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NZ First Removes Tax On Tauranga Motorists

Media Release

26 September 2006

New Zealand First Removes Tax On Tauranga Motorists

New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters is delighted that the the Land Transport Management (Road Tolling Scheme for Tauranga - Mt Maunganui Harbour Link) Order in Council has been revoked.

The $255 million project was initially to be half funded by tolling motorists until New Zealand First secured the designation of the project as a fully funded state highway as part of their post election confidence and supply agreement with Labour.

“This project is very close to my heart and I am delighted to see it now officially designated as toll-free,” said Mr Peters.

“Over the course of a year it will save the public who use the bridge - particularly Tauranga and Mt Maunganui people but also others who use it regularly - several thousand dollars, and over a lifetime, a huge amount of money.

“They have already paid for one bridge in Tauranga and New Zealand First were determined that the second bridge would be toll-free. We are pleased to have once again delivered on our promises in Tauranga.” concluded Mr Peters.


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