Puhoi to Warkworth highway approved

July 25th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

A Board of Inquiry has granted consent for the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway north of Auckland, known as the “holiday highway”.

The New Zealand Transport Agency acting highway manager Steve Mutton said the draft decision from the Board of Inquiry was welcomed by NZTA.

“The draft decision is great news and an exciting and important step towards improving transport connections between Auckland and Northland and the rest of the upper North Island,” Mr Mutton said.

That’s great news for all those living in Northland who need better roading infrastructure in and to the region.

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34 Responses to “Puhoi to Warkworth highway approved”

  1. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    Good stuff!

    Given that Labour have always been opposed to this road, I wonder if they will rip it up if they get into government?

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  2. Komata (1,191 comments) says:

    Thor412

    They will only do that if it runs through a ‘Blue’ electorate, otherwise all their opposition will magically disappear (after the election of course; but only if they win the seat). . .

    Votes old chap, votes…

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  3. ROJ (121 comments) says:

    I applaud this, but lets not delay the rail link either. That’s not just for Northland, but will actually build some resilience into the Auckland economy and infrastructure

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  4. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    It’s funny thor42 that you say “Labour have always been opposed to this road.” I thought that too, until the report came out today. Right up front is a very interesting section on the project’s history. It turns out that another Labour Party, led by a woman called Helen, had NZTA working on future requirements of both SH16 and SH1 north of Auckland in 2006. Traffic demands, investment requirements and alternative corridors were reviewed. The ultimate findings were clear. SH1 should be upgraded to a four lane highway from Puhoi to Wellsford. So it was on the books under a Labour government. But that was a different Labour Party. A very different Labour Party.

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  5. Nostalgia-NZ (5,211 comments) says:

    Very good. The idea of ‘stopping’ halfway through was ludicrous, as was naming it the ‘holiday highway.’ Also gives another dimension to shipping options.

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  6. jp_1983 (213 comments) says:

    The basin flyover was approved and then turned over on appeal

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  7. Alan Wilkinson (1,878 comments) says:

    The road is a critical link for freight and tourism. It carries a heavy load of trucks and buses. Urban greenies and lefties have no clue about anything beyond urban cycle ways, while opposing the national cycle way project which brings infrastructure and jobs to the rest of the country.

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  8. FeralScrote (218 comments) says:

    Good , and if Labour and Green voters stick to their principles they will boycott travelling on it,a win /win all round.

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  9. Scott Chris (6,139 comments) says:

    Good job. Roads and air are the future. Rail will be technologically redundant within 20 years.

    Don’t forget – building a road involves a lot of unskilled labour of whom Northland has a surplus.

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  10. ROJ (121 comments) says:

    Scott Chris – you might be surprised that nowadays the few even remotely unskilled on a roading project are holding the stop-go signs. Of which there will be very few except when the new road gets linked to the existing, soon to be local ones.

    Biggest component will be the imported heavy machinery and fuel. Next the design engineers (or maybe the community consulting staff).

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  11. big bruv (13,904 comments) says:

    Dear Julie Anne Genter.

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    :)

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  12. Colville (2,268 comments) says:

    Scott Chris. A decent digger driver gets about $80K/yr. Unskilled?

    ROJ. Stone. He who owns the quarries will make the gold.
    A lot of the northland substrate is low yeilding mush isnt it? Lots and lots of hardfill.

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  13. marleybob (9 comments) says:

    Great news, only problem is by the time its built, gas will be so expensive that no one can afford to drive on it.
    Pleased to see they are also going to complete the Huntly section of the Waikato express way.

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  14. Scott Chris (6,139 comments) says:

    Coleville – for every digger driver there are 5 guys with spades.

    I’m the first to appreciate the skill of a digger driver:

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  15. duggledog (1,558 comments) says:

    Marleybob:

    ‘Great news, only problem is by the time its built, gas will be so expensive that no one can afford to drive on it.’

    Balls.

    Get off the weed man. Petrol is only expensive because the government pulls a massive excise out of it. They do this because they need a colossal amount of money to keep our unaffordable expectations ticking over.

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  16. nasska (11,525 comments) says:

    marleybob

    Don’t despair…..people have been bellyaching about the cost of fuel since I can remember & probably well before that too. It’s not as bad as you think .

    In 1966 (the year I bought my first car) standard petrol was 2/10d per gallon. If we go to http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/monetary_policy/inflation_calculator/ that coverts to $10.58 or $2.33/litre in today’s money yet today’s pump price before any discounts is about $2.22.

    Additionally, modern cars go a lot further on a tank of gas. The gallon of petrol poured into a small/medium car would have moved you about 25 miles (40km) in 1966. Today you’d travel no less than 55km on the same amount. There’s little reason to believe that personal transport won’t get more fuel efficient in the future.

    The Greens are going to find moving us onto trains & ox carts a lot harder than they reckon.

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  17. Manolo (13,780 comments) says:

    And yet the Luddites, anti-progress Greens, oppose it.
    Back to the Dark Ages, shout the Gaia worshippers.

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  18. Colville (2,268 comments) says:

    Scott Chris.

    My nickname is Mole. I know a bit about spade work.

    Its wouldnt be a 1/100 th of one percent of the work *material moved* is done with a spade on a major roading project now.

