What’s new

Recent announcements from RCA Forum and members.

Follow up on the September RCA Forum
12/09/2022

It was wonderful to see such a fantastic turnout of RCA members at 6 September RCA Forum (check out our photo gallery for photos of the day).

 

Presentations:
Our speakers told their stories on;

  • recent weather events and the lessons learned,
  • how does infrastructure need to adapt and change to our needs and aspirations,
  • how do we get our share of the CERF-22 pie,
  • what does adaption planning actually mean for the road corridor,
  • and more…

 

You can view speaker presentations in the forum resource list (by speaker name) or in the September agenda (under each agenda item).  If you have any further questions relating to these presentations, please email them through to [email protected] and we will look to get an answer for you.

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IPWEA NZ Conference 2022 – just one month to go!
12/09/2022

A three-day event, IPWEA NZ’s 2022 Conference ‘Sustainability through Reform – taking Aotearoa to 2050’, will connect infrastructure, people and planet.

 

IPWEA will take a deep dive into the depths of sustainability, through a public asset and infrastructure management lens.

 

How can we move through reforms while confidently securing our sustainable future?   Public works professionals, infrastructure and asset managers, engineers and local government staff and elected members play key roles in delivering sustainable outcomes, along with our senior leaders and executive teams.

 

This year’s conference features over 50 fantastic presentations from local and international experts, with presentation streams on themes from Environment to Risk to Digital & Design and Technology. Presentation topics will take a deep dive into all areas of asset management in the face of reform including;

  • three waters,
  • built environment,
  • transport and roading,
  • digital twins,
  • decarbonising infrastructure, and more.
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One Network Framework webinar: introducing the modal layers
23/08/2022

Join Waka Kotahi’s webinar in September to hear an update from the One Network Framework (ONF) team on their progress to implement the ONF modal layers into Waka Kotahi internal systems and processes in time for the 2024-27 NLTP development.

 

A specific focus for this webinar will be sharing the recent work by the team to classify current state modal networks (public transport, freight, walking, cycling and general traffic) under ONF and a live demonstration of how to update and view these within RAMM.

 

Guidance on classifying the modal layers will be available soon, and to help you use the system Waka Kotahi will demonstrate the use of RAMM using practical examples and point to where you can find useful guidance.   An open Q&A panel will also provide an opportunity to ask questions and hear from industry guests.

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
17/08/2022

Notice of Annual General Meeting & Call for Executive Committee Member Nominations

 

This is to advise you of the upcoming annual general meeting of the members of the Road Controlling Authority Forum (NZ) Incorporated.

 

The details of this meeting are as follows:

 

Venue:

 

 

Wharewaka Function Centre, Wharf 2 Taranaki Street, Waterfront, Wellington 6011

 

 

Date/Time:

 

Tuesday 6 September 2022 from 3:45pm-4:15pm

 

See full Notice of AGM – Nomination of Exec – 2022

See Nomination form

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National Utilities Code Review
16/08/2022

The New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group (NZUAG) Board (made up of 5 Corridor Manager Representatives, 5 Utility Operators Representatives and an Independent Chair), have a key purpose of being responsible for administering the Code of Practice for Utility Operators Access to Transport Corridors.  This code of practice is reviewed every three years to ensure it is meeting the objectives of the overarching legislation.  The code is mandatory, and allows for a nationally consistent approach for access, enables management of Utility Operators access to transport corridors, but ultimately is focused on safety, coordination, and effective working.

 

The review will kick off at RIMS in August 2022 and the NZUAG Board want to hear from users of the code – current and future.

 

Leading into the review, there are two webinars planned to provide people with information around the review, current issues, and how feedback can be provided.

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Public consultation for reshaping streets now open
11/08/2022

The Minister of Transport is proposing regulatory changes to make it easier for local authorities, like councils, to make street changes that support walking, cycling, public transport, and placemaking. Ministry of Transport and Waka Kotahi want to hear your views on these proposals.

 

Consultation is now open on the Reshaping Streets regulatory changes. These proposals would enable local authorities to make street changes more efficiently and provide new ways for communities to be involved in changes that affect them.

 

Some regulations for managing roads are almost 50 years’ old and outdated. It’s important to update these to reflect our needs as a country now.

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Huge milestone reached for the Asset Management Data Standard Programme
05/08/2022

The first release of the standard is now available on the AMDS Website. This includes inventory along with maintenance faults and conditions.

