Let’s Get Wellington Moving is a joint initiative between Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and the NZ Transport Agency.

The programme focuses on the area from Ngauranga Gorge to the airport, encompassing the Wellington Urban Motorway and connections to the central city, hospital, and the eastern and southern suburbs.

The Minister of Transport, with support from the Mayor of Wellington and Wellington Regional Council Chair announced the LGWM  indicative package on 16 May 2019. This is made up of a number of components to improve walking, cycling, public transport and liveability in Wellington.

Journey to the indicative package:

  • Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) consulted with Wellingtonians on four options in 2017.
  • Following this, LGWM developed a Recommended Programme of Investment, which they pitched to Ministers, along with a proposal for how to split the funding between central and local government. This included asking for central government funding (the offer was for Wellington to fund more of the package than would be required under standard funding arrangements in recognition of the local benefits from opening up development opportunities).
  • Ministers then tested how the Recommended Programme of Investment could be funded, seeking more information from LGWM about projects and their benefits and costs, and examining how the different elements fit with the Government direction for land transport as set out in the Government Policy Statement on land transport 2018. 
  • Ministers also sought advice from the Ministry of Transport and the Treasury on how to fund and finance the components of the Recommended Programme of Investment, including the anticipated demands on the National Land Transport Fund and the ability to commit funding and financing over 30-50 years
  • This process took time, and significant input from all the parties involved, as Ministers worked hard to balance the ambitions of the Recommended Programme of Investment with what was affordable within the broader context of committed and predicted transport funding.
  • This process resulted in an ‘indicative package’ made up of the majority of the projects in the Recommended Programme of Investment. The final indicative package endorsed by the Government attempts to balance delivering a step-change in transport in Wellington, while not neglecting the rest of the Wellington region, and remaining achievable within funding constraints.
  • Since the announcement, the Indicative Package has received unanimous support by councillors from Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council. This means that the programme can begin delivering some early small improvements and investigating details of the bigger projects.
  • The NZ Transport Agency has now approved funding for the next phase of the programme
  • The relevant parties are now working together to shift into the delivery phase of LGWM and ensure that projects are rolled out effectively.

What’s in the indicative package?




Estimated capital cost ($m)

A walkable city

Accessibility and amenity improvements, setting safer speeds for vehicles, and walking improvements.

A city that is safe and attractive to walk around.


Connected cycleways

Cycleways on Featherston Street, Thorndon Quay, Courtenay Place, Dixon Street, Taranaki Street, Willis Street, Victoria Street, Kent and Cambridge Terraces and Bowen Street.

A connected and safe central city cycleway network integrated with the wider cycleway network.


Public transport (city and north)

Dual public transport spine through the central city on the Golden Mile and Waterfront Quays, rail network improvements and bus priority on Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road.

A reliable public transport system that enables Wellington to grow and encourages public transport mode shift, better public transport choices to the north and enables a 30 percent increase in rail peak patronage.


Smarter transport network

Full integrated ticketing, transition to integrated transport network operating systems, travel demand management measures including Mobility as a Service, parking policy improvements and education and engagement.

A well-managed transport system that makes best use of infrastructure and helps smooth transition through implementation of the indicative package.


Rapid transit

Provide rapid transit as part of the wider public transport network from the railway station to Newtown, and Newtown to the airport.

Improves travel choice through the city with an attractive public transport option to the hospital and airport and creates an opportunity to share a more compact and sustainable Wellington city.


Unblocking the Basin Reserve

Package of minor at-grade changes to improve reliable access for all modes, Basin Reserve grade separation between north-south movements, east-west movements and any rapid transit corridors.

Reduces conflict between different movements and modes creating more reliable access for all modes.


Extra Mount Victoria Tunnel and widening of Ruahine Street

Extra Mount Victoria Tunnel and widening of Ruahine Street/Wellington Road to improve access for buses and dedicated walking and cycling facilities.

Improves access reliability and travel choice from the east for all modes, relocates through traffic away from Evans Bay route and Constable Street, onto the state highway, and ensures network function while rapid transit is constructed in Newtown.










Let’s Get Wellington Moving Cabinet paper:

You can read the Cabinet paper and supporting documentation seeking Government agreement to funding the Central Government share of Let’s Get Wellington Moving

View the Questions and Answers here (external link)

Key documents relating to the policy development

Below are the key documents developed by the Ministry of Transport relating to the policy development of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving indicative package endorsed by Cabinet. Outlined in chronological order, the documents include briefing papers and Aide Memoires provided to the Minister of Transport. Advice was also provided to the Minister of Transport from NZTA and the Treasury. They will also release documents on their respective websites.

LGWM has been the subject of significant analysis over the past year. Ministry of Transport officials have responded to the many questions and various iterations of the package as negotiated by the three parties. This appears as a series of papers

Over the time that the Ministry of Transport has been involved in LGWM, we have focussed on the funding arrangements and wider policy implications, and taken a coordination role for information and advice from the LGWM partners around the package elements, programme and financial modelling.


Document type


14 September 2018

Briefing [PDF, 338 KB]

Advice on funding Let’s Get Wellington Moving

·         Provides early advice on the key considerations for funding LGWM.

