Ministry of Transport (New Zealand)
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|Headquarters||Level 2, Westpac House|
318 Lambton Quay,
|Annual budget||Vote Transport|
Total budget for 2017/18
The Ministry was established in 1968 with a merger of the then Transport Department and the Civil Aviation Department. In the 1970s, the roles of the Ministry included traffic enforcement, air traffic control, weather forecasting, air accident investigation and lighthouses. Many of these functions were divested to other government organisations over the period from 1988 to 2004.
Government transport sector
- Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), includes the Aviation Security Service (AvSec)
- Maritime New Zealand (MNZ)
- New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA)
- Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC)
- Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited (Airways New Zealand)
- Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService)
- New Zealand Railways Corporation (NZRC) (trading as KiwiRail)
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.
Ministers of Transport
The following ministers have held the office of Minister of Transport.
(for political parties)
|No.||Name||Portrait||Term of Office||Prime Minister|
|1||Bill Veitch||10 December 1928||28 May 1930||Ward|
|2||William Burgoyne Taverner||28 May 1930||22 September 1931||Forbes|
|3||Gordon Coates||22 September 1931||6 December 1935|
|4||Bob Semple||6 December 1935||9 December 1942||Savage|
|5||James O'Brien||9 December 1942||28 December 1947†|
|6||Fred Hackett||18 October 1947||13 December 1949|
|7||William Goosman||13 December 1949||12 December 1957||Holland|
|8||John Mathison||12 December 1957||12 December 1960||Nash|
|9||John McAlpine||12 December 1957||12 December 1966||Holyoake|
|10||Peter Gordon||12 December 1966||8 December 1972|
|11||Sir Basil Arthur||8 December 1972||12 December 1975||Kirk|
|12||Colin McLachlan||12 December 1975||11 December 1981||Muldoon|
|13||George Gair||11 December 1981||26 July 1984|
|14||Richard Prebble||26 July 1984||24 August 1987||Lange|
|15||Bill Jeffries||24 August 1987||2 November 1990|
|16||Rob Storey||2 November 1990||29 November 1993||Bolger|
|17||Maurice Williamson||29 November 1993||16 December 1996|
|18||Jenny Shipley||16 December 1996||8 December 1997|
|(17)||Maurice Williamson||8 December 1997||5 December 1999||Shipley|
|19||Mark Gosche||5 December 1999||27 July 2002||Clark|
|20||Paul Swain||27 July 2002||26 February 2004|
|21||Pete Hodgson||26 February 2004||19 October 2005|
|22||David Parker||19 October 2005||21 March 2006|
|23||Annette King||21 March 2006||8 November 2008|
|24||Steven Joyce||8 November 2008||12 December 2011||Key|
|25||Gerry Brownlee||12 December 2011||6 October 2014|
|26||Simon Bridges||6 October 2014||26 October 2017|
|27||Phil Twyford||26 October 2017||present||Ardern|
- "Annual Report 2014/15". Ministry of Transport. 15 October 2015.
- "Total Appropriations for Each Vote". 2017 Budget. The Treasury.
- "History of the Ministry". Ministry of Transport. 4 August 2015.
- "Councils keen to police roads". The New Zealand Herald. 22 May 2002. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- Wilson 1985, pp. 80–97.