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  19. Scott Chris (6,139 comments) says:

    Coleville – that’s not what I mean. What I’m saying is that for each skilled machine operator there are x number of cone droppers and sign wavers and pilot car drivers and metal spreaders and barrier erectors etc etc…

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  20. nasska (11,525 comments) says:

    Colville
    With a good operator on the right machine I reckon you could leave the spades unused on the ute for a week at a time. The days of gangs of MOW employees breast feeding their shovels are well over.

    It’s got pretty bad locally for the Fulton Hogan blokes…..they’re reduced to leaning against each other to stay upright. :)

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  21. duggledog (1,558 comments) says:

    Colville

    I buggered my back using a spade (well actually it was a shovel). Nowadays, if I have to dig a trench or anything more strenuous than the garden I use a thing called a ‘mate-with-a-digger’. It’s brilliant.

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  22. Recidivist_offender (28 comments) says:

    Woohoo, new motorway!!! Take that greens!!! Bring back leaded petrol! I might tip a jar of mercury down the drain and burn off all my rubbish plastic to celebrate.
    Kiwi & Tuatara patties anyone?

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  23. flipper (4,067 comments) says:

    Along with about 188 others, Flipper attended a very enjoyable New Zealand Initiative (aka Business Roundtable) function in “The Boatshed”, Wellington, to mark the release of their latest publication “New Zealand by Numbers” (it is brilliant).

    The main topic of conversation was speculation on how J Key et al would deal with the thick as pig shit “board” decision on the Basin Reserve “flyover”.

    Key and Brownlee have already expressed dismay.

    The consensus was that post September 20 a repeat of the Finlayson bill on the National War Memorial was as near a certainty as possible.

    There was also dismay over the selection of board members by Amy Adams. A very smart lady, but politically dumb.
    *****
    Question: Where were U DPF????????? :-)

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  24. freemark (580 comments) says:

    Great news on the approval – although why it wouldn’t be a given (national significance) is sadly indicative of the State we are in.
    Good roads=better fuel efficiency & less maintenance on vehicles, plus safety of course. I’ve lost loved ones on that road.
    The way of the (near) future is incredibly fuel efficient hybrids, with the electrical part coming from solar – we should be investing in storage technology R&D rather than perpetual no hopers.
    NZ should & will be generating all electrical power from renewables before too long, our great quality hydrocarbons will be lovingly extracted for export $$, Jet A1 & other efficient transport energy, and plastics.
    Freemark is working on it….

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  25. jcuk (687 comments) says:

    I think the guy on the radio had it right when he said in effect, “better a two lane all weather highway all the way than a four lane part of the way” Also an upgrade to the railway.
    I don’t subscribe to the idea that rail will be gone in 20 years unless we have a clueless rightwing government, neither will the personal car have gone either as hybrid and electric will be the car of the future despite the blinkered view of DPF awhile back LOL.

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  26. Scott Chris (6,139 comments) says:

    nasska – how do you propose to employ Northland’s unskilled workers?

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  27. doggone7 (805 comments) says:

    Other views:
    Mr Scanlen’s suggestions for fixing the slowest sections of SH1 included a tunnel through Schedewys Hill, south of Warkworth; bypasses around Warkworth and Wellsford, and a new route at the Brynderwyns combining a 2km tunnel and 5.4km of new road. A bypass around Kawakawa and Moerewa was another possibility.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11105866

    “Mr Scanlen suggests the benefits of bypasses at Warkworth and Kawakawa, and a tunnel at the Brynderwyn Hills would far outweigh the benefits of a four-lane road between Puhoi and Wellsford as planned.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/rodney-times/9040735/Motorway-benefits-debated

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  28. wahior (8 comments) says:

    Better to spend the money on an elevated two lane that runs from the top of the Bombay Hills to Warkworth with an intersection for the airport. Auckland is just an “Escape from New York” as far as the rest of the country is concerned IMHO.

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  29. campit (467 comments) says:

    There’s no economic business case for this toll road. None. Hasn’t been through the standard NZTA Cost Benefit Analysis. It’s only 700m shorter than the existing road, and will only be three minutes faster for trips to the north than it takes currently. For trips to Warkworth and the Matakana beaches, the existing SH1 will be just as quick because the toll road joins 2 km to the north of Warkworth.

    Really struggling to understand why Kiwibloggers support billion dollar roading projects like this that don’t have a business case. The sooner we get back to proper economic cost benefit assessments, the better.

    Tax and spend.

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  30. Richard (859 comments) says:

    Oh, yippy a new road into Northland…..should speed up the supply to Auckland of a certain plant related to Hemp. What Joy for some.

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  31. Lance (2,655 comments) says:

    @campit
    You are spouting forth propaganda drivel
    There are no traffic jams leading to the Auckland Harbour Bridge at 3 a.m. so therefore there is no problem… that seems to be the logic you and puppet masters are spouting forth in relation to the existing bottleneck at Wellsford

    Hell, if people don’t want to pay the toll on this new road, like now, they don’t have to, just crawl your way around the existing road.

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  32. campit (467 comments) says:

    @lance what did I say that was factually incorrect? Play the ball, not the man.

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  33. goldnkiwi (1,304 comments) says:

    It will be great that there will be an alternative route to and from Northland, especially for emergencies such as have just been experienced. Sitting in traffic is hardly green, so a win win.

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  34. mikemikemikemike (325 comments) says:

    Yes I’m sure the good people of taipa and kaitaia are going to feel the benefits of the 3 ? Minutes they’ll save on their journey to auckland

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