This page relates to the 2024-27 National Land Transport Programme.

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An update to reflect the Government Policy Statement on land transport 2024 is under way. 


Work category 213 provides for the like-for-like replacement of drainage facilities.

Qualifying activities

Qualifying activities are the like-for-like replacement of drainage facilities to maintain the desired level of service.

Work category 213 is available to the following activity classes:

  • local road maintenance
  • state highway maintenance.

Local road and state highway maintenance

Examples of qualifying activities

Examples of qualifying activities include, but may not be limited to, replacing on a like-for-like basis:

  • culverts with a cross-sectional area of less than 3.4 square metres may have the cross-sectional area increased if the current design standard requires so
  • repair and replacement of kerbs and channels, if the deterioration is likely to adversely affect the performance of the pavement.

Definition of `like for like’

In this context ‘like for like’ means the modern equivalent of the drainage facility, not necessarily of the same material type or structural form, that meets current design standards. 

Current design standards will vary depending on the type of drainage facility and the planned design life. Current design standards may include the following:

  • increasing the cross-sectional area if required by the current design standard to maintain the level of service.
  • appropriate design to manage the risk and consequence of hazards impacting the design life for the structure and the transport network it services and to address the building consent and resource consent requirements of the relevant local and regional authority.
  • altering the alignment to improve performance of the drainage network and / or allow off-line construction.
  • small improvements of a minor nature above the minimum to achieve like-for-like replacement as set out above may be undertaken at the time of renewal provided the cost of doing so is minimal.

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


Work category 213 excludes:

  • improvements beyond those noted above are excluded but may instead be funded as follows:

Requirements for inclusion

To qualify for inclusion in this work category, the work must be the long-term, least-cost option that fulfils current design standards  and hazard management requirements, calculated in terms of present value (PV).

The approved organisation and NZTA (for its own activities) must undertake PV cost appraisals of individual projects and make copies of the evaluations available as requested by us.

A simplified procedure for drainage renewals is available on the Monetised benefits and costs manual webpage – see SP1 Road renewals.

Monetised benefits and costs manual

Note: all proposals for improvements must consider the optimal design approach, the timing (including fit within the wider drainage network) and set out the best-value approach to implement those improvement elements in part or in full.

Funding assistance rate



  • 100% of NZTA state highway costs.

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

Approved organisations and NZTA (for its own activities) submit their routine drainage renewal activities for NLTP consideration and funding approval using the maintenance, operations and renewals template in Transport Investment Online (TIO).

Transport Investment Online(external link)

For guidance on using TIO, see the TIO learning and guidance page on our website.

Transport Investment Online (TIO) learning and guidance