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1 September, 2015

Air New Zealand – Air China alliance authorised

A new strategic alliance between Air New Zealand and Air China will make New Zealand a more attractive destination for Chinese travellers, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

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1 September, 2015

Key to unlocking Tauranga congestion underway

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has turned the first sod on the $45 million Maungatapu underpass project in Tauranga today, bringing the $100 million Hairini Link one step closer to completion.

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31 August, 2015

Regional airline competition welcomed

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have this morning welcomed increased competition in the regional aviation market.

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28 August, 2015

Minister opens South Island’s first Urban Cycleways

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has opened the first South Island cycleways to be funded by the Government’s Urban Cycleways Programme in Christchurch today.

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28 August, 2015

Road Transport Forum 2015

Good afternoon and thank you for having me here - it is great to have the opportunity to speak to you today, my first such opportunity as Transport Minister.

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28 August, 2015

Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway begins

Construction of the Huntly section of the $2.1 billion Waikato Expressway has begun with Transport Minister, Simon Bridges, turning the first sod today.

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27 August, 2015

Terms of Reference agreed for Auckland

The Government has today signed a Terms of Reference with Auckland Council, setting out how central and local government will work together to agree on an approach to develop the city’s transport system.

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26 August, 2015

Free weather forecasts for recreational pilots

Recreational pilots now have access to specialised weather forecasts free-of-charge, Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss says.

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25 August, 2015

Air NZ & Cathay Pacific alliance reauthorised

The extension of a strategic alliance between Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific will result in more benefits to travellers than would otherwise have been the case, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

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21 August, 2015

Final section of Western Ring Route a boost for public transport

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says plans for the northern-most link of Auckland’s Western Ring Route reflect the Government’s commitment to improving public transport in our biggest city.

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20 August, 2015

Stronger air services between NZ and Cambodia

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the signing of an open skies air services agreement with Cambodia will provide improved air links between our two countries.

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20 August, 2015

Foss welcomes reduction in licence wait times

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is welcoming a significant reduction in wait times for sitting the restricted and full driver licence tests.

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18 August, 2015

Foss welcomes in-flight support for road safety

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is welcoming two new in-flight initiatives to help international visitors keep themselves and others safe on New Zealand roads.

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10 August, 2015

New Code of Practice will help visiting drivers

The finalised Code of Practice for rental vehicle companies is yet another tool to help ensure visiting drivers have all the information necessary to help keep themselves and others safe on our roads, Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss says.

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10 August, 2015

Rail Safety Week 2015 launched

Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say the launch of the ninth annual Rail Safety Week is a timely reminder to stay alert around trains, tracks and level crossings.

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6 August, 2015

Minister thanks CEO for outstanding contribution

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has acknowledged the outstanding contribution Geoff Dangerfield has made to the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), following his resignation as Chief Executive today.

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3 August, 2015

Appointments to the Transport Accident Investigation Commission

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has made three appointments to the Board of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) that he says will boost the organisation’s ability to carry out complex investigations.

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31 July, 2015

New Metroport Christchurch brings healthy competition

The opening of the new Metroport Christchurch will drive competition and innovation between ports in Canterbury, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

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30 July, 2015

Road to bring Bay of Plenty closer together

The Bay of Plenty’s biggest roading project ever, the $455 million Tauranga Eastern Link (TEL), has been officially opened by Prime Minister John Key and Transport Minister Simon Bridges today.

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28 July, 2015

New initiative to improve overseas driver safety

A new online training module will help ensure visiting drivers stay safe on New Zealand roads, Ministers Paula Bennett and Craig Foss say.

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23 July, 2015

New world-class framework for UAVs

New rules on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will enable innovation and put New Zealand at the forefront of regulating a rapidly evolving industry, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say.

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22 July, 2015

Minister announces appointments to boards

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says he is pleased to announce appointments to two transport-related boards.

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21 July, 2015

Road safety measures confirmed

Local Government Minister Paula Bennett and Transport Minister Simon Bridges are clarifying the power that local councils and other road controlling authorities (RCAs) have to set speed limits through their bylaws.

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9 July, 2015

Low volume vehicle review welcomed

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is welcoming a review of the certification process for vehicles built from scratch or modified for a specialised purpose.

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6 July, 2015

Minister to promote NZ as ITS test-bed

Transport Minister Simon Bridges will promote New Zealand as a test bed for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and new investments through a range of meetings in the USA and Japan this week.

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2 July, 2015

Minister opens first Urban Cycleways-funded project

The first cycleway to be funded by the Government’s Urban Cycleways Programme has been opened by Transport Minister Simon Bridges today.

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1 July, 2015

ESC now mandatory for many new vehicles

Mandatory electronic stability control (ESC) for a range of new vehicles will help prevent deaths and serious injuries on our roads, Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss says.

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30 June, 2015

Government delivering on transport commitments

Today’s release of the National Land Transport Programme for 2015-18 is a strong statement of Government commitment to regional New Zealand, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

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30 June, 2015

Minister welcomes record transport investment

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed the release of the largest National Land Transport Programme in New Zealand’s history.

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25 June, 2015

Govt delivers $333 million urban cycleways

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has today announced a $333 million cycleways investment that he says will change the face of cycling in New Zealand.

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