The transport sector plays an important role in ensuring that New Zealand is well connected, nationally and internationally. The Minister of Transport is clear in his expectations that we should have a transport system that supports economic growth and productivity, provides greater value for money and improves safety.
In order to deliver on these expectations, the Ministry has revised its intermediate result areas. These result areas are:
- improved management of the transport asset base
- higher returns from new transport initiatives
- more open and efficient markets
- fewer incidents and other harms.
To achieve these results, the Ministry will build on previous achievements and will continue to develop our organisational capacity and capability in both the medium and long term. This will allow us to play an even more effective leadership role within the wider transport sector.
The follow-up Performance Improvement Framework Review undertaken in 2014 recognised that the Ministry is becoming a stronger and more savvy organisation. Positive results in independent measures such as the NZIER review of policy advice and the Gallup Engagement Survey show that the Ministry is improving year-on-year in areas that matter — provision of robust policy and advice, and an engaged and motivated workforce. We recognise that we need to keep up the pace if we are to reach our ‘greatest imaginable challenge’ — which is that we will create the environment to double the value from transport initiatives. We will aim to continue this improvement in 2015 and beyond.
Our capacity to think and act strategically as an organisation was significantly enhanced with the introduction of our strategic policy programme in 2014. The Ministry will continue to develop this programme to ensure strong thought-leadership across the transport sector.
Technology is one area the Government has identified that has the potential to deliver improvements in safety, efficiency and environmental outcomes for transport. The Government’s Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Technology Action Plan received international recognition when the Ministry was inducted into the ITS Hall of Fame in Detroit in 2014. In 2015 and beyond, our focus shifts to working across the transport sector to coordinate and deliver the actions outlined in the plan.
Providing sector leadership and driving overall improvements in the transport sector are important aspects of the Ministry’s role. We will continue to encourage collaboration between Crown entities, the Ministry, the transport industry, key customers and other stakeholders to ensure the best results for New Zealand’s transport infrastructure within the available resources.
Chief Executive statement of responsibility
In signing this statement, I acknowledge that I am responsible for the information contained in the Statement of Intent for the Ministry of Transport. This information has been prepared in accordance with the Public Finance Act 1989. It is also consistent with the proposed appropriations set out in the Appropriations (2014/15 Estimates) Bill, as presented to the House of Representatives in accordance with section 13 of the Public Finance Act 1989, and with existing appropriations and financial authorities.
Chief Executive, Ministry of Transport
Manager Finance, Ministry of Transport