Developer decries decision

The developer of the rejected Fiordland Link Experience monorail project is moving on, but isn’t convinced that he has heard the true reason for the decision against his development Riverstone Holdings Limited director Bob Robertson said he was slighted more by Conservation Minister Nick Smith’s criticism of financial viability than he was by the rejection… Read more

Monorail rejected

Frana Cardno was popping Champagne with her grandson on the other side of the world last Thursday after the Fiordland monoral proposal was declined. The Save Fiordland executive committee member and former Southland mayor said she was in San Diego being kept informed by her colleagues, who were gathered at the Olive Tree CafĂ© in… Read more

Rumours of monorail decision

Save Fiordland expects the long-awaited decision on the Fiordland monorail to be announced within the week. In December, Conservation Minister Nick Smith expressed concern over the project’s financial viability and requested consultant assessments and departmental advice on the concept. These were completed a number of months ago. Save Fiordland chairman Bill Jarvie said conservation and… Read more

Shock at unabated monorail progress

Conservation Minister Nick Smith’s visit to Fiordland last week proved to be a catalyst for anti-monorail sentiment. Dr Smith surveyed the DOC and private land proposed for the 43km, $200 million elevated railway last Wednesday, and subsequently released a Commissioner’s report recommending that he give the project a green light. In the 72 hours following… Read more