For the year ended 30 June 2016

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

Foreward

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

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

Non-departmental output expense: Search and rescue and recreational boating safety activities PLA

This appropriation funds activities undertaken by several bodies. Funding provided to Maritime New Zealand is reported in its annual report, and so this report covers only the funding provided to other bodies, which is for search and rescue activities, as opposed to recreational boating safety.

The New Zealand Search and Rescue Council (the 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 Council has reached joint service level agreements for Search and Rescue services with Coastguard New Zealand, LandSAR New Zealand, Surf Life Saving New Zealand, the Mountain Safety Council and Amateur Radio Emergency Communications. This funding helps these organisations to ensure their ongoing viability at acceptable performance levels for search and rescue activity.

The funding provided to each body in 2015/16 is shown below.

Annual funding under a Service Level Agreement $
Coastguard New Zealand 1,874,000
LandSAR New Zealand 650,000
Surf Life Saving NZ 200,000
Mountain Safety Council NZ 105,000
Amateur Radio Emergency Communications 65,000
Additional funding 2,894,000
Coastguard New Zealand – see below 529,000
  3,423,000
Non-financial performance
Actual 2014/15 Assessment of Performance 2015/16 Actual 2015/16 Standard
100%

Delivery of the national search and rescue support programme agreed by the NZ Search and Rescue Council with the providing bodies

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

100% 100%
100%
  • Provision of expert services to the Coordination Authorities
100% 100%
100%
  • Provision of Incident Management Team members to the Coordination Authorities on request
100% 100%
100%
  • Participation in joint Search and Rescue exercises
100% 100%
100%
  • Provision of Search and Rescue related information
100% 100%
90%
  • National Search and Rescue training and education to improve interagency cooperation and understanding
90% 90%
100%
  • Delivery of the national search and rescue support programme agreed by the NZ SAR Council with the providing bodies
100% 100%
Financial performance
Actual 2014/15
$000
  Actual 2015/16
$000
Unaudited Main Estimates 2015/16
$000
Unaudited Supplementary Estimates 2015/16
$000
7,022 Search and rescue and recreational boating safety activities PLA non-departmental output expenses 7,594 7,478 8,007

Funding increased by $529,000 during the year as Coastguard NZ received one off funding to make changes to its VHF radio and NowCasting transmission services. This funding was not fully drawn down in 2015/16 and permission has been sought to carry the unspent balance forward to 2016/17.

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Non-departmental output expense: 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 2014/15 Performance measures Actual 2015/16 Standards/Targets 2015/16
As per contract Provision of agreed services As per contract As per contract
  Minimum percentage of forecasts of severe-weather events which successfully predicted the event (probability of detection)    
94%
  • Heavy rain (one year mean)
93% >90%
100%
  • Severe gales (two year mean)
94% >85%
100%
  • Heavy snow (two year mean)
100% >85%
  Maximum percentage of forecasts of severe-weather events which are subsequently found to be false alarms (false alarm ratio)    
13%
  • Heavy rain (one year mean)
19% <25%
12%
  • Severe gales (two year mean)
15% <30%
12%
  • Heavy snow (two year mean)
29% <30%
Financial performance
Actual 2014/15
$000
  Actual 2015/16
$000
Unaudited Main Estimates 2015/16
$000
Unaudited Supplementary Estimates 2015/16
$000
18,574 Weather forecasts and warnings non-departmental output expenses 21,212 21,212 21,212

Funding was increased for 2015/16 and outyears as part of Budget 2015.

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