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NZ Transport Agency Statement of intent 2012–2015

Published: | Category: Statements of intent , Corporate publications | Audience: General

This Statement of intent (SoI) sets out an approach and course of action for the next three years that will contribute to the delivery of the government's land transport objectives and wider transport vision. It includes performance measures and what is intended to be measured (and how) and details of what is expected to be accomplished. The document also includes full financial statements. The SoI is a statutory compliance document.

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NZ Transport Agency Statement of intent 2012–2015 [PDF, 718 KB]

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  • Published: July 2012
  • ISBN/ISSN: ISSN 1173-2237 (print) ISSN 1173-2296 (online)

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Foreword from the Board Chair

The government has stated that better infrastructure and transport services are at the heart of its economic growth agenda. The government has also clearly stated its expectation that all public sector organisations demonstrate that they are delivering value for money for New Zealanders.

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is in a strong position to deliver on this agenda and value for money expectations.

As this Statement of intent describes, the NZTA has taken a 'whole of land transport system' view to ensure a portfolio of investments and services that provide economic benefits at the national, regional and local levels. This approach also positions the NZTA to deliver value for money by maximising the value of its existing land transport network and activities, and directing future capital and operational investment into those areas that promise the greatest economic and social value.

The NZTA remains focused on continuously improving the quality of its customer services and infrastructure while also lifting the performance of every dollar spent, so that it is investing in transport solutions that help people and freight travel efficiently, reliably and safely.

Chris Moller

Patsy Reddy
Deputy Chair

NZ Transport Agency

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Introducing the NZ Transport Agency Board

The NZTA is a crown entity governed by a board appointed by the Minister of Transport.

Chris Moller (Wellington), Chair
Chris Moller. Chris is a non-executive director who chairs Meridian Energy Ltd and New Zealand Cricket Inc boards. He is also a director of SKYCITY Entertainment Group Ltd, NZX Ltd, Westpac New Zealand Ltd, International Cricket Council and Rugby New Zealand 2011 Ltd. Chris is a trustee of the Victoria University Foundation and the Westpac Regional Stadium Trust. He was chief executive of the New Zealand Rugby Union, deputy chief executive of Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd, and a director of a range of joint venture and subsidiary organisations within the New Zealand dairy industry both domestically and internationally.
Patsy Reddy (Wellington), Deputy Chair
Patsy Reddy. Patsy is a non-executive director and a qualified lawyer. She is chair of the New Zealand Film Commission, a director of Payments NZ Ltd and Active Equities Ltd and a member of the New Zealand Markets Disciplinary Tribunal. She is a chief crown negotiator for Treaty of Waitangi settlements and is a trustee of the NZ International Arts Festival. Her previous directorships include Telecom Corporation of NZ Ltd, SKYCITY Entertainment Group, New Zealand Post and Air New Zealand Ltd.
Gill Cox (Christchurch)
Gill Cox. Gill is a chartered accountant and business consultant. He currently serves on the boards of a number of large privately held companies in Canterbury involved in the manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, and fishing industries. In addition Gill chairs MainPower NZ Ltd, Transwaste Canterbury Ltd and the Advisory Body of Development West Coast. Gill is a member of the CERA Community Forum in Christchurch, the executive of the Canterbury Business Leaders Group, and is a past president of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Bryan Jackson (Waikanae)
Bryan Jackson. Bryan is a non-executive director. He is a former chairman of Vehicle Testing New Zealand. He was chair of Transit NZ prior to the formation of the NZTA and was also a board member of KiwiRail. Bryan is a director of ING NZ Pty Ltd, IEF Ltd, Nees Hardware and Building Supplies Ltd and several other private companies.
Tony Lanigan (Auckland)
Tony Lanigan. Tony is a professional civil engineer (FIPENZ), project management consultant and former general manager with Fletcher Construction. Tony was chancellor of Auckland University of Technology and a director of Infrastructure Auckland. He is currently vice chair of Habitat for Humanity in NZ and chair of NZ Housing Foundation. He is a director of Watercare Services Limited.
Jerry Rickman (Hamilton)
Jerry Rickman. Jerry is a chartered accountant and professional director. Jerry currently chairs Alandale Life Care Ltd, EziBuy Holdings Ltd, HG Leach Ltd, Tidd Ross Todd Ltd and Power Farmer Holdings Ltd. He was a member of Telecom's Independent Oversight Group. He has chaired the Waikato Regional Airport Ltd, Waikato District Health Board, and Innovation Waikato Ltd.
Alick Shaw (Wellington)
Alick Shaw. Alick works as an independent commissioner for hearings convened under the Resource Management Act and as a member of boards of crown entities, council organisations, privately held companies and the cultural sector. He is a member of the NZ Parole Board and a former deputy mayor of Wellington city.
Adrienne Young-Cooper (Auckland)
Adrienne Young-Cooper. Adrienne is a businesswoman and professional director. She has a 30-year career in resource management and town planning specialising in spatial planning, metropolitan growth management including infrastructure planning and large projects. Adrienne was the deputy chair of Auckland Regional Transport Authority (replaced by Auckland Transport) and was a board member of Maritime New Zealand until 2011. Her experience and contribution in transport governance is extensive. She also is a director of Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd, deputy chair of Auckland Waterfront Development Agency Limited (Waterfront Auckland) and deputy chair of Housing New Zealand Corporation.

