Influencing public policy
Utilities and transport operators are among the commercial
enterprises most exposed to changes in government policy.
Rail is no exception. Since 2000, Murray King has helped
New Zealand's major rail company, Tranz Rail, to ensure
its views count in the development of public policy on the
following key issues:
- Heavier and longer trucks on the roads
- Road pricing
- Levelling the regulatory playing field between road and
- Providing information for a major study into road and
- Trucking issues
- Occupational Safety and Health law changes
- Land rating law changes
- The Land Transport Management Bill
- Retention of branch lines
- Ferry wash in the Marlborough Sounds
- Competitive issues with ports
- Climate change.
To ensure Tranz Rail's views were communicated clearly,
Murray King undertook a variety of proactive and reactive
activities, including liaising with policymakers, and representing
Tranz Rail before Parliamentary Select Committees.
Murray King: "Like many commercial enterprises, Tranz
Rail is exposed to changes in government policy in a wide
range of areas. To favourably influence the final form of
policy, it is essential to have good networks, to be alert
to proposals, to develop cogent submissions, and to present
these persuasively where and when it counts".
- Policy settings that are more favourable from Tranz Rail's