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Arataki is our 10-year view of what is needed to deliver on the government’s current priorities and long-term objectives for the land transport system. It’s our way of being more transparent about what we see coming nationally and regionally, and about how we want to work with you to shape the best land transport system for New Zealand.

Like any good plan, Arataki will evolve over time to reflect changing priorities and new information. This first version is a first step towards developing a richer, shared understanding with you of what the land transport system needs and how we can meet those needs together.

The Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS) continues to provide the strategic direction for the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP). The role of Arataki is to help us meet today’s priorities in a way that is informed by the objectives and needs of the system over the longer term.

We’re releasing this first version of Arataki now so that it can be one of many inputs in the development of the next NLTP, to give effect to the next GPS (2021-30). We hope there will be evidence and insights in Arataki that are useful in shaping Regional Land Transport Plans (RLTPs) and other spatial plans. We also want to share the ‘system view’ that we will be using to prepare the Transport Agency Investment Proposal as our bid alongside RLTPs, for funding under the NLTP.

But we need our view to be informed by our co-investment partners. We are keen to hear your thoughts and feedback on this first version of Arataki. We’ll wrap your feedback into an update of Arataki in April 2020 after the draft GPS is released for engagement, and we’ll look to release a further version of Arataki in August 2020 once we’ve taken more time to include your evidence, insights, detailed feedback and the impact of the final GPS.

We welcome your questions or feedback via or around the table with our people.

Read the frequently asked questions [PDF, 173 KB]

Arataki at a glance

Arataki is made up of place-based summaries (1 national, 3 pan-regional and 14 regional) that tell a land transport system story. These are framed by five step changes where we see there is a need for change. These step changes are in response to six key drivers which are trends that influence the choices we make today and in the future. All of these inform what we need to do across six levers, either directly or in partnership with others to deliver the government’s objectives for the land transport system.

Key drivers

As we look to the future, we need to ensure our transport system is integrated and able to adapt to the evolving demands and changing needs of our customers. This section considers how changes in population demographics, economic structure, technology and the environment (particularly climate change) could shape the transport system and how people and goods move in the future.

Key drivers [PDF, 770 KB]

Step changes

As we get a better understanding of the key drivers, we can focus on what we need to do differently to deliver the long-term outcomes for the land transport system. The step changes help us do this. These identify where we consider a change in response is needed, taking into account the current state of the land transport system and the key drivers.

Step changes [PDF, 701 KB]

Levers and interventions

To progress the step changes outlined in Arataki we have a series of interventions available to us that can be grouped under six main levers, not all of which we control. The levers rely on an integrated and collaborative approach in operating, delivering and managing the land transport system.

Levers and interventions [PDF, 267 KB]

National summary

The national summary identifies the types of activities at a national ‘system-wide’ level that we consider are needed to deliver on the government’s objectives for the land transport system and the step changes. It looks across the range of levers that we can use directly, or in partnership with others, to contribute to the future land transport system. The National Summary should be read in conjunction with the Regional Summaries.

Pan-regional summaries

Our pan-regional summaries are a high-level description of population, economy and the land transport system - its nature and scale in a national context. It sets out the key origins, destinations and the flow of people and goods through each pan-region. They cover our strategic priorities as well as any specific pressures. They also provide an overview of the current state highway and rail corridors.

Regional summaries

Our regional summaries provide a high-level description of each community, its current transport system and how these could be impacted by the key drivers. They set out our understanding of the step change priorities, key challenges and opportunities faced by the region. They also provide current areas of focus and a description of potential interventions for the following decade to deliver the step changes and maintain a base level of service. The Regional Summaries should be read in conjunction with the National Summary.