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Tell Bill What We Want

Tell Bill What We Want

More money coming for “better transport infrastructure?” Finance minister Bill English said in a statement today: “We are considering options such...

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CBD Rail: Govt MPs Run For Cover

CBD Rail: Govt MPs Run For Cover

The political battle lines are drawn. National MPs are running for cover instead of making a commitment on whether Auckland rail commuters can get a CBD rail link,...

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Businesses Unhappy With Govt

Businesses Unhappy With Govt

Business satisfaction with the Government is low, at just 15%,  according to an MYOB survey of 1000 NZ Busineses. Dissatisfaction has increased markedly, with 38%...

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Govt: Rail ‘Just Nostalgia’

Govt: Rail ‘Just Nostalgia’

Interesting insight into how the government views rail – in reported comments by finance minister Bill English this afternoon. He apparently views rail as...

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Beehive Bins Waikato Petition

Beehive Bins Waikato Petition

Parliament’s transport and industrial relations select committee has effectively binned the CBT petition signed by 11,5000 people calling for a Waikato-Auckland...

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Video: Yes Men Protest

Video: Yes Men Protest

Three well-dressed people, claiming to be pro-mining, clashed with some of the thousands of anti-mining protesters when they marched up Queen St today to protest...

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New KiwiRail Chair Named

New KiwiRail Chair Named

A Wellington company director, John Spencer, replaces Jim Bolger as head of KiwiRail. State Owned Enterprises Minister Simon Power says MrSpencer has “a wealth...

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More Tourists Now Expected for RWC 2011

More Tourists Now Expected for RWC 2011

The prime minister says more tourists than had been expected will come to NZ for next year’s Rugby World Cup. Speaking at the Beehive post-Cabinet news conference...

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Basin Reserve Changes Await Govt Decision

Basin Reserve Changes Await Govt Decision

NZTA has outlined the process of how proposed changes around Wellington’s Basin Reserve will proceed. It says the government will firstly be deciding on plans...

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Auckland’s New Secret-City: North Shore City Worries About Asset Sell-Off

Auckland’s New Secret-City: North Shore City Worries About Asset Sell-Off

North Shore council has joined the chorus of complaints about the Auckland secret-city bill, which includes  details (or the lack of them) about the new Transport...

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John Key Launches First Cycle Trail Project

John Key Launches First Cycle Trail Project

Great news for cyclists. Talk has turned into action. The first New Zealand Cycle Trail project, the Waikato River Trail, has been launched this morning. The prime...

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Fuel for thought

Fuel for thought

Today we might have inched closer to the electric trains we so need. The Government’s 3c national fuel tax comes into effect although – more the pity –...

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Auckland Electric trains By 2013 Becoming An Impossiblity

Auckland Electric trains By 2013 Becoming An Impossiblity

In June Transport Minister Steven Joyce repeated assurances that electric trains would be provided within a 2013 deadline. But how can that be realistic now? It’s...

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Minister Came Through In The End

Minister Came Through In The End

Let’s give credit where credit is due. We’ve been writing off the government’s interest in public transport but today’s announcement is a...

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New trains included in Land Transport Announcement

New trains included in Land Transport Announcement

Further digging of today’s announcements reveals the inclusion of a loan to the ARC for  trains and the money for integrated ticketing. Projects given priority...

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Govt Money For Public Transport Projects Confirmed Amid Big Boost For Roading

Govt Money For Public Transport Projects Confirmed Amid Big Boost For Roading

Phew. Money for various ongoing Auckland rail projects gets confirmed and public transport gets a boost in the record level of investment in land transport announced...

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CBD Tunnel Study Will Test Govt’s Sincerity

CBD Tunnel Study Will Test Govt’s Sincerity

Good to see some progress on the plans for the CBD rail tunnel idea. There’s still no certainty the billion-odd dollars will be found for it but at least today’s...

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New Auckland Transport Agency – ARC furious, roading rejoices

New Auckland Transport Agency – ARC furious, roading rejoices

More reaction in to today’s important confirmation that in the wake of the new super city, we’ll have a new transport agency making decisions for Auckland ...

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Govt confirms electric trains but no big spend up

Govt confirms electric trains but no big spend up

Transport Minister Steven Joyce has finally broken his silence on electrification of Auckland’s rail – confirming the government will make sure this...

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ARC Tries To Flush out Govt On Train Funding

ARC Tries To Flush out Govt On Train Funding

Good on ARC chief Mike Lee for trying to flush out the Government over its disturbing cone of silence about funding for Auckland’s train electrification. As...

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The Government Loves Rail

The Government Loves Rail

How wrong we were. The Government is right behind rail public transport and fully supportive of Auckland’s rail development. Eh?! Did the press get accurate...

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Auckland’s 10 – year Transport Plan is Stuck in The Funding Tunnel

Auckland’s 10 – year Transport Plan is Stuck in The Funding Tunnel

The Government’s obsession with road transport carries over to ARTA’s finally completed 10-year transport plan for Auckland which predictably sees lower...

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Man accused of driving around barrier arms, son dead

Man accused of driving around barrier arms, son dead

Regular readers will know I’m always concerned about the bad driving behaviour I see around railway crossings where people try to beat the barrier arms or...

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Confirmed: Ministry thinks Auck. rail development “risky”

Confirmed: Ministry thinks Auck. rail development “risky”

The truth is finally out and it’s ugly. Papers obtained by Radio New Zealand under the Official Information Act show the transport ministry had “deep...

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Integrated Ticketing: What It Takes To Get Slowly Past The Post

Integrated Ticketing: What It Takes To Get Slowly Past The Post

A  poor man’s integrated ticketing system for Auckland is now on the cards. Just as the Auckland Regional Council was finally approving a tender for such...

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