To manage the future pressures and issues confronting the transport sector, the Ministry and the transport
Crown entities have a shared sector objective and four long-term outcomes. These have been incorporated into a strategic outcomes framework. The framework sets out the outcomes that we believe are most important to New Zealand’s transport system. We aim to progress towards these long-term outcomes through effective delivery in our intermediate result areas.
Long-term outcomes for the transport sector
The long-term outcomes describe the desired ‘future state’ of the New Zealand transport system. These
strongly align with the Government’s objectives for the transport system and are expected to be achieved over
the next 20 or more years.
Effective — moves people and freight where they need to go in a timely manner
The core function of our transport network is to connect New Zealand domestically and internationally. Transport links employees, employers and businesses, and enables individuals to access services and make social connections. Transport also brings international tourists and is part of the supply chain that delivers goods to domestic and international markets.
Efficient — delivers the right infrastructure and services to the right level at the best cost
The benefits of transport investment include its contribution to the functioning of a successful,
competitive economy and a connected society. However, as with all public spending, in transport there are inevitably trade-offs between costs and service quality.
Resilient — meets future transport needs and endures shocks
Transport infrastructure often has a life span of many decades, so investments we make today must
accommodate future needs and uncertainties as well as current requirements.
Our transport network should deal well with shocks such as natural disasters, like earthquakes or extreme weather events, as well as dangers caused intentionally or unintentionally by people. It also needs to be adaptable to security requirements that may be imposed on us by other countries or international organisations.
Safe and responsible — reduces the harms from transport
Transport can have undesirable consequences, including road crashes, greenhouse gas emissions and
other environmental impacts (including on the built environment), and public health impacts (such as air
quality, noise and heart disease).
Intermediate results and what we intend to achieve
The four long-term outcomes are supported by the Ministry’s intermediate outcomes. These provide a focus for our actions to improve the transport system over the next 5 to 10 years.
The Ministry has four intermediate outcomes that it will strive for, to both deliver on the Government’s priorities and better position the transport system to meet New Zealand’s longer term needs.
The four outcomes, are:
- improved management of the transport asset base
- higher returns from new transport investments
- more open and efficient markets
- fewer incidents and other harms.
The Ministry can adjust its level of focus on any aspect across the outcomes in response to changing
Government priorities. We do this through the choices that we make on the work programmes that underpin the outcomes. We understand not everything can be a priority and that the Government, rightly, determines the Ministry’s priorities. The balance within our work programmes reflects Government priorities, as agreed with the Minister of Transport.
The link between our work programmes and our outcomes is complex. In practice, many of our policy
work programmes contribute to more than one intermediate result. For example, the implementation
of the Intelligent Transport Systems Technology Action Plan is expected to lead to improved management of the transport asset base and, at the same time, contribute to fewer incidents and harms (through improved safety and reduced environmental harms from the transport system).