Ruakura Progress – September 2017
Kia ora koutou, Welcome to our update on progress from the Ruakura Inland Port development.
Message from Blair Morris – GM Ruakura
In this issue we introduce our new head leasing agents for Ruakura – JLL. We’re on track to open the inland port in early 2019, and JLL are on the case facilitating talks with prospective tenants and customers. Construction has leapt ahead over the past two months. Rock has been laid across 100 per cent of our initial six-hectare site and more than half of the total volume of rock of the pavement and preload material is now in place. We’re working with KiwiRail in the redesign of the rail siding, and we’re taking care of people and the environment as we advance these exciting plans. Please get in touch if you’d like to know more.
JLL join the team for Ruakura
Sam Smith, Head of Industrial for JLL
Ruakura joint venture partners Tainui Group Holdings (TGH) and LINX Cargo Care Ltd have appointed JLL, one of New Zealand’s most experienced industrial leasing teams, on to the project. Blair Morris, TGH’s GM Ruakura says JLL is already underway.
“It’s great to have a company with a global reach like JLL on board as the head leasing agents and so open to collaborating with the wider agency community to ensure full reach into the market. JLL are already supporting us with conversations in progress with more than 200 prospective tenants and customers for Ruakura,” Blair says.
Sam Smith, Head of Industrial for JLL says Ruakura is shaping up to be a game changer for the upper North Island with its combination of inland port, adjacent logistics zone and space for large-scale industrial sites amid the 480 hectare development.
“The game changing aspect for the Waikato and potentially for Auckland and other areas of the country is the genuine scale and efficiency Ruakura offers for importers and exporters to move cargo as sustainably as possible. The direct rail connections will allow many of the shipping containers to be transported by rail, removing congestion from the roads and making for safer journeys.
“Being part of the Golden Triangle makes this development really special as the Golden Triangle accounts for 50 per cent of New Zealand’s economic output,” says Sam.
At capacity the fully built out 30 hectare inland port at Ruakura will be able to process 1 million TEU (20ft shipping containers) per year. Ports of Auckland and Tauranga combined currently process around 2 million TEU per year, so Ruakura offers significant extra capacity for off-wharf cargo consolidation and marshalling.
Rail design takes shape
Rail transport operator KiwiRail has a key seat at the table for the team finalising the design on the rail siding for Ruakura. They are working alongside Ruakura’s rail design engineers WSP and the relevant experts from LINX, C3 and TGH – making decisions to ensure operational efficiency for rail freight to and from the seaports of the lower North Island, Auckland and Tauranga.
Earthworks on track
We have seen excellent progress under the direction of our head contractor Fulton Hogan with top soil stripped, subsoil drainage installed and the eastern end of the port platform already built up to finished levels ready for the final pavement to be laid once the ground settlement process has been completed. Once the ground settlement process is complete we will construct the final pavement layer, a rail siding, noise wall, screen planting services and storm water infrastructure.
Working with care
TGH General Manager for Operations, Robert Batters, says that health and safety and care for the environment are top of mind as the Ruakura project heads into spring.
“First and foremost we want everyone who comes to work to build the Ruakura inland port and logistics zone to get home safely at the end of the day. The team also wants to make sure the environment is protected and where possible enhanced. Recycling concrete and untreated timber from the demolition of old buildings to reduce the waste to landfill is just one of a number of our initiatives,” Robert says.
Earth walls and sediment control ponds have been constructed around the site to protect the awa (river). Rangatahi (young people) from Waikato-Tainui have been active in helping project ecologists Boffa Miskell to capture and transfer native fish and tuna (eels) to a suitable habitat downstream of our site.
Who’s behind Ruakura?
TGH, the commercial arm of Waikato-Tainui has formed a 50/50 JV with world class port operator LINX Cargo Care Group Ltd to develop and operate the port. Day-to-day port operations will be managed by C3, New Zealand’s largest on-wharf cargo handler. In coming months TGH, working closely with the employment team at Waikato-Tainui, will hold an employment summit to look at future job opportunities as Ruakura comes to life.
Stay in touch
Thanks for your interest. Please get in touch with any questions or suggestions
about how Ruakura can help your business grow into the future.
Ngaa mihi nui.