Freight Rail, Passenger Rail

Five added to NZTA board

Five new members have been appointed to the board of New Zealand’s transport agency, NZTA.

Transport minister Phil Twyford named five new appointments to the board commencing September 23: Catherine Taylor, Ken Rintoul, Cassandra Crowley, Patrick Reynolds and Victoria Carter.

Twyford said the new board members brought the right mix of skills to deliver the government’s ‘transformative’ transport agenda.

“Our government has rebalanced transport spending to tackle the long term issues of boosting regional economic growth, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, easing traffic congestion, and preventing deaths and injuries on our roads,” he said.

Twyford said Taylor would bring a deep regulatory experience to the board, including knowledge of regulatory roles and experience being a regulator.

He said Rintoul’s background in engineering and construction would bring good operational knowledge and practical procurement experience.

Crowley, he said, would bring great strength in financial performance and understanding regulation, as well as risk assurance.

Twyford said Reynolds would bring a strong knowledge of the integration of transport into urban development and a well-developed understanding of transport systems.

And Carter, he said, would bring a knowledge of innovate transport modes and approaches, including experience with car sharing.

“We’re getting the Agency back on track after it was failing to regulate under the last government,” Twyford said.

“I anticipate releasing the review of the Transport Agency’s regulatory functions in the coming weeks. I expect the board to implement the direction signalled from that review and to make sure vehicles are safe on the road.”

Two spots remain vacant on the NZTA board.