship Numbers Shows Income Inadequacy

The latest Ministry of Social Development quarterly report show that a record number of people have received hardship assistance from work and income, with an additional 40,000 hardship payments made between September and December 2018, compared to the previous quarter of the same year... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>


JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>


Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>




InfoPages News Channels