The recent discussions about South Island independence or autonomy has got me thinking about one of the underlying themes used by supporters of southern self-determination: that the North Island, and Auckland in particular, are parasites on the productive South. Reading the Maps has an excellent post comparing the two perspectives.
Inline with that theme, Auckland Trains presents some intriguing statistics showing Auckland gets a raw deal when it comes to transport spending. In a nutshell Auckland grew by 57% from 1996 - 2006, and is expected to do that again from 2006 - 2031. The need for increased infrastructure spending is clear. The challenge for the super city is to deliver that spending, while the central government's challenge is to balance increased spending with spending elsewhere.