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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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18 March, 2015

Safer journeys a step closer for Northland drivers

Work to improve the safety standard of a dangerous section of road in Northland has begun as part of a nationwide programme to improve regional roads.

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16 March, 2015

New Waitemata Harbour crossing future-proofed

Minister of Transport, Simon Bridges, has taken steps to future-proof the route for an additional Waitemata Harbour crossing in view of the rapid growth Auckland is set to undergo in the next 20 years.

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10 March, 2015

Funding for LED road lighting conversion accelerated

Urban streets will soon be lined with safer, cheaper, more efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lighting thanks to an accelerated funding model, Transport and Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says.

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10 March, 2015

$1B go-ahead for Waikato Expressway

The approval of over a billion dollars in spending on a major trade route through the Waikato shows the Government’s commitment to unlocking New Zealand’s potential for economic growth Transport Minister, Simon Bridges says.

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6 March, 2015

NZ encouraged to follow Northland lead

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says Northland is leading the charge in capitalising on its abundant energy resources and hopes the rest of the country will be encouraged to follow its example.

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5 March, 2015

Deadly Taranaki bridge to be rebuilt

Government funding has accelerated the reconstruction of an historically dangerous bridge in South Taranaki.

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4 March, 2015

Speech to Downstream Conference 2015

It’s great to be back at this conference and to be New Zealand’s Energy Minister for a third year.

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20 February, 2015

$146 million roading project underway in Auckland

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has today turned the first sod of a $146 million dollar roading project that will better link the Auckland International Airport and the greater Auckland area.

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18 February, 2015

Bill to safeguard oil supply passed

Energy Minister Simon Bridges says a new Bill passed last night will help safeguard the security of New Zealand’s oil supplies.

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17 February, 2015

Stricter laws for repossession agents

Associate Minister of Justice Simon Bridges and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith have today announced strict new laws that will better protect the public from repossession agents engaging in unscrupulous practises.

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11 February, 2015

Electricity retailers bring welcome competition

Energy and Resources Minister, Simon Bridges, says a concerted effort from the Government to increase competition in the electricity sector is paying off for consumers.

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11 February, 2015

Changes to Transport Accident Investigation Commission

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has announced changes to the make-up of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC).

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30 January, 2015

First set of Urban Cycleways projects announced

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today announced the first $37 million worth of cycleway projects to be rolled out across the country as part of the Government’s Urban Cycleways Programme.

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29 January, 2015

Safer journeys a step closer in Taranaki

Work is set to ramp up on the long-awaited Normanby Overbridge Realignment project, which will vastly improve the safety of State Highway 3 between Hawera and Eltham in Taranaki.

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18 December, 2014

Govt confirms $38.7 billion investment in land transport

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today confirmed the Government will invest $38.7 billion in New Zealand’s land transport system over the next ten years, with regional networks, public transport, cycleways and road maintenance to benefit.

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9 December, 2014

Block Offer 2014 Permit Awards

We are here today because New Zealand has a petroleum potential that needs to be better understood.

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9 December, 2014

Govt awards 15 new oil and gas permits

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the award of 15 new oil and gas exploration permits as a result of Block Offer 2014.

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4 December, 2014

Minister visits construction of Kapiti Expressway

Transport Minister Simon Bridges was today joined by Hon Nathan Guy, MP for Ōtaki, and project staff to mark the one year anniversary of construction starting on the MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway on the Kapiti Coast, north of Wellington.

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4 December, 2014

Govt continuing to support data acquisition

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says the Government’s planned investment of $8 million to acquire new aeromagnetic and petroleum data will greatly contribute to our understanding of geological prospectivity in New Zealand.

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2 December, 2014

Ten year anniversary for Gas Industry Company

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has congratulated the Gas Industry Company (GIC) on ten years of successful operation as a regulator in the downstream gas sector in New Zealand.

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2 December, 2014

Minister welcomes oil announcement

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed the news that a new oil well has gone into production in Taranaki.

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1 December, 2014

Minister takes up last opportunity to see Alice

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today took one of the last opportunities to visit Alice, the world’s tenth largest tunnel boring machine, that is building the twin road tunnels at Waterview, and will soon disappear back underground to complete the second tunnel.

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25 November, 2014

Doubling of flights between NZ and China

Flights between New Zealand and China are set to double under amended air services arrangements, says Transport Minister Simon Bridges.

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14 November, 2014

Oil and gas Block Offer 2015 consultation begins

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the start of the Block Offer 2015 process for awarding oil and gas exploration permits.

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13 November, 2014

Minister welcomes ASB Community Trust insulation partnership

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says the ASB Community Trust contribution to funding the insulation of houses in Auckland, as part of the Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes programme, is an important example of partnership between Government and community organisations.

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12 November, 2014

Better air connections with the Philippines

Air links between New Zealand and the Philippines are set to improve with the signing today of an air services arrangement, says Transport Minister Simon Bridges.

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6 November, 2014

Govt to engage with families on next steps at Pike River

The Government has today accepted Solid Energy’s decision not to pursue the Pike River drift re-entry project and committed to working with the Pike River families on next steps for the Pike River site, says Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges and Acting Conservation Minister for issues relating to Pike River, Nick Smith.

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30 October, 2014

Launch of renewable energy initiative in Southland

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has today welcomed the launch of New Zealand’s first region-wide wood energy heat hub that will help fuel the Southland economy.

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