We’re committed to a collaborative approach to transport planning, funding and development. It’s an approach that delivers integrated transport solutions that best meet the needs of New Zealanders. To achieve these results, we seek open and honest consultation across a range of activities with all our stakeholders, including road users, business, local government, communities and iwi.
The activities we consult on
Projects, policies and programmes
We undertake consultation for programmes, policies and projects according to specific scope, process and consultation principles set out by the Land Transport Management Act 2003.
Land Transport Management Act 2003(external link)
We also engage with our partners, stakeholders and communities on our infrastructure projects around the country in accordance with the Waka Kotahi business case approach and other applicable acts such as the Resource Management Act 1991.
State Highway Public Engagement Guidelines 2016 (resource link(external link))
Land transport rules
We undertake consultation on behalf of the Minister of Transport for the making of land transport rules. The Minister of Transport has a statutory responsibility under the Land Transport Act 1998 to notify the intention to make the rule and to consult with interested groups on the proposed rule.
Land Transport Act 1998(external link)
We go beyond the minimum statutory requirements by maintaining a database of interested groups and individuals and undertaking extensive consultation on each rule. Submissions received on draft rules are summarised and analysed and the rule redrafted to take into account the submissions received. If necessary, we undertake further consultation with key groups before submitting a proposed rule to the government. When engaging and consulting on speed limit changes we follow the Setting of Speed Limits Rule.
What we’re currently consulting on
- 20Connect speed review and bus/T3 lane bylaw
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is improving State Highway 20B (SH20B) to provide a safer journey experience and more reliable travel choices with new priority lanes in each direction between Pukaki Creek Bridge and the interchange with State Highway 20. To provide safer and more reliable journeys on SH20B, we want to hear from you on the proposed speed limit change from the current 100km/h to 60km/h and the bylaw on the dedicated bus and Transit 3 (T3) lanes. Feedback closes at 5pm on Wednesday, 4 November 2020.
- Mackays Crossing commercial vehicle safety centre (CVSC)
The Mackays Crossing CVSC will be a new build to serve heavy vehicles on route to Wellington when Transmission Gully opens. The public are invited to attend an open day on 14 October 2020 at St Peter’s Hall, Paekākāriki from 1.30pm–8pm. Feedback can be provided online or at this drop-in session. Feedback closes at 5pm on Friday, 6 November 2020.
- Land Transport (Driver Licensing) (Covid-19 Temporary Extension of Deemed Licences) Amendment Rule 2020
We are consulting on proposed Rule changes contained in the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) (Covid-19 Temporary Extension of Deemed Licences) Amendment Rule 2020 (the proposed Rule). The proposal is to temporarily extend some overseas licences holders’ eligibility to drive in New Zealand. The extension will enable eligible drivers to drive for up to 24 months in total (rather than 12) from their date of arrival into New Zealand on their overseas licence. The extended eligibility period will be in place until 31 December 2021. After this time, the proposed Rule would expire, and the eligibility period would revert back to 12 months. Feedback closes at 5pm on Monday, 9 November 2020.
- SH23, SH31 and SH39 West Waikato speed review
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is reviewing speed limits on SH23, SH31 and SH39 in the west Waikato and we want to hear what you think about speeds on these roads. Feedback closes at 5pm on Monday 16 November 2020.
Important information about making a submission
Your submission will become publicly available information, so please indicate clearly if your comments are commercially sensitive or if there is some other reason they should not be disclosed. Any request for non-disclosure will be considered in terms of the Official Information Act 1982.
Official Information Act 1982(external link)