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Our work is guided by a strategic framework that aligns with the Government’s aim to improve New Zealanders’ wellbeing and quality of life no matter where they live in the country.
As the Government’s system lead on transport, our purpose is to enable New Zealanders to flourish. This means we aim to be bold, invested and collaborative.
Our vision for New Zealand’s transport system includes:
To achieve this, our functions include:
As steward of the transport sector we look for opportunities to shape a better future and build our capability by making sure we have the right skills, tools and structures, and provide our people with the right opportunities to succeed.
When we assess policies and programmes, we consider how they will deliver on the outcomes in the framework. We also measure them against the Government’s priorities and ensure they fit into our strategic focus areas
Our work includes the Government work programme, focus-area-specific deliverables and organisational foundations.
In 2018, the Government transport agencies agreed a common outcomes framework for the sector that ties in with our strategic framework.
The framework is supported by strategic plans and initiatives that help shape the direction of changes in the transport system, and we use it to help us work out the impact of those changes.
It lays the groundwork for a strategic approach, and identifies what the Government aims to achieve through the transport system.
Every year we report on the work we do and how it supports the outcomes in the framework.
In 2019 we developed Hei Arataki — the Ministry’s Māori strategy — to improve transport outcomes for Māori. Hei Arataki acknowledges that New Zealanders are not flourishing if Māori are not flourishing, and sets out our strategic direction to identify issues and opportunities for Māori in transport design and delivery.
Hei Arataki was designed by our Māori Strategy Working Group, with input from across the Ministry and other government stakeholders. The group considered a Ministry-wide approach to working with and for Māori in a way that is underpinned by the principles of Te Tīriti o Waitangi and informed by a kaupapa Māori approach.
Important parts of the strategy include:
Hei Arataki helps us develop good policy advice and supports:
We recognise Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles. We communicate honestly, share and co-design, and understand and commit to the Crown-Māori relationship.
We recognise the role we play to safeguard and protect the transmission of Māori knowledge and taonga.
We engage and work with Māori people and organisations to leverage collective aspiration and capabilities.
We support and encourage each other, and we create environments that respect and value Māori people and Māori ways of seeing, thinking and feeling.
We also developed iconography for this website that reflects Hei Arataki.