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Introduction

Targeted enhanced funding assistance rates (TEFAR) apply for specific activities in exceptional circumstances and time-limited periods.

 

TEFAR in effect during the 2018-21 NLTP

There are two types of activities in the 2018-21 NLTP that are eligible for a TEFAR.

  • LED streetlighting replacements

    At its meeting in April 2018, the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Board agreed to an extension to the targeted enhanced funding assistance rate of 85% for expenditure on LED streetlight replacement programmes to 30 June 2021.

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  • Safe Network Programme activities

    In June 2018, the Waka Kotahi Board agreed that a targeted enhanced funding assistance rate (TEFAR) would apply in the 2018–21 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) for approved organisations’ new activities with high and very high results alignment, as assessed under the Waka Kotahi Investment Assessment Framework (IAF). At that time, Waka Kotahi indicated these activities would also be included in one of five national priority programmes, including safety.

    Decision to limit the TEFAR to the Safe Network Programme

    The 2018–21 NLTP funding constraints mean the application of a TEFAR to a range of national priority programmes is no longer possible.

    Effective 17 May 2019, a TEFAR will only be applied to activities in the Safe Network Programme that have a high or very high results alignment. TEFAR applies to these safety activities, whether they are over $1 million or are included in a low cost, low risk programme for delivery in 2018–21.

    If approved organisations have an existing funding approval for a TEFAR for a phase of work under the previous criteria, this will not change ie the change is only prospective.

    Making these adjustments will allow more high priority activities to be funded and will target the GPS emphasis on safety. This will continue to encourage local government to invest in safety improvements to make local roads safer.

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TEFAR for LED street lighting

To be eligible for the 85% TEFAR during the period of the 2018–21 NLTP, a LED streetlighting conversion programme must have been approved by the Transport Agency as an activity in work category 324: Road improvements.

General circulars(external link) 17/03 and 18/02 provide further details on how to obtain funding approval for this 85% TEFAR activity.

Conditions of funding at TEFAR for the Safe Network Programme

TEFAR helps approved organisations bring forward additional projects by reducing their ‘local share’ requirement. The TEFAR is set halfway between an approved organisation’s normal funding assistance rate (FAR) and 100%. It is capped at 90%.

  • Criteria for TEFAR eligibility

    Approved organisations must meet the following criteria to ensure activities are eligible for a TEFAR:

    1. Activities must be included within the Safe Network Programme:

    • The activity is a roads and roadside, speed management or level crossing activity within the Safe Network Programme.
    • The activity has safety as its primary benefit.
    • The activity meets the high or very high results alignment criteria for safety.
    • Note, a TEFAR applies to these safety activities, whether they are over $1 million or are included in a low cost, low risk programme for delivery in 2018–21.
    • The confirmation of eligibility of other activities no longer applies, unless a separate funding approval has already been given at a TEFAR.

    2. All activities must be substantially (80%) completed by June 2021:

    • The requirement to be substantially completed by June 2021 will apply to activities that are eligible for a TEFAR or any additional activities that have been enabled by a TEFAR and brought forward for investment.
    • If this requirement is not met, the normal funding assistance rate will be applied retrospectively.

    3. Monitoring the TEFAR:

    • Activities and progress will continue to be monitored and reported on quarterly through the programme monitor and regular engagements between Waka Kotahi and approved organisations.
    • Waka Kotahi expects any approved organisation that has activities with TEFAR approval will notify Waka Kotahi if any of the above conditions will not be met.
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TEFAR tables for the Safe Network Programme

The tables below set out the TEFAR for approved organisations that applies to eligible activities in the Safe Network Programme.

