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NLTP Bulletin

18 August 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.

Over the next few weeks, you can expect to receive more frequent updates as more information becomes available and we reach significant milestones in the 2021-24 NLTP development.


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NLTP development updates


Waka Kotahi Investment Proposal (WKIP)

  • The draft WKIP (previously known as the Transport Agency Investment Proposal) sets out the activities that we propose for investment in the NLTP. It includes proposed state highway activities and other activities we lead on behalf of the sector.
  • We provide the draft WKIP to Regional Transport Committees (RTCs) to help with preparation of Regional Land Transport Plans (RLTPs).
  • We've delayed the release of the draft WKIP. This is to give our Board more time to consider how we can deliver an affordable programme that best meets the needs of New Zealand.
  • We acknowledge this delay will have an impact on RTCs completing their RLTPs to the current timeline of April 2021.
  • We’re looking to see how we can adjust timelines to reduce pressure on you - any decisions to change current timeframes need to be made by our Board. The earliest the Board would consider changes is at the next Board meeting later this week.

Early investment signals for RLTP development

  • The strategic direction of the GPS 2021 builds on and embeds that in GPS 2018.
  • Our focus for investment in the 2021-24 NLTP will be on maintaining current levels of service for the land transport system, delivering continuous programmes and meeting current commitments.
  • In meeting our commitments for the baseline programmes of activities, we expect funding will remain tight for the 2021-24 NLTP.
  • The funding allocations in the GPS mean there will be limited funding for any new projects to start in the 2021-24 NLTP. That's why our Board is taking extra time to consider the WKIP and ensure the programme delivers the best outcomes from available funding.
  • The Board expects to set the Funding Assistance Rates (FAR) for the 2021-24 NLTP at the 20 August meeting.

Transport Investment Online (TIO) guidance and templates

  • TIO guidance and templates, including for continuous programmes and improvement activities, are now available.

    Access the TIO guidance and templates
  • It’s important to note that we have new project naming guidelines for TIO that must now be used. The new naming guidelines are easy to use with a simple step-by-step guide.
    View the naming guidelines 
  • Use of the same name through the various development stages of a project will make it easier to track and monitor a project’s progress and manage our investments.
  • The new guidelines will avoid duplicate projects in the systems that can result in confusion and delays with funding approvals.
  • Use of the new naming guidelines will ensure better project management, monitoring and reporting.

Continuous programmes 

  • The close-off date for initial continuous programmes to be submitted is 21 September.
  • This means you have about four weeks to enter your initial continuous programme bids, which will go through Investment Quality Assurance and preliminary prioritisation and moderation during October.
  • Feedback from this process will be provided to you in November, with final proposals to be submitted by mid-December.
  • Continuous programmes will go through the final prioritisation and moderation process in February 2021, with applicants provided with indicative final programmes in April 2021.

Improvement activities

  • The templates for improvement activities are available at the link above, and following this week’s Board meeting we’ll provide you with an updated timeline for submissions and the moderation process.


Additional RLTP development guidance

  • We’ve been working with the Transport Special Interest Group (TSIG) on a consistent approach to the development and preparation of RLTPs.
  • In December we (Waka Kotahi and TSIG) released guidance to assist with the preparation of the strategic front-end section of RLTPs, which sets out the region’s problems and how the proposed investment will address these at a regional level.

    View the guidance  
  • In addition we have released the following further advice: 

     - Supplementary guidance was provided in June 

     - Regional Programme guidance is now available
  • This back section of the RLTP has further information on the programme of activities that AOs are proposing for funding from the National Land Transport Fund. This new guidance helps with the structure of this section, with notes on the content that should be included. We're currently working on draft tables to assist with how activity and programme information is provided in the RLTP.
  • We’ve also put online the RLTP prioritisation guidance that has been prepared by TSIG to be used by Regional Transport Committees (RTCs) to prioritise improvement projects included in the RLTP.

    View the RLTP prioritisation guidance
  • The prioritisation guidance:

     - proposes a prioritisation approach based on a principled approach to developing the RLTP. A benefit of this is it will be to allow comparison of similar activities and projects across multiple regions. Currently, unique approaches taken by different regions to prioritise their activities and projects make it difficult to draw comparisons.

     - allows the region to tell their story on the outcomes that really matter and how investment in projects included in the various improvement activities will contribute to the RLTP desired outcomes. This will help Waka Kotahi understand the local context when making decisions on the NLTP.

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More information


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