Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Public Transport Boosted – Another Promise Kept

Major changes to funding public transport begin this week, Transport Minister Mark Gosche and Associate Minister Judith Tizard announced today.

Under that new system, the more passengers using public transport services, the more money operators will receive from central Government.

“So the more public transport use grows, the more money the Government will give to help it grow even more," they said.

"This is a real shot in the arm for passenger transport and is in line with our promise to boost public transport funding."

As a result current annual public transport spending of $46 million could increase by $27 million a year within three years. If capital expenditure from projects already under investigation was also included, total extra funding could exceed $47 million, Mr Gosche said.

“Of course that’s dependent on more people using public transport. That’s where government funding will help – by helping raise the quality of the services, and the frequency, especially at peak hour, we can encourage people to stick with public transport," said Ms Tizard.

"The new funding arrangement provides Auckland with great opportunities to get some real changes in place for Auckaland people."

"There is kick-start money available immediately so councils can get things moving straight away," said Mr Gosche.

"We have also been talking with major operators like Stagecoach who believe they can improve services dramatically as a result of this funding particularly looking towards the February-March peak period when schools and tertiary institutions head back to work."

“This scheme shows that the government is serious about making public transport systems work. We have worked closely with local government to develop this new formula and know that they can take immediate advantage of it," said Mr Gosche and Ms Tizard.

"Longer-term Government plans to review the way public transport is funded and managed are being worked through with the intention of being implemented next year," said Mr Gosche.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case...

Obviously, sick people shouldn’t be being treated by doctors and nurses who are themselves sick and potentially infectious. Similarly, Police emergency calls also need to be fielded by people who’re feeling alert, and on top of their game. More>>

 
 

MPs' Computers To Be Searched: Inquiry Into Leak On Simon Bridges' Expenses

An inquiry has been launched to find out who leaked the National Party's expenses to the media... Parliament's speaker, Trevor Mallard, said a Queen's Counsel would lead the inquiry with the help of an employment lawyer and also someone with forensic IT skills. More>>

ALSO:

Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>

ALSO:

Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages