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.
Phil Twyford has clarified that he remains on the fence about whether to impose a toll road on Transmission Gully.
Phil Twyford has angered Wellington residents by suggesting the new Transmission Gully motorway be tolled, something Labour did not flag before the election. NZIER's business confidence survey due out at 10 am will be closely watched by politicians and economists alike.
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 eight news events that mattered in the week around our political economy included the key details in Budget 2018, the emergence of mycoplasma bovis as a macroeconomic and fiscal issue, pressure building on New Zealand's big four banks to detail their conflicts over Kiwisaver sales, and a wider crackdown on retailers not paying workers at the start and end of shifts.
Here's my read on the eight things that mattered in the political economy over the last week.
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.