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Waterview Connection PPP Procurement InvestigationInformation Release

Page updated 26 Aug 2008

Documents relating to the government's investigation of the feasibility of progressing the Waterview Connection, a proposed State Highway extension in Auckland, as a public private partnership (PPP).

The Waterview Connection

The Waterview Connection is a proposed State Highway extension in Auckland that runs from Mt Roskill to the Northwestern Motorway. The route effectively completes the Western Ring Route by connecting State Highway 20 to State Highway 16. Once finished, the Western Ring Route will be a single 48 kilometre motorway that bypasses the CBD and links Manukau, Auckland, Waitakere, and North Shore cities. Details about the construction of the Waterview Connection and the Western Ring Route are available from New Zealand Transport Agency.

PPP Investigation

The government decided to investigate the feasibility of progressing the Waterview Connection as a public private partnership (PPP). A PPP was evaluated alongside a conventional public sector procurement method to determine how the two methods compare in terms of value for money. Read the investigation announcement by Finance Minister Michael Cullen and Transport Minister Annette King on the Beehive website: Government to investigate feasibility of PPP for Waterview Connection (7 February 2008).

The Waterview Connection would be New Zealand’s largest PPP if this is the procurement option chosen by the Cabinet.

For more details about the Waterview Connection PPP investigation, see the Questions & Answers page.

Waterview Connection Procurement Steering Group

A joint public sector-private sector Waterview Connection Procurement Steering Group (the Steering Group) conducted the investigation into the feasibility of a PPP for the Waterview Connection and report directly to the Ministers of Finance and Transport. The Steering Group was led by Sir Brian Elwood as an independent chairperson and comprised representatives from the Treasury, Ministry of Transport, New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development, Business New Zealand and Auckland Chamber of Commerce.

Under its terms of reference, the Steering Group was expected to determine whether there is a viable business case for delivering the Waterview Connection as a PPP. This work was to include development of a benchmark Public Sector Comparator, against which the PPP business case could be assessed. The Public Sector Comparator includes projected costs and risk analysis for the Waterview Connection if conventional public sector procurement is used.

The Steering Group’s report was presented to the Ministers of Finance and Transport in June 2008 and released here on 26 August 2008. The report will be considered along with any other relevant factors before Cabinet decides on the preferred means of progressing the Waterview Connection.

Consultation

As part of its work, the Steering Group consulted with Auckland local authorities and other interested external parties to ensure that the Steering Group members were exposed to a wide range of opinion.

The Steering Group issued a public notice calling for submissions. This notice was published in the New Zealand Herald on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 March 2008. All submissions received were carefully considered and, as appropriate, incorporated into the report.

Submissions and the Official Information Act 1982

All submissions may become publicly available after the Steering Group has reported to Ministers, under the terms of the Official Information Act 1982. If you consider that good reason exists for withholding all or parts of your submission, please clearly identify this on your submission together with the reason(s) why you believe it should be withheld. Any request for non-disclosure will be considered in line with the reasons for withholding information under the Official Information Act 1982 and the Privacy Act 1993.

Documents

Documents are available in Adobe PDF and/or HTML formats. Where HTML versions are not supplied, they can be requested from Information Services. Using PDF Files

Contacts for Enquiries

Enquiries about the Waterview Connection PPP Procurement Investigation and Submissions

Email: waterview@treasury.govt.nz

Enquiries about the design and construction of the Waterview Connection

Website: New Zealand Transport Agency
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