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