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Vote Transport

MINISTER(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR APPROPRIATIONS: Minister of Transport (M72)

ADMINISTERING DEPARTMENT: Ministry of Transport

MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT: Minister of Transport

Overview of the Vote

Vote Transport encompasses the funding of the road, rail, aviation and maritime transport modes.

The major entities involved are the Ministry of Transport, the New Zealand Transport Agency and KiwiRail, as well as the other Transport Crown entities, the Civil Aviation Authority (incorporating the Aviation Security Service), Maritime New Zealand and the Transport Accident Investigation Commission.

Road

The largest element of the Vote is the funding for the National Land Transport Programme ($3,356 million or 82% of the total Vote) which is principally funded from road tax revenue collected by the Crown.

Of this balance, $750 million relates to a loan from the Crown for cash flow management.  The appropriation does not take account of any repayments made in the year and the facility may not exceed $250 million at any one time.

Rail

Funding for Rail makes up 13% of the Vote - $521 million:

  • $250 million is the third tranche of the Government's commitment to the KiwiRail Turnaround Plan, the aim of which is for KiwiRail to develop a commercially sustainable freight business within 10 years
  • $100 million is a loan to the Auckland Council to assist with the funding of the Electric Multiple Units
  • an additional $152 million is for the Auckland metro network, and
  • the balance of $19 million is mainly for a project supporting metro rail improvements in Wellington. 
Crown Entity and Other Funding

The balance of the Vote ($121 million) is mainly split between:

  • the Ministry of Transport as departmental funding ($33 million)
  • Crown entities for services ($42 million). The Crown entities receive most of their funding from third party fees and charges
  • SuperGold card public transport concessions ($22 million), and
  • weather forecasting services from Meteorological Service of New Zealand ($18 million).

Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-6 for Vote Transport in the Information Supporting the Estimates of Appropriations.

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