<p>The Ministry of Transport (In Maori: Te Manatū Waka) is the New Zealand Government's principal transport policy adviser. It leads and generates policy, and the government's New Zealand Transport Strategy (NZTS) provides the framework within which transport policy is developed. The MoT also liaises with the transport Crown entities, the Aviation Security Service, and the National Rescue Co-ordination Centre. The Chief Executive is Martin Matthews.
The Ministry of Transport was formerly responsible for enforcement of traffic laws before their division of traffic officers was merged into the same organization as the police.
The transport sector includes four Crown entities, one State-owned enterprise and one trust:
They are responsible for day-to-day hands-on management of daily traffic, aviation, rail and maritime activities. Their roles and the composition of their boards are defined in legislation.
The Ministry negotiates an annual performance agreement with each entity on behalf of the Minister (excluding the Road Safety Trust which operates under a trust deed), monitors the entities' performance against that agreement, and recommends appointments to the entities' governing</p>