Consultation process

The Government developed the ITS Action Plan by extensively consulting with stakeholders. There was a three-stage process:

  • Release of a conversation paper
  • Release of a draft Action Plan
  • Finally, the release of the final ITS Action Plan

Intelligent Transport System Technology Conversation paper – June 2013

In June 2013 the Ministry sent a conversation paper [PDF, 512 KB] to selected industry and government stakeholders relating to intelligent transport system (ITS) technologies.

The paper did not propose any particular policy. Instead, it discussed a wide range of technologies and potential issues with associated with these. The paper included developments such as autonomous (“self-driving”) and semi-autonomous vehicles and also technologies in the aviation, maritime, and rail sectors.

The conversation paper sought stakeholder views on the opportunities ITS technologies provide and explored the barriers to their implementation. It was not intended to recreate existing international work, but rather to focus on what is unique about New Zealand (such as our geographic isolation and dispersed population). We also used it to clarify the role of government in implementation of ITS technologies in New Zealand.

Workshops were held in Auckland and Wellington in July 2013 to discuss the conversation paper and ITS technologies with stakeholders.

The Ministry used the feedback from these conversations to develop a draft government ITS technology Action Plan.

Download the Conversation Paper [PDF, 512 KB]

Conversation Paper Questions and Answers

Why did the Ministry of Transport carry out this consultation?

ITS technologies provide governments, transport operators, and users a way to maximise the effectiveness and efficiency of new and existing transport systems and infrastructure.

If these benefits are to be realised the government needs to provide the ITS and transport sectors with a clear understanding of its strategic direction and priorities for the use of ITS technologies in New Zealand. The government also needs to know what barriers exist to the introduction of ITS technologies to New Zealand.

Because the technology space is so large, and the government’s resources are limited, the Ministry wanted to seek input on where it should focus its attention before starting to develop a long-term Action Plan. The conversation paper assisted with the development of an Action Plan that helps provide the sector with the certainty needed to invest in ITS technologies.

Why was it only the ITS sector who were invited to the workshops?

At that stage in the development of the ITS Action Plan the government wanted to focus on those already familiar with the ITS sector. We wished to use their existing expertise to determine the issues that impact on ITS in New Zealand. Wider public consultation took place during the development of the ITS Technologies Action Plan in late 2013.

If members of the public wanted to make a submission, they were welcome to do so via the website. However, the conversation paper was produced specifically for use at two ITS sector workshops in July 2013. The public was able to comment on the draft Action Plan, released later in 2013.

Did the conversation paper propose any new policies or a government direction for ITS?

No. The paper was produced to help develop a long-term strategy that contributed to the Intelligent Transport Systems Action Plan.

The conversation paper didn’t make any reference to a technology that I’m really interested in. Does this mean that the government is not interested in this?

The ITS conversation paper was only intended to ask general questions. If you think the resulting Action Plan does not cover something, let us know.


Draft ITS Action Plan – November 2013

In November 2013, the Ministry published a draft ITS Action Plan after consultation with other government departments and transport agencies. Public consultation on the ITS Action Plan closed on 17 January 2014 and 25 submissions were received.

Read Transport Minister Hon Gerry Brownlee's media statement. (external link)

What was in the Draft Intelligent Transport Systems Action Plan?


This chapter introduces the concept of intelligent transport systems and the desired outcome of the consultation process.

Strategic context

Chapter two sets out the transport outcomes the government wishes to see and the major benefits that ITS systems can bring in delivering those outcomes. The sections contain information on the following.

  • The government’s economic growth and transport objectives
  • Transport outcomes and the role of ITS systems
  • Ability for ITS to create high-value jobs and exports
  • The central government participants in ITS
  • Other key participants

Examples of ITS systems and technologies

Some ITS systems and technologies are in use in New Zealand now and some could be introduced in the future. Examples include:

  • active network management
  • information provided to the traveller
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
  • fully autonomous vehicles
  • charging and payment technologies
  • future network planning.

The government’s strategic approach

This chapter sets out the Government’s leadership role and includes the following sections.

  • Statement of Government commitment
  • The role of Government
  • The Government’s approach

Proposed government actions

This chapter sets out the proposed actions to introduce new ITS technologies. The actions highlighted in red are considered to be strategically important.

  • Leadership, strategic direction, and collaboration
  • Investment
  • Regulatory review
  • Data collection, sharing, security and privacy
  • Standards
  • Active network management
  • Positioning Systems
  • Geo-spatial mapping
  • Charging and payment systems
  • Enabling compliance and targeted enforcement
  • Passenger and cargo facilitation and security
  • Developing technology skills and exports
  • Research and evaluation
  • Promoting New Zealand internationally as a test-bed for new technologies
  • User interfaces and the challenge of new technologies

There are 38 proposed actions in the plan including 10 priority actions. The Action Plan takes a multimodal, multiagency approach that will help establish the strategic and coordinated approach, including:

  • establishing an ITS Leadership Forum with government and industry stakeholders — the Forum will take a long-term view and develop a strategic vision for the use of ITS in New Zealand
  • the Ministry of Transport providing advice about the role of ITS technologies in contributing to transport objectives in the next Government Policy Statement on Land Transport
  • the NZ Transport Agency publishing planning and investment signals that will inform suppliers about its future approach to delivery of ITS infrastructure and services


Chapter six provides a table of the proposed actions.

View questions and answers about the draft ITS Action Plan.