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NLTP Bulletin

24 September 2019



Welcome to the first of our NLTP Bulletins, where we’ll regularly provide you with the latest information to help us to work better together developing the 2021-24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP).



2021-24 NLTP

We want to ensure you know about the work happening across the NZ Transport Agency in preparation for the next NLTP – and we recognise it’s important this is in one place, so you can easily understand how all our programmes fit together.

We’ll send you the latest information, as soon as we have it, to keep you up-to-date and help you with the development of your 2021-24 Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). We’ll include any changes in our processes and systems, new investment information and what’s happening with our programmes of work.

We’ll also use this Bulletin to keep you informed about progress relating to any 2018-21 NLTP funding reviews and prioritisation rounds. It’s important to acknowledge that funding for the remaining two years of this NLTP (2018-21) is limited, and we will face the same constraints as we develop the 2021-24 NLTP.

We’ve started preparing for the 2021-24 NLTP with our review of the Investment Decision-Making Framework (IDMF) and the development of Arataki: Our Plan for the Land Transport System.

You can read more about both those pieces of work below, and we’ll continue to share more about these as we prepare for wider engagement on our draft framework and document in the coming months.



What's different this time?

We've made a commitment to keep you better informed about what's happening. This will include these newsletters, access to better information and more face-to-face conversations with our local team.

We'll seek sector engagement for input into various pieces of work. Through our regional local government teams we'll help you navigate your way through the changes and understand what needs to happen and when.

We'll provide information and investment signals to you as early as we can to help with your planning and decision-making. We'll release a range of data by the end of this year to ensure we're using the same information to develop your RLTPs and the NLTP. And we will better explain our investment decisions.




What are we doing now?

We’re working on several areas to help make the next NLTP process better for everyone.


2021 GPS

We're working closely with the Ministry of Transport on the development of the 2021 Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS), which is expected to be released for feedback in early 2020.

Business Case Approach

We’re making a few changes to the Business Case Approach, having heard your concerns about the process and the need to make it simpler and easier. This includes:

  • How we better use existing council planning documents to serve as business cases, such as the RLTP, Activity Management Plans and Regional Public Transport Plans, for more investment decisions.
  • How we simplify business cases to enable investment decision-making to differentiate on project risk and capability.

Transport Investment Online (TIO)

We’re redeveloping TIO to reduce the number of information fields, ensure data only needs to be input once, establish roles and responsibilities for data quality and provide better reporting.

Transport Agency Investment Proposal (TAIP)

We’re also working on our own programme of activities that will sit within the Transport Agency Investment Proposal (TAIP), which includes our proposed investment in the state highway network. We're planning sector engagement in early 2020, and then releasing this for consideration in RLTPs at the end of July 2020. 

Arataki: Our Plan for the Land Transport System

We recognise there will be a number of changes in the future that will directly influence New Zealand’s land transport system. These include:

  • climate change – sea level rise, extreme weather events, erosion, emissions and the impact of hotter temperatures on infrastructure
  • technology – ability to cause disruption to the transport system, vehicle improvements, ride sharing/vehicle sharing, demand management, etc
  • demographic change - ageing population, cultural diversity, negative growth areas, and changing needs in accessibility and mobility
  • changing economic structure – spill-over effects from Auckland's growth, freight, tourism, more intense urban development and urban congestion
  • our funding environment – constrained funding and increasing costs
  • changing needs of our customers – greater use of mobility options, increasing expectations and greater reliance on real-time information

We need to be able to respond to these, to keep people and freight moving and ensure regions and cities continue to prosper. Arataki is our 10-year plan, working with you, to tackle these changes as they impact on your region.

We’re currently working on regional and inter-regional summaries and will start testing this material with local government staff in the next couple of months.

This draft material will provide the starting point for our conversations with everyone early in 2020. If you have any questions or you'd like to discuss this work more, please contact the team at

Investment Decision-Making Framework (IDMF)

We’re undertaking a major review of our IDMF. This is the framework we use to make our investment and prioritisation decisions in the NLTP.

With the change in transport priorities, the new framework will put people and place at the centre of our decision-making – along with an emphasis on thinking about the whole transport system and achieving a mode neutral approach, as well as addressing safety, resilience, environmental impacts and climate change – and any further changes in the 2021 GPS.

Assessment will require taking a holistic look at all impacts, costs and benefits against the Ministry of Transport's Transport Outcomes Framework. 

We expect to have a draft of our assessment requirements and tools for consultation in December, and adopt the changes in March 2020. Prioritisation of the NLTP will focus on giving best effect to the GPS, and we will be engaging with you on this once the draft GPS is released.

We expect to have a draft Investment Assessment Framework (IAF) for consultation in November/December and adopt the changes in March 2020.



What's coming up?

In the next few weeks, we'll release a range of data that will help you better understand the current transport challenges and opportunities in your region. This is a tool to support you when planning your transport system and ultimately, help with our decision-making.

It will help us have better conversations about what’s happening in your region, and how together we can plan to invest in projects that will help to make your transport network safer and improve the performance of the land transport system.

We know that you'll have evidence of your own. We're interested in understanding what sort of data you collect, so we can explore any opportunities to share good quality data.


What we need you to do

We want you to share your evidence about the current state of your tranport system and the pressures on it. This can be done through the RLTP process, and will inform the view we're developing in Arataki.

If you have any questions about Arataki or would like to discuss it further, please get in touch with us -



2018-21 NLTP variations

We'll be reviewing funding in the 2018-21 NLTP on a quarterly basis. We’ll let you know if there is any additional funding available because of programme slippage, or any increase in funding for an activity class, at which stage you can make variations to your 2018-21 RLTP.

We acknowledge this may not be ideal for everyone in terms of planning with confidence, but it highlights the pressure we have on any available funds.

We encourage you to be in the best position possible for your community to benefit from any additional funding for local road improvements, public transport, regional improvements and walking and cycling.

You can keep up to date with funding for your projects on our website.



More information


For more information on the National Land Transport Programme, contact us online.

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