Treasury positive about government investment & asset monitoring

A lofty ambition worth aiming for, and an acknowledgment that more, and better, can be done: Prime Minister Bill English wrote, while he was still finance minister, that progress on monitoring the Government’s investments & assets was encouraging, but added: “The job is not done.”

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Auckland Council’s rail link scores top marks from Government’s project monitors

On a scale of well to badly managed major projects – green through amber to red – a Treasury report issued yesterday said Auckland’s city rail link again scored a green, but Housing NZ’s programme to accelerate redevelopment of its land in Auckland to deliver affordable housing only scored an amber.

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New dwellings consented since 2009.

Building consent highs still don’t match migrant demand

Statistics NZ said today consents for new homes nationally hit an 11-year high in November, Auckland hit a 12-year high for a month and for a year, and Auckland consents represented “almost 40%” of the month’s total. Against those impressive statistics…

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Westfield station to close, Parnell to open

The Westfield railway station – down the back of the old city abattoir, land now converted to light industrial use – will be closed on 12 March. On the same day, services will begin at the new Parnell Station.

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Trump rolls the dice and tells all the players what to do

Donald Trump’s visit to Auckland in August 1993 lasted just a few hours, and his visit on a blustery day to the proposed Auckland Casino Ltd site, the old central railway station, took only a few minutes. It wasn’t hard to see a man on a mission which wasn’t going to include Auckland.

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Update: Bapcor offer unconditional

Australian automotive aftermarket parts company Bapcor Ltd lifts its stake in New Zealand takeover target Hellaby Holdings Ltd over 50% on Monday, waived the 90% acceptance threshold on Tuesday but said its offer remained subject to a number of other conditions that had yet to be declared satisfied or waived.

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