The Ministry of Transport has released the draft Government Policy Statement on land transport 2021/22–2030/31 (the draft GPS 2021) for public feedback.

The GPS helps to guide investment in land transport by providing a long term strategic view of the Government’s priorities for investment in the land transport network.

The GPS provides direction and guidance to those who are planning, assessing, and making decisions on investment of over $4 billion a year from the National Land Transport Fund (NLTF). It also provides signals for a further $1 billion co-investment each year by local government.

The draft GPS 2021 builds on the strategic direction of GPS 2018 by maintaining the priorities but updating them to align with recent policy work and simplifying them. The Government is proposing to prioritise safety, better transport options, improving freight connections, and climate change.

Read the draft GPS 2021 [PDF, 3.9 MB]

To help us and the Minister of Transport develop a final GPS 2021, we had planned to hold briefings and workshops with a wide group of stakeholders including local government, the transport sector, and relevant non-government organisations. However, in response to COVID-19, it’s no longer appropriate to have face-to-face events.

Instead, you can watch our presentations online. Presentations work best in full-screen mode. 

View Draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS) 2021 powerpoint presentation with speaker notes [PPTX, 5.8 MB]

Once you have viewed the videos, if you have any questions, or require further information, please direct all enquiries to our email: We will endeavour to respond to your query promptly.

Further information:

If you have any queries email the GPS

You’re invited to share your views by taking the online survey, or sending a written submission by email or post

The Ministry is inviting stakeholders and the wider public to give feedback until 5pm, 11 May 2020 (note this has been extended from the original deadline of 5pm, Monday 27 April). 

Complete the GPS 2021 Survey(external link)

Email your submission to:

Or post your submission to: 
Ministry of Transport
PO Box 3175
Attn: GPS team

Note: If you are planning to email submissions through an automated process or online petition platform, please first email the GPS team at to ensure your submissions are correctly recognised and considered.

Your submission is public information

We will publish a summary of submissions after the engagement period has closed and submissions have been analysed. If you do not want your name or any identifying information to be included in anything we publish (including because you believe your comments are commercially sensitive) please indicate this clearly in your submission.

Note that your submission is subject to the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). This means other people will be able to obtain copies of submissions by making a request under the OIA. If you think there are grounds for your information to be withheld under the OIA, note this in your submission. We will take your reasons into account and may consult with you when responding to requests under the OIA. The Ministry may also be required to share submissions with a Parliamentary Select Committee. The Ministry will first consider, for example, whether the submissions contain personal or commercially sensitive information.

All submissions will be public records and will be held for a time period required by the Public Records Act 2005, then destroyed.

Draft New Zealand Rail Plan

You may wish to also provide feedback on the Draft New Zealand Rail Plan. This will inform the funding and strategic investment priorities for rail through the GPS.


Update as of August 2019

We have previously noted that a second stage of GPS 2018 was expected, and we were looking to release this in 2019. Following feedback from stakeholders, Minister Twyford decided not to proceed with a second stage GPS 2018.

GPS 2018 was already a large change for the sector compared to the GPS 2015. Instead of making further changes mid-way through the three year GPS cycle, it was decided that the potential further changes signalled in GPS 2018 would be best to wait until GPS 2021. This approach acknowledges that local government and NZTA need time to deliver on the current GPS priorities and that the Government’s step-change in investment direction will take some time to bed in.

Update as of May 2019

We held 14 regional workshops with local government and other stakeholders in March–April 2019 to understand the key issues for stakeholders before we begin providing advice to Ministers on GPS 2021. A summary of the matters arising from those workshops was provided to Ministers in May 2019: