Our role is to be a trusted, impartial, expert adviser to government: shaping transport for New Zealand. We will fulfil this by being an effective, professional services ministry.

The Ministry of Transport is the government’s principal transport adviser. We assist the Minister to shape government policy that will achieve the desired outcomes for our nation. We help the government implement its policy through supporting the development of legislation, regulations and rules; the management and accountability for funds invested in transport; and representing our interests internationally, particularly in aviation and maritime.

The Ministry also assists the Minister of Transport in the government’s relationship with the transport Crown entities. The Ministry is also responsible for some operationalfunctions including:

  • contracting the collection of 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 airports[1]
  • administering a contract with the Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService) for the provision of a public weather warning and forecast service

The diagram below shows (at a high level) how the Ministry’s two key outputs work to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the transport system. The outputs also set the parameters for the transport decisions taken by the private sector and individuals, and through the outputs, contribute tothe government’s long-term transport outcomes.
Diagram from the Ministry of Transport's Statement of Intent 2011-2014 showing how the Ministry's two key outputs of policy advice and advice on Crown entity governance work to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the transport system.

What we are part of

The New Zealand government transport sector includes the Minister of Transport, the Associate Minister of Transport, four Crown entities, three State-owned enterprises and one Crown established trust. These entities and their functions are explained in this diagram [PDF, 79 KB]

Transport funding 2011/12

In 2011/12, approximately $3 billion of funding is projected to be administered by the government transport sector. A summary of the estimated revenue inflows by source and expenditure outflows for each entity is explained in this table [PDF, 76 KB].

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