Maritime NZ buoyant among public sector agencies

Maritime New Zealand has been rated amongst the top five for public sector reputation in the most comprehensive research of its kind in New Zealand.

Today, Colmar Brunton released the results of its independent Public Sector Reputation Index, in which more than 2,000 people had been interviewed about 31 national public sector organisations.

The survey measured leadership, fairness, social responsibility and trust. The public rated New Zealand Fire Service highest, followed by New Zealand Customs Service, and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, with the Department of Conservation and Maritime NZ fourth at the same score of 111.

Maritime NZ Director, Keith Manch, said all our people should feel proud of the result.

“It is a reflection of hard working people whose focus is work that benefits all New Zealanders,” Mr Manch said.

“They work to make our seas and waterways safe, secure and clean because they are our country’s lifeline – and our playground.

“Ninety-nine per cent of our trade is transported by sea. Without that, our country simply could not function.

“Each year 5 million passengers use harbour and Cook Strait ferries, 1 million people take to the water in more than 900,000 recreation craft, and more than 1,500 commercial fishing vessels operate around our coast generating $1.4 billion in export earnings.”

Maritime NZ is the regulator and response agency working with domestic and international seafarers, commercial shipping and recreational boating, running the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand, and providing national response to marine pollution, maritime incidents and accidents.

“We work closely with the maritime industry and many other agencies in central and local government. Those relationships are a key to achieving safe, secure, clean seas and waterways,’ Mr Manch said.

Under the international scale used by Colmar Brunton the top 10 per cent of commercial brands are in the highest category, those scoring above 105.