Friday, 17th February, 2017

Finance and Infrastructure Minister, Steven Joyce’s, first major announcement since taking up the portfolio was exactly the tonic Auckland business needed to hear.

Noting the Government announcement saying “no” to a regional fuel tax, Chairman of the Auckland Business Forum, Michael Barnett, agreed the tax had potential to distort the market, administratively difficult, and badly targeted and unfair.

“We are delighted Government has rejected it, as it takes the uncertainty around the proposal ‘off the table’.

Noting also that Mr Joyce supported Auckland Council and Government continuing to work together to maintain the momentum to address Auckland’s transport issues, Mr Barnett encouraged a lifting in the pace to identify and agree on a suite of alternative-innovative financing options for delivering Auckland’s major transport projects.

The Auckland Business Forum also supported the Minister’s signal that it is now open to the introduction of electronic road tolling in Auckland.

It gives Auckland a clear agenda and incentive to adopt a new mind-set focused on increasing the pace of action. 

 

For more information contact Michael Barnett on 0275 631 150 or EMA General Manager, Mark Champion, 027 777 7234

Auckland Business Forum members include: Auckland Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern) Incorporated, Civil Contractors NZ, Infrastructure New Zealand, National Road Carriers.