 

Waka Kotahi will continue to receive feedback by email on the release of version 1.0 of the standard and will review and incorporate changes as part of Tranche 1 implementation, with updates to the release occurring every 4 months.

 

The standard continues to be developed, with future phases being released as identified below.

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Planning for the future: Future Infrastructure, Emissions Reduction and how you can benefit
22/07/2022

We’re excited to confirm the next RCA forum will be held in person on 6 September 2022 in Wellington.

 

The Climate Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Emissions Reduction Plan will have major impacts on transport and infrastructure. How are you planning to respond to these changes?

 

Join us this September at the RCA Forum to find out what our panel of experts thinks about the Emissions Reduction Plan and how you can benefit from CERF.

 

This informative event will arm you with the knowledge and insights to help you plan for the future.

 

There are limited tickets available so secure yours today.

BUY TICKET

 

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New Road Rail Working Group Page
12/07/2022

A new road rail working group page is now available to members to provide access to meeting minutes and information related to this re-established working group.

 

The purpose of the Road Rail Working Group is to identify, prioritise and seek to address a range of road-rail issues that currently impact rail and road corridor managers.

 

For queries related to this group, contact Bruce Conaghan, the Convenor.

 

Check out the road rail working group page for more information.

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SH56 Palmerston North to Ōpiki Speed Review
17/06/2022

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency are undertaking engagement with the local community about current speed limits along State Highway 56, within the Manawatū-Whanganui and Horowhenua Districts.

 

Public engagement for the SH56 Palmerston North to Ōpiki speed review is now live until 5pm on Monday 11 July 2022.

 

For further information about this speed review or to use the interactive online feedback map, please visit www.nzta.govt.nz/pn2opiki

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Save the date
14/06/2022

Road Controlling Authorities Forum event

Tuesday 6 September 2022, 9.00am-4.00pm in Wellington

 

This is your chance to hear from Hon Michael Wood on
funding challenges, greenhouse gas emissions and inter-regional public transport.

 

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New asset classes release (AMDS)
14/06/2022

 

Waka Kotahi’s Asset Management Data Standard (AMDS) team have released a number of provisional and stabilised assets classes.

 

The output files for these asset classes are available on the AMDS website. Please send the AMDS team feedback by email

 

Waka Kotahi will continue to build out data classes that support the operation of their network in collaboration with the sector.

 

 

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Asset Management Data Standard (AMDS) May 2022 webinars
06/05/2022

Implementation of the Asset Management Data Standard (AMDS) will be Road Controlling Authority (RCA) led. This approach recognises that RCAs are different and have individual operating environments. It provides RCAs with flexibility about how they manage their AMDS implementation.

 

AMDS implementation is phased over five years starting 1 July 2022 and completing by 30 June 2027, when it is expected that all RCAs will have adopted AMDS.

There are a number of activities RCAs and sector partners can do now to prepare for implementation.

 

Join our May webinars to learn about programme progress, Tranche 1 and 2 planning updates, and how you can prepare for implementation.

 

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AMDS implementation planning – everything you need to know
08/04/2022

To support RCAs, Waka Kotahi will provide an Implementation Playbook which includes guidance, tools, and templates to use during the adoption of AMDS.

 

Waka Kotahi is directly contacting all RCAs to discuss the implementation of AMDS.

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RCA Forum Event – 21 April 2022
04/04/2022

We are excited to confirm the next Forum will be on 21 April 2022 via Zoom from 08.30 to 12.30pm.

 

Do you think about how reforms will impact your Council?

Do you think about how you will respond to these changes?

Do you think about how these reforms can be brought together as a cohesive whole?

 

If you do, register for the April forum now.  Registrations close 18 April.

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Bridge manual, 3rd edition, amendment 4
23/03/2022

Amendment 4 to the 3rd edition of the Waka Kotahi Bridge manual has been drafted. The majority of the changes being proposed are technical in nature, conform to appropriate best practice in New Zealand and overseas and will have a generally neutral cost implication. There are however some changes that will have an effect on the cost of building or maintaining bridges and other highway structures.

 

The amendment has been developed in conjunction with the industry and is offered here for comment.

 

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Save the date
15/03/2022

Online Road Controlling Authorities Forum event

Thursday 21 April 2022, 8.30am-12.30pm

Three Waters, Local Government Reform, RMA and Impact on Roading

 

Further information and registration to follow.

