Nature and scope of functions

Our role is to be a trusted, impartial, expert adviser to government: shaping transport for New Zealand. We will fulfil this by being an effective, professional services ministry.

The Ministry of Transport 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 from its 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 managing and accounting for funds invested in transport. We also represent New Zealand’s interests internationally, particularly in aviation and maritime. We assist the government in its relationship with the transport Crown agencies to ensure they are effectively governed, and accountable for their performance. We also 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 has the following output classes:

  • Policy advice, which includes advice relating to all modes of transport and associated rules programmes.
  • Governance and performance advice and support.
  • Land transport revenue forecasting and strategy.
  • Refund of fuel excise duty (contracted to the NZ Transport Agency).
  • Road user charges collection, investigation and enforcement (contracted to the NZ Transport Agency).
  • Airport operation and administration, which is for the operation of Milford Sound/Piopiotahi Aerodrome.

What we are part of

The New Zealand government transport sector includes the Minister of Transport, the Associate Minister of Transport, four Crown entities, three State-owned enterprises and one Crown established trust. These entities and their functions are explained in this diagram (PDF v8.0, 7931kb).

Transport funding 2010/11

In 2010/11, approximately $3.3 billion of funding is projected to be administered by the government transport sector. A summary of the estimated revenue inflows by source and expenditure outflows for each entity is explained in this table (PDF v8.0, 81kb).

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