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Board named for ARC’s 2nd new regional infrastructure subsidiary

The 8-member board of the 2nd of the Auckland Regional Council’s 2 new subsidiaries, the Auckland Regional Transport Authority, was named today.

The directors were selected by a specialist appointments panel from a starting lineup of more than 100 candidates.

The 8 are:

·         Ted van Arkel, managing director of Progressive Enterprises Ltd and a director of both the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Auckland Retailers Association

·         Peter Brothers, Dean of the Auckland University School of Engineering and a director of Auckland Regional Transport Network Ltd (ARTNL)

·         Tony Parsons, a civil engineer who is a director of ARTNL and was project manager for Watercare’s $450 million Mangere treatment plant upgrade

·         Rabin Rabindran, a barrister specialising in public sector & large infrastructure projects who has worked on major schemes in more than 25 countries

·         Gary Taylor, a resource management & government relations consultant, member of the Infrastructure Auckland board for the past 4 years and founder of the Environmental Defence Society

·         Richard Waddel, a director of Infrastructure Auckland, chairman of Pharmac and former chief executive & chairman of Ernst & Young

·         Mike Williams, Labour Party president and Transit New Zealand board member for the past 4 years, a director of Genesis Energy and of the Institute for Geological & Nuclear Science

·         Adrienne Young Cooper, director & principal of planning & public policy consultancy Hill Young Cooper Ltd and a director of ARTNL.

Auckland Regional Council chairman Gwen Bull said the ARTA board would be responsible for the integrated planning, funding & implementation of all modes of transport throughout the Auckland region.

“Buses, trains, ferries & local roads will all be part of ARTA’s role and the people we have on board have the knowledge & background to be able to make a real difference to the region’s transport network,” Mrs Bull said.

Under the Local Government (Auckland) Amendment Act, passed last week, ARTA must be operational by 1 January 2005.

The other new regional council subsidiary established under the act, which became law on 1 July, is Auckland Regional Holdings (ARH), which has replaced Infrastructure Auckland and now owns and manages $1.3 billion worth of assets.

The Government-appointed establishment chairman, Brian Roche, who has been working with the regional council, local councils & other key parties since mid-May undertaking preparatory work needed to establish ARTA, will remain in his position until a chairman for the new authority is formally appointed.

Earlier stories:

22 June 2004: Regional Holdings directors named

13 December 2003: On the road to a supercity

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