“(1) As soon as practicable after each triennial election, every regional council must establish a regional transport committee under this section for its region.
“(2) Each regional council must appoint to its regional transport committee—
“(3) Each regional council that is a unitary authority, or a combination of unitary authorities (as the case may be), must appoint to its regional transport committee—
“(4) A person specified in subsection (2)(a) to (c) and (3)(a) and (b) may only be appointed on the nomination of the relevant entity.
“(5) A person appointed under subsection (2)(d) to (i) or (3)(c) to (h)—
“(6) Each regional council must appoint from its representatives the chair and deputy chair of the committee.
“(7) At any meeting of a regional transport committee, the chair, or any other person presiding at the meeting,—
“(8) The Minister may issue guidelines to regional councils concerning the requisite knowledge and skills of those persons to be appointed under subsections (2)(d) to (i) and (3)(c) to (h).
“(9) Despite subsection (1), 2 or more adjoining regional councils may establish a single regional transport committee under this section, in which case, subsections (2) to (8) apply with all necessary modifications.
“(10) If a regional transport committee is established under subsection (9), any reference in Part 2 of this Act to a regional council is to be read as a reference to each of the regional councils that have established the committee.
“(11) If the area of a territorial authority (other than a territorial authority in the Auckland region) falls into the regions of more than 1 regional council, the territorial authority must decide (after consulting the relevant regional councils) which regional transport committee to join.
“(12) If subsection (11) applies, and a territorial authority fails to decide to join a regional transport committee, the Minister must direct the territorial authority to be represented by a particular regional transport committee.
“(13) If subsection (11) applies, the regional land transport programme and regional land transport strategy prepared by the regional transport committee that it joins applies to the entire area of the territorial authority.
“(14) For the purposes of subsection (11), region—
“(15) Nothing in this section or in sections 106 and 107 applies to the Auckland Regional Council or to Auckland's regional transport committee.