The government announced a key step towards fulfilment of one of its coalition agreement promises, committing $500,000 for a study into the potential to upgrade and expand rail services north of Auckland, including a new spur line to connect Whangarei's Northport to the rail system.
The possibility of rejuvenating the rail line north of Auckland will be investigated as part of the latest tranche of announcements from the Provincial Growth Fund.
The Government is looking to institute a tourist levy on international visitors by Budget 2019, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Labour promised the levy before the election.
A New Zealand First MP has been accused of threatening to withhold government funding from a regional project unless the Opposition agreed not to ask questions about it in Parliament.
The Provincial Growth Fund will spend $1 billion a year on projects in the regions and could provide serious growth to neglected parts of the country. But the process and speed at which the fund is moving could mean some of the most crucial projects miss out. Thomas Coughlan reports.