New Zealand

KiwiRail to procure new generation of Interislander ferries

The new ferries will be the first New Zealand has introduced to the Interislander fleet in over 25 years New Zealand operator KiwiRail has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to find a preferred shipyard to build two new-generation Interislander ferries. The Interislander ferries are extensions of New Zealand’s State Highway 1 and the Main Trunk Line across the Cook ...

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Taranaki ‘shovel ready’ projects still in contention for funds

A vocal opponent of a $50 million Yarrow stadium upgrade project in New Plymouth says he has mixed feelings about it making it through the first cull of ‘shovel-ready’ projects bidding for government funding as part of the Covid-19 economic recovery. The home of the Taranaki Bulls rugby side was declared earthquake prone in 2017, and its owner, the Taranaki ...

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New Zealand’s KiwiRail launches RFP for shipyard for two ferries

The concept design of the new ferries that will operate across the Cook Strait in New Zealand. Credit: OSK Shiptech / KiwiRail. New Zealand state-owned enterprise KiwiRail has launched a Request for Proposal (RFP) to find a shipyard for the construction of two ships for Interislander. Interislander is operated by KiwiRail and is a road and rail ferry service that ...

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Bid to reopen Wellington Station given £50,000 backing by Government

Wellington Station WILL be reopened after Government confirms application success A BID to reopen the railway station in Wellington has been given the go ahead, the Government has announced. MP Chris Heaton Harris, rail minister, confirmed that the Devon and Metro Somerset Group’s application to try and reopen stations in Wellington and Cullompton had been approved. The group will now have to ...

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How to win new business in the ‘new normal’

The post-lockdown period could be the best time to win new business, writes Ben Paul. All it takes is the right approach, service innovation, and a positive attitude. Clearly, I am not advocating that a huge global economic downturn is a great thing for the whole business community. My heart genuinely does go out to those who had a great ...

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Coronavirus Government Global Briefing: May 14

Welcome to Coronavirus Government Global Briefing, Mandarin Premium’s morning update on everything in local and global government responses to the COVID-19 outbreak. When “red tape” actually is red tape During crises like COVID-19, it’s understandable to see bids to slash elements of bureaucracy that, one way or another, were designed for longer, calmer periods of deliberation; see, for example, any of the emergency powers ...

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Government puts light rail ‘on hold’

Work has started on the southern-most part of the City Rail Link project at Mt Eden earlier this year, marked by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, CRL CEO Sean Sweeney and Transport Minister Phil Twyford. The Government’s flagship infrastructure project has been put “on hold” while it fights the Covid-19 pandemic, but there are some doubts it will ever get going again. ...

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