Tēnā koutou katoa,
The Ministry of Transport has experienced an exciting 12 months. Our organisational change took place in October 2017, and this has positioned us well to lift our sights to the big priorities for the transport sector.
Our overall purpose is to have a transport system that enables New Zealanders to flourish. To do this, we need to look at all modes of transport as part of a whole system that connects New Zealanders, and contributes to wellbeing and liveability – this is why we have restructured the Ministry so that teams are no longer mode-based but can operate across all parts of the system.
Our mode-neutral focus is reflected in our new outcomes framework for the transport sector (see page 9). The Ministry has worked with stakeholders across New Zealand to develop five connected outcomes that collectively will deliver on New Zealanders’ aspirations. These outcomes are: inclusive access, economic prosperity, healthy and safe people, environmental sustainability, and resilience and security.
These outcomes form the core of what the Ministry does. We are working closely with our Crown Entity partners to develop strategic work programmes that will guide the sector to achieve these outcomes.
The Government Policy Statement on land transport 2018 (GPS 2018) also reflects this shift towards a system-wide approach through four clear priorities: a safer transport network free of death and injury, accessible and affordable transport, reduced emissions, and value for money.
This new approach requires a shift in transport investment. GPS 2018 includes increases to most activity classes, with specific focus on regional roading improvements, state highway maintenance and public transport, along with new investment in rapid transit and rail.
The revitalisation of the rail network is also being made possible by options for funding from the Provincial Growth Fund. We are working closely with KiwiRail to enable this.
I am excited by the work we are doing to support the growth and development of Auckland, improving the city’s liveability through a range of programmes, including the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP), development work on light rail, the introduction of the regional fuel tax for Auckland, and collaborating with local and central government on urban development.
The next 18 months will be challenging as we continue to progress wellbeing and liveability for all New Zealanders. We know that our work is critical to the daily lives of people in New Zealand and to the success of New Zealand businesses. We are committed to making these connections, fulfilling our role, and providing the advice the Government needs.
Chief Executive, Ministry of Transport