NZ Transport Agency

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NZ Transport Agency
Waka Kotahi
New Zealand Transport Agency logo.svg
Agency overview
Formed 1 August 2008 (2008-08-01)
Preceding agencies
Jurisdiction Government of New Zealand
Headquarters Victoria Arcade, 50 Victoria Street, Wellington
Minister responsible
Agency executives
  • Geoff Dangerfield, Chief Executive
  • Chris Moller, Chairman

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA; Māori: Waka Kotahi)[1] is a New Zealand Crown entity tasked with promoting safe and functional transport by land, including the responsibility for driver and vehicle licensing and investigating rail accidents. It was created on 1 August 2008 by the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008, merging Transit New Zealand with Land Transport New Zealand.[2] Its legal name, as established by the Act, is New Zealand Transport Agency,[3] but it operates as NZ Transport Agency.[1] Its Māori name, Waka Kotahi, means "one vessel" and is intended to convey the concept of "travelling together as one".[1]

Public data access[edit]

The Transport Agency stores licensing, registration and warrant of fitness details for any road-registered vehicle within New Zealand, including cars, motorbikes, trailers, trucks and earthmoving/agricultural machinery. Any member of the public can query the Transport Agency's database by making a request using the licence plate or VIN number at an NZ Post outlet, or by using a vehicle checking website.

Road signage[edit]

Road signs in New Zealand fall under the authority of the Transport Agency and are prescribed in the Traffic Control Devices (TCD) Manual.


The Transport Agency has been recognised, alongside its partners, by industry and professional bodies for innovation and best practice. Some of the awards received in 2012-13 include:

  • The 2012 Civils Demolition award for the Newmarket Viaduct
  • Excellence in Engineering for Safety, for the KiwiRAP star ratings system
  • IT Project of the Year at the 2012 ITEX Computerworld Awards for the Business Continuity Programme
  • Chief Information Officer of the year Craig Soutar
  • 2012 WriteMark Plain English Awards and 2013 Public Relations Institute of NZ awards for the changes to the give way rules campaign and the Manawatu gorge road closure communications
  • Three gold Effie Awards for the Legend drink-driving campaign
  • Gold at the NZ Direct Marketing Awards for ‘Practice’ the young driver injury prevention programme
  • An award for ‘Restoring native plant life to road corridors' at the 2012 New Zealand Plant Conservation Network awards[4]

Early controversy[edit]

The initial Transport Agency board was criticised by the National Party-led opposition in July 2008 as being "stacked" with political appointees of the Labour Party-led government.[5] However a National Party-led government was formed after the general election later in 2008, and a number of board members have been reappointed or replaced since.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Visual identity guidelines" (PDF). NZ Transport Agency. 23 October 2009. p. 7. Retrieved 13 January 2013. Our name is the NZ Transport Agency. Please don’t spell out New Zealand or give 'the' a capital 'T'. Waka Kotahi is the Māori name [...] NZTA is our abbreviated name. , superseded by "NZ Transport Agency Brand Manual" (PDF). 24 July 2015. "Our name" section A.2 page 5 
  2. ^ "New Transport Agency chief appointed". Land Transport New Zealand. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  3. ^ "Part 4: New Zealand Transport Agency, regional transport committees, and miscellaneous provisions". Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2008
  4. ^ "Awards". NZ Transport Agency. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Nats slam transport 'stooges'". The New Zealand Herald. 2008-07-26. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  6. ^ "NZTA Board appointments announced". Press Release: New Zealand Government. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 

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