The Auckland Light Rail team is a collaboration between Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport, Auckland Council, the Ministry of Transport and Kāinga Ora.

The team reports to a governance board with an independent chair and representatives of key agencies, local boards and Mana Whenua.

The group have worked on the tasks set by the Government which included:

  • Partnering with Mana Whenua
  • Developing the business case
  • Engaging with stakeholders and communities

What did the recommendation consider?

The Indicative Business Case (IBC) considers how best to achieve these outcomes:

  • A light rail service that:
    • Is attractive, reliable, frequent, safe and equitable
    • Is integrated with the current and future public transport network
    • Improves access to employment, education and other opportunities
  • A transport solution that embeds sustainable practice and reduces Auckland’s carbon footprint
  • Unlocking urban development potential, supporting a quality compact urban form and enabling integrated and healthy communities

The Minister of Transport Hon Michael Wood released a summary of the Indicative Business Case to show the progress ahead of it being considered by the Government. The technical assessment work identified that light rail is the ideal form of transport to pursue.
The summary includes a short list of three options as well as advice on delivery entity, cost and funding.

Government decision

Cabinet has endorsed the tunnelled light rail option to take forward -


Tommy Parker

– Project Director
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Light Rail will enable Auckland to develop in a sustainable way that provides good access to housing, education and employment, ensuring quality of life and of place for our children.

Partnering with Mana Whenua

The project team is committed to working with Mana Whenua and recognises and respects Te Tiriti o Waitangi as Te Tūāpapa, the foundation from which we will work with and alongside Māori.