State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie has today announced the appointment of Peter Mersi as Secretary for Transport and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Transport.

“I am very pleased to appoint Peter Mersi to this important role,” Mr Rennie said.

Mr Mersi is currently the Chief Executive of Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), a role he has held since September 2012. He has spent the majority of his career in the Public Service, holding senior leadership roles in Inland Revenue and the Treasury and spent six months as Acting Secretary for Internal Affairs.

“Mr Mersi is a highly regarded senior Public Servant with experience in senior roles across the Public Service,” Mr Rennie said.

“He is an effective leader who works constructively and collaboratively with stakeholders and other agencies,” said Mr Rennie.

“New Zealand’s transport system is a major part of our national infrastructure and is vital to our economy,” he said.

The Ministry of Transport is the Government’s principal advisor on transport, covering land based as well as maritime and aviation. The Ministry oversees the performance of transport Crown Entities, as well as managing and accounting for the public funds invested in the transport system.

“Making sure our public agencies work together as a single system focused on delivering better outcomes for New Zealanders is a major priority for the State services,” Mr Rennie said.

“Mr Mersi’s wide experience and established relationships with other Chief Executives and senior leaders will help ensure the Ministry of Transport is well integrated into the system,” he said.

Mr Mersi is taking over from Martin Matthews, who has completed eight years as Secretary for Transport.

“I would like to thank Mr Matthews for his service as Secretary for Transport,” said Mr Rennie.

Mr Matthews has worked in the Public Service as a Chief Executive for 18 years, first, as Chief Executive of the Ministry of Culture and Heritage and then as Secretary for Transport.

“He has made a significant contribution to the Public Service and leaves the Ministry of Transport well positioned for the future.”

Mr Mersi has been appointed for a five year term commencing on 18 July 2016.

A recruitment process for a new Chief Executive of LINZ will commence in the near future.

Andrew Crisp will be Acting Chief Executive of LINZ until a permanent appointment is made. Mr Crisp is currently Deputy Chief Executive Building, Resources and Markets at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

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