Robert­son says fuel tax likely to stay in Auck­land

The Dominion Post - - Politics -

Welling­ton driv­ers can breathe a sigh of re­lief. Fi­nance Min­is­ter Grant Robert­son told TVNZ’s Q+A yes­ter­day that he didn’t ex­pect the new re­gional fuel tax to hit any ar­eas other than Auck­land. ‘‘That’s not our in­ten­tion,’’ Robert­son said, ‘‘partly be­cause no­body else has asked us, but also be­cause these prob­lems [con­ges­tion] are spe­cific to Auck­land.’’ De­spite the hike, Auck­land fuel prices will likely re­main about equal or slightly be­low Welling­ton’s, thanks to the in­fa­mous ‘‘Gull ef­fect’’.

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