Michael Barnett suggests that the newly created Waikato-Government urban growth partnership offers a pathway for Auckland to solve its infrastructure problems.
Let's have honesty in the local government election, not headline-grabbers for votes, with promises that are unrealistic.
Phil Twyford and Shane Jones wowed the annual NZ infrastructure jamboree promising they would persuade punters - particularly what Jones labels the "NZ Incs" - to put hands in pockets and help fund New Zealand's housing needs.
Infrastructure for a major suburban development on Auckland's Hibiscus Coast will be the first to gain funding from a special purpose vehicle using long-term debt raised by the government's Crown Infrastructure Partners and designed to lower the up-front cost of new housing for home buyers.
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