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Have your say on the draft New Zealand guide to temporary traffic management
14/03/2022

Waka Kotahi is developing new guidance for temporary traffic management to keep people safe on Aotearoa New Zealand’s roads.

 

Waka Kotahi has released the draft New Zealand guide to temporary traffic management with an emphasis on a risk-based approach to prioritise the safety of all road users including people walking, on bikes, driving vehicles and the many New Zealanders who work on our roads.  It has been developed with  input from across the sector and international practices to help contribute to Road to Zero, New Zealand’s road safety strategy, where no one is killed or seriously injured on our roads.

 

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A transport open data framework for Aotearoa New Zealand
06/12/2021

Waka Kotahi are leading the build of Aotearoa New Zealand’s first collaboratively developed voluntary open data framework for the transport sector.

 

The framework is being designed so it’s relevant for the whole sector—individuals, community groups, academia, private sector, government, and more.

 

Consultation has closed, but you can still check it out:  https://nzta.mysocialpinpoint.com/transport-open-data-framework#/

 

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Temporary ability to service Land Transport Act 1998 notices electronically (including parking infringement notices)
06/12/2021

The Land Transport Act 1998 (LTA) has been amended in  response to COVID-19 to allow notices required to be sent under the LTA, to be sent electronically by email, on a temporary basis.

 

For more information, go to https://www.knowledgehub.transport.govt.nz/topic-hubs/local-government-hub/.

 

 

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Request for information on prevalence coal tar
08/11/2021

WasteMINZ is looking at developing a guide around management and disposal of coal tar in the road corridor. The guide is intended to provide direction on identifying coal tar embedded in asphalt or sub-base materials within the road corridor, options for managing it and disposal. From the work AT has done in Auckland (and presented at the RCA Forum a couple of years ago), we know that AT rarely finds coal tar during road corridor works.  We also know that Christchurch does identify coal tar more frequently as a result of the earthquakes, and management/disposal of the material is a concern.

 

What we don’t know is the prevalence of coal tar in the road corridor across NZ and whether other RCA members have an issue with it – either as an asphaltic material or in sub-base layers. The working group is keen to understand the prevalence and whether the proposed guide is likely to be useful to NZ RCAs.

 

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Asset Management Data Standard (AMDS) Online Sessions
04/11/2021

Join one of the end of year sessions to learn about Waka Kotahi AMDS programme updates.

 

Times and dates:

  • Tuesday 30 November 2021, 10am – 11am
  • Thursday 2 December 2021, 3pm – 4pm

Location: Zoom

Register to attend one of the sessions

 

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RCA Forum AGM and Call for Executive Committee Member Nominations
04/11/2021

This is to advise you of the upcoming annual general meeting of the members of the Road Controlling Authority Forum (NZ) Incorporated.

 

The meeting will be held Via Teams Meeting on Friday, 26 November 2021 at 2.00 pm to 2.30 pm.

 

Email the RCA Forum to advise of your attendance and to receive the agenda and calendar invite with the teams link.

 

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Climate Change Engagement
27/10/2021
Check out Ministry for the Environment’s website on their climate change work programme, emissions reduction plan (ERP), and more. 
Have your say on the proposed emissions reduction policies:

Consultation on the emissions reduction plan discussion document Te hau mārohi ki anamata Transitioning to a low-emissions and climate-resilient future opened on Wednesday 13 October 2021 and closes at 11.59pm on Wednesday 24 November.

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Seeking Feedback: M23 Specification & Guidelines for Road Safety Hardware
27/10/2021

Waka Kotahi M23 is a specification document for road safety hardware, including road safety barriers.

 

M23 is being updated and Waka Kotahi are seeking feedback by 4 November, from Traffic Engineers or people working with safety hardware installations who use the specification.

 

The main changes to M23 from the previous 2009 are:

 

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Standard Safety Intervention Toolkit
21/09/2021

Waka Kotahi has published an updated version of the Standard Safety Intervention toolkit.  This toolkit provides guidance for road safety practitioners on the effectiveness and value-for-money cost range of proven safety interventions to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on Aotearoa roads.

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Recently Published Waka Kotahi Research Report
15/09/2021

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has recently published research report 680 Dynamic clustering and transport appraisal.

Research snapshot
Transport projects are increasingly used to transform places, rather than just to increase or improve transport links. One example is the ‘dynamic clustering’ (increased density) of businesses, residences and people in areas affected by the project, which should be included in its appraisal.

