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.
The government announced a key step towards fulfilment of one of its coalition agreement promises, committing $500,000 for a study into the potential to upgrade and expand rail services north of Auckland, including a new spur line to connect Whangarei's Northport to the rail system.
The possibility of rejuvenating the rail line north of Auckland will be investigated as part of the latest tranche of announcements from the Provincial Growth Fund.
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.
Z Energy announced in 2014 it would build a biofuel plant to produce 20 million litres of diesel a year from waste animal fats. Newsroom's Business Editor Nikki Mandow went to the still idle factory in Manukau to find out what's holding up production and why Z Energy is still pushing ahead.
China's Belt and Road offers plenty of opportunities for New Zealand to be a connector and enabler of Chinese trade with South America and elsewhere. Jeremy Rees reports.
Transport Minister Phil Twyford argues against the idea that his new transport policy is only about rail and against roads. He says it's about having it all.