Hamilton to Auckland Corridor Plan

Hamilton to Auckland Corridor Plan

At my inaugural Grow Waikato event last month, the key discussion topic was the Hamilton to Auckland Corridor Plan. This extensive piece of work maps future development between Cambridge/Te Awamutu in the south and Pukekohe in the north. This corridor is the busiest in New Zealand, and has potential to be a key economic growth area over the coming years.

I see the corridor like a string of pearls, with each town having its own unique identity and key role to play. Having a strategic plan allows us to get ahead of the growth curve, ensuring development is sustainable and forward-thinking.

The plan’s genesis comes from a meeting myself and Hon. Nanaia Mahuta held immediately after the 2017 general election with local mayors, senior officials and iwi.

As chair of this meeting, I put forward the following question: “What are we going to collectively focus on as a region?” The answer to that question has evolved into the Hamilton to Auckland Corridor Plan, building on previous work done by Future Proof.

18 months on, we now have 40 Government agencies involved, from education and health to conservation and housing. The work is being undertaken in a positive, unified manner, with full Cabinet support.

Transport will play a key role in unlocking the potential of the corridor.

The passenger rail service will be operational in the first half of next year. I will be visiting the Hutt Rail Workshops over the next few weeks to view progress on the carriage upgrades. Two key components of the passenger rail service will be the ability to be productive while travelling, and having certainty of arrival time.

The Waikato Expressway is on track to be finished by the end of next year. This has been a major project for our region, and I acknowledge the work the previous government did around this.

In terms of Hamilton-based roading, work has begun on the completion on the ring road, and a bridge across the Waikato River near Hamilton Gardens. This will unlock the 8,500 house Peacocke development, through $180 million from the Government’s 10-year interest-free loan and $110 million of NZTA subsidies. The Southern Links roading development, which unlocks commercial and residential land around the airport is included in the Corridor Plan.

An important component of the plan is the potential for a metro-style passenger rail service linking Hamilton, Te Awamutu, Cambridge, Morrinsville, Ngaruawahia and Huntly. The bulk of this infrastructure is already in place, with only a few kilometres of track required in Cambridge.

Central government will play a key role in infrastructure delivery, as we partner with local councils to deliver this.

More information on the Corridor Plan can be downloaded at the following link (from page 68): https://www.hamilton.govt.nz/AgendasAndMinutes/Growth%20and%20Infrastructure%20Open%20Agenda%20-%2029%20March%202019.pdf

As a region, we must continue to raise our vision and thinking.

The next Grow Waikato event will be focused on the construction sector. Speakers will be Leonard Gardner (Foster Construction), Jen Baird (HCC), and Matt Stark (Stark Property).

The details are:

4:45 pm – 6 pm (mix-and mingle from 4:30 pm)

Tuesday 14th May

The Atrium, WINTEC Hamilton City Campus

If you would like to attend please RSVP by Friday 10th May to: melissa.white@parliament.govt.nz

The following Grow Waikato event will be Wednesday 3rd July, and will be focused on our region’s thriving I.T. sector - the fastest-growing in New Zealand.

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Jamie Strange
Jamie Strange
Member of Parliament
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