Transport Minister Phil Twyford argues against the idea that his new transport policy is only about rail and against roads. He says it's about having it all.
A recall of 50,000 vehicles with faulty airbags has been ordered by the Government.
The coalition Government just made its politically riskiest move since its formation nearly six months ago. It announced a surprise tax hike that will make provincial drivers help pay for new rail tracks in Auckland, writes Bernard Hickey.
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.