Impact on Property

What does the Let’s Get Wellington Moving indicative package announcement mean for property owners?

Any major transport project such as those announced as part of Let's Get Wellington Moving, can have an effect on neighbouring properties. We acknowledge that announcements can create uncertainty for people who own property or live or work near proposed projects.

The next steps for LGWM have now been agreed by all three partners. Work will soon begin on investigation, evaluation and design. These stages will involve further consultation with the community and with people who would be directly affected. This means it will be some time before we know which properties will be affected, and what those effects might be. The next steps in the process are outlined below.

If you are a property owner near one of the proposed projects and would like to be kept up to date on our progress, please sign up for email updates.

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Whether you sign up for updates or not, we will get in touch with affected property owners when the proposals are more defined and we are more certain about the impact on property.

Property owners information sheet [pdf]

Letter sent to property owners around the Basin Reserve on 17 May 2019 [pdf]

Letter sent to property owners on Ruahine Street and Wellington Road on 17 May 2019 [pdf]

Our next steps

Engaging with stakeholders

Connecting with stakeholder groups over coming months to discuss the indicative package and the way forward for the programme.

Early delivery

Commencing work on a programme of early delivery to start getting Wellington Moving.

Business case development

Starting detailed business case work on the larger elements of our programme, such as mass transit. This work will include investigation and analysis, including economic and environmental assessment, and evaluation of alternative solutions.

Programme funding

Agreeing the funding requirements for implementation (construction). This will require changes to the councils’ long-term plans and the Regional Land Transport Plan.

Partnership agreement

Developing a new partnership agreement and delivery model among our partners to ensure the delivery of the programme.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will you know which properties may be affected?

It will be some time before we know which properties may be affected.

The three LGWM partners have now agreed the next steps for the programme, including investigation, evaluation and design.

When that work is done, we will begin to understand which properties (if any) may be affected. We will contact people who own potentially affected property during this phase of work.

Before we can construct any of the proposed transport improvements, LGWM will need to apply for and secure resource consents, and have land designated for the construction and operation of each project. At the consent and designation stage for each project, we will know which properties (if any) need to be acquired. 

What happens if a property is needed for a Let's Get Wellington Moving project?

At the moment no properties are required for LGWM. We will be in touch with potentially affected property owners when we have further developed proposals. Please get in touch with us if you have any concerns or questions.

Where a government or local government organisation (such as the LGWM partners) requires property for a public work (such as a transport project), a Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) accredited supplier is engaged to carry out the negotiations on the Agency’s behalf.

If a property, or part of a property, is required the organisation responsible for the project will pay compensation on the basis of market value. Market value is not the personal value to the property owner or the value to the project, but is based on an assessment by an independent registered valuer.

In addition to the market value of a property, reasonable legal and valuation fees and moving costs are reimbursed, once these are approved by LINZ. A property owner may also be eligible for additional compensation of up to $50,000, if the property being acquired includes their home (a dwelling that is their principal place of residence). If a property owner has a business located on their land, they may claim compensation for certain types of business loss resulting from the relocation of the business.

In New Zealand, the Public Works Act 1981 defines the process we will need to follow and also entitles affected property owners to compensation. LINZ administers this Act. Further information on the Public Works Act 1981 is available at

How can I contact you?

We know that Let’s Get Wellington Moving may create uncertainty for people who own property or live or work near proposed projects. If this uncertainty is affecting you, please get in touch with us.

The Let’s Get Wellington Moving project team can be contacted on or you can call us, via NZTA Wellington, on 04 894 5200.

I got a letter from you, does this mean my property will be acquired?

No, it doesn’t mean your property will be acquired. We don’t know those details yet. We have released some maps, videos and pictures of what we are proposing, but these are indications of a package of proposals, not designs that are ready to be implemented.

We got in touch because we wanted to let you know what is being proposed as part of the indicative package announcement, reassure you that no decisions regarding detailed design have been made and let you know what the process is from here.

Most importantly, we wanted you to know how to get in touch if you do have any questions and we want to be able to give you updates when we have them. If you haven’t already signed up for our property owner updates, please add your name and email address.

I did not get a letter from you, but I think your proposal will impact on my property.

We have written to people in the area close to some of the proposed improvements, but we know we won’t have reached everyone.

We don’t yet know some details, like the precise route for a future mass transit route. If you haven’t already signed up for our property owner updates, please add your name and email address.

This process has already been going for a while, when will you know more?

The LGWM programme began in 2016 with the plan of developing a package of ideas to solve transport problems facing Wellington now and into the future.

So far, we have consulted the community on a set of possible scenarios (in 2017), and now the feedback from those scenarios has helped form our recommended programme of investment (RPI). The RPI was shared with central government due to its scale and the funding challenges it presents. The government’s announcement of an indicative package and funding commitment provides a clear way forward. This means we can now commence more detailed investigation of the elements of the indicative package and how these will work together to deliver on our objectives.

The measures proposed are not quick fixes but major investments in our transport system. It will take a few years to complete the next stages of investigation, evaluation and consultation as a part of the business case phase. We will put our ideas out for your feedback and involve you in the process, particularly if you live in a community that would be most affected.

But while we do this work on the wider package, we need to make a start on moving more people with fewer vehicles. We’re proposing an early delivery programme to help change how we move into and around the city. You can find out more about the next steps here.

If you’re a property owner and have further questions please get in touch