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Director Profile Ward Fischer

R.E.S. (Ward) Fischer MNZM JP.

Ward Fischer’s career within the road transport safety industry has spanned forty seven years, seventeen at a senior government management level and more than 21 years in private business.


The Director extending the vocabulary of one of his prized students.


His involvement with road safety commenced with the Education Section, Ministry of Transport as a Road Traffic Instructor. Ward launched into what has now become a life-long passion. Working with schools at all levels, tertiary institutions, and community groups, he developed road safety programmes and traffic improvement courses, whilst establishing professional working relationships with numerous organisations. Regularly promoted, Ward as Senior Chief Traffic Instructor had responsibility for the overall management of all traffic education in the Waikato/ Bay of Plenty district including resource allocation, public relations, financial analysis, strategic planning, liaison with schools and auditing agencies, other key agencies, institutions and community groups.

Following departmental restructuring and the abolition of the Road Traffic Instruction Branch, Ward was appointed to the Road User Standards Section to develop road safety education programmes and resources as well as the auditing of various educational providers. With the integration of the Ministry of Transport’s Traffic Safety Service into the New Zealand Police in 1992, Ward was appointed to manage the inaugural development of a “core” land transport group within the Waikato/Bay of Plenty area, latter to become the Land Transport Safety Authority. As Regional Manager Ward had responsibility for overall management and planning, advising and administration of community funded road safety programmes for territorial local authorities and regional councils, and in representing the Director Land Transport Safety, he was the prime media spokesperson, including television, radio and press for all regional issues. Over the course of his tenure Ward has taken many initiatives including authoring numerous publications, overseas study tours, presentations to international and domestic conferences, marae visits and an active participation on an ACC Motorcycle Taskforce reporting to the Parliamentary Officials Committee.

Interested in road user education and facilitating positive attitudes at an early age in regards to acceptable road safety behaviour, Ward has been a catalyst for developing targeted educational interventions and the evaluation of their effectiveness. He has always placed an importance on regular communication with the numerous professional groups involved with road safety partnerships thus strengthening strategic alliances. Taking a proactive approach Ward has successfully initiated and hosted numerous seminars with interested groups within the transport industry as an opportunity to disseminate information, gather industry feedback and networking. He has been a champion in promoting positive attitudes and awareness particularly in heavy motor vehicle and motorcycle training.

Augmenting his practical experience in transport management Ward gained Chartered Membership status of both the Institute of Logistics & Transport and the New Zealand Institute of Management (Inc). Ward has maintained a long and active involvement in the community and is a Justice of the Peace. He also has a special interest in working with youth. He has an ongoing passion for sailing which has included off shore experience. His favourite sailing grounds are the Hauraki Gulf and the Bay of Islands.