Documents relating to the government's investigation of the feasibility of progressing the Waterview Connection, a proposed State Highway extension in Auckland, as a public private partnership (PPP).
The Waterview Connection
The Waterview Connection is a proposed State Highway extension in Auckland that runs from Mt Roskill to the Northwestern Motorway. The route effectively completes the Western Ring Route by connecting State Highway 20 to State Highway 16. Once finished, the Western Ring Route will be a single 48 kilometre motorway that bypasses the CBD and links Manukau, Auckland, Waitakere, and North Shore cities. Details about the construction of the Waterview Connection and the Western Ring Route are available from New Zealand Transport Agency.
The government decided to investigate the feasibility of progressing the Waterview Connection as a public private partnership (PPP). A PPP was evaluated alongside a conventional public sector procurement method to determine how the two methods compare in terms of value for money. Read the investigation announcement by Finance Minister Michael Cullen and Transport Minister Annette King on the Beehive website: Government to investigate feasibility of PPP for Waterview Connection (7 February 2008).
The Waterview Connection would be New Zealand’s largest PPP if this is the procurement option chosen by the Cabinet.
For more details about the Waterview Connection PPP investigation, see the Questions & Answers page.
Waterview Connection Procurement Steering Group
A joint public sector-private sector Waterview Connection Procurement Steering Group (the Steering Group) conducted the investigation into the feasibility of a PPP for the Waterview Connection and report directly to the Ministers of Finance and Transport. The Steering Group was led by Sir Brian Elwood as an independent chairperson and comprised representatives from the Treasury, Ministry of Transport, New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development, Business New Zealand and Auckland Chamber of Commerce.
Under its terms of reference, the Steering Group was expected to determine whether there is a viable business case for delivering the Waterview Connection as a PPP. This work was to include development of a benchmark Public Sector Comparator, against which the PPP business case could be assessed. The Public Sector Comparator includes projected costs and risk analysis for the Waterview Connection if conventional public sector procurement is used.
The Steering Group’s report was presented to the Ministers of Finance and Transport in June 2008 and released here on 26 August 2008. The report will be considered along with any other relevant factors before Cabinet decides on the preferred means of progressing the Waterview Connection.
As part of its work, the Steering Group consulted with Auckland local authorities and other interested external parties to ensure that the Steering Group members were exposed to a wide range of opinion.
The Steering Group issued a public notice calling for submissions. This notice was published in the New Zealand Herald on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 March 2008. All submissions received were carefully considered and, as appropriate, incorporated into the report.
Submissions and the Official Information Act 1982
All submissions may become publicly available after the Steering Group has reported to Ministers, under the terms of the Official Information Act 1982. If you consider that good reason exists for withholding all or parts of your submission, please clearly identify this on your submission together with the reason(s) why you believe it should be withheld. Any request for non-disclosure will be considered in line with the reasons for withholding information under the Official Information Act 1982 and the Privacy Act 1993.
|26 Aug 2008||Government welcomes steering group finding on Waterview Connection PPP
Media statement by Hon Annette King on Beehive website.
|Link to Beehive website.|
|26 Jun 2008||Report of the Waterview Connection Procurement Steering Group: Progressing the Waterview Connection as a Public Private Partnership: An Investigation of the Value of a Public Private Partnership
Released 26 August 2008
|wcpsg-report-26jun08.pdf (567 KB)
|Mar 2008||Transit New Zealand Briefing to New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development (NZCID)
Released 28 March 2008. Available in Adobe PDF format on the Transit New Zealand website.
|Link to Transit New Zealand website.|
|[Mar 2008]||Public Notice - Waterview Connection Procurement Steering Group - Call for Submissions
Released 6 March 2008. Public notice published in the New Zealand Herald on 7 and 8 March 2008. Text in HTML format.
|waterview-notice-mar08.pdf (98 KB)
|5 Mar 2008||Guide for Submissions - Waterview Procurement Submissions Questions
Guide respondents on details to be included and questions that the Steering Group would like to see addressed in submissions. Available in MS Word format only.
|4 Mar 2008||Chair's Comments to Stakeholders
Released 6 March 2008. Sir Brian Elwood's opening comments at meetings with stakeholders held on 4 March 2008.
|Not available in Adobe PDF format.|
|4 Mar 2008||Presentation to Stakeholders Presentation to Stakeholders - Waterview Connection Procurement Steering Group
Released 6 March 2008
|waterview-pres-4mar08.pdf (28 KB)
|4 Mar 2008||Terms of Reference - Waterview Connection Procurement Steering Group
Released 5 March 2008. Replaces the draft Terms of Reference released on 5 February 2008.
|waterview-finaltor-4mar08.pdf (32 KB)
|7 Feb 2008||Waterview Connection PPP Investigation Questions and Answers
Released 7 February 2008
|waterview-qa-7feb08.pdf (29 KB)