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What people had to say about fuel prices increasing

Alex Calow. PHOTOS/FLYNN NICHOLLS

Alex Calow

In earthworks or concreting, petrol and diesel is a huge cost. We already pay so much in tax, but our roads are rubbish. Where’s that money gone? I have to make sure I fill up all my vehicles before Saturday.

Lorena Haab.

Lorena Haab

I live out in the country, so I need to drive into town – what are we supposed to do? I study early childhood education and recently did a five-week placement. That’s five weeks of no pay, and I’ve still got to pay for petrol and food. It makes me angry. There are so many other places they can tax, but everyone relies on petrol. It’s a struggle.

Mike Weston.

Mike Weston

It’s just another cost pressure. We’re seeing a huge amount of inflation now. Some of the effects of the war in Ukraine have been hidden from us – this tax break on petrol for the past year is an example of that. It’s not all doom and gloom, though. I’m still happy.

Tyrese Calkin-Aporo.

Tyrese Calkin-Aporo

I only work part-time, so I’ll probably have to drive less when the price increases. I just use quite a bit of petrol when I go pick up my girlfriend because she lives out in the country.

Tyson Field.

Tyson Field

Bro, it’s not going to affect me too much, eh, but we were paying $2 at the start of the year, and now it will be almost $3. Where does it end?

Michael Lander.

Michael Lander

I don’t use too much petrol myself, but it will impact greatly on people already struggling with rent and rates. The government has spent a lot on covid and on climate change. We’ve got to pay for it some way or another, but it’s a bloody pain.

Nadine Bolton.

Nadine Bolton

I try not to think about it if I’m honest. Groceries are up; the power bill has hugely increased. I definitely will make sure I’ve filled everything up before Saturday.

Leanne Steffert.

Leanne Steffert

I live way out in the country, so I need to buy petrol no matter what. The government did a pretty good job reducing that tax for this long. It wasn’t going to last forever, and if they don’t tax petrol, they’ll tax something else.

Mark Clement.

Mark Clement

Well, I’ve stopped driving to work in Wellington and switched to taking the train. The train is dead straight, and the people are nice. Just using my car around town, the tank will last me a month so it’s okay.

Rob Cameron.

Rob Cameron

I’ve bought down all of my containers, about 80 litres, for the generator and all that. I might as well take advantage while I can. This tax break had to stop at some time. It must have been an awful lot of dollars spent on the subsidy so far. It will really affect freight, which will cause a ripple through inflation.

Debbie Kearney.

Debbie Kearney

It’s going to hugely affect me. I live half an hour out of town, and 29c per litre will make a big difference to your pay packet, that’s for sure. I live 30 minutes out of town, so by driving to work for a week, I’m going to pretty much be spending a whole day’s wages on petrol just to get there. I understand why the government is doing it, but we’ve all got to make ends meet. I’ll be back with my containers tomorrow.

Archie Ormsby.

Archie Ormsby

It’s getting dearer, all right. I’m just getting petrol for my lawnmower now. My wife uses the car to go to work every day. This cost of living – everything is going up.

Wayne Keating.

Wayne Keating

I guess we got a year of fuel discounts. It is what it is. You go to the supermarket; now, it costs $100; you go to the vet, it costs $600. Welcome to life. We’ve gone through some pretty bad times with covid and all, but what can you do about it?

Flynn Nicholls
Flynn Nicholls
Flynn Nicholls is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age who regularly writes about education. He is originally from Wellington and is interested in environmental issues and public transport.

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