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


GWRC Opens Consultation on Public Transport Fare Changes

Have your say - consultation opens on public transport fare changes

Consultation opened today on a raft of public transport fare changes proposed by Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Chair of the Sustainable Transport Committee Barbara Donaldson says people have five weeks to give their feedback on the fare changes.

“The fares package is part of our vision to get more people using public transport and to ensure Wellington’s public transport network remains the best in New Zealand. These changes are aimed at encouraging off-peak public transport use, helping disadvantaged groups and are paving the way for improvements to the city’s bus network.

"To help fund these changes we’re proposing an overall 3% rise in fares so it’s important people tell us what they think about it all.”

The proposed fare discounts mean that bus and train customers travelling at off-peak times will receive a 25 per cent discount, while the blind, disabled and full-time tertiary students will get an all-day 25 per cent discount. A 50 per cent discount will be extended to all schoolchildren, reducing fares for school children travelling shorter distances (1 to 5 zones).

Free bus transfers are also proposed because more passengers will need to switch buses as part of a forthcoming redesign of Wellington city’s bus network.

Other proposals include:

• offering more free bus connections to trains

• replacing six day passes with a single pass that is zone-based and valid region-wide

• bringing ferry fares more into line with bus and train fares

• ending school term and 30-day passes, relying on Snapper and free transfers on bus and rail monthly passes and 10-trip tickets

• making a boundary change to enable people in Titahi Bay and Porirua East to travel within their suburb and also to reach Porirua’s CBD without crossing into another zone

• extending the 25 per cent charge for cash to zone 1 to encourage more electronic payments

• amending rail tickets offered on event days.

It's planned these proposals will be implemented in mid-2018 with the new bus contracts and new Wellington city bus network.

“Consultation is open until 15 September, during that time we will hold public meetings throughout Wellington, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Kapiti and Wairarapa. People can also make a written submission or organise an oral submission through our website,” says Cr Donaldson.

To have your say, please go to http://www.gw.govt.nz/better-metlink-fares-consultation/


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Election Day Results

2017 General Election - Preliminary Count

National won 46% of the vote with Labour on 35.8%.

NZ First won 7.5%, with the Greens on 5.8%.

ACT held on to Epsom, but failed to get more MPs.

The Maori Party were wiped out of Parliament.

There are still special votes to be counted, but clearly National is in the box seat to form the next Government.

The Greens can not contemplate a deal with National.

So, Winston Peters will have to make a choice and could back National or a combined Labour/Green coalition.

The most likely result is National and NZ First will reach some sort of deal to form the next government.

Election Night Results

Advance Voting Statistics

General Election Information: Voters - Who, When And Where


From The Hood: The Campaign Strategist’s Lament

"This election is a chance to really work the record of what nine years of National-led government has done to improve the country for everyone. Or will do. Another three years, maybe six. Thirty-three years, tops. You don’t want to risk that, do you? More>>

PSA Report: National Gets An ‘F’ For Health Funding

"Seeing National’s record on health collected in one place is quite sobering - it’s clear that underfunding is having dire consequences on both patients and staff, who are having to do more than ever with less," says Glenn Barclay, PSA national secretary. More>>


Children With Disabilities: Education Crisis Unaddressed

In 2008 IHC lodged its complaint against the on-going failure of New Zealand Governments and the Ministry of Education to ensure that disabled children access a quality education on an equal basis to others in New Zealand schools. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Ten Reasons For Not Voting National

if anyone you know is thinking of voting National in Saturday’s election, there’s still time for an intervention. You owe it to your friends and relations to intercede. Because there’s plenty of evidence on National’s mediocre-to-awful track record over its nine years in power. We can’t afford another three years of drift. More>>


Suffrage Day: PSA National Secretaries Vote For Equal Pay

PSA national secretaries Erin Polaczuk and Glenn Barclay are advance voting for the 2017 election alongside their daughters, with equal pay and fairness in mind on the 124th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. More>>


Charge Protests: Dairy Farms Use Same Amount Of Water As 60 Million People

Using Dairy NZ numbers, economist Peter Fraser and agricultural consultant Dr Alison Dewes calculate the water consumption of New Zealand dairy farms is equivalent to the residential use of 60 million people. More>>


Greenpeace: Labour, Greens Commit To Canterbury Democracy

Labour MP Megan Woods is promising to return Canterbury’s regional council, ECan, to a democratically elected council. It follows a mass day-long occupation of the ECan building by local water activists calling for the restoration of democracy and urgent action to save rivers. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog