While transport policy swings wildly with changes in government, expenditure is slow to respond to underlying demand from communities and businesses, or to growing markets such as in tourism.

The Initiative's work will look at:


  • Do the multitude of funding sources (petrol excise duty, road user charges, motor vehicle registration, ACC levies, local rates, and Crown funding) make sense?
  • What inefficiencies and inequities exist and how might they change in the future?

Planning and prioritisation of transport projects

  • How well do current processes reflect community and business demand?


  • What distortions and inequities have been created as a result of Government’s spending decisions?
  • What are users getting for their tax dollars?

Ultimately, the project will offer recommendations for reform towards a system that puts the user, rather than politicians, at its heart.

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