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Our role

The role of the Ministry of Transport is as a trusted, impartial and expert adviser to government; shaping transport for New Zealand. We will fulfil this by being an effective, professional services ministry.

We are committed to providing the best possible advice to support the government in growing the New Zealand economy so that we can all enjoy greater prosperity, security and opportunity.

Nature and scope of functions

The Ministry of Transport (the Ministry) is the government’s principal transport adviser, and the bulk of our work is in providing policy advice and support to ministers. Through our advice we aim to improve the overall performance of the transport system, improve the performance of transport Crown agencies, and achieve better value for money for the government and tax payers from investment in the transport system.

We help the government give effect to its policy by supporting the development of legislation, regulations and rules, and by accounting for funds invested in transport. We also represent New Zealand’s interests internationally, particularly in the aviation and maritime areas.

We assist the government in its relationship with the transport Crown entities to ensure they are effectively governed, well performing and accountable. We work across government to provide a transport perspective on initiatives when appropriate. We also provide advice on the level and collection of road user charges and fuel excise duty needed to fund transport investment.

The Ministry is also responsible for some operational functions including:

  • contracting the NZ Transport Agency to collect licensing fees, road user charges and fuel excise duty
  • licensing all international airlines operating to and from New Zealand
  • managing the Milford Sound/Piopiotahi Aerodrome
  • overseeing the Crown’s interest in joint venture airports (airports operated by local authorities in partnership with the government)
  • administering a contract with the Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService) for the provision of a public weather warning and forecast service.

Key personnel as at 30 June 2010

  • Martin Matthews, Chief Executive
  • Wayne Donnelly, General Manager Road and Rail
  • Bruce Johnson, General Manager Aviation and Maritime
  • Fiona Macmaster, Acting Chief Financial Officer
  • Pam Madgwick, Chief Information Officer
  • Heather Staley, General Manager Office of the Chief Executive

What we are part of

The New Zealand government transport sector includes the Minister and Associate Minister of Transport, the Ministry of Transport, four Crown entities, three State-owned enterprises and one Crown established trust. These entities and their functions are explained in the following table.

 Tbale 1 NZ government transport sector

The Ministry’s outcomes

The government’s overall goal

The government’s overall goal is to grow the New Zealand economy in order to deliver greater prosperity, security and opportunities for all New Zealanders.

The government’s immediate priorities

The government recognises the potential for investment in transport infrastructure to support its goals for economic growth and productivity. As a result, land transport infrastructure, road safety and value for money were identified as the government’s immediate priorities for transport.

The Ministry’s outcomes

Over the 2009/10 year the Ministry focused on three outcomes which were seen as contributing to the government’s immediate priorities and overall goal.

They were:

  • enhanced value from government investment in transport infrastructure
  • improved performance of the transport system
  • improved performance of transport sector agencies.

The Ministry is committed to delivering value for money throughout the transport system. It focused on ensuring its advice and services, and those provided by the transport agencies, delivered savings without compromising on the quality of service provided.

Output classes

The Ministry had six output classes in 2009/10:

  • policy advice
    • transport sustainability
    • ministerial services
    • rules management
  • sector leadership and support
    • transport leadership and direction setting
    • ownership and purchase monitoring
  • land transport revenue forecasting and strategy
  • road user charges collection, investigation and enforcement
  • refund of fuel excise duty
  • airport operation and administration.

Table 2 shows how the Ministry’s outputs contributed to the government’s overall goal.

Table 2 - Government's overall goal
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