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New agency to improve transport system

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The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is formally established from today (1 August), combining the functions and expertise of Land Transport NZ and Transit New Zealand.

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is formally established from today (1 August), combining the functions and expertise of Land Transport NZ and Transit New Zealand.

The new organisation will provide an integrated approach to transport planning, funding and delivery.

It brings together the functions of land transport planning, regulation of access to the transport network (eg driver and vehicle licensing), management of state highways, promotion of safety and sustainability, and allocation of funding.

NZTA Chief Executive Geoff Dangerfield said the new Crown entity would provide a vital connection between the high level objectives for transport set out in the New Zealand Transport Strategy, specific targets contained in government strategies and the delivery of services at a regional and local level.

"The NZTA has been created to improve New Zealand’s transport systems. We’ll do this by bringing together planning around transport activities, providing greater guidance around national priorities and with a renewed focus on regional planning."

Mr Dangerfield said the NZTA would focus on five key areas during its first year of operation:

  • modal shift – getting freight and people to use a wider range of transport modes.
  • safer travel – helping to make all journeys safer.
  • streamlined funding process – making the process easier and more predictable.
  • value for money – developing different approaches to achieve more.
  • building stronger partnerships – working with partners for better transport outcomes.

While the NZTA formally comes into existence from today, the process of combining Land Transport NZ and Transit will take some time. The services provided by both organisations prior to 1 August will continue as part of one entity.

Questions and answers about the NZ Transport Agency(external link)

Contact information:

Andy Knackstedt
Telephone: 04 894 6285
Mobile: 021 276 3222
Email: andrew.knackstedt@nzta.govt.nz

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