Editorial & Photo Credits | Vibeke Wright Business Development Manager Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd
THE LAST FEW YEARS HAVE PUSHED AUCKLAND’S CONGESTION WOES INTO THE HEADLINES, WITH THE COMBINED IMPACT OF POPULATION GROWTH AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEFICITS CONSPIRING TO SEE NEW ZEALAND’S LARGEST CITY STRUGGLE TO DELIVER THE QUALITY OF LIFESTYLE ITS RESIDENTS ONCE ENJOYED. To be sure, increased density can bring benefits to business – access to labour markets and linkages between enterprises, for example. But it also causes some big disadvantages. Aside from making your commute between work and home a lot longer, there’s increased pollution, lack of available industrial space for growing your business, and ever-increasing taxes and rates to pay for new infrastructure that – somehow – never seems to be built on schedule. Small wonder, then, that as automation and communications technologies improve, businesses that once relied heavily on “location, location, location” are looking beyond Auckland to set up shop. It’s a trend that leaders in the field say is inevitable as both local and central governments struggle to deliver services and policies to sustain the city. Mike Bayley, Managing Director of Bayley Corporation Ltd Inc, speaking to the Weekend Herald in January, thinks “2018 will be the year when the “Golden Triangle”,
linking Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga, morphs into a diamond” – highlighting the emergence of nearby regions such as Marsden Point as a solution to Auckland’s intractable problems. That’s a view shared by economic forecasting firm Infometrics, which in 2017 identified Marsden Point/Ruakaka – positioned between
Whangarei and Auckland - as a regional hotspot for growth, due in part to its transport links to Auckland and the significant availability of vacant industrial land there.
Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd (MMH) – part owner of Northport