This morning Vic Crone and Phil Goff were guests of the West Auckland Business Club for a breakfast meeting at the New Lynn Memorial RSA.
Vic spoke first and showed an exceptional grasp of issues and with a business background she was able to clearly articulate the key points and her ideas on a way forward. She says we need a much stronger vision and purpose for Auckland, looking forward 20 – 30 years. If you look back 30 years you see how much it has changed. The Unitary Plan will be the basis for ongoing change over the next 30 years but the council seems to have a horizon of less than a decade.
Phil Goff followed in an easy going and affable manner. He covered the big issues of housing and transport. While Auckland is experiencing fast growth with a very diverse population, we still need to preserve the great natural environment which is part of what we like about the city.
Crone has valuable experience and interesting ideas but it is hard to see her as anything except the underdog against Goff with his strong name recognition due to decades in Parliament. Having a career in Labour probably won’t hurt him in South Auckland either.
“We are a city of scale – a small global city” – Goff
“Diversity of thought creates magical outcomes” - Crone
We all thought that the MV Westport had sailed into the Manukau for the last time on the sunny but cold morning 2 July.
However, there are many unexpected turns in this story. Westport is coming back, but when depends on the weather. You can find out yourself by checking here and searching for MV Westport.
Here is Holcim's statement as at 12 July:
To keep you up to date with the MV Westport....
As with any business going through a lot of changes - things can change - especially in shipping and distribution!
The MV Westport has made another 'final' trip to Westport.
I've checked with Robert Bright our Supply and Operations Manager who has confirmed the following.
A decision was made to clear final stocks at the Westport Packing Plant and wharf silos for supply to customers in Auckland. It was originally going to be trucked to customers in the South Island. Using the MV Westport is the most effective way to transport it to Auckland.
The MV Westport arrived in Westport last night and departure will be dependent on the weather and bar conditions - it is tentatively scheduled for Saturday but it is likely to be Sunday at the earliest looking at the forecast. Once again it will come back to Onehunga.
The MV Milburn Carrier II is the only vessel that can load at Timaru and is required to deliver cement to Wellington and Nelson depots as part of our market transition and to resupply other depots.