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30 July, 2015

Road to bring Bay of Plenty closer together

The Bay of Plenty’s biggest roading project ever, the $455 million Tauranga Eastern Link (TEL), has been officially opened by Prime Minister John Key and Transport Minister Simon Bridges today.

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28 July, 2015

Electricity market more competitive than ever

Increased competition in the electricity market is continuing to benefit consumers, Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says.

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23 July, 2015

Minerals West Coast Forum 2015

This is the third time I have spoken at the forum and it’s a special privilege to be here to mark the 150th year of mining on the West Coast. This region was founded on mining and the industry has a rich history which we should celebrate.

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23 July, 2015

New world-class framework for UAVs

New rules on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will enable innovation and put New Zealand at the forefront of regulating a rapidly evolving industry, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say.

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22 July, 2015

Minister announces appointments to boards

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says he is pleased to announce appointments to two transport-related boards.

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21 July, 2015

Road safety measures confirmed

Local Government Minister Paula Bennett and Transport Minister Simon Bridges are clarifying the power that local councils and other road controlling authorities (RCAs) have to set speed limits through their bylaws.

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16 July, 2015

NZ-Japan commitment to geothermal energy

Energy and Resources Minister, Simon Bridges, says a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today will strengthen the strategic partnership in renewable energy research and development between New Zealand and Japan.

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6 July, 2015

Minister to promote NZ as ITS test-bed

Transport Minister Simon Bridges will promote New Zealand as a test bed for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and new investments through a range of meetings in the USA and Japan this week.

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2 July, 2015

Minister marks end of successful development

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today congratulates OMV on their successful completion of the Maari Growth campaign in offshore Taranaki.

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2 July, 2015

Minister opens first Urban Cycleways-funded project

The first cycleway to be funded by the Government’s Urban Cycleways Programme has been opened by Transport Minister Simon Bridges today.

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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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