Domestic Transport Costs and Charges Study

27 May 2020
Dear Patrick,

I am following up on the attached letter sent to you earlier this year by Peter Mersi, Secretary for Transport, advising you that the Domestic Transport Costs and Charges (DTCC) Study was about to commence.  Thanks for agreeing to be the Cycling Action NZ contact for the Study.

The focus since that time has been on refining the methodology that will be used for the Study.  This has now been finalised into a detailed Methodology Report - a copy of which is available should you wish to receive it - and the consultant team has now commenced work on the main study.  The timetable has been impacted to an extent by the Covid-19 lockdown, but the team is now making progress with data collection and analysis. 

This will be brought together in a series of working papers which will be progressively drafted over the period from June to September.  A list of the topic areas that will be covered by the working papers is shown below.

To ensure that all stakeholder organisations are kept up to date with progress, we would like to offer you the opportunity to engage with the consultant team as the study progresses.  Depending on your preferences, this could include:

  • An online briefing on the Study objectives and methodology, and an outline of the future opportunities for stakeholder feedback. 


  • A process to gain stakeholder feedback on the draft Working Papers as these are developed from June to September.  We expect that this will be at two levels: first, to get feedback from those people who have provided data to ensure that we have interpreted and applied it appropriately; and second, to provide your organisation’s response to the content of the working papers that are relevant to your organisation, before we proceed to prepare the Study’s main report.  

Please let me know if you wish to take part in an online briefing session; and whether you would prefer this to be a one-on-one session involving your organisation only, or as part of a wider stakeholder group. 

Also, please indicate which of the topic areas you would like to provide feedback on as the draft working papers are prepared. 

Thank you for your continued support for the Study.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any other queries. 

I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

Barry Mein

DTCC Project Manager

021 654280

Working Paper Topics



Consultant team lead


Economic methodology

David Lupton, David Lupton & Associates


Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)

Phil Barry, TDB Advisory


Road infrastructure maintenance & operations

David Lupton, David Lupton & Associates


Valuation of road infrastructure

Richard Paling, Richard Paling Consulting


Transport expenditure & funding overview

Richard Paling, Richard Paling Consulting


Road vehicle ownership & use charges

Richard Paling, Richard Paling Consulting


Road vehicle operating cost models

Richard Paling, Richard Paling Consulting


Long-distance coaches

David Lupton, David Lupton & Associates


Car parking

Stuart Donovan, Veitch Lister Consulting


Walking & cycling

Stuart Donovan, Veitch Lister Consulting



Stuart Donovan, Veitch Lister Consulting



Stuart Donovan, Veitch Lister Consulting



Murray King, Murray King & Francis Small Consultancy


Urban public transport

Ian Wallis, Ian Wallis Associates



Phil Barry, TDB Advisory


Coastal shipping

Chris Stone, Rockpoint Corporate Finance


Social costs of transport crashes

Glen Koorey, ViaStrada


Congestion costs

David Lupton, David Lupton & Associates


Public health impacts

Anja Misdrak & Ed Randal, Otago University Wellington


Local air quality and greenhouse gas emissions

Gerda Kuschel, Emission Impossible



Stephen Chiles & Michael Smith, Altissimo Consulting


Biodiversity & biosecurity

Stephen Fuller, Boffa Miskell



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Organising transport may be a priority, but do not pick up a car the moment you land.

Driving when you are tired can be dangerous, even fatal, especially if you are not used to driving on the left as we do in New Zealand. Take the shuttle, bus or taxi (cab) from the airport when you first arrive.

Intercity rail travel in New Zealand is largely limited to services between Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Greymouth. However there are extensive bus services that can take you to just about anywhere you want to go. But suggestion is that when you are studying, choose a place to stay that's not too far to the school. It will save you money in the long run.

I see that this studies will really help us understand further. Great work done!

I hope this advises will help.


Henry D.

West Auckland, 

09-884 6598

The report was published last August - It should result in much more emphasis on clean, green, economic transport, but seems to have had no publicity, so it's not clear which 'stakeholders' have been invited to review it, nor when anything might happen.