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The Long Term View (LTV) addresses the need for a consolidated, national level view of challenges and opportunities in the land transport system.

Looking out 30 years the LTV provides insight on the future influences on the transport system; the challenges and opportunities they will create; their scale; and when, where and why they will emerge. It provides direction about where action is needed over the next ten years to enable communities to respond to these challenges and opportunities.

Version 1.0

Version 1.0, named the Long Term Strategic View (LTSV), was released in 2017 and the NZ Transport Agency has been working to update the LTSV following feedback from the transport and local government sectors. Our intention was to release an updated copy of the LTSV in early 2018 to support the development of the 2018–21 NLTP.

The release of the draft Government Policy Statement on land transport in 2018 represented a significant shift in direction for planning and investment in land transport. As a result some elements of the LTSV were no longer fit for purpose to describe the range of interventions required to address priority challenges and opportunities in the transport system.

Rather than updating Version 1.0 to reflect the new direction, the NZ Transport Agency has decided to focus our effort on developing version 2.0.

However, the strategic context elements of Version 1.0 remain valid, and they are provided below to support ongoing planning and investment processes and conversations as appropriate.

  • Components of the transport system [PDF, 757 KB] – This describes the components of the transport system (both demand and supply) that contribute to New Zealanders social and economic wellbeing by enabling the movement of goods, and connecting people to work, education, recreation and each other, enabling social interaction. This section describes the current state of different transport modes including existing and emerging challenges, and considers the potential role of each mode into the future.
  • Attributes of a successful transport system [PDF, 288 KB] – In order for the LTSV to provide a sound basis for planning and investment over the medium and long term, it is considered important that it is grounded in a clear, agreed understanding of the transport system New Zealand needs to be successful into the future. This section, which is intended as a conversation starter, suggests a framework based on attributes that can be used to describe a successful transport system that provides for and enables well-being for all New Zealanders.
  • Drivers of change [PDF, 793 KB] – As we look to the next 30 years, 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 (including whether they need to move at all) in the future.
  • Planning for the future [PDF, 134 KB] - Planning for an integrated land transport system is vital to creating a better future for New Zealand. An integrated approach to land-use and the transport system is fundamental to unlocking social and economic opportunities for communities and customers. This section outlines the range of policy, regulatory, operational and investment levers that can be used to deliver the transport system. They represent a ‘toolkit’ that can be used to influence both demand for, and the supply of, transport.

Version 2.0

A further decision was made in (March 2019) to put the Transport Agency’s Long-Term Strategic View on hold and instead focus on the development of Arataki – the NZ Transport Agency’s plan for the land transport system. Planning for this is currently underway and is being shared with the Ministry of Transport, other government agencies, local government and other key partners.

This 2021–31 Plan will set out the NZ Transport Agency’s view of what is needed for an integrated transport system that delivers on government objectives for New Zealand and each region into the future.

A draft is expected to be released for wider engagement with local government and other partners in early 2020.

Keep an eye on this page for updates on Arataki and any relevant material. If you have any questions about Arataki or would like more information, please email