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  • Zero-emission bus economics study – Research report recently published by NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi


    This research developed an Excel model – ‘the ZEB Cost Model’ – that allows users to evaluate the different options for replacing existing diesel buses with zero-emission buses (ZEB). The model is designed to help public transport authorities and NZTA weigh the costs and benefits of the different technologies available for bus decarbonisation, so they can make informed investment decisions.


  • Follow up on the April RCA Forum – Setting Ourselves Up For Success


    We were thrilled with the fantastic turnout of RCA members at the RCA Forum Setting Ourselves Up For Success on 23 April. Speaker presentations and the Forum photo gallery are now available to view.


    We thank everyone who has given us feedback on the Forum. If you haven’t yet given feedback, we ask that you please take no more than five minutes to do this now. Your feedback is vital because it supports our own cycle of continuous improvement!


  • Sign up to give feedback on new ITS standards and specifications documents 


    New intelligent transport system (ITS) standard and specification documents are coming out soon for consultation, and we’ll seek feedback to help make sure the documents are fit for purpose. If your mahi involves the planning, procurement and renewals for the national transport network, then these documents are intended to support you and we’d like your feedback on them before they’re finalised.


  • Setting Ourselves Up For Success


    We’re excited to confirm that the next RCA forum “Setting Ourselves Up For Success” will be held in person on 23 April 2024, at Brentwood Hotel, 16 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie. Registration opens 8:30am;  forum opens 9:00am and closes 5:00pm. Tickets are limited and only available until 12 noon on 15 April, so secure yours today.


    Topline summary: There are many challenges facing the transport sector, from cost increases to weather impacts. We need to focus on delivering more for our communities through efficiently and effectively building transport links and managing our networks. Join us at the RCA Forum to learn more about the GPS 2024-27 and hear from:

    • The Minister of Transport, Hon Simeon Brown
    • Chief Executive, NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi, Nicole Rosie
    • Leaders who are responding to the challenges facing the sector
    • Other industries we partner with, such as Kāinga Ora.


    Minister of Transport Hon Simeon Brown – Setting Ourselves Up For Success

    Road Controlling Authorities Forum event – Tuesday 23 April 2024, 9:00-5:00pm in Wellington


    This is your chance to hear from the Minister of Transport Hon Simeon Brown on the Government’s land transport investment priorities. This forum will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you have for the Minister and other RCA related topics. A detailed agenda, including other exciting speakers, and registration to the forum to follow. Save the date and don’t miss out.



  • AMDS at upcoming conferences

    Expect to see more on Asset Management Data Standard (AMDS) at sector conferences this year, as different experts and partners from across the sector tell their AMDS stories.


    David Darwin – Waka Kotahi – Pavements conference – May

    AMDS supports a consistent and coordinated approach to the design, delivery, maintenance and renewal of the transport system, and is a critical step for Waka Kotahi and the sector towards digital engineering.

    Hear from David Darwin, Waka Kotahi AMDS Business Owner and Digital Engineering Lead, to learn about the progress of the AMDS programme, specifically how it relates to pavements, and the wider digital engineering roadmap.

    Read more and register for the Waka Kotahi Pavements conference 29-31 May 2023


    Andrew Field – Beca – IPWEA conference – June

    Andrew Field, Project Director, Digital Transformation Lead at Beca will be discussing AMDS in June. Beca has been assisting Waka Kotahi and their delivery partners to articulate a clear vision for the adoption of digital engineering across the service lifecycle of transport assets. For Waka Kotahi, both the Asset Management Data Standard (AMDS) and Digital Engineering practices provide the foundations for future-focused, digitally capable asset management.

    Read more and register for IPWEA NZ’s Te Whakaohooho i ngā Rangatira o Āpōpō – Inspiring our Next Generation conference 21-23 June 2023

RCA Forums enable members to exchange information and provide updates on sector working group activities, proposed legislation, new standards and guidelines, highway and procurement strategies and other issues relevant to road controlling authorities and the other member organisations. A full index of forum resources is here.

Working Groups

RCA Forum Working Groups

The RCA Forum establishes specialised working groups to resolve issues that require a coordinated approach from the sector. These working groups continue as long as the issues require attention. After a working group closes, its records and documents continue to be available here on this site. The full list of resources for each working group includes references, past research, and coroner’s recommendations.

About us

The Road Controlling Authorities Forum (New Zealand) Incorporated (RCAF or RCA Forum) is a closed, non-political incorporated society of road asset managers and roading professionals from all territorial local authorities (except the Chatham Islands Council), the Department of Conservation and the New Zealand Transport Agency.