The New Zealand transport system has an important role to play for individuals, businesses and for a vibrant New Zealand economy. It connects businesses to their markets both in New Zealand and overseas, and connects people to their jobs, and educational, social and leisure activities.
With this in mind, I have asked the Ministry of Transport to focus on three overarching priorities:
- supporting economic growth and productivity
- delivering greater value for money
- improving safety.
I want to ensure that, as a country, we make the most of the advantages of new technologies that will help us connect more efficiently and effectively. New Zealand has the opportunity to improve its safety, efficiency and environmental outcomes through using intelligent transport system technologies, and we must be well positioned to capture these benefits.
Supporting economic growth and productivity
Transport supports our economic growth by providing the domestic transport networks and international connectivity necessary for the movement of people and goods. The transport system needs to be efficient and effective to ensure that our existing infrastructure assets are well utilised and that new investments deliver real results for New Zealand.
Delivering greater value for money
Transport is an important portfolio for us as a government. Transport agencies are responsible for more than $3.5 billion a year in expenditure. Therefore, I have asked the Ministry of Transport to actively contribute to our Business Growth Agenda and the delivery of better public services by lifting performance, delivering results and managing costs.
Safety is a key dimension of a successful transport system. Users need to feel and be safe when they travel, and the international aviation and maritime lines that service New Zealand also need to have confidence in the safety and security of New Zealand’s transport system. We must ensure that we have high performing transport regulators, supported by fit-for-purpose regulatory frameworks (this will contribute to my first two priorities), as a key foundation for a safe and secure transport system.
Areas of particular focus
To help achieve my overarching priorities, I intend on focusing my efforts in the following areas:
- taking a multi-modal approach to delivering transport solutions
- investing in economic growth in regions, including developing and implementing fit-for-purpose transport solutions for Auckland
- investigating and implementing existing intelligent transport systems
- investigating the potential for electric vehicles in New Zealand
- managing the environmental impacts of transport
- supporting New Zealand’s export economy
- improving safety across the transport system.
Responding to other issues
We must also be flexible and ready to respond immediately to unforeseen events, such as earthquakes, cyclones and security threats. The Ministry of Transport and the transport Crown entities must be well prepared to deal with any future transport emergencies, and be flexible to respond to other changes in priorities that may arise over the course of the next three years.
Ministerial statement of responsibility
I am satisfied that the information on future operating intentions provided by my department in this Statement of Intent and the Information Supporting the Estimates is in accordance with sections 38, 40 and 41 of the Public Finance Act 1989 and is consistent with the policies and performance expectations of the Government.
Hon Simon Bridges
Minister of Transport