Archive for: minister of transport

Minister: We’re Committed To Rail

Minister: We’re Committed To Rail

Transport minister Steven Joyce said this morning that the government is committed to a future for rail, but the commitment will need the support of everyone with...

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Harbour Crossing Move

Harbour Crossing Move

The next step has been taken today to progress whether we get another harbour bridge across the Waitemata  – or a tunnel, as Auckland local body leaders collectively...

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Labour: KiwiRail Plan “Miserly”

Labour: KiwiRail Plan “Miserly”

Labour is calling the government’s investment in KiwiRail “miserly.” And other reaction is mixed. Labour MP Darren Hughes says the Government’s “tentative...

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Govt Confirms Fare Increases

Govt Confirms Fare Increases

The Government is providing $7m to meet a shortfall for Metro Rail in the current financial year- but make it clear today it’s pressing ahead with plans to...

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Govt: Rail Helps Oil Shock

Govt: Rail Helps Oil Shock

The government, in announcing today’s KiwiRail turnaround plan, answered questions about how it expects to work and what will be achieved. It defended its...

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ARC Fury Over Joyce

ARC Fury Over Joyce

Anger today at the “discovery” that the government isn’t properly funding Auckland’s rail electrification after all. The government is now...

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Rural Fury

Rural Fury

Anger is growing in rural areas discovering they’re suddenly having their expected roading budget cut because the government is shifting more money from rural...

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Puhoi Critics Myopic

Puhoi Critics Myopic

Transport Minister Steven Joyce turned his guns today on the critics of the Puhoi to Wellsford roading link. He complained that “a few myopic central Aucklanders...

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Rail Can’t Be Charity

Rail Can’t Be Charity

An interesting insight today into the government’s view on Auckland and Wellington’s rail services. So who said this? “In Wellington and Auckland,...

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Auckland Rail’s Big Day -Grafton, Double Tracking Opens – In Photos

Auckland Rail’s Big Day -Grafton, Double Tracking Opens – In Photos

An afternoon to celebrate. Auckland gets a shiny nice-looking Grafton train station, light years in looks away from the old style Auckland train station –...

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Greens Step Up Campaign Against Bigger Trucks

Greens Step Up Campaign Against Bigger Trucks

The Greens is continuing its attack on the government decision to allow bigger longer trucks. It says the taxpayer is already subsidising overweight trucks. The...

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Alarm At Govt Plan To “Commercialise” Public Transport

Alarm At Govt Plan To “Commercialise” Public Transport

Environment Waikato’s regional passenger transport committee has been told of an” initiative” by the Minister of Transport to “examine increased...

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Regional Council Wants Lower Blood Alcohol Level Now

Regional Council Wants Lower Blood Alcohol Level Now

A regional council thinks there’s no need to debate reducing the blood alcohol limit for adults- the government should just do it straight away. The minister...

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Minister Confirms Road Safety Law Moves

Minister Confirms Road Safety Law Moves

Transport minister Steven Joyce today confirmed that planned road safety measures, already mooted including raising the driving age, are on their way to Cabinet...

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Officials Developing State Highway Classification System

Officials Developing State Highway Classification System

NZTA and the transport ministry are developing a “state highway classification system to guide future investment and management of the network.” This will categorise...

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Should New Trains Be Built In NZ?

Should New Trains Be Built In NZ?

Labour is trying to pressure the Government to have Auckand’s new electric trains built in New Zealand. In parliament this afternoon, Labour’s transport...

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Why Is The Govt Riding Out The Super-City Uproar?

Why Is The Govt Riding Out The Super-City Uproar?

None of the big media throng at the late afternoon post-Cabinet news conference at the Beehive asked prime minister, John Key, a question about Auckland’s governance. Not...

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Minister Dampens SuperGold Talk

Minister Dampens SuperGold Talk

The transport minister is damping down talk of  SuperGold card users missing out on public transport trips. He says the government has to look at ways to control...

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Oldies May Lose Free Waiheke Trips

Oldies May Lose Free Waiheke Trips

Oldies may find their free trips on the Waiheke ferry clipped after Steven Joyce’s  review of the free off-peak public transport component of the SuperGold Card. That...

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Cyclists: Steven Joyce Plan has ‘Opened The Door”

Cyclists: Steven Joyce Plan has ‘Opened The Door”

Cycling enthusiasts think  Steven Joyce’s Safer Journeys 10-year plan “opens the door for a united cycling community to work in partnership with policy...

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How Greens Will Improve Road Safety: Drive Less

How Greens Will Improve Road Safety: Drive Less

The Greens today presented their own solution to better road safety – lower urban speed limits and get people to drive less. Commenting on the transport...

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Give Way Rule Change, Tougher Drink Driving Moves On Way

Give Way Rule Change, Tougher Drink Driving Moves On Way

Tougher measures against drink driving and a change to the present right hand give way rule for turning traffic are part of the transport minister’s Safer Journeys...

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Steven, On Your Bike!

Steven, On Your Bike!

Transport minister Steven Joyce says he has a bike but “doesn’t get to ride it as often as he should.” That according to Greens’ bike enthusiast...

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Compensation For Delayed Commuters?

Compensation For Delayed Commuters?

The contentious  issue of compensation for stranded or delayed train commuters is about to get interesting. KiwiRail is now talking about compensation for commuters...

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Drivers’ Licence Fee Changes After $22m Shortfall

Drivers’ Licence Fee Changes After $22m Shortfall

Cabinet plans increases in fees for driver licensing and testing but has decided to throw it open for public consultation before a decision is taken. A paper to...

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