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Arataki is our 10-year view of what is needed to deliver on the government’s current priorities and long-term objectives for the land transport system.

Arataki Version 1 was released for feedback in December 2019. It was well received and feedback indicates Arataki has delivered value by providing transparency and greater certainty about longer-term priorities and responses and about how we want to work with the sector to shape the best land transport system for New Zealand. We want to thank all individuals and organisations that have responded so far, helping shape this and future updates.

We received feedback from almost 50 individuals and organisations. This feedback has resulted in a series of technical amendments made within the scope and layout of the existing document.

Arataki Version 1.1 represents our best understanding of the land transport system and reflects publicly available material as at mid-March 2020. Changes made to Arataki include;

  • amendments proposed in feedback, where these better reflect local issues, improve the accuracy or clarity of the content, better reflect the reality for communities, and are aligned with an agreed position or process
  • updates to the Journey to work – mode share data to reflect the 2018 Census results
  • updates to reflect the draft GPS, government policy announcements and legislative updates (ie Zero Carbon Act)
  • updates to reflect new programmes, particularly the New Zealand Upgrade Programme (NZUP) and related regional initiatives, and additional Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment
  • updates to reflect the draft Rail Plan
  • updates to reflect changes in local circumstances.

Feedback that requires more substantial changes to the scope and format will be considered as part of future updates.

Arataki Version 1.1 recognises the significant potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but does not consider in detail the nature, scale and location of these impacts, or include details of potential economic stimulus packages to support New Zealand businesses and communities post lock-down.

This will be part of Arataki Version 2 which we will be developing at pace to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on the land transport system and identify the post-COVID opportunities over the next 10 years.

Like any good plan, Arataki will continue to evolve over time to reflect changing circumstances, priorities and new information. The Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS) continues to provide the strategic direction for the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP). The role of Arataki is to help us meet today’s priorities in a way that is informed by the objectives and needs of the system over the longer term.

We welcome your questions or feedback via arataki@nzta.govt.nz or around the table with our people.

Read the frequently asked questions [PDF, 115 KB]

Research on impact of COVID-19

Waka Kotahi has commissioned research into the impacts of COVID-19 based on changing economic structure and demographic change in New Zealand. The analysis primarily focuses on the potential impacts over the next four years as the country recovers from the initial pandemic and subsequent economic slow-down, but it also contains estimates of what will happen between years 5-10 in terms of the ‘direction of travel’ for demographics and the economy. The analysis of this research will help shape the strategic direction of Arataki V2, due shortly for release.

Arataki at a glance

Arataki is made up of place-based summaries (1 national, 3 pan-regional and 14 regional) that tell a land transport system story. These are framed by five step changes where we see there is a need for change. These step changes are in response to six key drivers which are trends that influence the choices we make today and in the future. All of these inform what we need to do across six levers, either directly or in partnership with others to deliver the government’s objectives for the land transport system.

Key drivers

As we look to the future, we need to ensure our transport system is integrated and able to adapt to the evolving demands and changing needs of our customers. This section considers how changes in population demographics, economic structure, technology and the environment (particularly climate change) could shape the transport system and how people and goods move in the future.

Step changes

As we get a better understanding of the key drivers, we can focus on what we need to do differently to deliver the long-term outcomes for the land transport system. The step changes help us do this. These identify where we consider a change in response is needed, taking into account the current state of the land transport system and the key drivers.

Levers and interventions

To progress the step changes outlined in Arataki we have a series of interventions available to us that can be grouped under six main levers, not all of which we control. The levers rely on an integrated and collaborative approach in operating, delivering and managing the land transport system.

National summary

The national summary identifies the types of activities at a national ‘system-wide’ level that we consider are needed to deliver on the government’s objectives for the land transport system and the step changes. It looks across the range of levers that we can use directly, or in partnership with others, to contribute to the future land transport system. The National Summary should be read in conjunction with the Regional Summaries.

Pan-regional summaries

Our pan-regional summaries are a high-level description of population, economy and the land transport system - its nature and scale in a national context. It sets out the key origins, destinations and the flow of people and goods through each pan-region. They cover our strategic priorities as well as any specific pressures. They also provide an overview of the current state highway and rail corridors.

Regional summaries

Our regional summaries provide a high-level description of each community, its current transport system and how these could be impacted by the key drivers. They set out our understanding of the step change priorities, key challenges and opportunities faced by the region. They also provide current areas of focus and a description of potential interventions for the following decade to deliver the step changes and maintain a base level of service. The Regional Summaries should be read in conjunction with the National Summary.

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