February 17th, 2017 by Robert Barry
The NZ Transport Agency is supporting Whangarei District Council to place chip seal onto an additional 2.5km of roads addressing health concerns caused by dust from logging industry traffic.
NZTA and Whangarei District Council will jointly fund extensions to existing sealed sections along an area of Wrights Rd/McCardle Rd which is affected by dust. Each will share the $1.3m cost of the work.
The additional sections, which total 2.5km, are near residential properties where dust is most likely to create a nuisance because of their close distance to the road. Continue reading “More chip seal for dusty Northland roads” »
February 18th, 2015 by Robert Barry
Auckland’s Howick & Eastern Buses has received a $12 million investment in 15 new double deck buses from it’s parent company Souter Holdings.
The new Howick & Eastern commuter double deck buses are a similar style to those operated by sister company ManaBus.com with onboard Wi-Fi, power points, and USB ports but not tables.
The new commuter buses are expected to be in service in the last quarter of 2015. Continue reading “Wi-Fi and onboard power for commuter buses” »
December 18th, 2014 by Robert Barry
New Zealand’s economy remains one of the fastest growing in the developed world according to Finance Minister Bill English.
Statistics New Zealand today reported gross domestic product expanded by 1.0% in the September quarter. This took annual growth – from the September quarter 2013 to the September quarter 2014 – to a revised 3.2%. This is the same as annual growth to June 2014 and equals the highest annual growth rate since September 2007. Average annual growth was 2.9 per cent.
“We are in the unusual but encouraging situation where we have solid economic growth, more employment and higher wages, but few pressures on inflation,” English says. “This suggests New Zealand’s economic growth potential before inflation sets in – essentially the speed limit of the economy – is higher than expected previously.” Continue reading “New Zealand economy ‘fastest growing’” »