June 25, 2013
Tainui wants fast track for port
Tainui Group Holdings wants to fast track planning for its proposed inland port on the eastern fringe of Hamilton.
Chief executive Mike Pohio says TGH and subdivision developer Chedworth Holdings have lodged a private plan change with the Environmental Protection Agency.
Before it can be considered by the EPA, Environment Minister Amy Adams must declare it is a project of national significance.
Mr Pohio says the TGH land at Ruakura is alongside the route of the new Waikato Expressway, the project links with KiwiRail’s turnaround plan, and it will create 11,000 jobs and 2000 residential sections.
"We have been master planning this for five years. We are very much of the view that we have addressed the majority of resource management issues. We have undertaken a considerable amount of consultation so our application really is to get our view heard under a certain set of circumstances. It's open and transparent for anybody and everybody who would like to make a submission and those submissions, both ours and others, can be heard and a decision made," Mr Pohio says.
He says the last Hamilton City Council district plan took 12 years, and Tainui doesn’t have to wait that long to start a project that will take 30 years to complete.
Kia tere ake te kōkiritanga ō te kaupapa
Nā te hōhā ō Tainui ki te roanga ō te wā, kia kōkirihia tā rātou mahere nui i Kirikiriroa, kua haere te iwi ki te Rōpū Whakaruruhau i te Taiao, mā reira pea ka tere ake te ahu whakamua ō te kaupapa hai whakatū i tētahi hāpori hou, arā ko ngā toa hokohoko, ko ngā kāinga hou, e hia kē piriona tāra te utu ō te mahere.
Hai tā Mike Pohio toihau ō Tainui Group Holdings, ko te tukanga mō te whakaaetanga ō te hōtaka te raruraru nui, ka haria te take nei ki mua i te aroaro ō te Minita Take Taiao.
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