 

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Te Ao Māori Knowledge Hub
10/09/2021

The Te Ao Māori Transport Knowledge Hub is a forum to share information/knowledge about Te Ao Māori matters within the transport sector.

This Hub provides a platform for iwi and hapū Māori partners, government stakeholders, academics and Māori organisations to identify and prioritise the main evidence gaps relating to Māori in the transport sector, and to collectively work towards addressing these gaps through further research.

 

 

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Open for Industry Feedback – Draft Good Practice Guidelines for Road and Roadside Worker Health and Safety
03/08/2021

WorkSafe (with input from industry and Waka Kotahi)  has drafted good practice guidelines for road and roadside worker health and safety.  This draft is now out for industry consultation.  If you would like  to review the draft and submit feedback, please see the following link.  The consultation period closes 13 September 2021.

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Environmental Standard and Screen Review Consultation
21/07/2021

RCAF members are invited to provide feedback on draft versions of two key environmental standards and tools Waka Kotahi uses to guide the implementation of their infrastructure projects.

The Screen and Standard are a requirement for any projects funded by the NLTF.

 

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RCA Member Survey Findings
15/06/2021

To help with the planning process for upcoming RCA forums, a short survey that asked forum members to indicate their level of interest for nine different topic areas (and 53 proposed individual topics) was sent to all forum members (identified by RCAF).

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Pathways To Net Zero By 2050
15/06/2021

As part of the Government’s commitment to taking action on climate change, the Minister of Transport released Hīkina te Kohupara – Kia mauri ora ai te iwi – Transport Emissions: Pathways to Net Zero by 2050.

The Ministry of Transport’s document sets out potential pathways to design out emissions across our transport system and move Aotearoa towards a net zero carbon transport system by 2050.

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Follow up on the 4 June RCA Forum
15/06/2021

It was wonderful to see those of you who could make it to the 4 June 2021 RCA Forum (check out our photo gallery for photos of the day).

Thank you to members who provided us with feedback. Here are a few quotes about the day:

“Great range of topics and speakers and
chance for networking/hearing others’ issues”

“Was very informative”

 “Excellent speakers”

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Road Rail Working Group
28/05/2021

A new Road Rail Working Group is being set up to address some of the issues facing the sector and we are looking for representatives.

The purpose of this working group is to identify, prioritise and seek to address a range of road-rail issues that currently impact local government.

 

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Joint IPWEA NZ and ACE New Zealand Conference 2021
25/05/2021

Future-Fit Aotearoa:  Unlocking our Potential

It’s on 7-9 September in Auckland and registrations are now open.

More info on the conference can be found here https://www.futurefitconference.co.nz/

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RCAF Sector Vacancy on NZUAG Board
24/05/2021

There is currently a vacancy on the New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group Board to represent the RCA Forum.

Expressions of interest is open to all RCA members.  Please email [email protected] for consideration.

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Have your say on safer speeds in Northland and North-Auckland
14/05/2021

Waka Kotahi are reviewing speed limits on 11 corridors in Northland and North-Auckland, and from 3 May through until 14 June they are actively seeking people’s feedback on ways they can improve safety on these roads.

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Asset Management Data Standard Workshops
14/05/2021

Online drop-in sessions will be taking place on Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20 May, 2021 to answer all questions – Register today to attend one of these sessions.

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Don’t Miss Out! Registrations Close on the 28th of May
07/05/2021

We are delighted to confirm the next Forum will be on 4 June at Rydges Airport hotel in Wellington. Register for the June Forum now.

The theme for the Forum is GPS2021 – Working together to meet our future funding challenges.

 

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New Chair for RCAF
07/05/2021

We are pleased to announce Steve Mutton is the new Chair of the RCAF.

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Thank you for your feedback
20/04/2021

The survey is now closed.  The Executive Committee will meet on the 21st of May to discuss the results of the survey and future work programme.

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Take our survey
01/04/2021

The RCA Forum Executive is keen to hear from you. COVID-19 has put a halt to the networking programme during 2020 and the plan is to gear up to deliver a rich and interesting programme over the next three years. If you haven’t already, please engage in a short survey that will help us develop the programme to meet your needs. You can access the survey here if you haven’t already received it.

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New look for our website
17/03/2021

Our website is now refreshed and designed to provide easy access to the resources you need to make better decisions in your roles.

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