Introduction from the Chief Executive

Achieving a successful transport system in New Zealand is crucial to supporting the government’s goal of growing the economy and improving productivity, and the Ministry is dedicated to achieving that aim.

The priority programmes of work for the Ministry of Transport include:

  • simplifying and streamlining transport’s legislative and regulatory framework to reduce compliance costs and increase effectiveness
  • establishing a new operational model for metro rail in order to contribute to reliable and cost-effective passenger rail services in Auckland and Wellington, as well as increased public access to the wider transport system
  • assisting the transport Crown entities to deliver on the Transport Minister’s priorities to reduce costs, improve investment decisions and provide better government services for the transport sector
  • engaging Auckland Council and Auckland Transport on government policy and funding issues to address Auckland transport and wider spatial issues developing policies on the planning, management and funding of land transport through the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding to allow road investment to be targeted more effectively and ensure more efficient use of resources
  • contributing to the government’s focus on recovery of Christchurch following the devastating earthquakes

These priority areas reflect the priorities of the government, and in particular, the Minister of Transport. We will continue to anticipate and identify emerging transport issues that may require future responses from government.

Alongside being responsive and bringing a sense of pace and urgency to our work, we also need to be able to demonstrate the value for money that we provide to the Minister and the government. To this end, we have an active programme of change and organisational development to make the Ministry a more flexible, productive and effective organisation. The Ministry of Transport is committed to providing the best possible advice we can to support the government in delivering its programme to the nation.

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 (2009/10 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.

Martin Matthews
Chief Executive, Ministry of Transport

Fiona Macmaster
Manager Finance, Ministry of Transport


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