Ruakura inland port gets the tick on a further 48 hectares

Tainui Waikato have gained consent on the final portion of an industrial zone spanning from the Ruakura Inland Port to Silverdale.

The Ruakura inland port is poised to grow as a further 48 hectares gain resource consent. 

Tainui Group Holdings (TGH) has received the final consent for a logistics and industrial zone stretching from the port at Ruakura Road south to Silverdale.  

Now just flat paddocks farmed by the company, the area will be transformed into a patchwork of warehouses by the beginning of 2020.

TGH Ruakura general manager Blair Morris said it was just a third of the logistics and industrial development still to come, resource consent permitting.

The latest consented area begins near the Hillcrest and Silverdale roads intersection, spans east to the incoming Waikato Expressway and south to the suburb of Silverdale.

The industrial zone is expected to house light manufacturing, such as food and beverage processing, along with forestry, horticulture and retail businesses.

The size and number of buildings will be determined by tenants.

"We're in discussion with some parties that might want as large as 14 hectares down to 2 hectares," Morris said.

TGH has contracted industrial leasing firm JLL to find tenants and some 200 companies are said to have expressed interest.

Morris was tight-lipped on whether online retail giant Amazon could be attracted across the ditch, as pitched by Hamilton city councillor Angela O'Leary last week.

"We're absolutely supportive of a joint task force on that ... operations like that require the transport connections and require the scale of this development."

The development of a wetland and existing eel habitat is planned for the south of the site, and 26 eels from a stream by the port have already been moved there.

The company is now seeking consent to build a Waikato Expressway service centre, including a petrol station and eateries for passing motorists and others.

TGH's project team has six people working
full time on the development and 277
workers have been inducted on the current
port build site.

This week, the last of 170,000 cubic metres
of rock dumped and flattened to build the
first six hectares of the inland port.

It will then be a year-long wait for the
ground to settle.  

The completed port will have the capacity to
unload 800m-long trains, taking 80 to 100
trucks off the road at a time.

Morris estimates the port, at full capacity,
should take 65,000 trucks off the road.


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Ruakura Inland Port
Rukura Inland Port - Artist impression