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This page relates to the 2018-21 National Land Transport Programme.


This section provides an overview of the requirements for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to prepare nationally delivered transport programmes for input to the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP).

This is general information about developing programmes for the NLTP. You can find specific information about development of the forthcoming NLTP at the Waka Kotahi planning and investment news page. This includes information on timelines and key dates. 

Requirements for programmes and activities

Waka Kotahi expects that Waka Kotahi business areas meet a range of requirements when developing their transport programmes.


  • Legislative requirements

    Legislative requirements for inclusion of nationally delivered activities into the NLTP are set out in section 19C f) ii) (external link) (external link)of the Land Transport Management Act (LTMA).

    This concerns Waka Kotahi activities that are delivered at a national level. If a nationally delivered activity includes a local trial, this local component should be included in the overarching national programme.

    Activities that are specifically delivered region by region must be included into a regional land transport plan (RLTP). 

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  • Evidence-based justification

    All activities that are proposed for funding assistance under the NLTP must be supported by robust evidence. 

    Robust evidence is to be provided in Transport Investment Online fields and uploaded supporting information, including strategies, business cases, activity management plans, regional passenger transport plans, economic evaluation worksheets, etc.

    Further detailed evidence, particularly for programmes, may be required to be presented during NLTP and business plan negotiations.

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  • Information requirements

    When developing activities, Waka Kotahi must ensure that required fields in Transport Investment Online(external link) must be completed with the information relevant to the activity's business case stage and its readiness for either NLTP inclusion or funding approval. 

    Waka Kotahi will monitor the impacts of its land transport investments through investment performance measures.  The Investment performance measurement pages provide further information on which activities must have performance measures and Waka Kotahi measurement framework which includes a range of performance measures.

    Waka Kotahi requires that the Road safety audit procedures must be applied to the development of any improvement or renewal activity that involves vehicular traffic, and/or walking and/or cycling, proposed for funding assistance from the NLTP.  The Road safety audit page provides details of when the audits must be undertaken or how to declare an exception.

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  • Structure of programme

    Waka Kotahi will structure its national programmes by:

    • Activity class - which will be largely managed through the use of the correct Transport Investment Online module.
    • Programme business cases - complex activities or combinations of activities that target a defined national problem should be identified and linked to a programme business case under the Business Case Approach.
    • Programmes – comprising routine, low risk activities that are delivered in a continuous manner, eg road safety promotion programme.
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Assessment and prioritisation

Waka Kotahi needs to use its Investment Assessment Framework to assess and prioritise activities.



The process below and steps provides detailed information on how to develop Waka Kotahi nationally delivered programmes for activities to be included in the NLTP: