Hollyford road backers on Coast

By Tui Bromley

The mystery backers behind the proposed Haast-Hollyford toll highway — Australian Investor group JCP and construction companies Blakely and Xinjang Bintuan — were revealed last week, when company representatives arrived in Hokitika to fly over the route.
JCP has contracted with Blakely Construction Ltd to provide expertise and financing for the 30-year toll road. Xinjang Bintuan Construction and Engineering is a Chinese road and bridge building company.
Two former mayors of Westland, Durham Havill and Maureen Pugh, met the group before they departed by helicopter to deepest South Westland last week.
They visited and photographed the proposed road route using GPS to accurately record it. Proponents say a further contingent of engineers will arrive from China and the USA within a couple of months to continue the development of the project.