Source: New Zealand First – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Northport The Answer For Port Expansion

New Zealand First Leader and candidate for Northland by-election Rt Hon Winston Peters is pleased the Auckland council have come to its senses over the expansion of the city’s port expansion.

“This was never a goer in terms of transport, maritime services, shipping and recreation. Aucklanders were well aware of that but the council was not listening.

“The answer is sitting under their noses, it’s Northport at Whangarei.

“It’s a win for Northland and a win for Aucklanders.

“Northland will benefit from the recurring revenue and will be much less reliant on seasonal opportunities.

“Aucklanders will not have their harbour ruined.

“The expansion was unsound. It makes sense to bring the container expansion to a naturally deep harbour with much flat land available.

“New Zealand First would force KiwiRail to restore the viability of the railway line north of Auckland to make it fit for modern container carriage purpose.

“We would build the rail link to the port, which is something the KiwiRail board and management should have done decades ago.”

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