This page relates to the 2021-24 National Land Transport Programme.


This section provides information for the development of:

  • approved organisation programmes of activities for input to regional land transport plans (RLTPs)
  • Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Investment Proposal which includes its regionally delivered activities for input to RLTPs and its nationally delivered activities
  • the Road Safety Partnership Programme
  • RLTPs
  • the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP).

This section does not provide information for the development of activity class programmes, eg road maintenance and public transport service programmes, demand management programmes, or programme business cases. Please see the pages on activity classes  and the relevant Transport Investment Online modules for further details.

2021-24 NLTP Activity classes and work categories

Transport Investment Online(external link)

Overall process 

The overall process of developing the programmes covered in this section is shown in the diagram below.

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Taking a system view in targeting the most pressing challenges

Programmes should target the most pressing challenges and opportunities. Arataki provides evidence and insight regarding the most significant challenges and opportunities in each region, and the mix of responses that might best deliver on them.


While programmes may target a specific challenge or opportunity, it is important to consider the inter-relationships between a range of outcomes sought.

Consider a full range of alternatives and options

When considering alternatives and options, it is important to consider the full range of levers available to respond to a challenge or opportunity. Not all agencies control all the levers that would be useful. The levers rely on an integrated and collaborative approach from all involved in operating, delivering and managing the land transport system. They allow us to take a systems response where all elements of the land transport system are considered. This will deliver multiple outcomes and benefits. In many situations a range of levers will be needed to deliver optimal outcomes.

Lever type How?
Policy and regulation Providing detailed guidance for decisions or adjusting rules and regulations for planning, managing, investing in, and using the transport system. Undertaking the regulatory function.
Spatial and place
-based planning
Long-term integrated growth and infrastructure plans, and land-use decision making.
Network design, management and optimisation Changing the form and function of the current land transport system so that it delivers the most effective and efficient transport solutions for the movement of people and goods.
(in infrastructure,
platforms and services)
Improving the land transport system through new or enhanced infrastructure, technologies and services.
Economic tools Influencing access to and use of the land transport system through varying the cost of transport.
Education, engagement and awareness Working with others to raise sector capability, provide better information and support better decision making.

Waka Kotahi intervention hierarchy 

The intervention hierarchy should be applied to shape the appropriate mix of interventions for any opportunity or challenges, particularly challenges relating to managing growth and capacity pressure on networks. With our co-planning and investment partners we need to consider the full range of options to implement the right combination of responses. Our priority will always be to get the most from existing infrastructure and available travel options to avoid or delay the need to invest in new infrastructure.

Land use has the greatest impact on the land transport system and influences how we support improved urban mobility and tackle climate change. Integrated land use and transport planning will remain a key focus along with using a range of levers.