Introduction from the Chief Executive

Over the last three years, the Ministry has been proactive in its efforts to lift its performance and manage its costs. We have made good progress in becoming more flexible and productive. We will maintain our focus on this and our drive to be more proactive, responsive and innovative to deliver on the government’s priority for better public services.

The Ministry’s Regulatory Reform Programme is a good example of our responsiveness and innovation. We will continue to embed these approaches within the Ministry.

The Ministry is the adviser to government on transport policy and investment matters. We are required to undertake complex policy development, involving financial, economic and statistical analysis. One area of advice relates to transport infrastructure. We provide this in the knowledge that transport infrastructure can have a life span of many decades or longer. Deciding when and how much to invest in transport infrastructure and services are major decisions for New Zealand.

We have had some great examples of robust policy work over the last year. This includes new metro rail arrangements, a new public transport operating model and advice on major investment proposals for Clifford Bay and the Auckland City Rail Link. However, we are striving to continue to develop our capability to deliver consistently high quality work.

We have also been actively managing our costs and cost structure. We have reduced the size of the Ministry over the last two years by managed attrition and some restructuring. We have also, voluntarily, participated in government benchmarking exercises. This has helped us better understand our cost structures and identify areas where we may be able to achieve further efficiencies.

The Ministry is stepping up to its leadership role within the government transport sector. As part of that we are working with our sector partners to look at the potential for shared services. We are also strengthening the way we lead the National Road Safety Committee, and the Search and Rescue Council.

The next three years will be challenging for the Ministry as we address key transport issues. These include:

  • determining whether the government should own or invest in particular infrastructure proposals, including Clifford Bay and the Auckland City Rail Link
  • deciding on what changes to the current transport revenue-raising system will be needed to meet future funding requirements
  • continuing to reduce the regulatory burden from the transport system while maintaining safety and security
  • continuing the momentum generated to reduce the social cost of road crashes and the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

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 Appropriation (2012/13 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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