Archive for February, 2009

“Shovel Ready” Infrastructure Projects Needed

The Govt should plan ahead and obtain advance design and environmental approvals for future infrastructure projects. The Association of Consulting Engineers NZ (ACENZ) President, …

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Big Bill Looms For Govt To Replace Rail Ferries

The Govt is potentially going to have to find hundreds of millions of dollars to replace and or upgrade the aging inter-island Cook Strait …

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City Council Slashes Transport Project Funding

Christchurch City Council and Environment Canterbury look to be heading for another showdown over the regional transport strategy. The city council’s taking the blowtorch …

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Unions Hit Out At Road Focus Of Stimulus Package

The Govt’s transport infrastructure spend up plans have come under fire from groups representing the rail industry which claims the programme has all but …

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Bridge Upgrades Improve Midland Rail Line

The reliability and efficiency of the Midland rail line is being improved significantly as result of a programme to replace and improve wooden bridges. …

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Vege Growers Hit Out At Ongoing Fuel Surcharges

Vegetable growers are angry transport companies are still enforcing high fuel surcharges and warn if the practice continues many could be out of business …

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RMA Reforms Will Speed Up Projects – Engineers

The Institute of Professional Engineers (IPENZ) has come out strongly in support for the Govt’s proposed RMA changes saying applicants will now have more …

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Project Speed-Up Not Enough Says Lobby Group

NZ Council for Infrastructure Development CEO, Stephen Selwood, has hit out at the Govt’s infrastructure spending plan announced this week. Selwood says a sense …

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Coastal Highway Group Say Project Still Viable

Proponents of the upgrade of the coastal highway north of Wellington, The Coastal Highway Group, says lack of a designation is not a major …

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Freight Charges Need To Rise – Business Expert

Transport operators need to take a close look at their pricing strategies if they are to survive in the current market. Leading transport and …

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Tribes Eye Stake In Airports, Roading Projects

Maori want a role in developing infrastructure projects such as toll roads, and not just driving the bulldozers but in investing and owning them …

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Cost Blow-Out Could Bury Motorway Tunnel

Transport Minister, Steven Joyce, has heeded the advice of Treasury and transport officials in calling for a review of Auckland’s proposed Waterview Connection after …

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