We have four long-term outcomes...

The Ministry has developed a strategic framework that supports the government’s direction for transport and is flexible to respond to changes in priorities over time. The Ministry’s focus is on a transport system that maximises economic and social benefits for New Zealand, and minimises harm. It is for the government of the day to determine the balance and priorities between these dimensions.

To support its overall focus, the Ministry has four long-term outcomes for the transport system that we will pursue over the next 20-plus years:

  • effective
  • efficient
  • resilient
  • safe.

Effective – moves people and freight where they need to go in a timely manner

This outcome captures the core function of the transport system which connects New Zealand – domestically and internationally. It links employees, employers and businesses together, and enables individuals to access services and make social connections. Transport is a critical part of the supply chain that delivers goods to domestic and international markets, and meets the travel needs of our international tourists.

Efficient – delivers the right infrastructure and services to the right level at the best cost

Better transport infrastructure and services can lower costs and increase accessibility for businesses by expanding markets and improving access to suppliers. The quality of infrastructure, and how comprehensive the transport network is, has a significant influence on the role transport plays and its contribution to the functioning of a successful, competitive economy.

Similarly, the quality of transport regulatory settings is also important to a well-functioning system. Funding for transport is, like funding for other areas of government expenditure, a scarce resource. We need to ensure the transport system delivers value for money by providing the right level of infrastructure and services, while achieving the best cost.

Resilient – meets future transport needs and endures shocks

Transport infrastructure often has a life span of many decades or longer. With the investments we make today having such long-term impacts, it is important that the transport system is developed with an eye not only on current needs, but also on future needs. Decisions on government investment and regulatory settings need to be cognisant of the effect they will have on private investments that also have long life spans.

We need to have confidence that the transport system can resist and be resilient to intentional and unintentional dangers. The system needs to be flexible enough to quickly respond to security requirements that may be imposed on us by other countries or international organisations. It also needs to be resilient to deal with shocks, such as major earthquakes or extreme weather events.

Resilience will enable the transport system to continue to meet its economic and social functions into the future.

Safe – Reduces the harms from transport

The operation of the transport system also gives rise to a number of undesirable consequences. These include the social cost of road crashes, greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts, and public health impacts (such as air quality, and noise). It is important, therefore, that these types of issues are mitigated in cost-effective ways. Achieving a safer transport system will also have positive economic benefits as it can, for example, improve travel reliability for business.

... and will report progress against the long-term outcomes annually

The Ministry will report progress against the long-term outcomes through its Annual Report. The Ministry’s Transport Monitoring Indicator Framework is available on the Ministry’s website (www.transport.govt.nz). It provides detailed data on the performance of the transport system across most of the outcome areas. The Ministry also works across the transport Crown entities to monitor and report on progress against outcomes. We are working with the New Zealand Transport Agency and the National Infrastructure Unit to establish relevant infrastructure indicators for the transport sector.

We will use these new indicators in our future reporting.

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