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NLTP Bulletin

2 July 2020



Welcome to the NLTP Bulletin, our newsletter with information about management of the current National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) and what we're working on for the development of the 2021-24 NLTP.


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Programme updates


Investment Decision-Making Framework (IDMF)

  • On 10 June, we released the IDMF Final Report, and signalled we were intending to move into implementing the changes detailed in July.
  • However, as a result of technical issues that arose late last week with some of the tools and guidance, which we have unable to resolve, we have deferred implementation.
  • The implementation date from which the IDMF will apply will be in August. To ensure you can confidently adapt to and apply the IDMF changes, we’re putting in place a programme of training, information sessions, guidance and ongoing support.
  • These build on the online information session on 23 June that we had with Approved Organisations and consultants. If you weren’t able to make this session, a recording of this session will be made available.
  • In August, we will provide you with access to InvestHub, our new portal which over time, will become our ‘single access point’ to all investment-related guidance, tools and learning information.
  • In the meantime, if you have any questions about the IDMF or you need help finding the information you need online, please contact your investment advisor at Waka Kotahi, in the usual way.
  • And if you are planning to start your business case in July and are considering using an IDMF tool in advance, please contact your Waka Kotahi investment advisor.

Regional Land Transport Plans (RLTPs)

  • Work on the the strategic front-ends of your RLTPs should be well underway. We've recommended they should be completed by September, and this is supported by the Transport Special Interest Group (TSIG).
  • If you need any help in completing your front-ends, please reach out to our local teams who are available to support you.
  • We're continuing to work with TSIG on prioritisation and programme development guidance. This is expected to be completed by the end of the month, and will help ensure there is a national consistency in regional prioritisation of projects.
  • We've also been testing the benefits framework and guidance with TSIG - and we’re developing a plan to roll this out in the next couple of months.

Transport Agency Investment Proposal (TAIP)

  • We're finalising the regional summaries for the State Highway Activity Management Plan (SHAMP), that forms part of the TAIP.
  • This SHAMP will include all Crown investment in the regional land transport system, not just from the National Land Transport Fund (NLTF).
  • This is important to provide a clear overview of all land transport investment that is underway to connect people, products and places in your region.
  • We plan to discuss the TAIP and SHAMP with you once the investment context is updated with the finalised GPS 2021.
  • Our Board is expected to endorse the TAIP and SHAMP in August, for external release in September.


  • Arataki V2 is being prepared now to assess the likely impacts of COVID-19 on the land transport system. It is expected to be endorsed by the Board in August and released immediately after.
  • As part of our assessment, we commissioned work to understand the likely socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 on regions and communities. We're using this research to consider the impacts on the land transport system in each region. We will use the research to:

      - Provide insight into the ‘most likely’ recovery scenario and the potential impacts
      - Identify those parts of the country and system that are likely to be most impacted
      - Provide evidence to support where we might ‘dial up’ or ‘dial down’ investment in response to the pandemic
      - Support update of Arataki to note any shifts resulting from the pandemic
      - Provide insight to help shape strategic context in RLTPs
      - Help ensure we do not miss opportunities and can be well-informed as we support the recovery effort

  • We've already released the evidence and insights to inform RLTPs, the TAIP, etc. The insights for each region, a national presentation and research reports are available online.

    View the evidence and research

  • As always, we welcome your questions or feedback -

NLTP project naming guidelines 

  • We're introducing naming guidelines for NLTP projects in Transport Investment Online (TIO) to make it easier to name, track and report projects throughout their lifetime and to have consistent naming guideline across all NLTP projects.

    View the naming guidelines 
  • Use of the same project name through the various development stages of a NLTP project will make it easier to track and monitor a project’s progress and manage our investments.
  • The scope of this Naming Guidelines will apply to new projects only and will not affect existing projects.
  • This new naming guidance is expected to come into effect from early September –however, during the next two months, we’re looking for volunteers to help trial the new guidance.
  • If you're interested in helping us refine the guidance and make it easy for everyone to use – please contact either or

Funding approvals and funding variations process map

  • We've introduced a new funding approvals and funding variations process map for National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) improvement projects.
  • This is designed to enable you to better understand our funding approvals process and make it easy for you to track your project.
  • The new process map shows the various stages of the process using easy to follow swim lanes.

