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Streets for People programme 2021–2024

Within the 2021–24 NLTP, $30 million has been allocated to the Streets for People programme. 

The funding is available over the NLTP 2021–2024 period for towns and cities ready to accelerate their long-term vision by using successful evidence-driven techniques. The programme runs until June 2024, a timeframe that allows for lasting change, transformational work, and strong partnerships with Waka Kotahi and the community. 

The programme is looking for councils who understand the connection between streets and quality of life and can see the potential to unlock climate action by reshaping streets to expand low-carbon transport choices.  

The process 

The funding process has been split into three steps and each is a gateway to the next stage:  

  • Expression of interest.
  • Phase 1 - Funding the Foundations (pre-implementation).
  • Phase 2 - Funding the Projects (implementation).

Expressions of interest closed on 22 February 2022. This step helped us establish councils’ readiness to implement more rapid approaches, and strategic alignment with the Road to Zero strategy and the proposed Emissions Reduction Plan.  

The Funding the Foundations phase invites council leadership, with support from Waka Kotahi staff and external experts, to present their proposal to Waka Kotahi leadership. This is an opportunity for councils to demonstrate the proposal objectives, how it will help New Zealand become a safer, carbon zero country. It will ask councils to outline what resources and processes they have in place to support delivery of the proposal, as well as the engagement tools they use to work with their community. 

The second phase will fund the proposals, with successful councils working with the Waka Kotahi team through a readiness programme. This will guide the project teams through the key elements of undertaking a tactical urbanism project and ensure they have a team in place and have considered the key factors for success. 

Additionally, a support programme will be developed for those councils who were not successful in securing funding but would still like to build capability within their organisation. 

The programme can provide up to 90% Funding Assistance Rate (FAR) with a focus on capability and capacity building. 

Key programme milestones

Expressions of interest open 9am, 30 November 2021
Expressions of interest close 5pm, 22 February 2022
Expressions of interest assessed and moderated 23 February – 25 March 2022
Applicants informed of outcome Week commencing 28 March 2022
Readiness programme April – June 2022
West Quay in Napier with a new path and less access for cars by blocking one side of road using planters

Businesses enjoyed fewer cars and more space for people to relax in during the transformation of West Quay in Napier.

Want to get involved?

If you are a council and missed out on the funding application but would like to be involved, you can contact us to join our support programme and Community of Practice. Please email for more information.

Frequently asked questions [PDF, 352 KB]

Streets for People programme 2021–2024 brochure [PDF, 1 MB]