The Ministry of Transport is the government's principal transport policy adviser. We provide strategic transport leadership, including overall direction and leadership for transport Crown entities and other relevant agencies. The Ministry works collaboratively across the sector, and in particular with Crown entities, to develop and deliver an integrated programme of action that will fulfil the vision and objectives of the updated New Zealand Transport Strategy.

The Ministry's vision is: 
'Leading transport solutions for New Zealand'.  

What we are part of

The New Zealand government transport sector includes: the Minister of Transport; the Minister for Transport Safety; the Associate Minister of Transport; the Ministry of Transport; six Crown agencies; three state-owned enterprises; and one Crown established trust. These agencies and their functions are explained in Table 2. Legislation to merge two of the Crown entities (Land Transport New Zealand and Transit New Zealand) into a new Crown entity (New Zealand Transport Agency) by 1 July 2008 is currently before Parliament.

Our Role

The Ministry assists the Transport Ministers by developing legislation to be enacted by Parliament; drafting regulations and rules in association with the transport Crown entities; undertaking direction setting, for example the update of the New Zealand Transport Strategy and the Government Policy Statement; and representing New Zealand's transport interests internationally. It also works closely with ONTRACK, the agency responsible for the national rail network.

The Ministry acts as the agent for the Ministers of Transport in the government's relationship with the transport Crown entities. This includes recommending appointments to the entities' governing bodies; commenting on the entities' statement of intent documents; negotiating annual output agreements; monitoring the entities' performance; and advising the Ministers.

While the Ministry is primarily a policy and monitoring agency, it is responsible for some operational functions including:

  • contracting Land Transport New Zealand to operate the Motor Vehicle Register (MVR) and collect motor vehicle registration and licensing fees, road user charges and fuel excise duty
  • licensing all international airlines operating to and from New Zealand managing the Milford Sound/Piopiotahi Aerodrome
  • overseeing the Crown's interest in joint venture airports1
  • administering a contract with the Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService) for the provision of a public weather warning and forecast service.

Transport Investment

In 2008/09 nearly $3 billion of funding is projected to be administered by the government transport sector. Table 3 (page 6) provides a summary of the revenue inflows by source and expenditure outflows for each entity. Land Transport New Zealand (Land Transport NZ) accounts for approximately 83 percent of this activity (2006/07). Table 1 shows a breakdown of this expenditure for a typical year.

Table 1 Breakdown of Land Transport New Zealand Expenditure.

Table 2: New Zealand Government Transport Sector (PDF v7.0, 125kb)   

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Table 3: Transport Sector Revenue and Expenditure 2007/08 (see note 1)
Crown Revenue $000

National Land Transport Fund $000

Other Revenue $000

Total Revenue $000









Aviation Security Service


100% Aviation Security Services



26,074 27,834 Civil Aviation Authority 28,048 10% Policy Advice, 90% Aviation Safety and Security Oversight and Enforcement
430,603 1,776,153 138,488 2,345,244 Land Transport
New Zealand
2,335,800 Refer to separate pie chart (Table 1)
8,461 0 16,062 24,523 Maritime
New Zealand
24,446 83% Maritime Regulation/Monitoring, 3% Marine Environment, 14% Search and Rescue
87,071 0 12,749 99,820 Ministry of Transport 99,820 65% Motor Vehicle Registration and Revenue, 34% Policy Advice, 1% Other
0 255,840 1,891 257,731

New Zealand Police

257,731 100% Road Safety
2,722 0 31 2,753 Transport Accident Investigation Commission 2,751 100% Transport Safety
530,762 2,031,993 263,519 2,826,274   2,823,343  
  1,171,900 1,210,140 Transit
New Zealand*
1,507,390 30% Road Maintenance, 47% Road Construction, 7% Property Purchase, 2% Public Transport, 14% Other  

* Transit is funded primarily by Land Transport NZ, so values have been excluded from the table to ensure no duplication. 

Note 1: Figures are from published Statements of Intent for 2007-2010. Detailed figures for 2008/09 for each agency are yet to be finalised at time of print (May 2008).

Ministerial Purchases from other Parties

Appropriations in Vote Transport are also used to purchase a range of services and advice provided by the transport Crown entities and the MetService. These services and advice contribute to:

  • the development and maintenance of New Zealand's roading infrastructure
  • safe transport operations in the maritime, aviation and land sectors
  • public information on the weather
  • search and rescue services.


  1. Joint Venture Airports (JVAs) are airports operated by local authorities in partnership with the government.

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