The Ministry produces and contributes to a number of key strategies and plans in order to work towards our goal of ensuring the transport system helps New Zealand thrive.

Analytical Framework

The aim of this paper is to provide Ministry of Transport staff with a framework for analysing issues, starting not with analytical tools but with an openness to thinking about markets within the transport sector. Some markets work better than others in helping a country use its resources efficiently. Thinking about how well a market is working should help decide where to be ‘light handed’ and where to concentrate the Ministry’s policy work, thus providing a link between high-level objectives and the work programme. The framework is followed by a discussion of different analytical tools.

Read about the Analytical Framework

Connecting New Zealand

Connecting New Zealand: a summary of the government’s policy direction for transport is a document that summarises the government’s overall policy direction for transport.

Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS)

The Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS) sets out the government’s priorities for expenditure from the National Land Transport Fund over the next 10 years. It sets out how funding is allocated between activities such as road safety policing, state highways, local roads and public transport.

National Infrastructure Plan version 2

The second National Infrastructure Plan(external link) (NIP) was released on Monday 4 July 2011. The Plan outlines the government’s 20 year vision for New Zealand’s infrastructure.

The NIP builds on the first plan released in March 2010, by outlining the government’s vision for New Zealand’s infrastructure and the role infrastructure will play in supporting our economic growth. The overall purpose of this version of the Plan is to improve investment certainty for businesses by giving confidence over current and future infrastructure provision.

The Ministry of Transport, in partnership with the NZ Transport Agency, assisted the National Infrastructure Unit with developing the transport chapter in the NIP. The chapter assesses the current situation, current work programme and key issues for transport infrastructure.

Safer Journeys

In 2010 the government released Safer Journeys, its road safety strategy to 2020. The strategy’s vision is "A safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury".

Safer Journeys takes a Safe System approach to road safety that works across all elements of the road system — roads and roadsides, speeds, vehicles and road use.

The National Road Safety Committee then developed the Safer Journeys Action Plan 2011-12 that contained 108 individual actions designed to improve road safety.

The second action plan (2013-15) provides an opportunity to focus on significant programmes that take ambitious steps toward realising the Safer Journeys vision. This action plan aims to make long-term gains from actions that will:

  • advance the Safe System approach
  • address speed as a cause of road death and serious injury
  • improve roads and roadsides
  • improve the safety of the New Zealand vehicle fleet

Read more on the Safer Journeys website(external link)

Strategic Policy Programme

In March 2014, the Ministry initiated its Strategic Policy Programme. The aim of the programme is to help the Ministry to better understand critical long term challenges facing New Zealand’s transport system, and the possible implications for policy.

In the first year of the programme, the Ministry has explored three key questions:

  • How will New Zealand’s economy perform in the future, and what are the implications for transport?
  • How could or should our transport system evolve in order to support mobility in the future?
  • How could or should we fund our transport system in the future?