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12 comments:

  1. Esjay, 12. September 2015, 18:32

    No matter who the ambitious company may be, the return on investment is paramount. When there are Convention Centres in Adelaide, Sydney, Gold Coast, Cairns, and soon to be at Auckland, Queenstown and Christchurch, the question remains why Wellington would want to pursue yet another venue. Wait a minute, a concession toward Pokies seems likely. And Wellington Airport has yet to announce how many long haul airlines will be operating to and from Wellington. How good is that? As Infratil’s representative, the Mayor must have smooth lips! No doubt there is a missing link in the equation.

     
  2. syrahnose, 12. September 2015, 19:07

    If Kiwis don’t have the will or the long term foresight to extend the runway and build an event centre or high quality hotels or other world standard infrastructure and the Chinese are willing to put the time, treasure and effort into all that, good on em. And if they have to or want to bring in their own workers to ensure the work gets done when locals aren’t competent or able to finish the project on time, like they sometimes have to do in other undeveloped countries, then so be it. It’s their money, it’s their risk. Ultimately, all of Wellington would benefit, not just a few workers who wouldn’t get the work anyway because Wellingtonians are too poor or stingy to build the basic infrastructure expected in capitals elsewhere in the world.

    Way to go city council. You are doing an end run around the narrow interests stopping progress here and finding a means to do it without raising rates further. Increasingly higher rates drive businesses, consumers, renters and citizens away from Wellington’s centre. Shucks, if maybe some of you asked the Chinese to invest in a light rail — or more bike paths that hardly any citizens will ever use – you’d get what you want faster.

     
  3. Traveller, 12. September 2015, 22:30

    Didn’t the council promise that it wouldn’t commit to a longer runway till a business case had been written and assessed, and till a long-haul airline had committed to Wellington flights? Does the Beijing ceremony indicate that such promises have been discarded?

     
  4. Ian Apperley, 13. September 2015, 9:02

    Ummm… Syrahnose: “finding a means to do it without raising rates further. Increasingly higher rates drive businesses, consumers, renters and citizens away from Wellington’s centre.”
    Rates just went up somewhere between 5 and 6% for most people and we are locked into increases of nearly 50% over the next decade.

     
  5. Elaine Hampton, 13. September 2015, 11:32

    As ratepayers aren’t we entitled to an explanation instead of this secret skullduggery. What does this mean to Wellingtonians? Syranose you assume a lot. Where is the business case?

     
  6. Esjay, 13. September 2015, 18:46

    Good one Elaine. This City Council has voted in its LTP to “go for the Doctor” by voting for the $90million plus $32million in interest to partly fund the runway extension. Without doubt the Mayor as a Director of WIAL has a conflict of interest, yet she is permitted to participate behind the scenes to ensure that this proposal remains uppermost in the work routine of council officers. As ratepayers, we cannot legally stop paying our rates by way of protest. There is no opposition so we MUST accept a turmoil of political philandering like it not.

     
  7. JC, 14. September 2015, 8:11

    Just because an MOU has been signed up, it doesn’t mean that the Council has raced off and committed to anything prematurely. The MOU can be conditional on the business case and resource consent processes, and anything else.

    Why do commenters on this website assume that there is some “secret skulduggery” going on? Please, don’t always assume the worst of people. Actually, I don’t know why I’m bothering to write this because I know that, no matter what is said, there are people out there who will post negative feedback on articles relating to the Council without fail. It seems to be a knee-jerk reaction.

     
  8. Island Bay Rules, 14. September 2015, 14:39

    Esjay as ratepayers we ‘can’ legally stop paying our rates, all it takes is a bona fide legal representative to take your rates payments and hold them on your behalf after issuing a receipt to register your payment.

     
  9. Esjay, 14. September 2015, 16:07

    JC: most submissions to the LTP did not favour the Council being involved with the runway extension. How and why is the Mayor pressing on ahead as if there is no tomorrow? Perhaps you should also look at the impact on rates once payment of Council funding steps in.

     
  10. Nora, 14. September 2015, 16:08

    Not so long ago when our street lights were not working I rang the council and was told they would have to ring Hong Kong!

     
  11. Esjay, 14. September 2015, 16:09

    Island Bay: yes but it will cost those who choose not to pay an additional 10%. Have I got this correct?

     
  12. Jacob, 10. September 2017, 12:07

    As hopefully people are realising, nothing comes from China without strings attached. No, they don’t work any faster than anyone else, they have all of the same regulations to work around – just in China regulations are weak and if the government needs to kick people out of their houses there is zero consideration. The money comes usually with the requirement to use Chinese labour at the best case, and fiendishly devious contract at the worst – I have seen both in action, particularly where they see the standard contracts we write and insert clauses where they know we don’t usually look, or insert technical sections in commercial clauses knowing full well the reader won’t understand the implications, or engage the correct parties. Be aware that nothing is as it seems with them.