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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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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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