  • North Island TEFAR

     

    Approved organisation2018–21 normal FARTargeted enhanced FAR 2018–21
    Far North District Council 66% 83.0%
    Kaipara District Council 61% 80.5%
    Northland Regional Council 54% 77.0%
    Whāngārei District Council 53% 76.5%
    Auckland Council 51% 75.5%
    Auckland Transport 51% 75.5%
    Hamilton City Council 51% 75.5%
    Hauraki District Council 60% 80.0%
    Matamata-Piako District Council 51% 75.5%
    Otorohanga District Council 58% 79.0%
    South Waikato District Council 62% 81.0%
    Taupō District Council 51% 75.5%
    Thames-Coromandel District Council 51% 75.5%
    Waikato District Council 52% 76.0%
    Waikato Regional Council 51% 75.5%
    Waipa District Council 51% 75.5%
    Waitomo District Council 73% 86.5%
    Bay of Plenty Regional Council 51% 75.5%
    Kawerau District Council 75% 87.5%
    Opotiki District Council 75% 87.5%
    Rotorua District Council 55% 77.5%
    Tauranga City Council 51% 75.5%
    Western BoP District Council 51% 75.5%
    Whakatane District Council 64% 82.0%
    Gisborne District Council 68% 84.0%
    Central Hawke’s Bay District Council 60% 80.0%
    DOC (Hawke’s Bay) 51% 75.5%
    Hastings District Council 54% 77.0%
    Hawke’s Bay Regional Council 51% 75.5%
    Napier City Council 51% 75.5%
    Wairoa District Council 75% 87.5%
    New Plymouth District Council 51% 75.5%
    South Taranaki District Council 58% 79.0%
    Stratford District Council 57% 78.5%
    Taranaki Regional Council 51% 75.5%
    DOC (Manawatū-Whanganui) 51% 75.5%
    Horizons Manawatū 51% 75.5%
    Horowhenua District Council 59% 79.5%
    Manawatū District Council 53% 76.5%
    Palmerston North City Council 51% 75.5%
    Rangitīkei District Council 63% 81.5%
    Ruapehu District Council 72% 86.0%
    Tararua District Council 66% 83.0%
    Whanganui District Council 61% 80.5%
    Carterton District Council 53% 76.5%
    Greater Wellington Regional Council 51% 75.5%
    Hutt City Council 51% 75.5%
    Kāpiti Coast District Council 51% 75.5%
    Masterton District Council 57% 78.5%
    Porirua City Council 56% 78.0%
    South Wairarapa District Council 52% 76.0%
    Upper Hutt City Council 51% 75.5%
    Wellington City Council 51% 75.5%
    Nelson City Council 51% 75.5%
    Marlborough District Council 51% 75.5%
    Tasman District Council 51% 75.5%
    Ashburton District Council 51% 75.5%
    Christchurch City Council 51% 75.5%
    DOC (Mt Cook) 51% 75.5%
    Environment Canterbury 51% 75.5%
    Hurunui District Council 51% 75.5%
    Kaikōura District Council 51% 75.5%
    Mackenzie District Council 51% 75.5%
    Selwyn District Council 51% 75.5%
    Timaru District Council 52% 76.0%
    Waimakariri District Council 51% 75.5%
    Waimate District Council 60% 80.0%
    Buller District Council 66% 83.0%
    DOC (Hokitika) 51% 75.5%
    Westland District Council 59% 79.5%
    Chatham Islands Council 88% 90.0%
    Central Otago District Council 51% 75.5%
    Clutha District Council 59% 79.5%
    Otago Regional Council 51% 75.5%
    Queenstown-Lakes District Council 51% 75.5%
    Waitaki District Council 55% 77.5%
    Gore District Council 55% 77.5%
    Southland District Council 51% 75.5%
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  • South Island including Chathams TEFAR

     

