NZ govt eyes PPPs for Auckland

New Zealand’s transport minister has highlighted value capture and PPPs as potential methods to deliver new infrastructure in Auckland, as the government confirmed plans to end the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax.

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Simeon Brown confirmed plans to remove the regional tax on 30 June 2024, and will bring legislation in parliament to enable the move.

Since its creation in July 2018, money raised by the tax has gone towards a range of capital projects in the city and Brown said the government would work with Auckland Council and the mayor to “ensure we build the infrastructure Auckland needs, and at the same time unlock the funding and financing tools they need to help fund their share”.

Among the tools to be used, Brown said the New Zealand government has “signalled the potential use of value capture, tolling, and the use of public-private partnerships, among others…to help deliver new infrastructure”.