    View the Project Funding Approval and Funding Variations Process Map
  • If you need any help or have any feedback on the funding approvals and funding variations process maps, please email our Business Planning Team -


Related updates

Innovating streets programme invests up to $13.95 million

  • A $13.95 million Waka Kotahi investment will see around 40 projects that make streets more people-friendly being delivered across the country before June 2021.
  • In the first of two rounds of funding from the Innovating Streets for People pilot fund, we confirmed we'll support these projects to be developed, installed and adapted in a range of towns and cities.
  • Each project will be designed in partnership with local communities to make streets safer with more space for people, and will test layouts, materials and designs to inform permanent upgrades.
  • The projects include neighbourhood-wide interventions designed to reduce traffic and create more appealing environments for adults and children to walk, cycle and play; intersection repairs that improve safety outcomes and make it easier for people to cross; and improve the vibrancy of business districts.
  • Innovating Streets is a nationwide programme designed to support councils and communities to build experience and knowledge in co-design processes to deliver urban street upgrades faster and with more community insight built in. The pilot fund has a 90% Funding Assistance Rate (FAR), with councils making up the other 10%.
  • We’re currently working through funding agreements with councils for the projects. A list of confirmed projects will be added to our website once councils have announced to their communities.

    View our projects webpage
  • The second round of funding for councils is now open for applications and closes on Friday, 3 July.
  • The Innovating Streets fund also supported COVID-19 response applications for physical distancing emergency works, with over $1 million approved for such projects.

One Network Framework (ONF)

  • The One Network Road Classification is evolving using a new Movement and Place classification.
  • The new integrated ONF will allow us to better consider different mode priorities, surrounding land use, community wellbeing, economic activity and growth aspirations for the future. Materials detailing Stage One of the ONF project are now available online.

    View the materials
  • Led by the REG partnership (Road Efficiency Group), the ONF will provide an easy-to-understand common language that all transport, land use and urban planners can share. The shift will help the sector to introduce people and places into planning and decision-making and evolve away from a primary focus on the movement of vehicles.
  • The new ONF website materials include an easy-to-understand document: Movement and Place - high-level design concepts detailing ‘street families’ - one rural, and one urban. Within each ‘street family’ there are groupings of corridors with similar combined Movement and Place functions.
  • Stage Two of the design project is now underway and aims to develop the detailed design of the framework, including targeted testing and refinement with a sample group of RCAs and key stakeholders.
  • The ONF working group will develop Customer Levels of Service and performance measures and ensure the ONF is aligned with other processes including Network Operating Frameworks (NOFs), asset management planning, Long Term Plan and RLTPs investment processes.
  • The working group is aiming to deliver stage 2 of the project later in 2020, in time for RCAs to voluntarily begin trialling new tools and guides to help develop their thinking and documentation for the 2021–24 RLTP/NLTP funding round.

New Road Controlling Authority Reports

  • The REG partnership released the ‘first generation’ of Road Controlling Authority Reports on 23 June.
  • Publishing the reports should contribute to delivering better value in the transport sector.
  • Each of the 67 RCA Reports make local performance results and peer-to-peer comparable evidence available in a two-page report. Collectively, the reports provide a national, objective picture of transport investment and performance.
  • A primary audience of the RCA Reports is decision-makers. REG has developed RCA Reports to help decision-makers understand transport value using metrics, ratings and scores on service performance and outcomes. A new area of the LGNZ website is dedicated to the reports.

    View the RCA reports
  • The June release uses 2018/19 data and evidence. The ‘second generation’ release in December 2020 will use 2019/20 data and evidence.

Asset Management Data Standard (ADMS)

  • We’re collaborating with REG to deliver an asset management data standard to improve how we manage land transport assets.
  • In the Government-wide strategic context, Treasury’s 2015 National Infrastructure Plan identified a need for increased asset management maturity across the infrastructure sectors.
  • The AMDS will be a way of defining and describing land transport assets, their attributes, characteristics, properties, location and performance to enable efficient and effective end-to-end life cycle asset management.
  • This project will only be successful as a collaborative effort between Waka Kotahi, REG, local government, and the wider transport sector which is why we will be contacting councils soon to:

      o further discuss the AMDS
      o understand your transport asset data and system needs
      o see how Waka Kotahi can support councils to implement the AMDS.
  • We expect to rollout the first phase in July 2021 followed by further rollouts across the following NLTPs.

    Visit our AMDS webpage

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More information


For more information on the NLTP, you can visit our website or contact us online.