Appointments to Transit New Zealand

  • Mark Gosche
Transport

Transport Minister Mark Gosche today announced he has made six appointments to the board of Transit New Zealand.

Civil engineer Alan Bickers has been appointed chairperson of the board for one year, while Maori tribal leader Sir Tipene O'Regan has been appointed as deputy chairperson for three years.

Alan Bickers has been the nominee of Local Government New Zealand on the Transit board since 1997. He has a background in civil engineering and resource management.

Sir Tipene O'Regan was the founding Chairperson of the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission in 1990. He is a company director and academic historian.

"And I want especially to acknowledge the contribution the retiring Board members, Robert Browne (Chairperson), Robert Thompson (Deputy Chairperson), David Dew, Nicola Shadbolt and Bill Taylor, have made to the State highway sector programme" said Mr Gosche.

The other new board members are:

· David Stubbs, a civil engineer and land surveyor, past Director of Works and a former planner for the Auckland City Council

· Mike Williams, an information technology consultant

· Robin Ayling, a self employed consultant in the transport and tourism industries

· Janice Wright, a consultant and tutor in public policy.

David Stubbs and Janice Wright will be Transit's representatives on the board of Transfund.

"Transit New Zealand has an important role to play in operating a safe and effective State highway system. I am pleased that people of this high calibre have offered their skills and experience to the transport sector Crown agencies" said Mr Gosche.

All appointments take effect from 1 November.