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The National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) is a three-year programme that sets out how the NZ Transport Agency, working with its partners, invests national land transport funding to create a safer, more accessible, better connected and more resilient transport system to keep New Zealand moving.

The NLTP sets out activities that can receive funding from the National Land Transport Fund (NLTF) under the Land Transport Management Act 2003. The NLTP must give effect to the Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS). Regional Land Transport Plans (RLTPs), developed by local government, must also align with the GPS.

The NLTP details all the land transport initiatives and activities both regional and national, including public transport, road maintenance and improvements (including state highways), walking and cycling activities, and the road policing and road safety promotion that the Transport Agency anticipates funding during the three year period.

The Transport Agency works alongside councils and other approved organisations to make sure New Zealanders have access to a transport system that meets their needs now and in the future. We use the Investment Assessment Framework (IAF), developed to align with the GPS, to prioritise which proposals should receive funding within the activity class funding ranges set by Government. 

The NLTP and the Investment Assessment Framework (IAF) are the two key tools we use to give effect to the GPS on land transport. Every three years, the NLTP must be adopted by the Transport Agency’s Board by 31 August under the Land Transport Management Act (2003).

More about the GPS, IAF and NLTF

The Government Policy Statement (GPS) on land transport sets out what the government wishes to achieve from its investment in land transport through the National Land Transport Fund (NLTF) – a dedicated fund for maintaining and developing local and national transport services. Revenue for the NLTF comes from fuel excise duty, road user charges, motor vehicle registration and licensing fees, and other Crown revenue.

The Investment Assessment Framework (IAF) is used to assess and prioritise business cases, programmes, plans, projects and other activities to be submitted for funding consideration. The IAF is used by the Transport Agency in developing the NLTP and to make investment decisions during the NLTP period.

2018–21 NLTP