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NZ Transport Agency Board Chair announces resignation


New Zealand Transport Agency Chairman, Michael Stiassny today announced his resignation from the Board, noting that he has completed what he set out to do – repositioning the agency to focus on public safety.

“The Board-instigated regulatory compliance review is now complete, more than 300 regulatory compliance enforcement actions have been taken and the recommendations of the independent inquiry report by Kristy McDonald QC are almost fully implemented. And, General Managers have been appointed for two new key functions: Regulatory and Safety, Health and Environment. 

“These are the cornerstones of a new approach by the Transport Agency, the results of which will continue to play out in the months and years to come. The time is now right for a new Chair and new permanent CEO with the skills required to guide the necessary culture change within the Agency to ensure public safety is at the heart of its function,” Mr Stiassny said. 

Minister of Transport, Phil Twyford acknowledged and thanked Mr Stiassny for his exceptional service. 

“Michael has worked tirelessly to not only uncover, but to resolve issues, particularly in relation to systemic failure within the Transport Agency. As a result of his leadership over the past year, New Zealanders can have confidence that the Transport Agency is fully focused on ensuring public safety on our roads,” Mr Twyford said.