2020 – Project Auckland: It’s a Game Changer

2020 will be a defining year for Auckland. The Coalition Government is unveiling a big infrastructure spend-up with Auckland to get the lion’s share of $6.8 billion new funds to be invested in transport infrastructure – with an emphasis on roads and rail. This means projects that have long been in the pipeline will finally get underway and access to new housing and industrial estates will be improved easing congestion in Auckland.

The exact details will be announced in a special presentation by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Finance Minister Grant Robertson, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Climate Minister James Shaw before Waitangi Day.  A decision on light rail will be announced in early March and the fate of Auckland’s working port by mid-year.

The Government has also stepped up the ability for more houses to be funded in Auckland by allowing Housing NZ to double its bond programme so more houses can be built to take the pressure off demand from a growing population.

Project Auckland 2020 features an indepth report that canvasses the opportunities the changed tempo presents for both public and private sector infrastructure providers; puts forward solutions for roadblocks and visionary ideas from thought-leaders. We consider the impact for Auckland as the country gears up for election year and the all important 2021 when Auckland will be on show as it hosts the Americas Cup and the APEC Leaders Meeting.

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