The New Zealand government transport sector includes the Minister and Associate Ministers of Transport, the Ministry of Transport, four Crown entities and three State-owned enterprises. These entities and their functions are explained below.

Overview of the New Zealand Government transport sector

New Zealand Government transport sector [PDF, 47 KB]

The Minister and Associate Ministers of Transport

Phil Twyford ImageHon Phil Twyford

Minister of Transport

Shane Jones ImageHon Shane Jones

Associate Minister of Transport

Image of Julie Anne GenterHon Julie Anne Genter

Associate Minister of Transport


The Ministry of Transport

Policy advice, contract management, air services agreements, legislation, Vote Transport administration and monitoring Crown entity performance.

Crown entities

The Ministry provides Crown entity performance oversight to the following transport Crown entities:

Civil Aviation Authority(external link)

Safety rules, licensing, standards enforcement and aviation security service

Maritime New Zealand(external link)

Safety rules, licensing standards enforcement and marine environment protection

NZ Transport Agency(external link)

Land transport rules, licensing standards enforcement, land transport funding

A relationship protocol exists between the Ministry and the NZ Transport Agency. It sets out how the two organisation expect to work together. A constructive and effective partnership with the NZ Transport Agency is critical to a mutual success as organisations, and the protocol is an important expression of how the Ministry and the NZ Transport Agency work together.

Ministry of Transport/NZ Transport Agency protocol (PDF, 96kb)

Transport Accident Investigation Commission(external link)

Independent investigation of transport accidents

View the Monitoring arrangements for transport sector Crown entities [PDF, 2.4 MB]

Local government

Local authorities own, maintain and develop New Zealand's local road network and perform important regulatory transport functions.  Local government fund land transport infrastructure and public transport services alongside central government, and is responsible for transport planning and land-use planning.  Some local authorities own seaports and airports, or share ownership with the Crown.

State-owned enterprises with transport functions

Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited(external link)

Provides air navigation and air traffic management services on a commercial basis. It is also responsible for air traffic services in 30 million square kilometres of international airspace managed by New Zealand.

Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService)(external link)

Provides public weather forecasting services and provides meteorological information for international air navigation under contract to the Civil Aviation Authority.

New Zealand Railways Corporation (KiwiRail)(external link)

Trading as KiwiRail Group.  KiwiRail manages the rail and ferry businesses owned by the New Zealand government.