Ministry of Transport (New Zealand)
|Ministry of Transport|
Te Manatū Waka
|Preceding Agency||Transport Department|
|Jurisdiction||Government of New Zealand|
|Headquarters||Level 6, 89 The Terrace, Wellington|
|Employees||146 (June 2012)|
|Annual budget||$32 million NZD (2012)|
|Minister responsible||Hon Gerry Brownlee, Minister of Transport|
|Agency executive||Martin Matthews, Chief Executive|
|Child agency||Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), including the Aviation Security Service (AvSec), New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), Maritime New Zealand, New Zealand Railways Corporation, Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC)|
The Ministry of Transport (In Maori: Te Manatū Waka) is the New Zealand Government's principal transport policy adviser. The vast majority of its work is providing policy advice to the Minister and Associate Minister of Transport to shape transport policy for New Zealand. The Secretary for Transport (Chief Executive) is Martin Matthews.
Government transport sector
- New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA)
- Maritime New Zealand
- New Zealand Railways Corporation (trading as KiwiRail)
- Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC)
- Airways New Zealand
- Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService)
They are responsible for day-to-day hands-on management of daily traffic, aviation, rail and maritime activities. Their roles and the composition of their boards are defined in legislation.
The Ministry negotiates an annual performance agreement with each entity on behalf of the Minister, monitors the entities' performance against that agreement, and recommends appointments to the entities' governing bodies.
The Ministry provides policy advice to the Minister, in collaboration with the Crown entities, including the making of transport rules. As well, the Ministry negotiates on behalf of New Zealand, bilateral and multilateral air services agreements and is the licensing authority for foreign international airlines operating services to and from New Zealand.
The Ministry also:
- administers, on behalf of the Minister, the contract with the Meteorological Service of New Zealand (Metservice) for the provision of public weather warnings and forecasts
- manages the Motor Vehicle Register (MVR) and revenue collection functions which includes the collection and refund of motor vehicle registration and licensing fees, road user charges and fuel excise duty, and the maintenance of the MVR. The New Zealand Transport Agency is contracted to provide these services under an agreement with the Secretary for Transport.
- has responsibility for the operation of the Milford Sound/Piopiotahi Airport, and oversees the Crown's interest in joint venture airports
- administers transport legislation, rules and regulations
- represents New Zealand at international fora
- licenses all international airlines operating to and from New Zealand
The Ministry does not have a hands-on-role in daily traffic, aviation, rail or maritime matters.