The New Zealand Government Transport Sector

Minister of Transport and Associate Minister of Transport

The Ministry of Transport provides impartial, expert advice to the government to help it meet its objectives for transport. This includes advice on legislative, regulatory and policy settings; funding levels and priorities; and Crown agency governance, performance and accountability. The Ministry also represents the government’s transport interests internationally.

Civil Aviation Authority (including the Aviation Security Service)

Civil Aviation Authority

Establishes and monitors civil aviation safety and security standards, carries out air accident and incident investigations, and promotes aviation safety and personal security.

Aviation Security Service

Provides aviation security services for international and domestic air operations, including airport security, passenger and baggage screening.

Maritime New Zealand

Promotes commercial and recreational vessel safety, marine environment protection standards, and monitors port and ship security. Controls entry to the maritime system through granting of maritime documents and inspection of ships, and advises on international conventions. Investigates maritime accidents and coordinates category II search and rescue. Provides oil spill preparedness and response, navigation aids and the distress and safety radio communications system.

NZ Transport Agency

Allocates funding for land transport infrastructure and services through the National Land Transport Programme. Manages access to the transport system through driver and vehicle licensing, vehicle inspections and rules development. Provides land transport safety and sustainability information and education. Manages the State highway network, including maintenance, improvements and operations activities.

Transport Accident Investigation Commission

(Independent Crown agency) Investigates significant air, maritime and rail accidents and incidents to determine their cause and circumstances so that similar occurrences are avoided in future.

Three state-owned enterprises with transport functions

Airways Corporation of New Zealand Ltd

Provides air navigation and air traffic management services on a commercial basis. It is also responsible for air traffic services in 28.8 million square kilometres of international airspace managed by New Zealand.

Meteorological Sercive of New Zealand Limited (MetService)

Provides public weather forecasting services and provides meteorological information for international air navigation under contract to the Civil Aviation Authority.

New Zealand Railways Corporation

(trading as KiwiRail Group). KiwiRail manages the rail and ferry businesses owned by the New Zealand Government.

Local Government

Local authorities own, maintain and develop New Zealand’s local road network and perform important regulatory transport functions. Local government funds land transport infrastructure and public transport services alongside central government, and is responsible for transport planning and land use planning. Some local authorities own seaports and airports, or share ownership with the Crown.

New Zealand Police

Provides road policing services including speed management, drink/drugged driving enforcement, seatbelt enforcement, a visible road safety presence and commercial vehicle investigation. Also provides maritime patrol units.


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