Twyford guts and refreshes NZTA board

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Words: Nile Bijoux
20 Sep 2019

Transport Minister Phil Twyford has cleaned out almost all of the NZ Transport Agency board, saying they will “work under the strong leadership of Chair Sir Brian Roche to deliver the Government’s transformative agenda along with a stronger regulatory focus.”

Five new members have been appointed while six left. The new members include former Maritime New Zealand chief Catherine Taylor, Rintoul Group director Ken Rintoul, Chartered Accountants president Cassandra Crowley, transport blogger Patrick Reynolds and professional director Victoria Carter.

“The new board members bring the right mix of skills to deliver our transformative agenda and refocus the Agency on regulating the land transport system.

“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.

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

The NZTA is yet to replace its chief executive, with ex-Chorus CEO Mark Ratcliffe sitting in as temporary boss since Fergus Gammie resigned in December.

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