In 2018 the Ministry worked with other government agencies to develop an outcomes framework for the transport system. This framework makes it clear what government is aiming to achieve through the transport system.

The purpose of the transport system is to improve people’s wellbeing, and the liveability of places. It does this by contributing to five key outcomes, represented in the diagram below. 

All of these outcome are inter-related, and need to be met as a whole to improve intergenerational wellbeing and the quality of life in New Zealand’s cities, towns, and provinces. To make a positive contribution across the five outcomes, the transport system also needs to be integrated with land use planning, urban development, and regional development strategies.

Government may sometimes prioritise some outcomes over others, depending on social/economic/environmental circumstances and the Government of the day.

A guiding principle for government is ‘mode neutrality’

The transport system includes many different travel modes across land, air, and water. Every travel mode has different strengths and limitations, and causes different impacts.

Mode neutrality means considering all transport modes when planning, regulating and funding transport, and basing decisions on delivering positive social, economic, and environmental outcomes. Mode neutrality involves two important aspects:

  1. Making sure all modes and options are considered and evaluated to find the best system solution.
  2. Making users and decision-makers more aware of the benefits and costs of transport choices, to incentivise robust decision-making and smart travel choices.  

You can find more details on the transport outcomes and mode neutrality by downloading the framework.  

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