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KiwiRail decision ‘opens up’ opportunities

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### ODT Online Thu, 13 May 2010
Quinn dashes Hillside’s hopes
By Mark Price
Any lingering hopes KiwiRail’s Hillside workshops might get the chance to build trains for Auckland have been dashed. KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn met staff in Dunedin yesterday to break the news the workshop would not be bidding for the contract to build 38 three-car, electric multiple units (EMUs) and 13 electric locomotives as part of Auckland’s $500 million urban rail development. That decision had left rail workers “gutted”, according to Rail and Maritime Trade Union general secretary Wayne Butson.

KiwiRail was “actively” trying to find work for the workshops from “any source we can get” and was “keen to present Dunedin’s engineering capability to the wider world”.

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### ODT Online Thu, 13 May 2010
Opinion: On right track for trains
By Steven Joyce
Phil Goff’s emotional approach to KiwiRail does not change the facts – the Crown owns a struggling business and needs to make some tough calls, on behalf of the public, to turn KiwiRail around, writes Steven Joyce.

It is all very well for Phil Goff to make an emotional argument for Auckland’s new trains to be built at Dunedin’s Hillside workshop but this is precisely the kind of “do it at any cost” mindset that got us into the difficult position we now find ourselves in with regard to KiwiRail and the Government’s books more generally.
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KiwiRail FAILS its engineering workshops bigtime

### ODT Online Wed, 12 May 2010
KiwiRail won’t bid for Auckland rail work
By Mark Price
Any lingering hopes KiwiRail’s Hillside workshops might get the chance to build trains for Auckland have been dashed. KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn met staff in Dunedin yesterday to break the news the workshop would not be bidding for the contract believed to be worth around $375 million. Speaking to the Otago Daily Times afterwards, Mr Quinn said the decision was made because he believed the New Zealand workshops could not deliver in the required timeframe and at a price that would be competitive with overseas manufacturers.
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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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