Transport underpins economic activity. Freight transport demand is expected to grow by 75 percent over the next 20 years[1]. Overall transport demand is forecast to grow by 34 percent over the same period[2]. The transport sector’s key challenge is to provide options that enhance its contribution to improving productivity and growing the economy. Given New Zealand’s distance from key markets, moving domestic and international freight more efficiently will be vital to New Zealand’s economic performance. Transport also plays an important role in the success of our cities, particularly Auckland as it generates one-third of New Zealand’s national goods and services[3]. There is also significant potential for economic and environmental co-benefits from increasing transport’s efficiency.

1 National Freight Demands Study, 2008

2 National Freight Demands Study, 2008

3 Statistics New Zealand, 2010


Govt's long-term outcomes The Ministry's planned programmes of action Key deliverables* Rationale and intended impact 
A B D  Facilitate effective governance, performance and capability of transport Crown agencies.  Board appointments made as required.

Funding and value for money initiatives for Maritime New Zealand, Civil Aviation Authority and NZ Transport Agency implemented.
By making Board appointments and working with transport Crown entities to deliver on the Minister's priorities, we will contribute to value for money from improved decisions, better government services and reduced costs for the transport sector. 
A C Engage Auckland Council and Auckland Transport on government policy and funding issues, to address Auckland transport and wider spatial issues. Transport input to the Auckland Spatial Plan and engagement with Auckland Transport on funding and policy issues.  By engaging Auckland Council and Auckland Transport we will support integrated decision-making and long-term planning in line with government priorities and funding commitments for transport. 
A D Review use of regulatory interventions and their implementation. 



Implementation of a streamlined process that improves the efficiency of transport rule-making.  The transport sector is highly regulated and there are opportunities to improve processes for regulatory intervention. This will result in simpler and more streamlined regulation, so that transport outcomes are delivered with minimal delay and reduced compliance costs. 
A B D Develop transport policy and contribute to the all-of-government response to the Christchurch earthquake.  Transport input to and support for Christchurch’s recovery.  By helping ensure that Christchurch’s transport system is up and running as quickly as possible we will support Christchurch’s recovery and its contribution to growing the economy. 
A B Identify options to enhance the contribution of the freight sector to economic growth and productivity. Improved freight data collection and understanding of the New Zealand freight supply chain. 

Regular reporting on freight-related data.

Identify freight-related issues for policy development.
By understanding the freight supply chain we can contribute to better informed policy advice and sector decision-making, increase the effectiveness of the freight supply chain and contribute to growing the economy. 
A B C Work with the NZ Transport Agency and local governments to deliver better value for money from the National Land Transport Fund. Amendment of the Public Transport Management Act. By revising funding and procurement policies in relation to public transport and walking and cycling, as well as regulations and legislation applying to public transport, we will deliver greater value
for money.

*The Ministry's planned programmes of action, including key deliverables, are key initiatives contained in the Ministry's annual work programme, referred to in the Information Supporting the Estimates. 

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