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5 February, 2016

Waterview Shared Path construction underway

Construction on Auckland’s $25 million Waterview Shared Path is now underway, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

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27 January, 2016

$115m to accelerate regional roading projects

Prime Minister John Key today announced funding of up to $115 million to accelerate regionally significant roading projects in Taranaki, Gisborne and  Marlborough, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

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27 January, 2016

Govt works to bring forward East-West Connection

The Government today announced its intention to streamline the consent process for the East-West Connection roading project in Auckland in order to bring forward its construction.

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27 January, 2016

Government to move forward on City Rail Link

The Government will work with Auckland Council to bring forward the start date of the City Rail Link (CRL), Associate Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced today.

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22 January, 2016

Record numbers of people switching electricity retailers

Last year saw the highest number of people switch electricity retailers since 2011, says Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges.

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20 January, 2016

New Wellington to Singapore service welcomed

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the launch of a new international air service out of Wellington is a significant development for Wellington Airport.

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20 January, 2016

Flag choices to fly on Auckland Harbour Bridge

Ministers Bill English and Simon Bridges have announced that the proposed alternative Silver Fern (Black, White and Blue) flag will fly alongside the current New Zealand flag on the Auckland Harbour Bridge from Friday 22 January.

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16 December, 2015

Block Offer 2015 Permit Awards

Good morning. It’s my pleasure to host you in Parliament for this morning’s Block Offer awards for 2015.

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16 December, 2015

Govt awards new permits in Taranaki Basin

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the award of nine new oil and gas exploration permits for Block Offer 2015.

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15 December, 2015

Minister opens Cambridge section of $2.1 billion Waikato Expressway

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today cut the ribbon opening the Cambridge section of the $2.1 billion Waikato Expressway.

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14 December, 2015

Small passenger service consultation paper released

Transport Ministers today released a consultation paper that looks at options for new rules for passenger services such as taxis, private hires, shuttles, and ridesharing.

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8 December, 2015

New Zealand joins Global Geothermal Alliance

New Zealand is the newest member of the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA), Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges announced overnight in Paris.

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4 December, 2015

Minister to attend Paris climate change conference

Associate Climate Change Issues Minister Simon Bridges will tomorrow travel to Paris, France to take part in the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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3 December, 2015

Minister opens world class urban cycleway

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today opened the Nelson Street Cycleway in Auckland, which is the city’s newest and most anticipated urban cycleway.

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1 December, 2015

Construction starts on new Kawarau Falls Bridge near Queenstown

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today turned the first sod on construction of the new $22 million Kawarau Falls Bridge on State highway 6 at Frankton near Queenstown.

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26 November, 2015

Inquiry highlights lessons from Penrose outage

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed the Electricity Authority’s report on the October 2014 outage at Penrose substation in Auckland.

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26 November, 2015

Start of aeromagnetic survey programme

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has announced that the Government’s latest programme of aeromagnetic surveys will begin soon in Nelson and Marlborough.

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25 November, 2015

Caversham Valley improvements deliver safer journeys for Otago

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today opened the second and final stage of the Government’s $45 million Caversham Highway Improvement project in Dunedin.

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24 November, 2015

Minister welcomes start of $102m transport project in Tauranga

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today welcomed news that work is set to start on the multi-million dollar Baypark to Bayfair roading project in Tauranga that will boost the Bay of Plenty’s economy and improve road safety.

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20 November, 2015

Major milestone for Waikato Expressway

Transport Minister Simon Bridges welcomes news that work on the final Hamilton section of the $2.1 billion Waikato Expressway will start in 2016, following the announcement of the successful tenderer today.

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13 November, 2015

Minister welcomes major upgrade of Otahuhu Station

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says a major upgrade of the Otahuhu Station will provide better bus and rail connections to support the roll-out of a new public transport network for south Auckland.

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12 November, 2015

EECA Board appointments

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has reappointed Tom Campbell as Chair of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), reappointed Elena Trout, and appointed Hon Phil Heatley as Members of the Authority. All three appointments are for three years, effective from 1 February 2016.

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12 November, 2015

Minister announces Transport reappointments

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today announced the reappointment of members to the boards of the NZ Transport Agency and Maritime New Zealand.

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11 November, 2015

Airline alliance better connects NZ and USA

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today announced he has authorised an alliance between Qantas and American Airlines, which is expected to result in lower fares and more choice for passengers travelling between New Zealand and the USA.

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5 November, 2015

New Haywards Interchange a milestone for Wellington

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the start of construction of the Haywards Interchange project is an important milestone for the Wellington region.

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21 October, 2015

Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive urban cycleway begins

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has turned the first sod of a major urban cycleway that will connect Auckland’s eastern suburbs with the city centre. The Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path is a key project in the Government’s Urban Cycleways Programme which, once completed in 2018, will allow people to walk, run or cycle from the east to the harbour and city centre.

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21 October, 2015

Southern Corridor Improvements project gets underway

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has turned the sod for the next of the Government's Accelerated Transport Infrastructure Improvements projects being built in Auckland, the Southern Corridor Improvements Project.

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21 October, 2015

New online tool demystifies cost of EVs

An online tool aimed at demystifying the cost of running an electric vehicle (EV) has been officially launched by Transport and Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges this morning.

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21 October, 2015

Opportunities to cut NZ’s road transport emissions

Transitioning to a low carbon economy and making the most of technology are significant themes in both my energy and transport portfolios.

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21 October, 2015

The road ahead for transport fuels and fleets – driving New Zealand's economic growth

Good morning everyone, and thanks for the opportunity to present to you today. I’d like to start by talking a little about the role Government plays in ensuring the safe, efficient and reliable supply of transport fuels, minimising barriers to competition, and promoting a competitive market. Of course, environmental outcomes are also very important.

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