$470m+ major construction work tendering in August

Major construction projects worth more than $470 million were put out to tender in August.

The latest report from construction industry research company Pacifecon details private and public projects in the pipeline at tender stage.

In the upper North Island, $10 million was the estimated construction cost for a temporary restaurant at Eden Park for Rugby Travel & Hospitality out to tender.

Whangarei Hospital had the $25 million first stage of its redevelopment out to tender and the University of Auckland was tendering a $10-$15 million new building called Building 206.

In the Lower North Island Upper Hutt College was tendering a $20 million staged redevelopment, Progressive had a $15-$20 million new Countdown supermarket in Wellington’s Newtown.

In the South Island Dunedin City Council had stage two of its $64.5 million Tahuna Wastewater treatment plant project out to tender and the third stage of Otago Settlers Museum at $5 million.

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The word is getting out.

Information which proves how the $UPERCITY is a corrupt corporate coup, aimed at running the Auckland region 'like a business - by business - for business' is spreading far and wide.

Not every business in Auckland, however, has their snout in the council contracting trough.

I'm sure there would have been some honest and decent businesspeople who would have been VERY interested in what I had to say,had the Auckland Chamber of Commerce not denied me entry to their 'Meet the (Mayoral) Candidates' breakfast meeting, Thursday 9 September at the Heritage Hotel.

The only Mayoral candidates invited to speak were the current Mayors - John Banks, Len Brown and Andrew Williams.

I was not invited to attend as either a Mayoral candidate or as a member of the audience.

A friend forwarded me an email, notifying me of the event, which I immediately followed up.

I was advised by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce Events Manager,that it was too late for me to be a 'speaker', and if I wished to attend, I would need to pay the same 'non-member' registration fee, as everyone else.

So - I followed the 'process' as I had been so advised, by Auckland Chamber of Commerce Events Manager, emailed to advise my interest in attending, and arrived at 7.30am, 9 September 2010, with enough cash to cover the non-member $65 (+ GST) entrance fee.

I was denied entry by the same above-mentioned 'Events Manager' - no reasons given - despite having done exactly what had been asked of me.

How DISGRACEFUL is that?

What sort of 'mickey mouse' / ''discriminatory' outfit is this Auckland Chamber of Commerce?

I have filed a formal complaint with the Human Rights Commission.

Perhaps those in leadership positions at the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, need to be a little clearer about their roles, in order to carry out their responsibilities in a 'fair and proper way'?

Perhaps the interests of organisations like the Auckland Chamber of Commerce would be better served if those in key leadership positions were politically independent from parties or organisations running for public office in this current election?

Penny Bright
Judicially recognised 'Public Watchdog' on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.
"Anti-corruption campaigner"




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probably because they don't want their paying guests to get up and leave, as unxdoubtably some would once another whiner got up on the stage. If you want to blame anyone for the corruption in Auckland governance, look to the Labour party, as the Supercity is their progeny.

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What disgusts me is the temporary resturant for $10m. Make a permanenet bloody resturant.

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