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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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24 June, 2015

Rebuilding transport links priority for Govt

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says he has tasked his agencies with putting all available resources into the repair and reinstatement of the lower North Island’s storm-damaged transport networks.

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17 June, 2015

Govt welcomes progress on important transport link

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says a project critical to supporting freight movements in Auckland has taken another step forward today.

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16 June, 2015

Ministers welcome International Energy Agency report

Climate Change Issues Minister Tim Groser and Energy and Resources Minister, Simon Bridges, today welcomed an International Energy Agency (IEA) report on energy and climate change. Minister Groser is special adviser on climate change to the International Energy Agency.

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5 June, 2015

Minister welcomes Maui consent

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed a marine consent that will allow continued activity on the Maui gas field.

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3 June, 2015

Budget 2015: Funding boost enhances weather forecasting

An operating funding increase that will grow to just over $5 million a year by 2018/19 will allow MetService to become more resilient, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say.

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2 June, 2015

Welcome progress on Auckland bus network

Transport Minister, Simon Bridges, says the completion of a bus lane in northern Auckland marks a milestone in addressing congestion in the country’s largest city.

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29 May, 2015

Closer ties with Greece through new agreement

An agreement signed by Transport Minister Simon Bridges at an international conference paves the way for easier and more affordable travel between New Zealand and Greece.

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29 May, 2015

Opening address to the International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany

It is a privilege to be here as the Minister representing the Presidency country, New Zealand. I would like to acknowledge France as last year’s Presidency country, and also recognise Denmark as the Presidency country for 2016.

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27 May, 2015

Pūhoi – Warkworth highway moves closer

The construction of the Pūhoi - Warkworth Highway that will connect Northland and Auckland has moved a step closer, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

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24 May, 2015

Summit strengthens transport, trade and tourism links

New Zealand’s global connections will be strengthened by its Presidency of the International Transport Forum (ITF) in Germany this week Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

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21 May, 2015

Budget invests $249m extra in transport priorities

The Government is delivering on its transport priorities by providing an additional $248.9 million for key transport projects over the next four years, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

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20 May, 2015

Better Philippines air connections set to fly

Transport Minister, Simon Bridges, says the first air service between the Philippines and New Zealand will provide a valuable connection for tourists and trade in both directions.

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17 May, 2015

Minister promoting NZ at international conference

The Energy and Resources Minister, Simon Bridges, is travelling to Melbourne today to promote New Zealand as an exploration destination to some of the world’s largest petroleum companies.

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14 May, 2015

New lanes to improve safety, support growth

The Transport Minister, Simon Bridges, says improvements to State Highway 35 north of Gisborne will make journeys safer, while supporting economic growth.

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13 May, 2015

Last section of Western Corridor underway

Work on the last section of the Western Corridor in Christchurch is underway with the Transport Minister, Simon Bridges, turning the first sod of the $122 million project today.

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4 May, 2015

Work to improve West Coast link underway

Work is being done to improve a section of road vital for linking the South Island’s West Coast with Christchurch, says Transport Minister Simon Bridges.

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1 May, 2015

Minister impressed by Southland’s efficiency initiatives

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says Southland is fast becoming a hub for the nation’s energy efficiency activities and he believes this can play a vital role in growing Southland’s economy, with benefits for the rest of New Zealand.

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28 April, 2015

Urban cycleways a clear priority for councils

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says applications have been flooding in for the $90 million remaining in the Government’s Urban Cycleways Programme.

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24 April, 2015

Minister welcomes Air NZ announcement

Transport Minister Simon Bridges is welcoming Air New Zealand’s news that the Christchurch Engine Centre will be one of the first facilities in the world capable of dealing with new generation aircraft engines.

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20 April, 2015

NZ’s Renewable Advantage, WGC Opening Address

Good morning and welcome to the World Geothermal Congress. It is a real pleasure to be here and I’m sure that, like me, you are all looking forward to a fascinating few days.

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19 April, 2015

Minister to promote NZ’s renewable advantage

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges will be promoting New Zealand’s world-leading renewable energy expertise at an international conference in Melbourne this week.

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16 April, 2015

$112M Gateway to Christchurch underway

Transport Minister Simon Bridges joined the Prime Minister today in turning the first sod for Christchurch’s $112 million gateway roading project that will provide better, safer links throughout greater Christchurch.

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31 March, 2015

New agreements strengthen global links

The approval of 10 new and amended air services agreements, or arrangements, will strengthen global links for Kiwi travellers and businesses, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

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30 March, 2015

Block Offer 2015 release

Over the last couple of years we’ve been hearing a lot about the idea of an 'energy trilemma'. As the World Energy Council puts it, we need to balance the tensions between the need for energy security, society’s need for accessible and affordable energy, and the need for environmental sustainability.

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30 March, 2015

Oil and Gas Block Offer 2015 announced

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has launched Block Offer 2015, the annual tender for oil and gas exploration permits.

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26 March, 2015

Significant rise in renewable electricity

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says new figures showing renewable energy contributed almost 80 percent of New Zealand’s electricity generation last year are very encouraging.

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19 March, 2015

Better air services with Viet Nam to come

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has today signed a protocol to amend an air services agreement between New Zealand and Viet Nam, creating enhanced services between the two countries.

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