Transport Accident Investigation Commission

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC, Māori: Te Komihana Tirotiro Aitua Waka) is a transport safety body of New Zealand. It has its headquarters on the 16th floor of the AXA Centre in Wellington.[1] The agency investigates aviation, marine, and rail accidents and incidents occurring in New Zealand. It does not investigate road accidents except where they affect the safety of aviation, marine, or rail (e.g. level crossing or car ferry accidents).[2]

Transport Accident Investigation Commission
Te Komihana Tirotiro Aitua Waka
Agency overview
Formed1 September 1990
JurisdictionNew Zealand
Annual budget$5m NZD (2018)
Ministers responsible
  • Phil Twyford, as Minister of Transport
  • Hon Julie Anne Genter, as Associate Minister of Transport
Agency executives
  • Jane Meares, Chief Commissioner
  • Stephen Davies Howard, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Parent agencyMinistry of Transport

It was established by Act of the Parliament of New Zealand (the Transport Accident Investigation Commission Act 1990) on 1 September 1990. TAIC's legislation, functions and powers were modelled on and share some similarities with the National Transportation Safety Board (USA) and the Transportation Safety Board (Canada). It is a standing Commission of Inquiry and an independent Crown entity, and reports to the Minister of Transport.

Initially investigating aviation accidents only, the TAIC's jurisdiction was extended in 1992 to cover railway accidents and later in 1995 to cover marine accidents.

In May 2006, the Aviation Industry Association claimed too often the organisation did not find the true cause of accidents, after TAIC released the results of a second investigation into a fatal helicopter crash at Taumarunui in 2001. The Commission rejected the criticism, CEO Lois Hutchinson citing the results of a March 2003 audit by the International Civil Aviation Organization.[3]

The current Chief Investigator of Accidents is Captain Tim Burfoot. Ron Chippindale, who investigated the Mount Erebus Disaster, was Chief Inspector of Accidents from 1990 to 31 October 1998.[4]

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  1. "Contact Us." Transport Accident Investigation Commission. Retrieved on 13 February 2018. "Level 16 AXA Centre 80 The Terrace PO Box 10-323 WELLINGTON 6143 NEW ZEALAND"
  2. "TAIC homepage." Transport Accident Investigation Commission. Retrieved on 13 February 2018.
  3. "Air crash investigators hit back". New Zealand Herald. 23 May 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  4. "Bulletin October 1998". TAIC. Retrieved 2009-04-28.

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