Fam­ily road trips get more ex­pen­sive

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Day­light sav­ing has be­gun which re­minds us sum­mer is just around the cor­ner.

School hol­i­days are un­der way and some fam­i­lies take the op­por­tu­nity to travel and catch up with fam­ily and friends.

The fam­ily road trip these hol­i­days comes with a sur­prise at the fuel pump. Petrol prices are al­ready soar­ing with­out an­other 4 cents a litre tax slapped on this week. This is de­spite Labour pledg­ing no new taxes dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign.

We are for­tu­nate in Horowhenua to have com­pet­i­tive fuel pric­ing thanks to Gull and Al­lied but Ka¯ piti doesn’t¯have the same op­tions. Of­ten Otaki is 20 cents per litre more ex­pen­sive than Levin.

It is ir­re­spon­si­ble of the Labour, NZ First and Green Gov­ern­ment to in­crease fuel taxes when crude oil prices are at a four-year high.

But de­spite the al­ready ex­or­bi­tant petrol prices that have in­creased by 38 cents since the elec­tion, this Gov­ern­ment is plan­ning for two more in­creases in 2019-20. Mo­torists will re­alise there’s no re­spite and it now costs an ex­tra $20 on av­er­age each time they fill up.

Boat own­ers are also cry­ing foul be­cause it doesn’t ap­pear fair when recre­ational boat­ies fuel is used for fish­ing or wa­ter ski­ing — none of which is on the road.

Lo­cal mo­torists may be hap­pier to pay if they knew the Horowhenua Ex­press­way was go­ing to be built in the next few years. As NZTA re-eval­u­ate this road it’s highly likely we get a de­ci­sion on the pre­ferred route in Novem­ber (which is well over­due for res­i­dents left in limbo).

My fear is that con­struc­tion money has al­ready dis­ap­peared to Auck­land for the tram to the air­port and other pub­lic trans­port op­tions. It feels like mo­torists out­side Auck­land are pay­ing more and get­ting less — $5 bil­lion has been raided from the state high­way bud­get so it’s be­com­ing clear to me it will take a change in gov­ern­ment to see dig­gers be­gin­ning on the Horowhenua Ex­press­way.

Ka¯ piti and Horowhenua fam­i­lies and busi­nesses are be­ing squeezed as costs rise but in­comes aren’t keep­ing up.

Data from Sta­tis­tics NZ shows the cost of liv­ing rose faster than in­comes over the last three months.

This Gov­ern­ment is claim­ing to be ‘kind and com­pas­sion­ate’ but more taxes are ul­ti­mately hurt­ing ev­ery­one.

Thank good­ness Na­tional built the Ka¯ piti ex­press­way and got the Otaki sec­tion and Trans­mis­sion Gully started. It’s a shame the last sec­tion of the Road of Na­tional Sig­nif­i­cance looks doomed un­der this coali­tion Gov­ern­ment.

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