Comes down to simple economics Tomorrow the Auckland Development Committee will discuss on what to do about the Central Wharves down on the Waterfront. That is four options are … Continue reading FREIGHT OR TOURISTS AND PEOPLE – Part 2
Question facing the Auckland Development Committee on Thursday The main item for the Auckland Development Committee this Thursday is what to do with the Central Wharves at Port of … Continue reading Freight or Tourists and People
20 years of room yet but General Wharves need modernising
The second part to the Port of Auckland review study is out.
From the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research
NZIER study suggests that Ports of Auckland will face constraints in the future
04 February 2015
NZIER study suggests that Ports of Auckland will face constraints in the future
Auckland Council commissioned a study from NZIER to inform Council decision making on the draft rule on port reclamation provided for in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP).
Our study has assessed how long the Port of Auckland can operate within its current footprint and considered whether there are external constraints on port expansion and what the impact might be of the central wharves’ development plans on port operations. We were not asked to consider or form a view on the long term location of the port or the scope of port operations.
Our key finding is that ultimately, Ports of Auckland will need more multi-cargo wharf space to grow or some of its business will go to competing ports.
The Port has two very different port operations. The first is the relatively modern Fergusson container terminal and the second is the multi-cargo wharves located adjacent to Queens Wharf. Our findings show that the container terminal can grow on its current footprint for approximately twenty years, but this is sensitive to the growth assumption modelled.
The report’s author, Nick Allison, said the capacity of the multi-cargo wharves are coming under increasing pressure. They are used to land cargos that aren’t typically carried by containers, such as building materials, vegetables, wheat, vehicles and other goods used by households in Auckland and elsewhere in New Zealand. The ships are getting much larger and wharves weren’t built to manage such vessels. Mr Allison said the situation is further aggravated by the rapid increase in the number and increased size of cruise ships.
Laurie Kubiak, NZIER’s CEO, said that many everyday goods coming through the multi-cargo wharves are important for the livelihood of Aucklanders in ways that are not always obvious. For example, most of New Zealand’s vehicle imports come through the Port of Auckland. These imports create around 3,500 jobs in vehicle wholesaling and distribution businesses, and these jobs are concentrated in South Auckland.
This study was not related to a Port of Auckland submission to the Unitary Plan that included a look at port relocations. You can see that submission and commentary on it here: PORT OF AUCKLAND – RELOCATION AND THE UNITARY PLAN
As for how will the Port move all that stuff from its main facility to South Auckland? Well this might help: PORT OF AUCKLAND INCREASE PORT RAIL SHUTTLE SERVICES
Part Two of the Port Study
POAL’s Submission on the Regional Policy Statement – Issues of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan Those who have followed the blog for a while know that I ran a … Continue reading Port of Auckland – Relocation and the Unitary Plan
Now running 16 services a week
Ports of Auckland increases freight rail service
Working with KiwiRail, Ports of Auckland has doubled the rail services between its WaitematÄ seaport and Wiri Intermodal Freight Hub.
The increased service starts this week and will bring the port to the doorstep of importers and exporters in South Auckland, potentially reducing the number of trucks coming into the seaport and opening up more space to handle growing volumes.
Ports of Auckland General Manager Commercial Relationships Craig Sain said, “This is just the beginning. With our developments in Palmerston North and Wiri, we’re on our way to make more effective and increased use of rail to improve our service offering.”
“Containers moved by rail was up by 64% in 2013/14, but it is still a small percentage of the total containers coming through the port. We’d like to see this number grow over the coming years,” he said.
In 2010, with the opening of the Wiri Intermodal Freight Hub, KiwiRail ran four services of 23 wagons a week in each direction. Over time, this number increased to eight services and starting today there will be sixteen services a week.
“There is ample capacity on the line to the Port to increase services further and we will continue to work with KiwiRail to get the most out of the line,” Mr Sain said.
KiwiRail General Manager Sales – Freight Alan Piper said, “Ports of Auckland’s drive to increasingly move freight by rail to its Wiri inland port has seen a rapid increase in growth of daily services this year. This is a great example of KiwiRail working closely with its customers and provide flexible growth capacity to enable more use of rail to transport goods around the country.”
The Wiri Intermodal Freight Hub is operated by CONLINXX, a subsidiary of Ports of Auckland and offer greater efficiencies and flexibility for exporters and importers who are able to drop off and pick up containers without having to negotiate the Auckland motorways.
Something I will keep in the back of my mind as I head up to Town Hall on Thursday and will be bringing up the Manukau South Link at the time.
Auckland Council “Investments” Performing Well
The Mayor delivered a speech this morning to the Greater East Tamaki Business Association on Auckland’s Economy improving and set to boom. I will be getting a post up on that speech later. In the mean time you might have seen in the media this morning Port of Auckland, and Precinct Properties posting their results.
From Auckland Council on those results:
Waterfront businesses leading the way in Auckland’s economic transformation
A boost in profits for two key Auckland companies shows the economic potential that the central city and waterfront can offer Auckland, say Mayor Len Brown and Councillor Penny Webster chair of the Finance and Performance Committee. The pair welcomed the Ports of Auckland announcement today that its half-yearly net profit after tax is up 70 per cent. It comes the day after Precinct Properties announced a 67 per cent lift for the same period. Len Brown said: “These results reinforce the opportunities we are seeing for transformative growth in Auckland’s economy. Ports of Auckland has taken great strides to increase its productivity and output over the past year, and as a result ratepayers will benefit from an interim dividend of $20.94m.
“Precinct Properties is a great example of the private sector keen to work with the council in the transformation of the city – bringing significant new investments and an enthusiasm to align their developments with the CRL.”
