The Government’s War on Auckland

The government has launched a war against Auckland, seemingly determined to take away the city’s choice for how our transport network is built and funded. Combined with other recent decisions, this will leave Aucklanders with less choice in how we get around, more congestion, higher emissions with higher numbers death and serious injuries than we should have.…
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The climate will (continue to) deliver its own advice

Yesterday the Climate Change Commission released their final advice for the government’s second Emission Reduction Plan which will run from 2026 to 2030. Notably they titled the release: Government policies must add up to achieve climate goals While the Commission’s analysis shows the country has made progress, it is not on track to meet its climate goals for the end of this decade.…
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Labour’s 2023 Election Transport Policy

A few weeks ago, the government released the a draft of their next Government Policy Statement (GPS) on land transport for consultation, though it also effectively doubles as Labour’s transport policy for the election. The Ministry of Transport explain the purpose of the GPS as: The GPS is the Government’s strategy for investing in the land transport system.…
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National’s 2023 Transport Policy

On Monday, National launched its transport policy for the upcoming election, showing that at least National have learnt how to recycle, with the policy largely recycled from their 2020 campaign, which itself was mostly recycled from 2017. As expected, the policy is almost all about building lots of big roads, once again using the Roads of National Significance (RoNS) name.…
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Fares and Fuel to go back up

In March last year, shortly after Russia launched its horrific invasion of Ukraine, the government cut fuel taxes, road user charges and public transport fares “as part of a cost of living package“. PT fares were halved while fuel taxes dropped by 25 cents per litre (almost 29 cents once you include GST) and initially were only meant to last for three months.…
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Auckland’s Future Transport Projects Consultation

Mayor Wayne Brown has regularly called for “a joined-up, comprehensive transport plan, written by Aucklanders“. Earlier this year it was covered in a council agenda item and titled the Auckland Integrated Transport Plan. The Minister of Transport and the Mayor have agreed on the need for a broader plan to futureproof Auckland with a high-quality, joined-up transport system, which more closely integrates decision-making on cars, buses, trains, ferries, cyclists, pedestrians, freight and passenger rail and light rail.…
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