Transport underpins economic activity. Freight transport demand is expected to grow by about 75 percent over the next 20 years*. Overall transport demand is forecast to grow by 34 percent over the same period**. The transport sector’s key challenge is to provide options that enhance its contribution to improving productivity and growing the economy. Given New Zealand’s distance from key markets, moving domestic and international freight more efficiently will also be vital to New Zealand’s economic performance. Transport also plays an important role in the success of our cities, particularly Auckland as it generates one-third of New Zealand’s national goods and services***. There is also significant potential for economic and environmental co-benefits from increasing transport’s efficiency.

National Freight Demands Study, 2008.
** National Freight Demands Study, 2008.
*** Statistics New Zealand, 2010.

Govt's long-term
The Ministry's planned programmes of action                     Rationale                 Output*                   Impact*                      
 A B Identify options to enhance the contribution of the freight sector to economic growth and productivity. Efficient supply chains are an essential component of a productive export economy. This programme will inform future policy development to improve freight efficiency in a way that is affordable for the government and the private sector. Development of a coordinated Ministry programme on freight and recommendations to improve freight efficiency and effectiveness. Increased efficiency of the supply chain that contributes positively to economic growth and productivity in New Zealand.
 A B C D Improve the Ministry’s understanding of the nature and scale of
developments in transport supply and demand in the future, and identify opportunities to improve productivity, efficiency and performance.
Improved understanding will help to ensure that future policy decisions and public and private sector investments maximise the social and economic benefits provided by transport, while minimising the economic, social and environmental costs. Development of scenarios on the transport task 2030 and identification of options for policy development. Increased transport productivity and enhanced contribution to economic growth and social wellbeing.
 A B C D Provide strategic guidance to transport agencies, local government and the wider transport sector. Clarifying the government’s intentions for transport will assist in coordinating the activity of players throughout the sector. Provision of strategic guidance provided to the transport sector by mid-2011. Long-term progress towards all four government outcomes.
 A B D Facilitate effective governance, performance and capability of transport Crown agencies. Assisting transport Crown agencies to deliver on the Minister’s priorities while achieving value for money will contribute to reduced costs, improved investment decisions and better government services for the transport sector. Provision of clear expectations to, and regular engagement with, Boards and Crown agencies. Provision of timely and robust advice to the Minister on governance, performance and capability issues and options for improvement. Increased value for money delivered by transport Crown agencies.
 A D Implement policies and investigate options to increase transport energy efficiency and manage greenhouse gas emissions of all modes. A more efficient transport system will increase productivity and contribute to environmental outcomes. Implementation of policies and identification of options to improve energy efficiency in line with the New Zealand Energy Strategy, reduce emissions and increase the affordability of transport. Increased energy efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions in all transport modes.
 A C Implement transport-related changes from reviewed governance legislation for Auckland. Improved governance structures for Auckland will enable decision making to be more aligned with government priorities and outcomes, including those decisions made on transport. Implementation of transport-related changes from reviewed governance legislation for Auckland. Increased focus and continuity in decision making to deliver a transport network that supports Auckland’s growth and economic success.
 A B C D Contribute to work streams that aim to improve the interaction between urban planning and infrastructure decision making. Integrating urban and transport planning provides opportunities for more efficient transport, improved urban environments and reduced costs for infrastructure. Provision of input and support to the Ministry for the Environment-led review of the Resource Management Act. Increased integration of transport, land use and other infrastructure planning to contribute to the success of our cities.
 D Implement policies and identify options to ensure that transport meets society’s wider needs. Improved access, safety and reduced environmental impacts can improve transport’s contribution to people’s quality of life. Implementation of policies and identification of options to ensure that transport meets society’s wider needs. An accessible, efficient and safe transport system that contributes positively to the nation’s economic, social and environmental well being.

^ A-D show the relationship between the operating intentions outlined in this section and the government’s long-term outcomes for transport.

* If not stated otherwise, the output/impact refers to the timeframe of this Statement of Intent 2010-2013

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