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New Zealand’s prime minister dismisses Ports of Auckland’s development plans

New Zealand’s prime minister dismisses Ports of Auckland’s development plans

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New Zealand’s new prime minister wasted little time smacking down a development plan published today by the nation’s largest port.

Ports of Auckland today unveiled its 30-year development plan, which would see infrastructure improvements and significant automation investment to double annual capacity and the extension of a wharf by 13 m to handle larger boxships.

However, Jacinda Ardern, who became New Zealand’s 40th prime minister last week, gave the impression she was unimpressed with the plans. Speaking to the press having met with Auckland’s mayor today, Ardern said: “What I’m happy to say is that I have always opposed port expansion at its current site.”

There is an ongoing debate in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, about moving the entire port to a new location in Whangarei.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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1 Comment

  1. Ian
    November 6, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    That’s quite a stretch – moving the Auckland cargo to Whangerai. There’d need to be substantial investment in road and rail to make this vaguely workable.
    Hardly a very green option to move port 2 hours truck drive north of main market.