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Spin doctor hiring spree at NZTA out of control

May 13, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government has been on a spin doctor hiring spree, with the number of communications staff at NZTA more than doubling in four years, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Waste of space for cancelled cycle bridge

April 30, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

Transport Minister Michael Wood has been wasting more money on the Auckland cycle bridge despite it being cancelled, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Port investigation should also look at regulations

April 27, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

National Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown welcomes today’s announcement that the Transport Accident Investigation Commission will investigate port safety in New Zealand but says the Government should also look at health and safety regulations.

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Auckland cycle bridge – cancelled, or not?

April 26, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government needs to explain why it has held onto $12 million worth of property acquisitions in Northcote six months after the Auckland cycle bridge was supposedly cancelled last year, says National’s Transport Spokesperson Simeon Brown.

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Half of Labour’s car tax mistakes unresolved

April 12, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

Labour needs to move faster to reimburse over half of the Kiwis who were wrongly taxed when they should have received a rebate under the Clean Car Discount Scheme, National’s Transport Spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Labour’s Car Tax punishing clean car purchasers

April 07, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

Labour’s Car Tax is quickly unravelling with consumers being required to pay tax for cars which should be receiving rebates under the Clean Car Discount Scheme, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Not much to celebrate on Te Huia’s first birthday

April 06, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

The Te Huia train today marks its first birthday with news that it has spent more time off the tracks than on them, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Labour’s car tax is no April Fool’s joke

April 01, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government’s car tax comes into force today, piling on yet another cost for Kiwis facing a cost of living crisis, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Biofuel mandate will only add to rising cost of fuel

March 29, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government’s decision to forge ahead with a biofuel mandate for fuel will only add to the rising cost of fuel, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown and Energy & Resources spokesperson Stuart Smith say.

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Unspent Auckland fuel tax now more than $300m

March 26, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

Over $300 million collected by the regional fuel tax is now sitting idle in the Government’s bank account while Aucklanders remain stuck in traffic, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Still no relief at the pump for truckies

March 21, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

National is calling on the Government to introduce urgent legislation to Parliament to give effect to their promised reductions in Road User Charges following last Monday’s announcement, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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National welcomes Transmission Gully opening

March 17, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

Today’s announcement that Transmission Gully will be open by the end of the month is welcome news for Wellingtonians after years of delays, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Stop the wasteful spending, Minister

March 15, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

Transport Minister Michael Wood is wastefully spending taxpayers’ money on his own pet projects while Kiwis are doing it tough, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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$29b for light rail unjustifiable in cost of living crisis

March 12, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

While New Zealanders are in a cost of living crisis with record inflation, it is unjustifiable and irresponsible for the Government to steam ahead with their plans to build their light rail vanity project, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Labour blocks briefing on Auckland Light Rail

March 10, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

The ‘transparent’ Labour Government has once again blocked a request for a briefing on its light rail business case, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Stop spending money on a ‘cancelled’ cycle bridge

February 21, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

Figures recently released to the National Party under the Official Information Act show that the Government has spent almost $1.5m on the Auckland Cycle Bridge since they ‘cancelled’ the project in October, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Another tax on hard working Kiwis

February 17, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

Another tax is being imposed on hardworking Kiwis with the passage of the Land Transport (Clean Vehicles) Amendment Bill, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Government shady on full cost of light rail

February 10, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government needs to come clean on the full cost of the Auckland light rail plan, with their indicative business case for the project suggesting the cost could blow out by another $10 billion, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Aucklanders to be squeezed by $1,000 per year light rail tax

February 05, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government is trying to help fund their expensive light rail project by imposing a $1,000 per year tax on properties along their proposed light rail corridor, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Government should end costly light rail debacle

January 28, 2022 Share

Simon Bridges

The first promise the Prime Minister made as Labour Leader was to build light rail from Auckland’s CBD to Mt Roskill and four years and over $50 million later, all we have is an ‘option’, National Infrastructure spokesperson Simon Bridges and Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown say.

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Aucklanders being fleeced at petrol pump by Govt

January 27, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

Aucklanders will be angered to learn that despite paying over half a billion dollars in Regional Fuel Tax, less than half of that money has actually been spent on transport projects in our city, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Government failing on road safety targets

January 23, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government is failing to deliver on the agreed targets in the Road Safety Partnership between NZTA and Police, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Wood wasting millions on Hillside rail yards

January 18, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

New Zealanders are fast getting used to Michael Wood’s profligate spending, with $85 million to revive rail workshops in Dunedin just the latest instalment, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says

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New opening date needed for Transmission Gully

December 22, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

Answers are needed from the Government about when Transmission Gully will be open to the public, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Eastern Busway progress welcomed by National

