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NLTP Bulletin

10 June 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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COVID-19 update

We acknowledge there is still a lot of ambiguity because of the uncertainty created by COVID-19:

  • The level of fiscal stimulus funding for infrastructure is still unknown;
  • Along with you, we are also grappling with the impact of the pandemic on our funding and work programmes; and
  • the Government is still working to determine what sector capacity there is to deliver an increased construction programme.

The Minister of Transport is still looking to finalise the Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS) by the end of July – but this is a big challenge given the various uncertainties we now face.

In the meantime, we're continuing to provide you with the latest information relating to the development of your Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) – it includes guidance on our conversations, our focus areas and what’s coming up next. Our team is here to help and work through this with you.



Programme updates


Transport Agency Investment Proposal (TAIP)

  • We're currently developing 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'll engage on the SHAMP once the investment context is updated with the forthcoming GPS.
  • Our Board is expected to endorse the TAIP in August, for release in early September.

Regional Land Transport Plans (RLTPs)

  • This week we released additional guidance to help you with development of the strategic front section of your RLTPs. This guidance is supplementary to what was released in December last year.

    View the RLTP guidance
  • This guidance is designed to make it easier for you to write the front end of your RLTP. This will provide the strategic context for each region that can be used in future business cases.
  • We know you are working hard on the front end of the RLTPs, and in accordance with the guidance, should be ready about August. Our teams are available to help you complete this work, so please seek help if needed.
  • We’re continuing to work with the Transport Special Interest Group (TSIG) to address any further need for guidance or any possible changes to timelines – and we’ll keep you informed of what is happening. The next set of guidance will focus on developing the RLTP programmes. 
  • Our next critical milestone in the development of the 2021-24 NLTP is ensuring your continuous programmes are ready for preliminary assessment and moderation, which is expected to be late August.
  • Our teams are working on the best approach and timelines for this work; the details of which should be finalised later this month.

Investment Decision-Making Framework (IDMF)

  • This report outlines changes in the following key areas: 

         o Updated investment principles, policies and guidance
         o Benefits framework
         o Business case improvements
         o Assessment
         o Low cost, low risk activities

    and will include guidance on transitioning to the IDMF.
  • To ensure users can confidently adapt to and apply the IDMF changes, we're putting in place training, workshops, guidance and ongoing support, including an online information session on 23 June for Approved Organisations and consultants. Please email for more information.
  • As mentioned previously, we have deferred consultation on the draft Investment Prioritisation Method while we take the time to understand the impact of COVID-19 on our programmes of work and on investment in the land transport system.
  • There is a need to clarify the role of the NLTF in supporting the Government’s economic recovery strategy (including Crown investment programmes such as the NZ Upgrade Programme), to inform prioritisation of the next NLTP.


  • We're making good progress with Arataki Version 2, which assesses the likely impact of COVID-19 on the land transport system and identifies post-COVID-19 opportunities.
  • We'll produce the updated document for the Board to endorse in August.
  • In the meantime, we'll release evidence and insights as these come to hand so we can inform work including RLTPs and TAIP development.
  • To inform our assessment, we commissioned research from MartinJenkins and Infometrics to understand the likely socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 on regions and communities.

    Learn more about this research
  • Arataki V2 will also include easier access to the data and information that has gone into the development of Arataki to help with the development of RLTPs and post-COVID-19 planning.
  • As always, we welcome your questions or feedback via

New resilience evidence base 

  • Our Board has approved the National Resilience Programme Business Case. It prioritises major and extreme natural hazard (including climate change-related) risks in the New Zealand land transport system and recommends an integrated suite of system responses.
  • Responses to the highest priority risks and sites will be submitted for consideration into the 2021-24 NLTP. 
  • The evidence base, risk prioritisation methodology and decision-making framework will be made available over coming weeks for you to use when developing your work programmes and business cases to mitigate the risks.
  • Please email for more information.

Urban development

  • You’ll hear more soon about our Urban Development Programme, set-up to deliver on the Government’s policy objectives for good urban development.
  • We’re developing a Planning Better Places guide which outlines the key set of principles we apply to planning and investment decisions.
  • The guide will provide a set of useful tactics and interventions to increase collaboration in urban planning with a range of strategies, toolkits and case studies to help deliver best practice urban development.
  • The draft guide will be released for sector-wide engagement in July – the future is working with you to create great places to live.
  • We’re developing the draft but need your input so we can truly partner in developing better communities.
  • The guide will recognise that where the transport system is planned and developed alongside communities’ we create places that are safer, better connected and more accessible.

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More information


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