Country:New Zealand
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2008
Date Amended:

2011 (August) and additions in subsequent years

Policy Type:Policy Support
Policy Target:Transport>Vehicle operation, Transport>Transport systems, Transport>Fuel
Agency:Ministry of Transport

The New Zealand Transport Strategy provided the specific transport-focused component of the New Zealand Energy Strategy. In 2011, the government commissioned a review of the New Zealand Transport Strategy 2008. The result - ‘Connecting New Zealand’ - provides a summary of the Government's current overall policy direction for transport.  The objective of Connecting New Zealand is to create an effective, efficient, safe, secure, accessible and resilient transport system that supports the growth of New Zealand's economy in order to deliver greater prosperity, security and opportunities for all New Zealanders. Connecting New Zealand summarises a number of direction-setting documents for the sector. It draws together the policy direction that has been set out in a number of policy decisions and guidance documents over the last few years. These include:    

  • The National Infrastructure Plan;
  • The Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding 2012/13–2021/22;
  • The New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy;
  • The KiwiRail Turnaround Plan; and
  • Safer Journeys: New Zealand’s Road Safety Strategy 2010–2020.  

Each of these documents provides detailed guidance on particular areas of the transport system. The key themes underpinning Connecting New Zealand are economic growth and productivity, value for money, and road safety. In relation to energy efficiency the relevant actions of Connecting New Zealand are:  

  • Road - continued reduction in the emissions of carbon dioxide from land transport over time;
  • Public Transport - improved efficiency in the operation of the public transport system;
  • Road Safety - improved safety of roads and roadsides, helping people drive to the conditions and encouraging them to comply with safe speed limits  

Actions and targets are included in the more specific guidance documents such as the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding (GPS) and Safer Journeys.  Connecting New Zealand covers the 10 years from 2011 to 2021. Other initiatives in the Transport area are:

  • A Total Cost of Ownership Tool (launched by EECA to enable fleet owners to compare EVs to ICE vehicles);  
  • Biofuels (consultation on providing for a higher blend of biodiesel - shifting from B5 to B7);
  • Bioethanol is exempt from excise tax;
  • Public Transport 2045 (project looking thirty years ahead to create the environment for a discussion about the long term future of public/passenger transport in New Zealand);
  • Cycleways (in June 2015, the Government announced an overall investment of NZ$333m over four years to an Urban Cycleways Fund);
  • Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS technologies apply information and communications technologies to vehicles, transport users and transport infrastructure to improve traffic management and efficiency);
  • High Productivity Motor Vehicles (High Productivity Motor Vehicles are required to meet pro-forma specifications that manage the impact these heavier vehicles)

Name changed from "The New Zealand Transport Strategy" to "Connecting New Zealand"

25 Energy Efficiency Recommendations Applied:Transport, Transport system efficiency, Cross-sectoral, Strategies and action plans
Related policies:New Zealand Energy Strategy (NZES)

Last modified: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:12:36 CEST