It’s great to be back at this conference and to be New Zealand’s Energy Minister for a third year.
Time flies when you’re having fun – and it’s been a real privilege working in such an exciting sector that is always changing and is enhancing New Zealanders lives and lifestyles in new and exciting ways.
One of National’s four key priorities has been to deliver better public services. This is just one area where the Government can make a real difference to New Zealander’s lives. In practice it means improving health and educational outcomes, reducing crime rates and welfare dependency and making it easier for people to interact with Government departments.
At the end of January I announced $37 million of urban cycleway projects to be rolled out across the country, as part of a $100 million programme we announced in the lead up to the Election. These projects are designed to make safe, user-friendly cycleways, encouraging uptake and resulting in health and environmental benefits. I will be announcing more projects at a later date, and I am hopeful that Tauranga will be included in the future.
Happy New Year! I hope you all had the opportunity to spend some quality time with family and friends over the holidays and enjoy the fantastic weather we’ve been having.
We spent our Christmas in the UK with Natalie’s family, where the weather wasn’t quite the same as the sunny Bay of Plenty. I also managed to get in some work, including visiting a Tesla showroom and meeting with the International Transport Forum in Paris ahead of their Annual Summit in May.
Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says the Government’s planned investment of $8 million to acquire new aeromagnetic and petroleum data will greatly contribute to our understanding of geological prospectivity in New Zealand.
“Aeromagnetic surveys will be the main focus of this work, to provide more comprehensive data on our mineral resource,” says Mr Bridges.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges was today joined by Hon Nathan Guy, MP for ?taki, and project staff to mark the one year anniversary of construction starting on the MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway on the Kapiti Coast, north of Wellington.
The expressway will be 4-lanes and 18 kilometres in length, and will include an end-to-end cycleway, walkway and bridleway. It will be an important piece of infrastructure that will significantly improve the connection between the Capital and the Kapiti Coast.
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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