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For the year ended 30 June 2017

Produced pursuant to Section 19B on the Public Finance Act 1989

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:

  • Tauranga maritime incident response

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.

Maritime New Zealand

Funding provided to Maritime New Zealand is reported in its annual report. For completeness, it is also included in this report.

Maritime New Zealand uses this funding to promote awareness of recreational boating safety and to maintain capability for the Rescue Co-ordination Centre. These activities have the aim of reducing the number of preventable search and rescue related fatalities in New Zealand.

 

Other bodies

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 NZ and Amateur Radio Emergency Communications. This funding helps these organizations to ensure their ongoing viability at acceptable performance levels for search and rescue activity.

The funding paid to each body in 2016/17 is shown below.

  $000
Maritime New Zealand 5,202
Sub-total 5,202
Annual funding under a service-level agreement  
Coastguard New Zealand 1,874 
LandSAR New Zealand 650
Surf Life Saving NZ 200 
Mountain Safety Council 105
Amateur Radio Emergency Communications 65
Additional funding  
Coastguard New Zealand 189
Sub-total 3,083 
Total 8,285

 Non-financial performance

Actual 2016 Assessment of Performance Actual 2017 Standards/Targets 2017
-

People who recall boating safety messaging (as gauged by survey)

58% 75%
100% Delivery of the national search and rescue support programme agreed by the NZ Search and Rescue Council with the providing bodies 90% 100%
 

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

   
100%
  • Provision of expert services to the Coordination Authorities
100% 100%
100%
  • Provision of Incident Management Team members to the
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%

 Financial performance

Actual 2016
$000
  Actual 2017
$000
Budget 2017
$000
Forecast 2017
$000
7,594 Non-departmental output expenses: Search and rescue and recreational boating safety activities PLA 8,285 8,167 8,525

Funding increased by $358,000 during the year. This was the net of:

  • $429,000 increase 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 the unspent balance carried forward to 2016/17. Only $189,000 of this funding was paid, and the balance is not required.
  • $71,000 decrease as the rate of capital charge reduced, which meant Maritime New Zealand required less funding.

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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 2016 Assessment of Performance Actual 2017 Standards/Targets 2017
As per contract Provision of agreed services Achieved As per contract
- Provision of new services Achieved As agreed between MetService and the Ministry
 

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

94% 94%
93%
  • Heavy rain (one year mean)
   
94%
  • Severe gales (two year mean)
   
100%
  • Heavy snow (two year mean)
   
  Maximum percentage of forecasts of severe-weather events which are subsequently found to be false alarms (false alarm ratio) 9% 13%
13%
  • Heavy rain (one year mean) 
   
12%
  • Severe gales (two year mean)
   
12%
  • Heavy snow (two year mean)
   

Financial performance

Actual 2016
$000
  Actual 2017
$000
Budget 2017
$000
Forecast 2017
$000
21,212 Non-departmental output expenses: Weather forecasts and warnings 21,917 21,917 21,917

Funding for 2016/17 was $705,000 more than 2015/16. Budget 2015 provided progressive increases for 2015/16 and outyears to meet forecast costs of the services provided.

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Non-departmental other expense: Tauranga maritime incident response

This appropriation was established to provide funding to respond to the grounding of the MV Rena on 11 October 2011.

The only expenditure against the appropriation in 2016/17 is a payment to Crown Law Office. This relates to the Crown’s participation in a hearing of the Environment Court under the Resource Management Act 1991. No further expenditure is anticipated.

Non-financial performance

Actual 2018 Assessment of Performance Actual 2017 Standards/Targets 2017
New measure Crown Law advice meets the needs of the Attorney-General, including those relating to an Ombudsman’s inquiry 100% 100%

Financial performance

Actual 2016
$000
  Actual 2017
$000
Budget 2017
$000
Forecast 2017
$000
930 Non-departmental other expenses: Tauranga maritime incident response 13 - 106

Funding increase by $106,000 during the year due to the carry forward of unspent 2015/16 funding.

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