PM prom­ises money for Auck­land

North Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - DENISE PIPER

Prime Min­is­ter Bill English has promised fund­ing for Auck­land’s in­fra­struc­ture, as long as the rapidly-grow­ing city can de­cide what its pri­or­i­ties are.

Speak­ing to about 250 business peo­ple at an event hosted by Business North Har­bour on Tuesday, English out­lined the Gov­ern­ment’s plans to tackle big is­sues fac­ing New Zealand.

Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment was work­ing closer with Auck­land Coun­cil than ever be­fore, agree­ing to share the fund­ing for things like the City Rail Link, English said.

It was up to Auck­land to de­cide what its pri­or­i­ties were for in­fra­struc­ture, weigh­ing up the Waitem­ata Har­bour cross­ing with things like the East-West link and rail to Auck­land Air­port, he said.

‘‘Money is not re­ally a con­straint. The gov­ern­ment is in a po­si­tion, as long as Auck­land is do­ing it’s bit, we’re will­ing to sup­ple­ment work to a greater ex­tent than any other city.’’

English gave the ex­am­ple of $1 bil­lion fund­ing that the Gov­ern­ment had set aside for hous­ing in­fra­struc­ture in Auck­land. Auck­land Coun­cil had to de­cide where best to in­vest this money to cre­ate ar­eas for new hous­ing.

English also spoke of his visit ear­lier on Tuesday to Pare­moremo Prison, and lamented how dif­fer­ent the lives of the pris­on­ers would be had they learned to read and write at an early age.

BENN BATHGATE/FAIR­FAX NZ

Prime Min­is­ter Bill English says it is up to Auck­land Coun­cil to de­cide what the city’s pri­or­i­ties for in­fra­struc­ture are.

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