To support the release of the State Services Commission (SSC) report into the use of external security consultants by public services agencies, the Transport Agency is proactively releasing the information provided to the SSC in the course of their investigation.
In October 2019 the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Board appointed Michael Heron QC to undertake an independent investigation into unauthorised public disclosures of confidential and commercially sensitive information relating to the delivery of light rail in Auckland. The report has made a number of recommendations, and Waka Kotahi is taking the appropriate actions to address them.
Following the 2019 MartinJenkins review into regulatory failure and its causes Waka Kotahi undertook urgent work to tackle a backlog of unsafe vehicle cases, addressed urgent gaps (e.g. employing more frontline staff to make sure certifying and licensing systems are safe and thorough), and to stabilise the regulatory function.
We commissioned Maarama Consulting to complete an independent research programme which included in-depth interviews and an online survey with Māori that we engage with across Aoteraroa New Zealand and our own staff.