The focus in Northland remains on creating a transport system that is safer, has stronger community connections, provides better access to economic and employment opportunities and is resilient to withstand extreme weather events.
Waikato’s significant contribution to growing New Zealand’s social and economic wellbeing underlines the importance of a regional land transport system that provides access, is resilient and provides journeys that are safe and reliable.
For the population of Gisborne/Tairāwhiti, having a resilient transport network is crucial. The region’s relative isolation means it relies on the state highway network and local roads to connect its communities, to get goods from farm gates and forests to markets, and to support growth in tourism.
Primary production is the big economic driver for the Hawke’s Bay, with investment in the region’s transport system focused on making it safer and easier to get goods to market and to support new tourism opportunities.
Taranaki’s strong export-based economy means the region’s major transport focus is on improving access. They need to be safe, reliable and resilient within and between regional connections to get goods to market.
The Wellington region’s transport challenges are dominated by the region’s concentration of population in the metropolitan cities, its importance as the nation’s capital, constrained access corridors along SH1 and SH2 and the significant economic role its port plays to connect the North and South Islands.
Population growth is putting pressure on the Nelson and Tasman transport network. Where investment in the 2018-21 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) will look at delivering better transport choice in the Top of the South with improvements to both cycling and the public transport network.
The Chatham Islands are located about 800 kilometres to the east of the South Island and have a resident population of about 600 people. With a road network of about 180 kilometres across a number of islands spread over a 40-kilometre radius, road maintenance and improvements at this remote territory are an ongoing challenge.