Brian Rudman Comments on Port of Auckland Staying in Auckland
In today’s New Zealand Herald column, Brian Rudman comments:
The dilemma for Auckland could well be, if the revolution in work practices the port bosses are demanding does attract more container traffic into the CBD, the extra profits shareholder Mayor Len Brown is demanding could quickly be gobbled up ameliorating the deleterious effects of the additional freight passing through the city.
In other words, is the battle for port supremacy with Tauranga one Aucklanders want to win? Is fighting for the right to ship the milk powder and butter from the Waikato dairy belt out through the bottom of Queen St, really going to help achieve the mayor’s goal of becoming the world’s most liveable city
They are fair points and points that I am covering in my Port of Auckland Mini Series which can be found by going to the Port of Auckland Index (button at the top of the page). I have not yet covered the final in this particular mini-series the consequences of keeping POAL where it is – but will be doing soon.
Auckland does need to think long and hard about the Port of Auckland and its future – as it has series implications on all of us and The Draft Auckland Plan.