Minister of Transport, Simon Bridges, has taken steps to future-proof the route for an additional Waitemata Harbour crossing in view of the rapid growth Auckland is set to undergo in the next 20 years.
I have been kept particularly busy over the last couple of weeks with my Energy and Transport portfolios.
Last week I was in Auckland to address the 2015 Downstream Conference. This is one of the biggest events on the Energy calendar, where sector executives get together to discuss developments and challenges in the sector. This year there was a focus on the new technologies and how this will affect consumer behaviour. It is now possible for households to monitor their electricity use in real time, which means they can save money by using appliances in off-peak times.
Last week we had the Minister for Primary Industries Hon Nathan Guy in Tauranga. I have had a couple of people raise concerns with me about the recent fruit fly outbreak in Auckland so it was good to have the Minister here to talk to some local industry leaders and kiwifruit growers.
The approval of over a billion dollars in spending on a major trade route through the Waikato shows the Government’s commitment to unlocking New Zealand’s potential for economic growth Transport Minister, Simon Bridges says.
Urban streets will soon be lined with safer, cheaper, more efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lighting thanks to an accelerated funding model, Transport and Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says.
At today’s Road Lighting Conference in Auckland, the Minister announced a NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) policy change that will allow local authorities looking at upgrading road lighting to LED to access funding faster.
Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says Northland is leading the charge in capitalising on its abundant energy resources and hopes the rest of the country will be encouraged to follow its example.
Mr Bridges visited successful energy-related enterprises in the region today, with a particular focus on those investing in renewable energy generation.
In the current National-led Government, Simon is Minister of Energy and Resources, Minister of Transport, Deputy Leader of the House, Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues and Associate Minister of Justice.
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