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Louis Vuitton Cup final
beckons Team NZ
Despite being forced to sail without
opposition in three races, Emirates
Team New Zealand are setting a
course for the final of the Louis Vuit-
Victory against the Italian outfit
Luna Rossa on Monday will send Dean
Barker s crew into the August finals
with two round robins to go.
The third team in the running, Arte-
mis Racing, is still battling to recover
from a capsize in May, which tragically
killed crew member Andrew Bart
Simpson and damaged their cata-
That leaves Team New Zealand and
Luna Rossa as the only two contenders
for automatic entry to the final, with
the Kiwis holding a 100 per cent
record against the Italians in this
year s cup.
The New Zealanders raced solo in
the series opener on July 8 when Luna
Rossa pulled out in protest against rec-
ommended changes to rudder sizes.
They were then comprehensively
beaten by more than five minutes in
their second race on July 14.
The winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup
will go through to the America s Cup
final where they will face defending
Big bucks: Auckland mayor Len Brown says the city needs to find $12 billion over 30
years to fund big transport projects such as the City Rail Link. Photo: LAWRENCE SMITH
As well as helping to
fund new investment,
road pricing offers a
proven way of managing
use of public
-- Len Brown
How road tolls or rates
hikes will be implemen-
ted to fund a $12 billion
transport shortfall will
be up to Aucklanders,
Mayor Len Brown says.
A think-tank report
says road pricing is the
only option unless Auck-
landers want to accept
rates and congestion.
Tolls may come in the
form of either cordoned-
off areas, where motorists pay to enter
or drive within, or motorway fees,
likely to be deducted by an automated
Produced by the 17-member Consen-
sus Building Group, its aim was to find
alternative funding for projects listed
in the Auckland Plan, which has an
average $400 million a year shortfall
for the next 30 years.
The transport plan is based on the
idea that Auckland s population will
reach 2.5 million by 2041.
Mr Brown told the North Harbour
News the city would mull over the
It s recognised by Government now,
with its recent commitment to $12 bil-
lion worth of build for our infrastruc-
ture over the next 20-odd years but we
know the rates and taxes won t cover
the entire cost.
We ve got a $12 billion shortfall.
We know we ve got to address the
transport challenges we ve got right
now and will continue to have with the
So we need to continue to invest.
The group has come up with one or
two final ideas that we need to now
formally model and over
the next 12 months as a
community look to see if
we can form a consensus
with Aucklanders as to
how we will go forward
with an alternate fund-
The council will con-
sider the report along-
Clearly road pricing
is an option we must
look at closely, along
with our ongoing work to improve the
transport options available to Auck-
As well as helping to fund new
investment, road pricing offers a
proven way of managing congestion
and encouraging greater use of public
transport, Mr Brown says.
The City Rail Link and a second har-
bour crossing, which both gained Gov-
ernment support, are in need of extra
The plan also includes other high-
cost projects such as the east-west
motorway link, rail access to the air-
port and regional roading upgrades.
Aucklanders were asked in April to
consider the two options with 78 per
cent of the 1320 responses in favour of
some form of road pricing.
Ideas rejected by the group included
a regional lottery, payroll tax, regional
GST, visitor bed tax and departure tax
from Auckland Airport.
The report recommended the council
adopt one of two pathways to fund the
gap, essentially using rates and fuel
taxes or road pricing.
A decision needs to be made by 2015,
the report says.
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