December 18, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

The completion and opening of the Pakuranga to Panmure stage of the Eastern Busway, an important project initiated by the previous National Government, is an exciting milestone for East Aucklanders, Pakuranga MP and National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Labour’s ghost train will cost taxpayers over $100 million before construction even begins

December 16, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

NZTA have confirmed today at an annual review hearing the cost for the Auckland Light Rail project has already passed $50 million spent and that not one metre of track will be built before the next election, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Government adds another cost for motorists

December 15, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government’s biofuel mandate will be another cost that will see motorists paying twice at the pump for carbon emissions, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Minister adding transport costs to inflation bubble

November 11, 2021 Share

David Bennett

The recent National Land Transport Plan includes a $2 billion loan that is a last-minute attempt by the Minister of Transport to balance the books, says National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett.

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Auckland must pull back on parking plans

November 05, 2021 Share

David Bennett

Auckland authorities need to pull back on plans to do away with hundreds of carparks, says National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett.

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Another loop on the roundabout of consultation

November 02, 2021 Share

David Bennett

More plans, more talk, no achievement – the Minister of Transport is stuck in park when it comes to developing New Zealand’s transport infrastructure, says National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett.

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$14 billion for a tram is economic lunacy

October 29, 2021 Share

Judith Collins

The quiet announcement by Minister Michael Wood today that the much awaited trundling tram to the airport will cost $14 billion shows it is nothing but economic lunacy, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins and National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett say.

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Government on track for another announcement

October 28, 2021 Share

David Bennett

Here we go again. Another transport announcement from the Government who are yet to deliver on all of their previous transport announcements, National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Another one bites the dust

October 02, 2021 Share

David Bennett

The final nail has gone into the coffin of the $785 million Auckland Harbour cycling and walking bridge again highlighting the inability of the Labour Government to deliver on transport, National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Even the humble Suzuki Swift can’t escape Labour’s tax

September 23, 2021 Share

David Bennett

Transport Minister Michael Wood needs to urgently clarify who will be exposed to his Car Tax, National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Transmission blackspots will create emergency blackspots

September 20, 2021 Share

David Bennett

The Government must explain exactly what it will do to sort out Transmission Gully’s transmission problems before the expressway opens, says National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett.

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Minister must ditch Clean Vehicle Bill

September 17, 2021 Share

David Bennett

The Motor Industry Association’s withdrawal of support for Labour’s Clean Vehicle Bill is yet more reason for Transport Minister Michael Wood to ditch his car tax plan, National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Business will stall if trucks can’t get moving

September 09, 2021 Share

David Bennett

New Zealand risks grinding to a halt if we can’t ease freight and supply line challenges. We risk a situation where freight can’t get out of our biggest city and certainly can’t get to the South Island, National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Government misses the bus with transport bias

September 08, 2021 Share

David Bennett

The Government’s “flagship” transport plan ignores the opportunities to adopt smart transport solutions while developing a stronger nationwide road network that can help bolster public transport solutions, says National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett.

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Labour’s transport plan doesn’t prioritise economic growth

September 07, 2021 Share

David Bennett

The Government has missed an opportunity to grow the New Zealand economy to help us bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic in its National Land Transport Plan, National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Labour’s failure to plan constraining our economy

September 06, 2021 Share

David Bennett

The Government has had months to plan for a situation where there could be an Alert Level border in the country, like Auckland and the rest of the country, but once again its failed to prepare, National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Treasury wholly opposed to Labour’s Car Tax

August 06, 2021 Share

Michael Woodhouse

Documents released to National reveal Treasury unambiguously told the Finance Minister the Car Tax shouldn’t be implemented, but the Government ploughed ahead with the policy anyway, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse.

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Te Huia train costing taxpayers $24,000 a day

August 05, 2021 Share

Michael Woodhouse

Labour’s grand plan to have a commuter line between Hamilton to Auckland is racking up huge costs at the taxpayer’s expense, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Waka Kotahi heading up the wrong street

July 29, 2021 Share

Barbara Kuriger

Waka Kotahi-NZTA is driving in the wrong direction as motorhomes and horse truck owners scramble to meet new modified cab regulations, says National’s Associate Transport spokesperson Barbara Kuriger.

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Eastern Busway benefits beat cycle bridge

July 08, 2021 Share

Christopher Luxon

Transport Minister Michael Wood’s defence of a $785 million cycle bridge over a vital transport link for 130,000 East Aucklanders shows how backwards his priorities are, National’s Associate Transport spokesperson Christopher Luxon says.

