For the year ended 30 June 2015

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Produced pursuant to Section 19B of the Public Finance Act 1989.
B.14 (TRANSPORT)

Foreword

The Minister of Transport is required under section 19B of the Public Finance Act 1989 to report against the following non-departmental appropriations in Vote Transport:

Non-departmental output expenses

  • Search and rescue and recreational boating safety activities PLA
  • Weather forecasts and warnings

Non-departmental other expenses

  • Rail – Auckland metro rail electric multiple unit package

Non-departmental capital expenses

  • Rail – Loan for Auckland metro rail electric multiple unit package

This report has been appended to the annual report of the Ministry of Transport for publication. It is not subject to audit.

 

Hon Simon Bridges
Minister of Transport

 

Search and rescue and recreational boating safety activities PLA

The New Zealand Search and Rescue Council seeks to continue to address the identified systemic risks within the New Zealand Search and Rescue system to reduce the number of preventable Search and Rescue -related fatalities in New Zealand.

The services provided by this funding include supporting the council, services and variable operating costs of key Search and Rescue – providing organisations to ensure their ongoing viability at acceptable performance levels.

Joint service level agreements for Search and Rescue services have been reached with Coastguard New Zealand, LandSAR New Zealand, Surf Life Saving New Zealand and Amateur Radio Emergency Communications.

Non-financial performance

Actual 2013/14

Performance measures

Actual 2014/15

Standards/Target 2014/15

73%

People who recall boating safety television advertising (as gauged by survey)

61%

75%

100%

100%

 100%

100%

100%

 100%

Develop and maintain Service Level Agreements with key providers in the Search and Rescue community. Key agreement measures are:

  • Provision of expert services to the Coordination Authorities
  • Provision of Incident Management Team members to the Coordination Authorities on request
  • Participation in joint Search and Rescue exercises
  • Provision of Search and Rescue related information
  • National Search and Rescue training and education to improve interagency cooperation and understanding
  • Delivery of the national search and rescue support programme agreed by the NZ Search and Rescue Council with the providing bodies

100%

100%

 100%

100%

100%

 100%

100%

100%

 100%

100%

90%

100%

 

Financial performance

Actual 2013/14
$000

 

Actual 2014/15
$000

Unaudited Main Estimates 2014/15
$000

Unaudited Supplementary Estimates 2014/15
$000

5,873

Search and rescue and recreational boating safety activities PLA non-departmental output expenses

7,022

6,943

7,022

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Weather forecasts and warnings

The Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService) provides services for this output class under a contract with the Minister of Transport.

Services involve the production of severe weather warnings and a level of weather forecast services for land, coastal waters and oceanic areas for which New Zealand has international responsibility, and the provision of a weather observation network in and around New Zealand.

Non financial performance

Actual 2013/14

Performance measures

Actual 2014/15

Standards/Targets 2014/15

As per contract, except delay in delivering Northland radar (commissioned in 2013/14)

Provision of agreed services

As per contract

As per contract

93%

92%

100%

 

 

Minimum percentage of forecasts of severe-weather events which successfully predicted the event (probability of detection)

  • Heavy rain (one year mean)
  • Severe gales (two year mean)
  • Heavy snow (two year mean)

94%

100%

100%

 

 

90%

 

 

 

 

12%

14%

0%

 

Maximum percentage of forecasts of severe-weather events which are subsequently found to be false alarms (false alarm ratio)

  • Heavy rain (one year mean)
  • Severe gales (two year mean)
  • Heavy snow (two year mean)

 

13%

12%

12%

 

25%

 

 

Financial performance

Actual 2013/14
$000

 

Actual 2014/15
$000

Unaudited Main Estimates 2014/15
$000

Unaudited Supplementary Estimates 2014/15
$000

20,017

Weather forecasts and warnings non-departmental output expenses

18,574

18,574

18,574

A one year funding increase for 2013/14 was agreed as part of Budget 2013, pending a price and services review to determine an appropriate level of price and service. As a result of the review, funding was increased for 2015/16 and outyears as part of Budget 2015.

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Rail – Auckland metro rail electric multiple unit package, and Rail – Loan for Auckland metro rail electric multiple unit package

In November 2009, the Crown agreed to provide funding to Auckland Council to purchase 57 electric trains and a maintenance depot in Auckland.

The package is a loan of $500 million over 2011/12 to 2014/15 and a grant of $90 million in 2014/15.

Non-financial performance

Actual 2013/14

Performance measures

Actual 2014/15

Standards/Targets 2014/15

100%

All loan draw-downs and payments are made in accordance with the documentation and process outlined in the loan agreement between the Crown and Auckland Council

100%

100%

 

Financial performance

Actual 2013/14
$000

 

Actual 2014/15
$000

Unaudited Main Estimates 2014/15
$000

Unaudited Supplementary Estimates 2014/15
$000

138,000

Rail – Loan for Auckland metro rail electric multiple unit package non-departmental capital expenditure

182,000

192,000

192,000

-

Rail – Auckland metro rail electric multiple unit package non-departmental other expenses

90,000

90,000

90,000

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