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Streets for People programme 2021–2024

The funding for the Streets for People programme is $30m (from the National Land Transport Plan 2021–24) with a Funding Assistance Rate of up to 90 percent. The programme runs until June 2024, a timeframe that allows for lasting change, transformational work, and strong partnerships with local authorities and their communities.

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Video: Introduction to Streets for People programme 2021–24

The funding process was split into three steps, and each was a gateway to the next stage:

Expression of interest (closed 22 February 2022)

All councils across Aotearoa with activities committed to mode-shift already included in the current Regional Land Transport Plans (RLTPs) were invited to apply to participate in the Streets for People programme.

30 councils across Aotearoa expressed their interest to participate in the Streets for People programme 2021–24.

Phase 1 - Funding the Foundations (pre-implementation, April-July 2022)

In this phase, Waka Kotahi worked with the councils to build internal capability and ensure organisational readiness, willingness and processes that will enable them to implement rapid approaches. This has helped guide the project teams through the key elements of undertaking an adaptive urbanism project and ensure they have a team in place and have considered the key factors for success. 

This has ensured Waka Kotahi has more confidence that councils moving forward to full implementation of their proposed project will be able to successfully deliver them.

Councils also presented their proposal, including an overview of their proposed projects, to Waka Kotahi leadership. This was an opportunity for councils to demonstrate the proposal objectives, how it will help New Zealand become a safer, carbon zero country. It asked councils to outline what resources and processes they have in place to support delivery of the proposal, as well as the engagement tools they use to work with their community. 

Phase 2 - Funding the Projects (implementation, September 2022 to June 2024)

This phase funds the proposed projects in the council’s proposals. Ongoing national support is being provided as council’s move into engagement planning, scheme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. This includes national communications and engagement support, wider system changes and capability.

Additionally, a support programme will be developed for those councils who were not successful in securing funding but would still like to build capability within their organisation to do street change projects more easily and quickly. 

West Quay in Napier with a new path and less access for cars by blocking one side of road using planters

Businesses enjoyed fewer cars and more space for people to relax in during the transformation of West Quay in Napier.

Streets for People projects 2021–24

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