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New Zealand halves public transport fares as petrol prices soar amid Russia-Ukraine war

Fare cut among measures Jacinda Ardern’s party has introduced to ease cost-of-living pressures

New Zealand is halving public transport fares to ease the pain of sharply rising petrol costs, as fuel oil prices soar following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced that the country would cut fares by 50% amid a suite of other changes to try to ease sharp increases in the cost of living. The government is also cutting petrol excise duties and road user charges by 25c a litre – changes that will come in at midnight on Monday.

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