Weekend Sun   

Over the past couple of weeks there has been a lot of discussion and outrage about the new petrol taxes the government is introducing. A nationwide fuel tax increase of between nine and 12 cents a litre has been proposed.

Aucklanders will be the hardest hit due to their 10 cents a litre regional fuel tax being added on top of this nationwide fuel tax increase. This means Aucklanders will be paying around 22 cents per litre more for their petrol – or 25 cents once you add in GST.

Have you worked out how much extra that could cost you a week? For some motorists it could be as high as $15 every time they fill up. This adds up if your family has more than one car on the road. It also means you will potentially pay more for things like groceries as freight operators pass their significant additional costs onto consumers.

If you are a low income New Zealander, this is a blow. You possibly live in an outer area and use more petrol than those who live closer, so any increase is worrying.

It would be easier to stomach if you knew your contribution was helping solve Tauranga’s traffic problems but the governments new transport plan will cut the funding allocated for state highways by $5 billion. This is not good news if you travel along SH2 between Katikati and Tauranga.

Meanwhile, an initial investment of $3.3 billion over 10 years will be ploughed into Labour’s plans for light rail in Auckland. Let’s face it, if you don’t live or visit Auckland you are probably very upset to hear this.

This is a clear breach of Jacinda Ardern's promise before the election that there would be no new taxes in this term of parliament. Rest assured, National is fighting this. We do not believe this substantial hike is necessary or acceptable.

Simon Bridges
National Party Leader
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