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


Greater Christchurch bus fares to rise

Greater Christchurch bus fares to rise

Bus fares in Greater Christchurch are to rise on 30 September, reflecting the increasing cost of fuel, inflation and costs from the earthquake recovery.

Environment Canterbury Passenger Services Manager David Stenhouse says “We have not increased fares since August 2010 because we recognised the hardships faced by Metro customers in the post-earthquake environment.

“However because of the rising costs of fuel and road user charges, and the financial impact of road works across Greater Christchurch, the council can no longer hold off making the increase.’’

The Government, through New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), has set a policy that by 2017, 50% of bus service costs have to be to be recovered from fares.

“In the 2012/13 year, the fares recovered were just 37% of overall costs, so we have a way to go to reaching this target,’’ says Mr Stenhouse.

Patronage across Greater Christchurch is increasing with latest data showing a 14% increase from July 2012 to July 2013. The changes made to services in December 2012 have also resulted in greater efficiency in the north and south of the city.

“These two factors coupled with the fare increase will mean that we are well placed to meet the NZTA target.’’


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On How America’s Middle East Allies Are Poisoning The Ground Joe Biden Will Inherit

As even the US mainstream media has been reporting, the prime motive for the murder of Iran’s top nuclear scientist Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh (by Israeli or Saudi operatives, or both) has been to poison the situation that the next US president will inherit. At best, there was only an outside chance that the incoming Biden administration and the outgoing liberal regime of Iranian PM Hassan Rouhani could have revived the Iran anti-nuclear deal that Rouhani had negotiated in 2015 with Barack Obama. Deliberately though, America’s allies have now made it impossible for Biden to pursue that option... More>>


WorkSafe: 13 Parties Charged Over Whakaari/White Island Tragedy

WorkSafe New Zealand today filed charges against 13 parties in relation to the Whakaari/White Island eruption in December last year. “22 people have lost their lives in this tragic event. WorkSafe is tasked with investigating workplace incidents to determine ... More>>


Pay Gap: Progress On Pay Equity For DHB Staff

Today’s initial agreement between DHBs and the PSA on pay equity for clerical and administration staff is an important step toward better, fairer pay for this crucial and largely female workforce, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>


New Zealand Government: Speech From The Throne

It is my privilege to exercise the prerogative of Her Majesty the Queen and open the 53rd Parliament.
In the October election, New Zealanders elected a majority Government for the first time under our Mixed Member Proportional electoral system... More>>

Media: Stuff Holds Itself Accountable For Wrongs To Māori

Stuff has today published the results of an investigation into itself, and issued a public apology, for the way the media organisation has portrayed Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, from its first editions to now. Tā Mātou Pono | More>>


New Zealand Government: To Declare A Climate Emergency

The Government will declare a climate emergency next week, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said today. “We are in the midst of a climate crisis that will impact on nearly every aspect of our lives and the type of planet our children will inherit ... More>>


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels