97 days ago

Auckland public transport fares to rise next month

Brian from Mount Roskill

Auckland residents will be paying 6.2% more on average for trips on public transport from next month, Auckland Transport announced this morning.
The February 4 cost rise is to "help meet significant and sustained operating cost increases". It comes as part of Auckland Transport's (AT) annual review of fares against changes in operating costs and available budget.
Fares are typically updated in February, taking into account the cost of living and the investment needed to maintain and improve public transport services, it explained.
AT confirmed a weighted average increase of 6.2% will be implemented across its fare structure. For standard adult fares, this works out to be an increase of between $0.06 and $0.40 per journey on buses, trains and ferries.
AT's public transport and active modes director Stacey van der Putten said this year fares have increased to keep up with the "rising cost of running and maintaining Auckland's public transport network".
"In recent years we have been mindful of the impacts Covid-19 and extreme weather has had on our customers. We deferred last year's fare increase until April and in 2022 there was no increase at all," she said.
Van der Putten said operating costs have spiked dramatically over this period, driven by high inflation and staff shortages.
"Adjusting fares to raise revenue is unfortunately one of the steps AT needs to take to cover these higher costs," she said.
"We are committed to keeping public transport an affordable option for all Aucklanders, so the increase for longer journeys is only 1% - 4%."
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Cost of living: How to get $110 off your electricity bill through Power Credits Scheme

Brian from Mount Roskill

Some Kiwis can expect their power bill to rise this month for the third year in a row as the low-user charge is phased out – but there's a payment available for people who are struggling.
It's the third year in a row that low-power users are facing increasing fixed costs as the low-power users scheme is phased out.
To help the industry set up the $5 million Power Credits Scheme which means eligible households can access credit during the transition.
The phase out which began in 2022 will see fixed costs for low users rise every april for five years.
The scheme means households who are supplied by Contact, Meridian, Mercury, Genesis, Nova, Wise, Globug, Powershop, Frank or Toast Electric can access a $110 payment if they’re in hardship. So far $1.4 million has been paid out.
The scheme is run by the Electricity Retailers’ Association of New Zealand. Chief executive Bridget Abernethy told Consumer NZ households showing signs of energy hardship can get the payment. But Abernethy said each power company will have its own criteria for what energy hardship looks like.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) said removing the "low Fixed Charge Tariff regulations is essential for creating a fairer playing field for all New Zealand households".
However, the MBIE website acknowledged the phase-out could be challenging for some households.
"While all households are expected to benefit in the long term from the regulations being removed, some households may face higher power bills," the website said.
The credit can help households adjust, it added.
The decision to remove the low user charge was made by the then Labour Government in 2021 who called it "poorly targeted".
Then Energy Minister Megan Woods said it would mean three in five households could benefit from lower power bills.
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