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Building Auckland’s trains

### ODT Online Mon, 10 May 2010
Opinion: Why just dismiss Hillside’s capabilities?
By Phil Goff
A report by economic consultants shows there is a strong business and economic case for building rolling stock at Hillside workshops in Dunedin, says Phil Goff. Why, then, won’t the Government consider it?

The Dunedin City Council should be congratulated for being pro-active and looking for real solutions to tackle unemployment. The unemployment rate rose sharply from 3.9% to 6.3% in the last quarter. There are now 7600 Kiwis unemployed in Dunedin, more than 3000 more than there were in the December quarter.

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– Phil Goff is leader of the Labour Party.

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### ODT Online Mon, 10 May 2010
Govt ‘should urge’ KiwiRail to tender
By John Gibb
The Government should be urging KiwiRail, including its Hillside workshops in Dunedin, to tender for a project to build $375 million worth of trains for Auckland, Labour leader Phil Goff says. He noted that US President Barack Obama’s motto was “yes, we can” but New Zealand Transport Minister Steven Joyce was taking the opposite approach by playing down efforts to have New Zealand workers build the trains.
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ODT editorial mucking on about ‘commercial realism’

### ODT Online Fri, 7 May 2010
Editorial: Competitive risks
It is very clear that the Government is little interested in promoting local prospects for a tender to build electric railcars for Auckland, despite assertions from a combination of political parties, trade unions and other interested groups that it should. Although the Minister of Transport is on record as saying the matter is for the New Zealand Railways Corporation (“KiwiRail”) to decide, he has also said a local tender would be “a step too far” – as clear a negative signal as could be expected to the corporation from its nominal owner.
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I’m yet to decide if the editorial is being responsible or irresponsible in its pronouncements.

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Why we love Dunedin Engineering! Make it a WIN!

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###ODT Online Tue, 4 May 2010
KiwiRail says own workshops not up to tender
By Mark Price
Kiwirail has all but ruled out its own workshops, including Dunedin’s Hillside workshops, being given the chance to “have a crack” at tendering to build $375 million worth of passenger trains for Auckland. Chief executive Jim Quinn yesterday said the final decision would be made in the next few days, but KiwiRail was “unlikely to be a bidder”.
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### ODT Online Sat, 1 May 2010
Bid for $400m KiwiRail contracts nigh
By Dene Mackenzie
The campaign for Dunedin engineering firms to gain some of the nearly $400 million KiwiRail plans spending on new rolling stock begins in earnest on Monday with the release of an economic report. The report, prepared by forecasting agency Berl, has been commissioned by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union, which represents workers at Hillside Workshops and the Dunedin City Council. KiwiRail plans to buy 38 three-car electric multiple units (114 cars) and 13 electric locomotives. The new rolling stock is likely to cost $375 million to produce in New Zealand.

Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie chairs a working party in Dunedin that has been quietly building support for KiwiRail to seriously consider building the EMUs and locomotives in New Zealand. The working party includes city MPs, trade union representatives, members of the DCC and the Otago Regional Council and representatives of Dunedin’s engineering industry.

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Stadium steelwork. CST boys caught out in a lie?

Lo, with impeccable timing and courtesy this letter appears…

### ODT Saturday 17 Apr 2010 (p34)
Letters to the editor
Remarks demeaning to Dunedin companies
By John Whitaker, Chairman, Dunedin Engineering Cluster
I take serious objection to recent claims by both David Davies and Malcolm Farry, of the Carisbrook Stadium Trust, that Dunedin firms were not capable of manufacturing the stadium roof. Both have claimed that the skills and capacity are simply not here in Dunedin and the work had to go outside the city. This is not the case and their comments are demeaning of local industry.
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Read the full letter in print and digital editions of the Otago Daily Times.

ODT editor: [This letter was referred to the Carisbrook Stadium Trust but no reply has been received.]

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