Tauranga's traffic congestion is out of control, with new figures showing an alarming increase in the vehicle count at 10 of our busiest intersections.

But what does Phil Twyford, Minister of Transport, think about it? In a guest editorial, Twyford gives his opinion on what needs to be done to solve the city's traffic woes.


No one wants to start and end their days stuck in traffic.

As one of the country's fastest growing cities, this is becoming an increasingly frustrating part of life in Tauranga. As an Aucklander, I understand this. It's not only infuriating, it's bad for local businesses and reduces productivity.

Mayor Brownless says that transport affects everything; I couldn't agree more.


The Tauranga City Council has raised concerns about the NZ Transport Agency not approving projects fast enough.

I've instructed the NZTA Board to make sure the agency works closely with local and regional councils, including the Tauranga City Council,