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NLTP Bulletin

12 November 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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2021-24 NLTP development

  • We've developed investment signals for the 2021-24 NLTP to support the development of Regional Land Transport Plans (RLTPs) and the NLTP.
  • A successful 2021-24 NLTP:

    - delivers on the Government’s transport priorities
    - invests in a multi-modal land transport system that is safer, more accessible, and that reduces harm to people and the environment
    - supports the government’s COVID-19 recovery programme
    -  provides the platform for future investment in the land transport system.

    See the investment signals


Activity class and work category update

  • We've published an activity class overview for the new Rail Network activity class in the Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS) 2021.

    See the Rail Network guidance

  • We've also updated the work categories for Investment Management (including Transport Planning) and Improvement activities. Some of the key items to note are:

    - work categories can apply to one or more activity classes
    - the establishment of the Road to Zero activity class
    - the establishment of separate activity classes for Public Transport Infrastructure and Public Transport Services
    - updating of information from lifting of Low Cost Low Risk thresholds
    - information on new or improved bridges and structures. 
  • There are also several other changes to note, so please take the time to familiarise yourself with these work categories.
  • Later this month we’ll provide an update to work category information for rail and coastal shipping. 
  • If you have any questions about the work category information, please contact your investment advisor in the first instance.

    See the updated work category information


Waka Kotahi Investment Proposal

  • Last month the Waka Kotahi Investment Proposal 2021-31 was released. This document sets out the programme of activities that we propose for inclusion in the 2021-24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP), to give effect to the GPS 2021.

    See the Waka Kotahi Investment Proposal
  • Regional Transport Committees will now consider including the relevant proposed state highway activities in their Regional Land Transport Plans (RLTPs). 
  • We’re asking for informal feedback on the proposal to be provided to Director Regional Relationships or Lead Strategic Planners by Friday, 27 November, to allow us to respond in time for RLTP public consultation.
  • In the proposal, we've also identified the non-state highway activities that we propose for inclusion in the 2021-24 NLTP. This list has activities that we're already committed to, and activities that could be included. 
  • We want to test the value of these activities with Approved Organisations. We're asking for feedback on the non-state highway activities by Friday, 4 December. 

    See more details, including the stakeholder presentation


Assessment and prioritisation for 2021-24 NLTP

  • We've started reviewing the initial submissions for improvement activities and low cost, low risk programmes.
  • Over the coming weeks we'll contact a number of councils with early feedback or queries on initial submissions for the improvement activities.
  • We realise that some spreadsheets may need to be amended as a result of this feedback, and have set a deadline of 11 December for resubmission of improvement activity spreadsheets.


Related updates

Data for Arataki available

  • Previously only available internally, the employment modelling used to inform Arataki Version 2 is now available on our Arataki website.
  • As far as we know, this is the only nationally consistent economic forecasting currently available that considers COVID-19 impacts at a regional and district level.
  • The modelling is useful for RLTPs, demand assumptions on key corridors, spatial planning, supporting vulnerable communities and other planning for the next decade. 

    See the modelling data
  • If you have any questions or need help from the Arataki team, contact us on

Asset Management Data Standard - second release

  • The Asset Management Data Standard (AMDS) is a joint commitment between Waka Kotahi and REG which aims to improve how we manage and make decisions around our land transport assets. It establishes a common language to describe transport assets.
  • We’re currently working with road controlling authorities to understand their transport asset data and system needs. This includes working with Transport Services to discuss how best we can support teams with the implementation of the data standard.
  • The standard is being released in four versions to socialise the different types of assets for review and feedback from the sector.
  • We released the second version on 30 October with the following asset types: Location, Zones and Devices.
  • We’re aiming to build a location standard that is cross-government and multi-sector, so need to gain input from a wide range of Waka Kotahi and external agencies.
  • We expect to have multiple iterations before scheduled implementation in July 2021.

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More information


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