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


Barging option funded to take traffic off roads

12 November 2004

Barging option funded to take traffic off roads

A proposal to barge aggregate from Kopu, near Thames, to Auckland which funding applicant Environment Waikato estimates will eliminate the need for 38 truck trips per day has been approved by Transfund New Zealand.

The proposal comprises the barging of aggregate from Kopu to Henderson, through the Firth of Thames, Tamaki Straight and Waitemata Harbour.

Environment Waikato says the project will be self-sufficient by the end of a three-year project. Consequently, Transfund approved funding of up to $3.47 per tonne of aggregate carted in the first year of operation, $1.34 per tonne in the second year of operation and $0.65 per tonne for the third year of operation. After this time, Transfund's financial contribution will cease.

Transfund chair Dr Jan Wright says the decision to fund this activity of up to a maximum of just over $289,000 over the three years would potentially remove the need for 13,800 truck trips each year, or an average of 38 truck trips each day, from Waikato and Auckland roads.

Fewer trucks on roads will mean increased safety and reduced maintenance costs, she says. "This proposal is one option to remove trucks from state highways, thus improving safety for the Waikato region, and reducing congestion and assisting economic development in Auckland," Dr Wright says.


© 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>>



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>>


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>>


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>>




InfoPages News Channels