The New Zealand Transport Agency says a rise in truck movements linked to economic growth and an ageing car fleet were factors in a 50 percent rise in the road toll in the last five years.
New Housing and Transport Minister Phil Twyford tells Bernard Hickey the Government has big plans to change the way Auckland's multi-billion dollar light rail projects will be paid for -- by motorists and property developers.
Bill English used his first trip out of Wellington as Prime Minister to visit affected communities along the Kaikoura Coast yesterday, including at Kekerengu on the coast between Kaikoura and Ward, but his welcome was far from friendly or honeymoon-like.
The shock of the Hanmer earthquake continues to roll through the political economy in Wellington -- sometimes literally.
Over 1,200 tourists and residents are now stranded in a wrecked and cut-off Kaikoura. HMS Canterbury is now on its way from Devonport to Kaikoura via Lyttelton to re-supply and support Kaikoura, while helicopters are expected to fly up to 200 people out of the town today, weather permitting.
Treasury's OIA document dump yesterday on the Housing Infrastructure Fund revealed how Treasury and the Government scrambled over 33 days to come up with a NZ$1 billion fund in time for John Key's July 3 speech to the National Party's annual conference in Christchurch.
For the convenience of email subscribers, here's my weekend column asking why the Government is over-spending on motorways when new technologies could render them white elephants.
The Green Party has proposed a complete revamp of central Government transport spending that would see motorways receive NZ$11.4 billion less and public transport, cycling and walking receive NZ$11.3 billion more over the ten years to 2025.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Monday morning, including National's plan to spend NZ$212 million on roads and bridges in regional areas.
Prime Minister John Key has questioned suggestions that housing is much less affordable for first home buyers than when he bought his first home in 1986/7, saying there were over 2,000 houses for sale on Trade Me in Auckland for less than NZ$400,000 each.