Newly appointed KiwiRail chair Greg Miller has also been appointed to a five-member working group charged with writing a new upper North Island supply chain strategy to guide the government's desire to integrate port, rail and road transport infrastructure planning for the country's economic and population epicentre.
Special correspondent Gavin Evans finds log exports have tripled in the last decade and could at least double again over the next decade. He takes a detailed look at the wave of port, rail and road investment needed to cope with this 'wall of wood', let alone an even bigger one planned under the Government's 'Billion Trees' programme.
Fletcher Building has picked up KiwiRail chief executive Peter Reidy to head the company's construction division, which oversees the problematic Buildings + Interiors unit.
With its fleet of ageing ferries, age-expired locomotives and the need for replacement wagons, KiwiRail is building its case for a large taxpayer investment. David Williams reports.
The Super Fund's bid to build and own Auckland's light rail lines is a political gift for Labour, but disguises a potentially expensive money-go-round between state-owned entities.
The Government could roll out public private partnerships to fund infrastructure projects across Auckland and Wellington, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Finance Minister Grant Robertson said today after the surprise launch of a plan for light rail lines in Auckland that could be funded by a New Zealand Superannuation Fund-led consortium.
The New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Canadian fund manager CDPQ Infra have made an unsolicited bid to build and operate two lines in the proposed Auckland light rail, which are already getting $1.8 billion of seed investment.
Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Finance Minister Grant Robertson have announced the Cabinet has agreed to launch a procurement process to build two light rail lines from the Auckland CBD to the airport and North West Auckland.
In this morning's email we led with the news that the forced closure of an Auckland education provider could pose a serious threat to the export education industry.
KiwiRail said that it was locked in to a “non-virtuous cycle” as it struggled to balance high safety standards with the commercial realities of an ageing fleet and infrastructure.