Pumping Dunedin’s engineering capability


### ODT Online Sat, 15 May 2010
Hillside’s $40m contract
By Simon Hartley
KiwiRail’s Hillside Engineering in Dunedin has won a $40 million contract to deliver 20 carriages for operator Tranz Scenic. KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn yesterday confirmed the contract, saying the details would be released on Monday at a formal launch at Hillside workshops.

A KiwiRail spokesman said yesterday the carriages, designed by KiwiRail Mechanical Design, were the first new carriages entirely designed and built in New Zealand for many years. Construction would be supported by “key New Zealand component specialists”.

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### ODT Online Sat, 15 May 2010
Political, business leaders push to promote Hillside workshops
By John Lewis
KiwiRail’s Hillside workshops may have won a $40 million contract to deliver carriages to Tranz Scenic, but it has not stopped Government, Dunedin City Council and Dunedin business representatives from moving ahead with plans to win at least some construction work on the $500 million tender for Auckland’s trains.

“I don’t think people understand what we can do here in New Zealand. So, we are doing a capability report to send to tenderers, to let them know exactly what we can do. There’s a huge amount of capability in Dunedin that is still untapped.”
-John Christie, Otago Chamber of Commerce

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### ODT Online Fri, 14 May 2010
Hope remains for some Hillside work
By Mark Price
Members of the group pushing for Hillside to build trains for Auckland will meet this morning to thrash out where it goes next.

The Dunedin City Council and KiwiRail should fund a “capability assessment” of Dunedin’s engineering sector, which could be provided to international companies tendering to build the 38 three-car, electric multiple units (EMUs) and 13 electric locomotives.
-John Christie, Otago Chamber of Commerce

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