Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Discounted student fares under consideration

Discounted student fares under consideration


Greater Wellington Regional Council will consider offering tertiary students a 25% discount off peak public transport fares, dependent on substantial financial support from Wellington City Council and the tertiary education institutions in the region.

Ken Laban, a Regional Councillor representing Hutt City, put the motion – which was passed unanimously - today to the Annual Plan hearing committee deliberating on public submissions on the draft Regional Public Transport Plan.

“Offering this discount gives us an opportunity to get thousands of students, who drive to tertiary institutions because it’s cheaper than taking the bus or train at peak hour, out of their cars and on to public transport,” says Cr Laban.

Fran Wilde, Chair of the Regional Council, says tertiary students are particularly important to Wellington City. “They contribute significantly to the city’s economy and they help create the unique vibrancy of Wellington. Wellington City Council indicated at the recent hearings on the Regional Public Transport Plan that they would be open to supporting discounted fares so we’re keen to test out that commitment.

“And of course all the tertiary institutions in Wellington have an interest in students’ welfare. Other institutions around the country subsidise public transport for students so we need to talk to institutions here to see what kind of support they’d be prepared to give.

“There’s a lot of work to do before this idea gets off the ground and we’re not making any promises but I’m hopeful the other organisations will come to the party. They will need to make a substantial contribution – as a Regional Council we can’t give students a discount at the expense of all ratepayers and other equally deserving people in the community, particularly those on low incomes.”

The new plan already includes a 25% discount on off peak fares and half price fares for children and young adults aged from five to 18 or until they leave secondary school if that is later. This would increase young people’s eligibility age from 15 to 18.
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

No Charges: Outcome
Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area.

Following a lengthy and complex investigation, charges are not being laid by Police at this time regarding 8 incidents involving 7 victims and 5 suspects. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news