Kia ora koutou. Transport is essential for the lives of every New Zealander – it allows us to access economic and social opportunities within New Zealand and to connect globally. For New Zealanders to flourish we need an effective, healthy and safe domestic transport system with strong links to the rest of the world. New Zealand has a vibrant transport sector, which provides around 4.5 percent of New Zealand’s employment and 5 percent of our gross domestic product

It’s an exciting time at the Ministry of Transport. We are entrusted with a range of responsibilities which are both complex and challenging. 

Following a significant rethink of, and reset to, the way we work in 2017, I believe the Ministry is well positioned to lead the sector in achieving the best outcomes for the Government and for New Zealanders. The Ministry’s newly-established senior leadership team is responsible for taking the organisation forward as we transition to be our best. Early progress is evident but there is more to do. 

This Statement of Intent acknowledges the Ministry’s stage of rebuild and a large focus for the 2018 calendar year is on developing strategic intentions and a framework for measuring our progress towards these. 

The Performance Improvement Framework (PIF) Review released in January 2018 closely mirrored findings of our own operating model review. Over the next four years, the Ministry will bring:

  • A stronger systems focus to the development of policy and regulation in the transport sector, and working collaboratively across government;
  • A greater leadership role to the transport sector, including providing greater clarity of direction and a stronger research and evidence base for decision making; and
  • A more consistent approach to engaging across the transport and government sectors to strengthen the way we develop and implement transport policy.

The Ministry is focusing on seeing transport as a whole system and understanding the complex interactions and relationships that occur both within that system, and in the broader social, economic, and environmental context. We have a full policy work programme that presents a number of challenges; our work is interdependent with that of other sectors and addresses a range of complex issues, with much to be done.

We know that our work is critical to the daily lives of people throughout New Zealand and the success of New Zealand businesses. We are committed to fulfilling our role and providing the advice that the Government needs.  

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 (2018/19 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.


Peter Mersi
Chief Executive, Ministry of Transport


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