December 05, 2019
Goff shown bill for port inaction
Auckland’s mayor is being warned his opposition to moving the city’s port will come at a price.
Phil Goff says the port needs to move eventually, but he’s casting doubt on a study recommending port operation be moved to Northport near Whangarei.
He’s questioning the study group’s New Zealand First links and raising counter-arguments from a New Zealand Institute of Economic Research response commissioned by Ports of Auckland.
But Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says Auckland Council needs to work out what’s best for the city, not what’s best for the board and management of its port company.
"It’s up to Aucklanders to decide, do they want the port where it is and do they want it to be a permanent feature. If they want it to be a permanent feature then they have got to live with the fact it is going to cost $3 billion to $4 billion to keep it there in terms of transportation infrastructure. Any Government I am part of in the future, I will expect a lot of that to be paid for by Aucklanders. If they want the port, then you meet the costs of the port," he says.
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