The transport system in New Zealand

The Ministry is one of a number of central and local government and private sector organisations that come together to fund and provide the services that underpin the transport system. The transport system is ultimately for the movement of people and freight around the country and off-shore. Thinking about transport as a system and how it integrates with the supply
chain for businesses, accessibility for people, and urban design and planning for communities is critical.

While transport is often viewed as individual transport modes (road, rail, maritime and aviation), in order to achieve an effective system in the most efficient way we often need the individual modes to work together and provide integrated services. This is particularly important for many of our freight movements, for example where ports need to connect well
with rail and road modes, and also for commuters who need bus services to connect well with rail services. Integrated ticketing represents another opportunity to improve service delivery across transport modes.

People in New Zealand rely heavily on their cars to carry out their lives. The vehicles they select, how they use them and when they use them has an impact on the environmental, safety and efficiency outcomes of the transport system.

It is the way in which we are able to integrate transport services across the modes, together with other business or government systems, that will provide choice for New Zealanders. It will also
provide opportunities for productivity gains within the transport sector and the economy.

The Ministry’s focus is on improving the overall performance of the transport system, improving the performance of government transport agencies and enhancing the value for money that the government receives from its investment in the transport system.

Nature and scope of functions

Our vision is: ‘Leading transport solutions for New Zealand’.

The Ministry of Transport is the government’s principal transport adviser. We assist the Minister to shape government policy that will achieve the desired outcomes for our nation. We help the government give effect to its policy through supporting the development of legislation, regulations and rules and the management and accountability for funds invested in transport.
We also represent our interests internationally, particularly in aviation and maritime.

The Ministry also assists the Minister of Transport in the government’s relationship with the transport Crown entities. The Ministry is also responsible for some operational functions including:
• contracting the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZ Transport Agency) to collect licensing fees, road user charges and fuel excise duty
• licensing all international airlines operating to and from New Zealand
• managing the Milford Sound/Piopiotahi Aerodrome
• overseeing the Crown’s interest in joint venture airports
• administering a contract with the Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService) for the provision of a public weather warning and forecast service.

What we are part of

The New Zealand government transport sector includes the Minister of Transport, the Ministry of Transport, five Crown agencies, three state-owned enterprises and one Crown established trust. These agencies and their functions are explained in this table (PDF v7.0, 44.6kb).

In 2009/10 approximately $2.7 billion of funding is projected to be administered by the government transport sector.

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