Planning (consenting) considerations are fundamental for many Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency projects.

To meet statutory requirements related to design, construction, operation and maintenance activities, Waka Kotahi may be required to obtain various approvals from those with regulatory responsibilities for the natural and built environments, culture and heritage and conservation.

These may include, but not limited to:

  • Resource consent/s
  • Designations, notice of requirements, alterations and Outline Plan of Works or Outline Plan waivers
  • Department of Conservation (DOC) concessions
  • Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (HNZPT) authorities
  • Wildlife permit/s.

Consent compliance management platform

Waka Kotahi uses CS-VUE, an online compliance management platform to track and monitor our environmental statutory requirements. This is a workflow-based tool that enables conditions to be effectively managed in a scheduled way.

It is expected any consents or conditions logged in CS-VUE are appropriately managed, whether this be a contractor or Contract Manager, everyone has a responsibility to ensure the obligations of our approvals are being met.

Waka Kotahi aims for excellence in compliance and we trust those we work with to achieve the same.

More information on CS-VUE

Delegations for consenting work

If you are preparing consent applications or statutory approvals on behalf of Waka Kotahi, it is important you understand who can sign applications, approve draft conditions or make other key decisions. Delegations relating to statutory planning activities sit within the Waka Kotahi Environmental Planning team.

How the Environmental Planning team can help

The Environmental Planning team can provide specialist advice on statutory applications, pathways and processes, from project development through to the maintenance and operation phases of a project. This is to ensure:

  • Planning input is received early enough in the project to avoid project delays due to consenting issues
  • Project consenting strategies align with the wider Waka Kotahi objectives, standards and adequately address project risks commensurate to the scale of an activity
  • All relevant environmental requirements are identified and met
  • Consenting costs are reasonable and consents are gained in a timely fashion
  • Consent conditions are reviewed prior to formal issue and compliance requirements are reasonable and achievable
  • Contractors understand and take responsibility for consent compliance
  • Full, formal and fit for purpose consenting documentation is appropriately recorded.

For further information contact the Environmental Planning team at

Templates for Waka Kotahi designation and consenting documents

Waka Kotahi has templates for various designation and consenting documents. This includes templates for:

  • Notice of requirement (new designations or alterations)
  • Extension of designation lapse period
  • Removal of designation
  • Outline plan of work
  • Resource consent application
  • Assessment of Effects on the Environment
  • Project consenting strategy.

The templates can be requested from the Environmental Planning team at