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Fran Wilde replaced by Michael Stiassny as NZTA chair

Fran Wilde – who supported a flyover at the Basin Reserve – is no longer chair of the NZ Transport Agency. She has been acting chair for three months, but the government has now made a new appointment, for a three year term.

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Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced the appointment of Michael Stiassny as Chair of the New Zealand Transport Agency Board.

Michael Stiassny has been appointed for a term of three years commencing on 19 April 2018.

“Michael Stiassny has a wealth of governance, leadership and financial knowledge having been involved in governance and corporate positions for the past three decades,” Phil Twyford says.

The NZ Transport Agency’s core functions are to plan and invest in New Zealand’s land transport networks through the National Land Transport Programme.

“This Government has a transformative agenda to rebalance the transport system toward better safety, access and value for money, along with more investment in regional and local roads and rail.

“The NZ Transport Agency has a crucial role to play in creating a modern and sustainable transport network across land transport modes. Michael Stiassny brings strong and decisive leadership to the Board.

“I’d like to thank Dame Fran Wilde who’s been acting chair over the past three months and acknowledge the contribution of Chris Moller who stood down in January,” Phil Twyford says.

Michael Stiassny is an experienced director having held a number of public and private directorships for a number of years and specialises in strategic advice and issues resolution. He is the current Chair of Vector, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Limited and Tower Limited. Michael Stiassny is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and holds a Bachelor of Law and Commerce.

2011. Regional Council supports flyover


  1. Jonny Utzone, 12. April 2018, 12:09

    Lest we forget, Fran was also instrumental in axing Wellington’s eco-friendly trolley buses.

  2. Save The Basin, 12. April 2018, 13:05

    Mr Stiassny’s background and track record mean he is well suited for the particular challenges of ensuring that the New Zealand Transport Agency’s work is brought more closely into line with the current Government’s transport and environmental priorities.

  3. Alana, 19. April 2018, 16:47

    And not to forget it was Fran Wilde who blew out the budget for the Waitangi Park development, leading eventually to the Chinese Garden Society missing out on the spectacular site next to Te Papa.