Bruce, it’s a case of follow the money by looking at those people appointed to the UNISCS Taskforce and their report was never going to be anything other than supportive of moving the port from Auckland to NorthPort. The Chairman Wayne Brown is a former Far North Mayor and NZ First strategist who wrote their transport policy advocating moving the port, another is the current chairman of KiwiRail, another was the former head of TranzRail, and another is a lobbyist for a group Auckland Harbour Protections.Excuse me, since when were Phil Goff and the Treasury experts in infrastructure? WTF cares what Phil Goff thinks?
The Manukau??? WTF???
Firth of Thames??? WTF???
Sounds like some of these guys are having their strings pulled by somebody with no interest in the good of the country.
With a group assembled including rail advocates, a NorthPort advocate and a let’s get the Port out of Auckland advocate, of course they were always going to recommend moving the port and moving freight by rail.
Same if you put Cullen in charge of a Tax Reform Group and, surprise, surprise, it recommends a CGT.
Or get a group of international experts in mining recovery who are supported by the families of dead miners and who happen to run a business which specialises in Mining Recovery and, surprise, surprise, they recommend spending millions more tax payer money at the Pike River Mine.
It’s long been a ploy used by all political parties when in government and at local body level: decide on the result you want, organise a taskforce full of people who will give you the result you want, give them a terms of reference so they will give you the result you want, pay them to consult and write the report.... and, surprise, surprise, receive a report giving you your desired outcome. If, by some miracle, the taskforce doesn’t recommend your desired result, reject their report and start again with a new group of people until a report is finally released which recommends whatever your desired outcome was In the first place.