Penny Webster said: “I’m very pleased with the Ports result on the back of the Auckland International Airport dividend. The interim dividend is nearly double last year’s, with steadily increasing freight volumes as POA has begun to see the benefits of its restructuring. ”
Both welcomed Precinct Properties’ discussions with Waterfront Auckland to be potentially involved in Wynyard Central, a key element of the regeneration of Auckland’s downtown waterfront.
That Auckland still has a way to go before its economic performance is where it should be.
We Finally Move on from Residential Provisions
What happened on those two days? Some rather shameless (or is it shameful) politicking and lobbying via the now defeated Councillor Ann Hartley-slash-Auckland 2040 lobby group’s amendments. If some of the more dangerous ones passed, they would have held Auckland back towards 1950’s style planning for the next 30 years. There were a few amendments though that were needed to clear things up in which the planners supported any how (these were not wrecking amendments though). Councillor Hartley’s amendments had effectively grounded down the Auckland Plan Committee into spending two full days covering residential provision. The Committee has not even started yet on such topics as:
- The Rural Urban Boundary
- Business Zones and The Centres
- Social and Physical Infrastructure
- Port of Auckland
- Heights in some centres
Despite what some representatives and others might think, I hold the liberal view that through defeating these amendments Auckland has stepped one bit closer a more liberalised planning framework. What does that mean? For every control the conservatives lug onto the Unitary Plan whether it be: 80m2 minimum backyards in the Mixed Housing Zones, minimum parking on the Terrace Housing/Apartment Zone and Mixed Housing Zones, minimum lot sizes (so opposite unlimited density in certain circumstances) and so on is a cost to the developer that is passed on to the end-user – the resident.
Furthermore the planning disasters we have had in Auckland are actually owing to two things:
- The Building Act reforms of the late 90s and early 00’s which led to the leaking housing disaster
- Over Planning (too many controls) which as an example led to the shoe box apartments we see in the city today
And so if the cost has to be passed on from the developer to the end-user what do we get? Housing Affordability and Choice out of reach even further for everyone, not just Anglo-Saxon nuclear families.
Now I do advocate quality urban design via the Auckland Design Manual and solid building of dwelling (such as treated timber, eaves, and good heating and ventilation of the house interior). But I will not advocate controls that interfere with a freer market to deliver the choices and price ranges to every single person whether they are in a collective or nuclear family living in Auckland. Controls as seen in Councillor Hartley’s amendments that were defeated today, and Councillor Brewer’s parking amendments that also need to be defeated.
I do give my absolute congratulations for Councillor George Wood for his reasoning, logic and sanity in voting down those Auckland wrecking amendments. Thank you George for allowing us to bring Auckland slowly out of 1950 to the 21st Century.
I have decided to be at tomorrow’s proceedings as the Councillors pass the recommendations on:
- The Business Zones (including the Metropolitan, Town and Local Centres)
- The City Centre which includes Port of Auckland
- Social and Physical Infrastructure
Live Tweets and updates will occur as they happen.
Oh one last thing:
“Any urban plan thicker than one’s thumbnail length will fail and cost the city due to the said plan’s over complex nature which makes it beyond comprehension.”
Controls add to the thickness of an Urban Plan…
Talking Auckland: Blog of TotaRim Consultancy Limited
Bringing Well Managed Progress to Auckland and The Unitary Plan
Auckland: 2013 – YOUR CITY, YOUR CALL
- Housing density remains in Unitary Plan draft (stuff.co.nz)
- Auckland Council rejects move to scrap unlimited density (nzherald.co.nz)
- Debate on Auckland growth plan begins (radionz.co.nz)
- Auckland Council meets to thrash out Unitary Plan (nzherald.co.nz)
- Councillors set to reject density rules (nzherald.co.nz)
- Controversial Auckland Council meeting starts today (nzherald.co.nz)
Auckland’s First Electric Train has Arrived
I caught this on Twitter last night while at the launch of (Deputy Mayor) Penny’s Hulse’s campaign launch in Henderson last night
Photo Credit: Port of Auckland
That is the two motor units and the middle “trailer” unit that will make up our first EMU commuter/metro train.
The consist will head down to the new Wiri Depot for extensive testing before it will come into service next year. Exciting times ahead.
Mayor Len Brown was also at Penny Hulse‘s campaign launch last night and I was able to deliver him the good news of the EMU arrival after seeming it on Twitter (thank you POAL for the Tweet and photo).
I can safely say there was excitement all round after the announcement.
Talking Auckland will be looking back at the journey of electrification and will produce a series of it very soon.
But for now Auckland takes one step closer towards the 21st Century with its transport system
So are we going this way or that with Port of Auckland I know I was going to be “silent” on running Port of Auckland Commentary but, this article … Continue reading Port Confusion?
Going to be a long and contentious day
August 13 is going to be a very long and contentious day in Town Hall starting at 10am sharp.
While the agenda is not as long as the Transport Committee agenda’s (and that is only due to the Auckland Transport monthly report from its respective Board being added) it does stand at 200 odd pages long and has five heavy items in there. They being:
- Unitary Plan Update
- Port Zone decision
- Lot 59 (The Manukau Bus Interchange opposite the MIT being built in Manukau)
- Mill Road/Redoubt Road Corridor
- Iwi Management Plan
You can see the main agenda and the addendum agenda below
The Main Agenda
The Addendum Agenda including the Unitary Plan and Port of Auckland
Of course I will be in attendance at that Committee meeting and Tweeting live as the updates and moves occur. Also an update on the Congestion Free Network should also arrive on Tuesday (the 13th as well).
As I said in the beginning, it will be a long and contentious day as the heavy stuff progresses through.