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The state highway network

New Zealand’s state highway network has a vital role as the strategic road network for the country – enabling people to get to and from work quickly and efficiently, providing a convenient and robust route for freight and connecting communities. Keeping the network safe, reliable and resilient is a top priority for us. We work closely with transport partners throughout the country in planning, operating and maintaining the state highway network, considering its impact on the environment and the immediate and long-term needs of the businesses and people who use it.

Safety, efficiency and delivering roads that meet both present and future needs are the key principles underlying our operation of the state highway network.
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Informing the New Zealand road industry of our latest policies and positioning in relation to design and construction best practice.
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A sound roading infrastructure is vital to New Zealand's economic wellbeing. Find out about the current state highway projects aimed at improving safety and easing congestion.
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Our state highway asset management plan and resulting annual SH plans are where we turn our Strategy into actions.
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Comprehensive monitoring, maintenance and management helps ensure the valuable state highway asset delivers the most efficient and effective performance.
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We engage a range of expert consultants and contractors to help build and maintain our network. Find out more about the tender and contracting process.
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The government’s investment in state highways includes work on seven ‘roads of national significance’, which will improve safety and support economic growth.
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