Ministers got second Cook Strait report shortly before ferry grounding

Ministers got second Cook Strait report shortly before ferry grounding
Finance Minister Nicola Willis says the government intends to refresh the KiwiRail board. (Image: NZME)
Oliver Lewis
The Ministry of Transport has finished work to identify future options for a resilient Cook Strait connection, including considering the possibility that KiwiRail might exit the Interislander ferry service.The final report was delivered to ministers last week, a spokesperson said, the same week the three-person ministerial advisory group (Mag) reported back its recommendations for replacement ferries.Issues with the existing fleet were brought to the fore again last Friday night when Aratere, on a freight-only sailing out of Picton, lost steeri...

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