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

 

Eastern Corridor


29 August 2002

Media Release

Eastern Corridor

Auckland and Manukau cities need to push ahead with the Eastern Corridor project without pausing to congratulate themselves on the rapid progress they have made in the last three months.

Michael Barnett, Chairman of the Auckland Business Forum and Chief Executive of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, said that finally to have a strategy confirming the economic and social consequences of NOT having an eastern transport corridor and offering a clear pathway forward represents a huge milestone in getting Auckland moving forward.

The traffic demand data unveiled in the Eastdor report establishes a strong case to move urgently, said Mr Barnett.

As New Zealand’s only urban regional economy of size, Auckland needs to be in a fit state to contribute to the nation’s goal of achieving higher sustained growth signalled earlier this week in the Speech from the Throne as the primary objective of the new government.

While we generate a third of the nation’s jobs and wealth, it is very clear from international comparisons that we are falling behind comparable cities in Australia and elsewhere. A big contributor to Auckland’s under-performance is the fact that we are trying to run a first world economy on third world infrastructure.

In taking the Eastern Corridor project forward, Mr Barnett said it was most important that the benefits to the regional economy were maximised and adverse impacts on local communities minimised.

Congratulating Auckland Mayor John Banks and Manukau Mayor Sir Barry Curtis for making the tough call to move the project ahead, Mr Barnett said that by doing so Auckland gives itself a chance to lift its game to compete with places like Brisbane and Melbourne.

“In doing so, business wanting action to end our interminable gridlock will be encouraged,” he said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why New Zealand Needs To Change Its Defence Habits


In a flashback to the military displays of days gone by, one of our frigates recently joined a Carrier Strike show of force in the South China Sea, en route to a joint military exercise in Singapore with our traditional allies, called BersamaGold21. Reportedly, Anna Powles, from the Centre of Defence and Security Studies at Massey University felt this to be a case of us doing our bit to uphold international law, and the right of free transit through the region in question... More>>

Government: New COVID-19 Protection Framework Delivers Greater Freedoms For Vaccinated New Zealanders


Vaccinated New Zealanders will regain everyday freedoms when the country moves to a new simplified COVID-19 Protection Framework that doesn’t rely on nationwide lockdowns as the main measure to stop the virus spreading. In a suite of announcements that establish a pathway out of restrictions the Government is also providing up to $940 million per fortnight to support businesses through the challenging period... More>>

ALSO:





 
 


Government: Responds To Independent Review Into WorkSafe

The Government has clear expectations that WorkSafe must action the recommendations of the independent review into the regulator to improve its management of adventure activities following the tragedy at Whakaari White Island, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood says... More>>

Government: New Zealand Secures Historic Free Trade Deal With The United Kingdom
New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed in principle the details of a historic Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will further accelerate our COVID-19 economic recovery say Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor... More>>

ALSO:

Ombudsman: Launches Investigation Into MIQ Booking System
The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is launching a broad investigation into the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) booking system after receiving hundreds of complaints... More>>

ALSO:


Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>


Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>


Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels