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New Director of Land Transport to strengthen regulatory oversight


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Board Chair Sir Brian Roche has confirmed the appointment of Kane Patena as the new Director of Land Transport.

Mr Patena’s appointment is for a period of 18 months and will take effect from 1 April 2021.

“Kane has been an integral part of the journey we have been on over the past 18 months as we continue to lift our regulatory performance,” Sir Brian says.

“Over the next 18 months he will build on the foundation he and his team have built and shape how the functions of the Director will be delivered.”

Establishing the Director of Land Transport position is a legislative requirement under the Land Transport (NZTA) Legislation Amendment Act 2020. The Act provides the Director with certain functions, powers and duties in relation to regulatory matters.  This includes monitoring how the land transport system complies with a variety of legislation.   

The establishment of the Director of Land Transport is an important deliverable of the Waka Kotahi regulatory strategy Tū ake, tū māia that was endorsed by the Board in April 2020.  The strategy sets out the need to deliver strong governance and capability in order to lift the regulatory performance of Waka Kotahi.