Under a National Government and with the current Kiwirail mindset it appears that the rail engineering business in NZ has a doubtful future.
Yesterday’s announcement by Kiwirail to choose China CNR Corporation (CNR) as its preferred tenderer to supply 300 wagons to bolster its ageing fleet is a huge and possibly terminal slap in the face for the Hillside Workshops in Dunedin and Woburn Workshops in Lower Hutt.
NZ could never have competed with China on labour costs. CNR may be a cheap and efficient supplier, but that doesn’t take into account the wider economic benefits and spin-offs for New Zealand of using KiwiRail’s own staff at the Hillside Workshops in Dunedin (and in Woburn) to do the work.
Does this government intend to invest in NZ industry and Kiwi jobs? If so, tell me how, where and when?