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This page relates to the 2021-24 National Land Transport Programme.


Work category 151 provides for the general management and control of the road network and management of road assets including public footpaths and cycleways and associated facilities. Funding assistance is subject to the condition of funding set out below.

Qualifying activities

Work category 151 is available to the following activity classes:

  • Road to Zero
  • local road maintenance
  • state highway maintenance.

Road to Zero (web page coming soon)

Local road and state highway maintenance

Examples of qualifying activities

Examples of qualifying activities include, but may not be limited to:

  • management of the road, cycle and footpath network
  • promotion and information activities (network user information – see below) that maximise the delivery of mode share targets and efficiency of the transport network in support of the activity management plan.
  • implementation and operation of road asset management systems
  • regular, routine updates to the activity management plan
  • roughness and condition rating surveys
  • traffic count surveys, including pedestrian and cycle counts
  • road network inspections and field validation of proposed programmes
  • routine refreshing of the asset deterioration model
  • maintenance and routine updating of transport models
  • legalisation of existing road reserves as specified below
  • management of the stock of Bailey bridges (Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency for its own activities only)
  • special road maintenance, renewal or improvement related studies that do not fit the transport planning work categories' description, eg KiwiRAP studies
  • professional services for road maintenance activity classes other than for operational traffic management and emergency works.

You can discuss with us (Waka Kotahi as investor) whether other potential activities not listed above might also be eligible for inclusion in this work category.


Work category 151 excludes:

  • expenses involved in legalisation surveys other than those specified below.

Legalisation of existing road reserves

Legalisation of existing road reserves is limited to:

  • legalisation surveys for the acquisition of land for road purposes
  • legalising the stopping of formed roads
  • plan fees payable to Land Information New Zealand

Land Information New Zealand(external link)

Funding assistance rate

The usual funding assistance rate (FAR) is:



  • 100% of Waka Kotahi state highway costs.

Submitting activities for National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) consideration and funding approval

Approved organisations and Waka Kotahi (for its own activities) submit their network and asset management activities for NLTP consideration and funding approval using the maintenance, operations and renewals module in Transport Investment Online.

Transport Investment Online(external link)

Further information

See the professional services and administration funding policy page for more details.

Professional and administrative services funding policy (web page coming soon)

Condition of funding – road asset management system

As a condition of receiving funding assistance for road maintenance, we require the use of a road asset management system for treatment selection, which will include the following inventory data:

Road conditions Road features


 Surfacing and rehabilitation profile Carriageway   Asset age
 Condition rating Shoulders   Features
 Roughness Pavement layers   Design lives
   Drainage facilities  Costs
  Structures Treatment history

Street lights

Classification (using the One Network Road Classification system)



Roughness and condition rating surveys

Roughness and condition rating surveys of all sealed roads must be undertaken at least every second year.

Condition rating surveys of all sealed roads carrying more than 2,000 vehicles per day are to be undertaken annually.

Condition rating of footpath and cycle networks should be at a sufficient frequency to support regular updates to the activity management plan, ie no less than three-yearly.

Renewal and improvement projects

The inventory database must be updated as soon as practicable after any project that affects the network is completed.

Training certificate required

For road condition rating work to be eligible for funding assistance, the raters acting on behalf of the approved organisation, or Waka Kotahi for its activities, must hold a current certificate issued by the New Zealand Institute of Highway Technology, following satisfactory performance at a rating training workshop.

Treatment selection

Treatment selection is based on a methodology acceptable to us that takes into account the following (at the very least):

  • the road structure
  • the surface type and age
  • the measured condition, including roughness
  • traffic volumes
  • intervention criteria related to the above as agreed with us.

Network user information

The objective of network user information is to support and influence transport choices that contribute to the achievement of the target mode shares for the network and to ensure safety, effectiveness and efficiency of the network through:

  • the safe system approach
  • managing congestion and travel time reliability
  • better travel choicemaking better use of existing transport capacity
  • advancing a resilient transport network.

Requirements for regional councils

Regional councils may apply for funding for network user information from the maintenance activity class through work category 151, if they meet the following requirements:

  • All regional council applications must be endorsed by the local authorities and demonstrate that the activities have been coordinated with local interventions to maximise the efficiency of the transport network and the capacity and function of existing assets.
  • A business case or implementation plan must support the application and detail the activities that will be undertaken, demonstrate the planning linkages, and detail how the interventions (options and alternatives) were selected.
  • A benefit–cost ratio must be calculated for any activity with a total cost greater than $2,000,000.
  • A clear monitoring programme including targets should be part of the business case.
  • Reporting requirements of works completed and outcomes will be required as the equivalent physical reporting is not applicable.

Regional councils must provide additional information to support the application through completion of the safety promotion, education and advertising activity list template.

Safety promotion, education and advertising - activity list template (web page coming soon)