Te Tupu Ngātahi Supporting Growth is a collaboration between Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency(external link) (Waka Kotahi) and Auckland Transport(external link). Engineering firms AECOM and BECA, and legal firms Bell Gully and Buddle Findlay are supporting Waka Kotahi and Auckland Transport with this work under an alliance delivery model.
Auckland Council, Mana Whenua and KiwiRail are partners of the alliance. They contribute to the work but are not leading it.
The alliance must meet Waka Kotahi’s and Auckland Transport’s normal governance and decision making gateways and operating requirements.
The purpose of the alliance is to investigate, and route protect the strategic transport networks required over the next 30 plus years to support Auckland’s future urban growth areas. Route protection is a legislative process to identify future networks before development takes place. It ensures transparency for communities and land owners and enables long term planning.
The key benefits of this work include (but are not limited to):
The Auckland Plan(external link) identifies that by 2050 the population is expected to grow by another one million people. Around 30 to 40 per cent of this new growth will go into future urban growth (greenfield) areas identified in the Auckland Unitary Plan(external link).
Identifying the location, scale and intended land use for these future urban growth areas created the need for the Council and transport agencies to think ahead and commence transport planning at a network scale before growth and development occurs.
In 2015, Auckland Council, Waka Kotahi and AT collaborated on the Transport for Future Urban Growth Programme Business Case (PBC). The PBC worked with communities to develop aspirations for the future urban growth areas and recommended an alliance model for the next stage of work.
The alliance was formally established in 2018 and will complete its work in 2 years time.
The work of the alliance is currently helping to plan the future urban growth areas across Auckland, which are under significant pressure from development proposals now.
The Council identified the Future Urban Zone(external link) areas in the Auckland Unitary Plan which require servicing. It also participated in developing the PBC with Waka Kotahi and Auckland Transport. An alliance was the preferred delivery model.
Route protection will take the form of Notices of Requirement (NoR) under the Resource Management Act 1991. Given Council’s role as regulator for NoRs it was not considered appropriate for Council to be a part of the alliance hence its partnership status.
The alliance integrates with the Council by: