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Farm owner’s battle ends as court approves land acquisition for $280m Mt Messenger Bypass

Tony and Debbie Pascoe, owners of a Taranaki farm, face compulsory acquisition of 11 hectares for the Mt Messenger bypass, with an additional 13...

Wayne Brown proposes $20 billion investment to transform Auckland’s public transport

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown has unveiled a proposal for nearly $20 billion in council funding to enhance the city's public transport system in the...

‘Driving ahead with Roads of Regional Significance’ – Simeon Brown

The coalition Government is launching Roads of Regional Significance to sit alongside Roads of National Significance as part of its plan to deliver priority...

Extreme geomagnetic storm prompts grid emergency precautions

A severe geomagnetic storm impacting Earth has been upgraded to an "extreme" G5 classification, leading power grid operator Transpower to issue a "grid emergency"...

Chilly night gives country a power grid emergency

As New Zealand woke to the coldest day of the year, Kiwis experienced freezing temperatures and warnings of rolling power outages due to a...

Wayne Brown wants big changes at Auckland Transport

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown has issued a demand to Auckland Transport (AT), urging them to heed the community's voice and implement transit reforms aligned...

Concerns raised over fast-tracking of infrastructure decisions

The Labour party has voiced concerns over legislation granting three ministers authority to fast-track infrastructure projects, citing risks of bias, especially regarding potential political...

Government commits $20m to Westport flood protection

The Government has announced that $20 million in funding will be made available to Westport to fund much needed flood protection around the town. This...

EV advocacy group predicts slow uptake of new road user charges

An electric vehicle advocacy group predicts that electric car drivers will not rush to start paying increased taxes, as new road-user charges come into...

Prominent Aucklanders come out against 35-year lease of Downtown Port

A coalition of influential Auckland figures, including Sir Stephen Tindall, Lady Pippa Blake, Sir Ralph Norris, and MP Chlöe Swarbrick, has formally objected to...

Napier faces 23.7% rates surge to fund cyclone recovery and infrastructure

Homeowners in Napier are bracing for a substantial 23.7% increase in their rates this year, in a move made by the Napier City Council...

Direction of new speed limits rule announced

Cabinet has agreed on the coalition Government’s direction of travel for a new Land Transport Rule to be signed by the end of 2024. This...

15 new Roads of National Significance

The Coalition Government’s priority for investment in the draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) on Land Transport is to support economic growth and productivity and...

New $500 million Pothole Prevention Fund

The Coalition Government will increase investment in road maintenance, including establishing a new $500 million Pothole Prevention Fund to tackle the record number of...

Northland’s new Kāeo Bridge officially open

Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed the official opening of the new State Highway 10 (SH10) Kāeo Bridge, which will improve safety and traffic...

Luxon delivers ‘State of the Nation’ speech

Luxon delivered the speech today in Auckland In his inaugural 'State of the Nation' speech, PM Christopher Luxon outlined a comprehensive plan he claims will...

Wayne Brown tells AT to stop work on RFT-funded projects

Mayor Wayne Brown has now formally requested that Auckland Transport immediately stop work on projects funded by the Regional Fuel Tax (RFT). On Tuesday, Mayor...

Proposed Quay Park Precinct Stadium design to be ‘Auckland’s Sydney Opera House’

A global design team envisions the proposed new stadium at Quay Park, dubbed Te Tōangaroa, as potentially becoming Auckland's answer to the Sydney Opera...

Motorists and locals frustrated by congestion delays on State Highway 2 into Tauranga

Motorists are expressing their frustration over significant traffic delays on State Highway 2 into Tauranga, describing the situation as an "absolute joke" and reporting...

Luxon briefed on ‘threats to critical infrastructure’

Officials have highlighted the need to protect critical infrastructure in New Zealand in a briefing to the Minister for National Security and Intelligence, Christopher...

Independent Review exposes ‘inadequate financial reporting’ by Wellington Water

An independent review has found that Wellington Water has been lax in its reporting, making it unclear how the water provider is using ratepayer...

David Seymour: State of the Nation 2024

Full text and video of ACT Party leader David Seymour's 'State of the Nation 2024' speech delivered this morning. https://youtu.be/AAB2KJCRpKo?si=OJldpJnM8RTjH2IE Introduction Good morning, fellow New Zealanders. Today I’d...

Lower Hutt’s RiverLink project to continue despite huge budget blowout

RiverLink aims to enhance flood protection against the Hutt River. The project sees the relocation of the Melling railway station and the construction of a...

Minister formally requests water information from Wellington and Upper Hutt councils

The Minister of Local Government Simeon Brown has written to Wellington Mayor Tory Whanau and Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy to formally request further...

Electric vehicles to pay road user charges

The coalition Government is confirming that the exemption from road user charges (RUC) for owners of light electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids will...

Pothole plague making NZ a ‘laughing stock’

The AA has criticised State Highway 1, describing it as a poor representation of the country's road network, which is plagued with potholes and...

‘Let’s Get Wellington Moving’ to be officially dissolved

An agreement to dissolve Let’s Get Wellington Moving has been reached by Infrastructure & Housing Minister Chris Bishop, Transport Minister Simeon Brown, Mayor of...

Labour forget to take policy off website

ACT Infrastructure spokesman Cameron Luxton is advising the Labour Party’s website administrators to scrub any trace of 2020’s forgotten “Big New Zealand Upgrade” ad...

Drilling down into limitless clean energy

The same supervolcano that provides one of the country’s bigger sources of catastrophic risk could well prove part of the answer to one of...

State Highway 2 between Gisborne and Napier to re-open today

Motorists are asked to take extra care as State Highway 2 between Gisborne and Napier re-opens today, following the devastation of Cyclone Gabrielle. Police are...

Government launches ‘rapid review’ into KiwiRail disruptions

The Government is launching a rapid review into KiwiRail following a breakdown of critical equipment that led to major disruptions for Wellington passenger rail...

Wood confirms new O Mahurangi – Penlink will be tolled

Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced the decision to toll O Mahurangi Penlink 'to futureproof' the connection in Auckland’s transport network. O Mahurangi – Penlink...

Three Waters changes a ‘hollow rebrand’

Local Government Minister Kieran McAnulty has announced major changes to NZ's 'affordable water reforms'  - The Waters today. In a press release he said the...

Cook Strait ferries – more mechanical problems and cancellations

Four Bluebridge sailings were cancelled yesterday. The company said the cancellations were due to a mechanical fault in the vessel Strait Feronia. Interislander's ferry Kaitaki has...

New Manawatu-Hawke’s Bay highway delayed until mid-2025

It was hoped the new $650 million link would be opened in late 2024. The delay has been blamed on COVID-19 complications and problems in...

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