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Car Tax pushing up prices of EVs

June 29, 2021 Share

Michael Woodhouse

Labour’s Car Tax is not only forcing hardworking Kiwis to pay more because they can’t switch to an electric vehicle, but it’s pushing up the prices of electric vehicles too, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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New Zealand’s Transport in disarray under Labour

June 25, 2021 Share

Michael Woodhouse

News that just three months after funding was confirmed in ATAP 2021-2031 the Eastern Busway will now be delayed is just another sign that Labour can’t manage New Zealand’s transport priorities, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Labour’s Car Tax another tax grab

June 24, 2021 Share

Michael Woodhouse

Transport Minister Michael Wood has reluctantly admitted that while he plans to halt his car subsidy if too much money is paid out, he has no similar measure to make sure his policy doesn't turn into a tax grab, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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$12,000 more for a Hilux and emissions won’t drop

June 23, 2021 Share

Michael Woodhouse

Labour is pushing through a second car tax that will see Kiwis have to pay $12,000 more for a hilux in 2025, unfairly punishing those who don’t have the option to switch to an EV, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Cycle bridge has cost taxpayers $30 million already

June 22, 2021 Share

Christopher Luxon

The eye-watering cost of the Waitematā cycle bridge could balloon out even further despite overwhelming public opposition to the project as it stands, National’s Associate Transport spokesperson Christopher Luxon says.

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BCR shows Labour must axe the cycle bridge

June 18, 2021 Share

Michael Woodhouse

I’m calling on the Government to cancel its cycle bridge across the Waitematā Harbour, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Auckland cycle bridge at the cost of regional roads

June 17, 2021 Share

Michael Woodhouse

The Government is forging ahead with an ideological vanity project, in the form of a cycle bridge over Waitematā harbour, at the expense of the day-to-day maintenance of local roads and state highways across the country, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Kiwis should have a say on Labour’s car tax

June 15, 2021 Share

Judith Collins

National is calling on the Labour Government to reopen public consultation on its car tax so the people of New Zealand can have their say, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Labour’s car tax will unfairly punish New Zealanders

June 13, 2021 Share

Michael Woodhouse

The Government’s car tax will unfairly punish Kiwis who don’t have the option right now of switching to an electric vehicle, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Second harbour crossing – do it once, do it right

June 04, 2021 Share

Michael Woodhouse

When it comes to building a second harbour crossing, we should be doing it once and we should be doing it right, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Labour is obsessed with pushing Kiwis out of cars

May 14, 2021 Share

Michael Woodhouse

Labour is far too focused on pushing people out of cars and isn’t taking into account that private vehicles will always be used by Kiwis, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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$35 million for a train that hasn’t left the station

May 12, 2021 Share

Michael Woodhouse

Since 2017 the Government has wasted $35 million of taxpayer money on light rail and has nothing to show for it, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Rail investment putting safety improvements at risk

May 06, 2021 Share

Michael Woodhouse

The Government is putting regional roading projects and important safety improvements across the country at risk by raiding the National Land Transport Fund to invest more in rail, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Labour will say anything to get elected

April 28, 2021 Share

Michael Woodhouse

Labour walking back its commitment to transport projects across the country is further proof it will say anything to get elected, but won’t actually deliver it, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Aucklanders deserve a fuel tax refund

March 31, 2021 Share

Michael Woodhouse

Labour has once again announced a future announcement, this time for light rail, after wasting almost four years on the project, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse.

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Skypath funding should be re-prioritised

March 22, 2021 Share

Michael Woodhouse

With Skypath looking dead in the water, some of the $240 million set aside for it in ATAP should be redirected towards detailed design, planning and other preparatory work for a second harbour crossing.

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Harbour crossing should be a priority, not an afterthought

March 12, 2021 Share

Michael Woodhouse

The Government’s lack of urgency with a second harbour crossing for Auckland shows how misguided it is when it comes to the needs of the city and New Zealand’s economy.

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Roadside drug testing delayed again

February 26, 2021 Share

Dr Nick Smith

More New Zealand lives will be lost due to drug impaired drivers as a result of the Government’s decision to further delay the introduction of roadside drug testing, National MP Dr Nick Smith says.

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Labour goes from ‘Let’s Do This’ to ‘Let’s Start Again’

February 25, 2021 Share

Michael Woodhouse

The future of Auckland’s light rail looks bleak after the new Transport Minister confirmed the Government has basically gone back to the drawing board on a project that was supposed to be delivered this year, National’s Transport Spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Let’s Get Wellington Moving stalled at the station

February 12, 2021 Share

Michael Woodhouse

After much excitement that Let’s Get Wellington Moving was finally on the move, Wellingtonians will be rightly disappointed that the Independent Review has recommended the plan go back to the drawing board, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Light rail debacle stains NZ’s business reputation

November 27, 2020 Share

Michael Woodhouse

The Auditor-General has confirmed what the National Party has long believed – that the Government’s handling of Auckland’s light rail was ham-fisted, risky and probably in breach of procurement rules

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