    Approved organisation2018–21 normal FARTargeted enhanced FAR 2018–21
    Nelson City Council 51% 75.5%
    Marlborough District Council 51% 75.5%
    Tasman District Council 51% 75.5%
    Ashburton District Council 51% 75.5%
    Christchurch City Council 51% 75.5%
    DOC (Mt Cook) 51% 75.5%
    Environment Canterbury 51% 75.5%
    Hurunui District Council 51% 75.5%
    Kaikōura District Council 51% 75.5%
    Mackenzie District Council 51% 75.5%
    Selwyn District Council 51% 75.5%
    Timaru District Council 52% 76.0%
    Waimakariri District Council 51% 75.5%
    Waimate District Council 60% 80.0%
    Buller District Council 66% 83.0%
    DOC (Hokitika) 51% 75.5%
    Westland District Council 59% 79.5%
    Chatham Islands Council 88% 90.0%
    Central Otago District Council 51% 75.5%
    Clutha District Council 59% 79.5%
    Otago Regional Council 51% 75.5%
    Queenstown-Lakes District Council 51% 75.5%
    Waitaki District Council 55% 77.5%
    Gore District Council 55% 77.5%
    Southland District Council 51% 75.5%
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  • Approved organisations under transition TEFAR

     

    Approved organisation2018/19 Normal FARTargeted enhanced FAR 2018/192019/20 Normal FARTargeted enhanced FAR 2019/202020/21 Normal FARTargeted enhanced FAR 2020/21
    Grey District Council 59% 79.5% 58% 79.0% 58% 79.0%
    West Coast Regional Council 64% 82.0% 63% 81.5% 62% 81.0%
    Dunedin City Council 56% 78.0% 55% 77.5% 54% 77.0%
    Environment Southland 60% 80.0% 58% 79.0% 56% 78.0%
    Invercargill City Council 57% 78.5% 56% 78.0% 54% 77.0%
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Frequently asked questions about TEFAR for the Safe Networks Programme

  • What are the changes to TEFAR from May 2019?

    From 17 May 2019, the TEFAR will only be applied to eligible projects in the Safe Networks Programme. TEFAR applies to these safety activities, whether they’re over $1 million or are included in a low cost, low risk programme for delivery in 2018–21.

    The 85% TEFAR for accelerated LED street-light programmes still applies.

    If you have existing funding approval for a TEFAR for a phase of work outside the Safe Network Programme, that won’t change. The condition that the phase of work needs to be 80% or more complete within the 2018–21 NLTP still applies.

    We’ve also removed the requirement for approved organisations to reinvest local share savings back into transport-related projects.

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  • Why has the TEFAR policy been amended?

    Due to the 2018–21 NLTP funding constraints, a broad application of the TEFAR is no longer possible.

    If Waka Kotahi had continued with the TEFAR policy as it was originally set out, many high-priority activities in the NLTP could not be funded.

    Making these adjustments will allow more high-priority activities to be funded and targets our emphasis on safety.

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  • Why didn’t Waka Kotahi get input from local government before amending the TEFAR policy?

    Local government has told us that at this point of the NLTP, certainty about what activities are likely to be funded is most important for finalising annual plans for 2019/20.

    We know there have been concerns about TEFAR policy requirements and the process to get funding approval. Consulting about how to change the TEFAR policy would have meant further delays and lack of certainty.

    We want to support local government to focus on getting on with delivery.

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  • What is the Safe Network Programme?

    The Safe Network Programme is a prioritised programme of proven safety interventions on high-risk routes across New Zealand. The programme has adopted the Safe System approach focusing on safe roads and roadsides, safe and appropriate speeds and safe rail level crossings to make roads more forgiving of human error which will lower trauma rates.

    For further information see the Safe Networks Programme.

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  • What’s happening with low cost, low risk activities?

    Low cost, low risk activities, other than safety, will continue to be funded at normal FAR. As we’ve said previously, the approved funding allocation for each approved organisation's low cost, low risk programme doesn’t increase as a result of projects being eligible for a TEFAR.

    Safety activities in a low cost, low risk programme will need to be in a separate TEFAR spreadsheet approved by your regional system management advisor, who can confirm if the safety activity meets the eligibility requirements for a TEFAR.

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