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for the year ended 30 June 2009

The Ministry of Transport had nine output classes in 2008/09.

  • Policy Advice
    • Transport Sustainability
    • Ministerial Services
    • Rules Management.
  • Sector Leadership and Support
    • Transport Leadership and Direction Setting
    • Ownership and Purchase Monitoring.
  • Airport Operation and Administration.
  • Distress Radio Beacons National Education Campaign.
  • Next Steps Review Implementation.
  • Motor Vehicle Register and Revenue Management.
  • Land Transport Revenue Forecasting and Strategy.
  • Road User Charges Collection, Investigation and Enforcement.
  • Refund of Fuel Excise Duty.

These output classes contribute to the modal outcomes.

  • Road – a road transport system that moves people and freight more efficiently, safely and cost effectively.
  • Rail – a rail system that moves people and freight more efficiently, safely and cost effectively.
  • Aviation – an aviation system that is safe, secure and compliant with international requirements.
  • Maritime – a maritime system that is safe, secure and compliant with international requirements.

These output classes also contribute to the Ministry’s outcomes.

  • Improved performance of the transport system.
  • Improved performance of transport sector agencies.
  • Enhanced value from government investment in transport infrastructure.

Output Class: Policy Advice

Through this output class, the Ministry provides transport sector policy advice and Ministerial services. This output class is supported by three outputs: Transport Sustainability, Ministerial Services and Rules Management.

Output: Transport Sustainability

This policy output involves the development and implementation of policy for all transport modes in consultation with the transport Crown entities to meet the overall objective of achieving a sustainable transport system.


Key initiatives contained in the annual work programme are completed or progressed as agreed, or as subsequently amended by agreement between the Minister and the Chief Executive.

Achieved, as per the annual work programme, with some work deferred or
as agreed. 

Achieved, as per the annual work programme.


Policy advice will be delivered in accordance with the Policy Advice Quality Characteristics (see overleaf) as determined through delivery recorded against the project plan.



The output is produced within appropriation (GST exclusive)




Commentary on Performance

The lower than forecast cost of this output reflects the Ministry’s work to control costs following the economic downturn and government directives. Some work was also delayed as a result of the time required to confirm priorities with the incoming government.

Purpose: the aim of the papers will be clearly stated and will answer the question set.
Logic: the assumptions behind the advice will be explicit and the argument will be logical and supported by the facts. 
Accuracy: the facts in the papers will be accurate and all material facts included.
Options: an adequate range of options will be presented and each assessed for benefits, costs and consequences to the government and community. 
Consultation: there will be consultation with principal parties and this will be stated along with any objections to the proposal. 
Practicality: problems of implementation, technical feasibility, timing and consistency with other policies will be identified.
Presentation: the format will meet requirements specified by the Cabinet Office and the Minister; material will be concise and effectively summarised; correct grammar and spelling will be used; and readability will be ensured by the use of short sentences in plain English. 

Highlights for the Ministry include:

Land Transport Funding

  • Secured funding to accelerate selected State highway projects and boost road maintenance and renewal work to provide economic stimulus.
  • Gained Cabinet approval to invest an additional $1 billion over three years in State highway construction through the reallocation of funding from non-State highway activity classes, the ‘freeing up’ of money by funding some rail capital from a Crown appropriation rather than through the National Land Transport Fund, and the in principle agreement to increase fuel taxes from 1 October 2009 and again in October 2010.
  • Released the first Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding 2009/10 – 2018/19 in August 2008.
  • Developed and released an amended GPS on Land Transport Funding 2009/10 – 2018/19 (GPS) in May 2009 to reflect the priorities of the new government.
  • Established funding and evaluation procedures to provide additional funding assistance for activities that address un-met transport needs in areas with high levels of socioeconomic deprivation (Targeted Community Funding).

Rail Policy and Funding

  • Gained Cabinet agreement that the Ministry of Transport should be the lead agency for rail policy advice. It also agreed that public funding for rail would in future be appropriated in Vote Transport, and that existing rail-related appropriations in Vote Finance would be transferred to Vote Transport with effect from 1 July 2009.
  • Increased our policy role since the date of that decision. The Ministry is leading a number of studies into rail policy. These include working with the KiwiRail Group and other officials on the future structure and financing of rail in New Zealand, reviewing the governance structure and related legislation for rail and developing operating and financing models for Metro Rail.
  • The public funding and payments for the national rail network are now managed by the Ministry of Transport. The NZ Transport Agency continues to be responsible for operational payments for Metro Rail.

Joint Venture Airports

  • In 2008/09 we completed most of the funding at five joint venture airports that began with the Budget 2006 multi-year appropriation of $3,598,000. This increased in 2007 to $4,448,000.
  • The appropriation, over three years, has funded half the cost of four runway reseals, one runway extension, a new terminal, an extensive terminal refurbishment and runway lights. The funding has ensured safe and appropriate airport infrastructure for small regional communities, allowing them rapid access to the three major metropolitan airports and beyond to international destinations.
  • The Ministry also concluded negotiations with Napier City and Hastings District Councils to corporatise the joint venture airport at Hawke’s Bay, with effect from 1 July 2009.


  • The Ministry continued its programme of work to improve the utilisation of domestic sea freight, particularly by addressing barriers to recruitment and training of the required workforce, and piloting possible approaches to improved data collection.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • The Stakeholder Engagement team has actively worked in the regions, and prepared briefings for Ministerial and Chief Executive visits. The Chief Executive has met with all key stakeholders on a regular basis and has chaired the Transport Sector Chief Executives Forum.


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