Ministry of Transport (New Zealand)

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Ministry of Transport
Te Manatū Waka
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Agency overview
Formed 1968 (1968)
Jurisdiction New Zealand
Headquarters Level 6,
89 The Terrace,
Employees 146 (June 2012)[1]
Annual budget Vote Transport
Total budget for 2015/16
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Martin Matthews
    Chief Executive

The Ministry of Transport (Māori: Te Manatū Waka) is the public service department of New Zealand charged with advising the government on transport policy.


The Ministry of Transport was formerly responsible for enforcement of traffic laws before their division of traffic officers was merged into the same organisation as the police in 1992.[3]

Government transport sector[edit]

The transport sector includes four Crown entities and three State-owned enterprises:

Crown Entities

State-Owned Enterprises

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Annual Report 2011-12" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  2. ^ "Total Appropriations for Each Vote - Summary Tables for the Estimates of Appropriations 2015/16 — The Treasury - New Zealand". Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  3. ^ "Councils keen to police roads". The New Zealand Herald. 22 May 2002. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 

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