This page relates to the previous and draft Government Policy Statement(s).

Draft GPS 2018/19 – 2027/28

The Government’s commitments have made it clear that transformation of the land transport system is a priority. This draft GPS presents a number of changes in direction, prioritising safety, access to a wider range of transport options, the environment and value for money.

As part of developing the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport for 2018/19 – 2027/28 (GPS2018) engagement with a wide group of stakeholders took place, submissions were open until 02 May 2018. Submissions were considered by the Minister of Transport to inform the final GPS. 

Engagement on the Draft GPS 2018 by the National Government in 2017

GPS 2015/16 - 2024/25

Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced the release of the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2015/2016 – 2024/25 (GPS 2015) on 18 December 2014. GPS 2015 came into force on 1 July 2015. Transport Minister Simon Bridges subsequently amended GPS 2015. The amended GPS 2015 was presented to the House of Representatives on 4 April 2017.

In summary, the amendments:

  • enable the New Zealand Transport Agency to implement the Housing Infrastructure Fund (land transport components)
  • increase the funding range for the walking and cycling activity class (an additional $65 million from the National Land Transport Fund, above levels that were set, to support the government cycling and tourism objectives)
  • enable the New Zealand Transport Agency to implement the New Zealand Business Number
  • recognise the land transport impacts of the November 2016 earthquake.

NZIER forecasts

The Ministry engaged the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) to develop forecasts of road vehicle travel for the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2015. The NZIER used a model previously developed for the NZ Transport Agency.

One issue with the NZIER model is that it was premised on the ability of supply to respond to increases in demand without constraints.  The Ministry commissioned Concept Consulting to develop conceptually how supply side measures could be incorporated into the model.

GPS 2012/13 - 2021/22

The Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding 2012/13-2021/22 (known as GPS 2012) came into force on 1 July 2012, and remained in place until 1 July 2015.

Amendment February 2013

In December 2012, Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee announced increases to petrol excise duty and road user charges for 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Read Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee’s statement on the increases to petrol excise duty and road user charges(external link)

In order to use the funds generated by these increases to complete the Roads of National Significance in the timeframe required, some small changes were required to the GPS 2012.

  • The activity class for ‘New and improved infrastructure for State highways’ was increased by $100 million per year for the years 2013/14 and 2014/15.
  • Expenditure targets were increased by $100 million per year for the years 2013/14, 2014/15, and 2015/16.  

July 2011 Cabinet Paper

A Cabinet Paper confirming the Minister of Transport’s decisions on GPS 2012 was prepared in July 2011. This paper also reports the feedback received from stakeholders.

Read the Cabinet Paper from July 2011 – The Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding 2012/13-2012/22 (PDF, 185kb) 

Engagement on GPS 2012

In developing the GPS 2012, the Ministry of Transport, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, sought the views of Local Government New Zealand and representatives of transport users and providers on the proposed direction of GPS 2012 as part of a targeted engagement process.

April 2011 Cabinet Paper

For further background, the initial Cabinet paper on GPS 2012 is provided. This paper outlines the Minister of Transport’s initial thinking on GPS 2012.

Read the Cabinet Paper from April 2011 – Direction of the next Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding (PDF, 345kb)

GPS 2009/2010 - 2018/19

The Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding 2009/10 (known as GPS 2009) came into force on 1 July 2009, and remained in place until 30 June 2012