OPINION: Cabinet on Monday has a chance to hose down the testosterone that has been pumping through the debate on moving Auckland’s port to Northland. Ministers will consider the final report by a working party, which has recommended the shift within 10, maybe 15 years. There has been a flurry of last-minute urgings to act now, but what is needed is calm, and recognition that just because a party-political project says “go for it”, the case for the biggest, most complex infrastructure move ever undertaken in this country looks interesting but is still far from proven. The discussion has become almost unseemly with some big personalities squaring off against each other, New Zealand First MP and minister Shane Jones, working group chair Wayne Brown, and the Ports of Auckland chief executive Tony Gibson among them. READ MORE:Port move – Auckland don’t blow your one shotAuckland Port move: CEO decries ‘made up facts’ by pro-move groupMoving Auckland’s port – the curtain risesAuckland port move: Study favours $10b plan to shift hub Here is some reality. Auckland’s waterfront would be lovelier if it did not have a port in the middle of it. STUFF Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on the future of the report looking at Auckland’s Port But it does, and always… Read full this story
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