Foreword: Minister of Transport

The government has an overall goal to grow the New Zealand economy so that we can all enjoy greater prosperity, security and opportunity. Developing New Zealand’s infrastructure is essential to getting us through the current downturn and on a path to stronger economic growth.

Our transport system plays a central role in the performance of our economy. The efficient movement of people and freight – domestically and internationally – is essential if we are to prosper as a nation. The government plays a major role in achieving this, as a regulator, funder and owner of key transport infrastructure.

The second Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding has been developed. It provides a clear direction on funding priorities for the land transport sector and will support new jobs, increased growth and, over time, an improved State highway network.

The Ministry of Transport will continue its strenuous efforts to improve the safety and security of our transport system. This work includes making our roads safer through advances in road engineering, ongoing education of drivers and dilligent enforcement of current laws. Safety across other transport modes is also very important.

The Ministry of Transport, as my principal adviser on transport matters, plays a critical role in helping the government formulate and implement its transport policy. This Statement of Intent sets out what the Ministry will be doing to support the government, and how it plans to go about it. I am satisfied the Statement of Intent reflects my expectations of the Ministry.

Since taking office the new government has announced a number of changes, including:

    • bringing forward roading projects and boosting funding for road maintenance and renewal work
    • increased funding for new State highway construction by almost $1 billion over the next three years
    • identifying the first Roads of National Significance in recognition of their importance in achieving the government’s transport goals.

Ministerial Statement of Responsibility

I am satisfied that the information on future operating intentions provided by my department in this Statement of Intent 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 Steven Joyce
Responsible Minister for Ministry of Transport
May 2009

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