24 October 2018

Briefing [PDF, 489 KB]

Proposed work programme for Let’s Get Wellington Moving

·         Outlines three workstreams needed to explore the funding options for LGWM

30 November 2018

Briefing [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Advice on funding Let’s Get Wellington Moving

·         Advises the Minister of existing national and regional Wellington funding pressures

·         Provides a range of options for funding arrangements and package funding splits that could make the programme affordable

03 December 2018

Aide Memoire [PDF, 362 KB]

Request for further information on Let’s Get Wellington Moving

·         Provides the Minister with National Land Transport Fund (NLTF) forecasts and models how LGWM could be funded using Wellington’s population share of NLTF.

·         Discusses Wellington funding pressures that could influence the ability for Government to commit funding

·         Contains specific advice on the benefits of light rail in Wellington.

03 December 2018

Aide Memoire [PDF, 783 KB]

Request for further information on Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM)

·         Outlines the revenue available for the LGWM package to be funded from the NLTF using population share as the upper limit of designated funding.

·         Analyses whether Option 1 from the Advice on funding LGWM (30 Nov 2018) Briefing Paper is affordable using the revenue available in the NLTF.

04 December 2018

Aide Memoire [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Request for updated advice on Let’s Get Wellington Moving

·         Further advice on the financial figures for the preferred option – Option 1

·         Assists the Minister for a meeting with the LGWM Governance Group shortly after

05 December 2018

Briefing [PDF, 601 KB]

Meeting with Wellington Regional Mayors

·         Provides the Minister with updated advice for a meeting with Wellington’s regional Mayors.

·         Key focus on the Wellington Regional Investment Program and how LGWM can be aligned with Wellington Regional priorities

18 December 2018

Aide Memoire [PDF, 499 KB]

Advice on the Governance Group’s revised Let’s Get Wellington Moving proposal

·         Outlines Governance Group revised proposal

·         Key steps in the revised proposal are the scaling down of Te Aro and the Terrace tunnel, increased capital commitment from local government and reprioritisation of regional projects

21 December 2018

Aide Memoire [PDF, 298 KB]

Next steps for Let’s Get Wellington Moving

·         Advice highlighting the next steps of analysis for the Governance Group’s revised proposal

25 January 2019

Briefing [PDF, 2.2 MB]

Response to the Council’s proposal for Let’s Get Wellington Moving

·         Tests the financial assumptions used in the proposal, assesses the program and projects against the priorities of the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS), determines benefits and costs, and discusses local share funding

·         Provides the Minister with a response to the proposal discussed in earlier briefings, after analysing certain aspects suggested in the Next Steps for LGWM paper (21 December 2018)

·         Outlines the details and decisions that need to be finalised before an announcement can be made on the package.

29 January 2019

Aide Memoire [PDF, 311 KB]

Information for discussion with Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington District Council

·         Suggests that the Minister should not agree to the counter proposal based on analysis of assumptions used in the proposal presented.

30 January 2019

Aide Memoire [PDF, 856 KB]

Information to assist in meeting with Let’s Get Wellington Moving Governance Group

·         Outlines four options based on the previously preferred approaches by different parties and a final revised approach for the Minister to consider.

·         Each option has details about the projects included, the funding split between local and central government and the revenue assumptions needed to fund each respective option.

20 February 2019

Briefing [PDF, 979 KB]

Implications for delivering Let’s Get Wellington Moving

·         Discusses the implications of delivering LGWM in terms of the National Land Transport Fund and how the delivery of LGWM will impact other national transport infrastructure priorities

·         Raises a number of challenges that need to be resolved before moving towards a public announcement of LGWM

05 March 2019

Aide Memoire [PDF, 791 KB]

Request for advice on Let’s Get Wellington Moving

·         Presents two scenarios modelled by the Ministry for the Minister to review. There were some key assumptions in these scenarios including the population share of NLTF, a 60/40 split of funding, a 30 year funding period and allowance for some regional projects.

·         The scenarios recognise the Minister’s priority projects which were rapid transit, unblocking the Basin Reserve and a second Mt Victoria tunnel and widening of Ruahine Street/Wellington Road.

08 March 2019

Briefing [PDF, 605 KB]

Advice on investments in the Wellington region

·         Provides the Minister with advice on transport projects within the Wellington region (outside of LGWM) that should be considered in the indicative package for LGWM.

20 March 2019

Briefing [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Draft Cabinet Paper: Let’s Get Wellington Moving

·         Presents the first draft of the LGWM Cabinet paper to the Minister

·         This document is the briefing that accompanied the draft paper and outlines the considerations needed for presenting the indicative package to Cabinet

26 March 2019

Aide Memoire [PDF, 414 KB]

Further advice on phasing and walking tunnel

·         Advice on the timeline of projects in regards to when they would be phased across the 20 year implementation period

·         Provides advice on the existing Mount Victoria pilot tunnel to determine the likelihood of repurposing this tunnel for active travel modes

05 April 2019

Aide Memoire [PDF, 368 KB]

Request for further advice on Let’s Get Wellington Moving mode priority

·         Provides advice on the comparison of vehicle journey times and number of passenger movements associated with various project improvements included in LGWM.

·         A Benefit Cost Ratio for the Basin Reserve and Mt Victoria tunnel projects after active and public transport improvements had been implemented, and potential downsides of removing the Mt Victoria tunnel project was also requested.