Releases

Transport
Fri 24 Mar 2017
Transport Minister Simon Bridges has today welcomed a significant decision for Auckland’s future mass transit corridor between Auckland city and the airport. “Route protection will now begin to provide a mass transit corridor between the airport and Auckland city,” Mr Bridges says. “This is a significant step for Auckland and will secure better transport options for both Aucklanders and visitors to the city.” ...
Transport
Mon 20 Mar 2017
More than 3,000 electric vehicles (EVs) are now registered in New Zealand, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says. “I am delighted with the number of EV registrations we are now seeing. This year there has been 517 EV registrations bringing the total number of EVs in New Zealand to 3005. With nine months to go we are already half way to achieving our 2017 target,” Mr Bridges says. ...
Transport
Fri 17 Mar 2017
Transport Minister Simon Bridges says a significant milestone has been reached in the effort to restore the coastal road and rail corridor north of Kaikoura. Work commenced this week at Ohau Point, the site of one of the largest of slips which came down in the November 14 earthquake. “The slip at Ohau Point is one of the biggest and most complex of the 10 major slips north of Kaikoura,” Mr Bridges says. “Helicopter sluicing crews and specialist abseilers have been working long hours for several weeks to clear loose material from the site. ...
Transport
Wed 15 Mar 2017
New Zealand will benefit from a number of new air services agreements that will allow greater connectivity between New Zealand and the rest of the world, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says. Cabinet has recently approved the signing of four new air services agreements with Kenya, Botswana, the Dominican Republic and Guyana and an amended agreement with Italy. “These agreements will further enhance New Zealand’s international air connectivity between Africa and the Americas, bringing both trade and tourism benefits. ...
Transport
Wed 15 Mar 2017
New Zealand has signed an air services agreement with Colombia, Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced today. The agreement provides opportunities for code-sharing between each nation’s airlines. Under the new arrangements, New Zealand and Colombian airlines may operate up to 14 passenger services per week, with no limits on the number of cargo services. ...
Transport
Tue 14 Mar 2017
Transport Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed today’s announcement by the NZ Transport Agency to include a bypass of the Katikati town centre in the State Highway 2 Waihi to Tauranga programme.    Following the Government’s announcement of the $520 million Waihi to Tauranga programme in April last year, the Transport Agency has undertaken further investigations to develop detailed solutions along the corridor. An assessment of the Katikati town centre concluded that a bypass should be added to the programme.   ...
Transport
Wed 8 Mar 2017
Transport Minister Simon Bridges says work is ramping up on a $60 million investment programme to upgrade the alternate state highway route between Picton and Christchurch while the reconstruction of State Highway 1 through Kaikoura is underway. ”The Government’s investment in the alternate route includes a range of road improvements to make the route safer and more resilient,” Mr Bridges says. ...
Transport
Fri 3 Mar 2017
Transport Minister Simon Bridges has announced that the NZ Transport Agency is working to ensure significant improvements to a section of State Highway 1 between Whangarei and Port Marsden Highway are completed as quickly as possible, with construction planned to start by 2019. ...
Transport
Fri 3 Mar 2017
Transport Minister Simon Bridges says transport infrastructure continues to be a priority in Northland as the region marked the start of two new transport projects and celebrated the completion of more today. The Minister turned the sod for Whāngārei’s newest Urban Cycleway, the $6.6m Kamo Shared Path, a 6km path that will connect areas north of the city with the Whāngārei CBD, Tai Tokerau Auckland University Campus and links to key recreational areas such as Kensington Park. ...
Transport
Thu 2 Mar 2017
Transport Minister Simon Bridges says new barriers along a section of State Highway 1 in the Auckland suburb of Ellerslie will help to reduce noise for those living near the motorway. The NZ Transport Agency plans to begin construction of the sound barriers on its land adjacent to the motorway by the middle of this year. ...
Transport
Tue 28 Feb 2017
Transport Minister Simon Bridges has announced that the Government will work with local stakeholders to identify and prioritise transport initiatives to help boost economic growth in Gisborne. The announcement was made at the release of the Tairāwhiti Economic Action Plan in Gisborne today. “The Integrated Transport Priority Plan will provide an opportunity for the region to help shape the transport network and find solutions to meet the needs of local customers, businesses, such as the forestry sector, and tourists,” says Mr Bridges. ...
Transport
Fri 24 Feb 2017
Transport Minister Simon Bridges today opened a new section of State Highway 3 north of Normanby that will improve both capacity and safety on a critically important route for the Taranaki region. The $17.6 million project was identified as a priority in the 2012-2015 Regional Land Transport Programme for Taranaki. It was also included in the Government’s Accelerated Regional Roading Package which makes significant funding available to a number of regionally important State Highway projects. ...