Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) undertook a funding review of MNZ and its functions, following a Value for Money (VfM) review in 2010.
The review is being undertaken to ensure the organisation is adequately and appropriately funded over the long term for the things it is required to do.
The purpose of this funding review and any subsequent work is to ensure MNZ has in place robust, sustainable and defendable funding arrangements that:
…so that over the long term MNZ is funded properly for the things it is required to do.
The funding review is focusing on MNZ functions and services, including shared services provided by MNZ to the Marine Pollution Response Service (MPRS) and the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ). MPRS and RCCNZ funding and expenditure, however, are not included.
Maritime community representatives are involved in the review process as part of a Sector Reference Group. Their perspectives will make a valuable contribution to the review.
The grounding of Rena in early October 2011 diverted resources from the funding review for some time. The Minister agreed to pause development of options for new marine safety charge levels. Some funding review and ‘value for money’ implementation work continued on identified activities that were not directly affected by the Rena response.
The project resumed in March 2012. A proposal will go to the Minister for consideration with Cabinet in September 2012, to be followed by sector consultation about:
The outcome of the consultation and Cabinet’s decision is expected to be in early 2013. Implementation is planned for 1 July 2013.