Videos: Steven Joyce - Good Transport Boosts Auckland, Keeps Young People In NZ


Transport Minister Steven Joyce says improving Auckland’s transport is good for Auckland’s economy.

Transport Minister Steven Joyce addresses the opening of the new Grafton train station

Addressing the official opening of the new Grafton train station, he says major Infrastructure improvements boost the economy and also help motivate younger people to stay living and working in New Zealand:

The minister told this afternoon’s gathering that new train stations like the one he was opening, were part of the integrated transport solutions his government was providing with considerable expenditure and his philosophy was that it was important to get on with it:

Auckland’s big rail day in photos

Steven Joyce unveils plaque

Station looks stunning

Various speeches

Mike Lee’s speech

Goodbye Boston Rd train station , Hello World class Newmarket -are railway stations

Videos and photos: First commuter train arrives at Grafton train station




  1. Matt L says:

    So he just snuck $500 mil past cabinet. I wonder how much he can sneak past them for a CBD tunnel ;-)

  2. jarbury says:

    So Mr Steven “I actually like trains after all” Joyce, what NEW rail projects have you announced for Auckland?


  3. Sarah says:

    The minister doesn’t have to like trains and probably doesn’t.
    His argument is we need a balance in the city of transport options -he uses those words - and that includes in a car obsessed city, public transport.
    Labour never completed delivering our electric train system. This minister has including ‘sneaking past’ millions of dollars of rolling stock.
    Let’s give him credit and thanks for once

  4. Jeremy Harris says:

    @Sarah Auckland isn’t a car obsessed city in fact our history is one of world leading PT up until 1954 and a public that had consistently voted for pro-PT politicians, polls consistently show Aucklanders crave alternatives to the car and have done for decades, we are of course a city with car obsessed transport planners who forced the master transportation plan of 1955 on us and conspired to not allow it to be an election in 1954…
    Labour didn’t complete the electrification but the planned it, started it and budgeted for the construction, it would have been hard for National to stop it even if there wouldn’t have been any fall out… If politics was a fair business Cullen and King would be opening this station just as Winston Peters should have opened that bridge in Tauranga a few months back (it was Simon Bridges) but politics doesn’t work that way…
    Next months budget will be a true indication of Joyce’s intention methinks, I shall reserve my judgement of whether his attitude to rail based transport has changed much till then…

  5. Jeremy Harris says:

    *election issue in 1954

  6. JX says:

    I have growing admiration for Steven Joyce - one of Jon C’s posts on Grafton mentioned Joyce saying his philosophy is “just get on with the job!” and that is exactly what he is doing.

  7. max says:

    Well, as Jeremy said - if “getting on with the job” means doing the wrong job, that won’t help. I agree that Joyce seems to be an effective minister, from what I can tell.

  8. Matt L says:

    He definitely seems to be effective, just imagine what Auckland would be like if he were to focus all his transport efforts on PT projects in the region, we wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves.

    While all of the projects he is opening are things that were in the works before National came on board (including electrification), I do hope it is starting to rub off on him and he gets the urge to open more stations and as such funds some new lines like the CBD tunnel and the airport line.

    At this stage I would be pretty happy if he put a study in place to designate the Airport line, even happier if he also got a Howick line designated. If he got the tunnel and airport lines built give him a knighthood. Lastly if he got the Tunnel, airport, Howick and North Shore lines built name the tunnel after him.

  9. Jeremy Harris says:

    No one is building Howick until we get the RLTS changed, it is currently designated as a busway…

    I know if Len Brown is elected he will be pushing for a rail designation for the Airport quickly…

  10. Ian says:

    The facts speak for themselves. The Nats are no more than finishing (reluctantly it would seem) what Labour started. The roll out of the new system includes locos to haul around the old push pulls. A little lip service to the CBD tunnel and a shitload of money for roads up and down the country. I’m happy to be proved wrong on this.


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