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Introduction from the Chief Executive

The Statement of Intent outlines what we intend to deliver to our customers and partners, and how we will meet the government's goals for developing the land transport system in New Zealand.

Our work to ensure effective long term planning for land transport networks is increasingly focused on integrated land use and transport network development, and increasingly multi-modal in its outlook. The "round table" relationships we have with freight and public transport firms in particular are helping to build shared understanding about future needs, priorities, and opportunities for productivity improvements. In Auckland, we will continue to work alongside Auckland Transport to ensure a "one network" approach to the planning and development of the transport. Over the coming years we will continue to support the government and Christchurch city to rebuild and develop land transport networks to support the people of the Canterbury region. We have a large programme of work underway in Christchurch to make transport safer and freight movements more efficient.

We also seek to help our customers make smart choices about how they use the transport system and shape their travel choices. We manage access to land transport networks through driver licensing, motor vehicle registration, and other regulatory compliance requirements. We work with our partners to ensure compliance is simple and affordable, and to lift behavior to best practice.

We look to maximise the return on the investment of the National Land Transport Fund, and to ensure every dollar works for New Zealand. In the first few months of this year we will release the next three-year National Land Transport Programme to 2015. This programme will provide the most significant ever investment in transport services and infrastructure - in partnership with local authorities for local roads and public transport, and directly into the strategic state highway network. Investments are made in the activities that best ensure the transport system plays its part to support economic growth and productivity, and provide transport users with transport experiences that are increasingly safe and efficient.

We have a large asset management and capital investment programme to deliver better highway solutions for customers, so that we can optimise the travel on the state highway network with that on local roads and other transport modes. We see the practical expression of that in our collaboration with Auckland Transport in the joint traffic operation centre that manages the entire metropolitan network as an integrated whole. In the year ahead we seek to develop this approach in other metropolitan areas, to ensure that freight moves around our key cities and regions more freely, we ease congestion during rush hours for commuters, and that public transport is easy to use.

Finally, an ambitious business improvement programme is underway in the NZTA on a range of fronts to deliver value for money, including managing costs associated with transport planning and project development, and for road maintenance and operations. This work has been informed by reviews with transport sector stakeholders. We are also working to find more ways to reduce regulatory burdens for vehicle owners and transport operators.

We continue to build an agency of talented people who are committed to finding solutions for our customers and who put their hearts into achieving what we do.

Geoff Dangerfield
Chief Executive
NZ Transport Agency

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