Tuesday, August 20, 2019

6:00 PM  – 7:30 PMPre-Conference Welcome Cocktail Function
Millennium Hotel Rotorua, 1270 Hinemaru St, Rotorua

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

7:00 AM  – 8:30 AM
Women’s Infrastructure Network Breakfast: The Diversity Agenda
Bay Trust Forum Room, Energy Events Centre
8:30 AM  – 8:45 AM
Opening Ceremony
8:45 AM  – 8:50 AM
Welcome from Her Worship the Mayor of Rotorua
Keynote Speaker:

Hon Steve Chadwick

8:50 AM  – 9:00 AM
ANZ Welcome
9:00 AM  – 9:10 AM
Ministerial Address: Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
Keynote Speaker:

Hon Shane Jones

9:11 AM  –
9:14 AM
Thought Leadership Introduction
9:15 AM  –  9:35 AM
City Deals – The Manchester Story: A Model for NZ?
How partnerships between central and local government enabled the Manchester renaissance.
Keynote Speaker:

Sir Howard Bernstein

9:35 AM  –  9:55 AM
Transforming SEQ: The South East Queensland City Deal Proposition
Keynote Speaker:

Matt Collins

9:55 AM  –  10:25 AM
Panel Discussion: Critical Success Factors in City Deals

Kevin Lavery

10:25 AM  –  10:30 AM
Polling Introduction
10:30 AM  –  11:00 AM
Day One Morning Tea
11:00 AM  –  12:00 PM
Deloitte Deep Dive Session 1: City Deals – The Manchester Story

Join our keynote speaker at our exclusive one-hour thought leadership session.

Regional Transformation Agenda

11:05 AM  –  11:10 AM
Thought Leadership Introduction and Session Chair
11:10 AM  –  11:25 AM
Ministerial Address: The Role of Local Government
The Minister will set out the Government’s plan within the local government portfolio.
Keynote Speaker:

Hon Nanaia Mahuta 

11:27 AM  –  11:47 AM
Regional Transformation Agenda
Infrastructure New Zealand will launch its latest white paper on local Government structure, funding and planning law reform
Keynote Speaker:

Stephen Selwood

11:50 AM  –  12:05 PM
Localism: Devolving Powers to Local Government – From Theory to Reality
NZ Initiative will explain how localism might actually be put into practice. How many local bodies might there be, what would they do, who would do what, how would they be funded and how would our planning laws operate?
12:05 PM  –  12:45 PM
Panel Discussion: The Future of Local Government in New Zealand
12:15 PM  –  1:15 PM
Deloitte Deep Dive Session 2: Regional Rail Connectivity

Join our keynote speaker at our exclusive one-hour thought leadership session.

12:50 PM  –  1:50 PM
Day One Lunch
1:30 PM  –  2:30 PM
Deloitte Deep Dive Session 3: Water Sector Reform

The National Policy Agenda

1:50 PM  –  1:53 PM
Thought Leadership Introduction and Session Chair

Selwyn Hayes

1:55 PM  –  2:05 PM
Review of the Resource Management System
Amanda Moran will set out the Government’s plans for review and potential reform of the Resource Management system.
2:05 PM  –  2:15 PM
The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission
In August 2020 Hon Shane Jones announced the formation of the NZ Infrastructure Commission. Jon Grayson will update delegates on its key role and the progress with its implementation.
2:15 PM  –  2:25 PM
Provincial Growth Fund
Robert will set out how the Provincial Growth Fund is helping to build regions explaining commitments to date and how investment is enabling growth.
2:25 PM  –  2:35 PM
Enabling Growth Through Better Connectivity
Peter Mersi will set out how transport investment will support and enable growth and how it might be funded.

Peter Mersi

2:35 PM  –  3:20 PM
Panel Discussion: The National Policy Agenda
The panel will discuss the pros and cons of the current policy agenda and contrast this with what they learned on Infrastructure New Zealand’s delegation to Asia.

Sarah Sinclair

2:40 PM  –  3:40 PM
Deloitte Deep Dive Session 4: Resource Management Reform

Join our keynote speaker at our exclusive one-hour thought leadership session.

3:20 PM  –  3:50 PM
Day One Afternoon Tea
3:50 PM  –  4:20 PM
The Millennial View of the Future of Infrastructure – Infrastructure NZ’s Emerging Talent Network
A panel of young leaders from Emerging Talent Network Committees representing the voice of the future.

Sam Clement

4:20 PM  –  4:25 PM
Chairman’s Announcements
4:25 PM  –  4:30 PM
Thought Leadership Introduction
4:30 PM  –  4:55 PM
Address and Discussion with the Leader of the Opposition
Keynote Speaker:

Hon Simon Bridges

4:55 PM  –  4:55 PM
Close of Day One
4:55 PM  –  5:00 PM
Cocktail Function Introduction
5:00 PM  –  6:30 PM
Cocktail Function
Lobby, Energy Events Centre
6:30 PM  –  10:00 PM
Gala Dinner
Energy Events Centre
Master of Ceremonies:

Pio Terei

10:00 PM  –  11:30 PM
After Dinner Networking
Blue Baths, Queens Dr, Government Gardens, Rotorua

Thursday, August 22, 2019

7:00 AM  –  8:30 AM
Emerging Talent Breakfast: Career Journeys of Infrastructure Leaders
Bay Trust Forum Room, Energy Events Centre
‘Emerging Talent Network’ members only.

Sarah Sinclair 

8:30 AM  –  8:35 AM
Day Two Commences

Funding Regions

8:35 AM  –  8:40 AM
Thought Leadership Introduction
8:40 AM  –  9:00 AM
Ministerial Address: Funding Regions
Keynote Speaker:

Hon Grant Robertson

9:00 AM  –  9:40 AM
Panel Discussion: Funding Regions

Ian Blair

9:40 AM  –  9:45 AM
Thought Leadership Introduction

Richard Hancy 

9:45 AM  –  10:10 AM
Ministerial Address: Next Steps in Transport & Urban Development
Keynote Speaker:

Hon Phil Twyford 

10:15 AM  –  10:45 AM
Day Two Morning Tea

Stream 1: Connecting Regions

10:45 AM  –  10:50 AM
Thought Leadership Introduction

Ed Dunphy 

10:50 AM  –  11:20 AM
High Speed 2 – Rail as a Catalyst for Growth
Andrew McNaughton will explain the vision for HS2, how it will be funded, the strategic investment case and the social economic and environmental return from the project.
Keynote Speaker:

Prof Andrew McNaughton

11:20 AM  –  11:35 AM
KiwiRail: Moving People and Freight Across New Zealand: Our Vision for the Future

Greg Miller

11:35 AM  –  11:55 AM
The Value Case for Infrastructure Investment
EY will present a triple bottom line valuation of the benefits of infrastructure investment.

Chris Money

11:55 AM  –  12:25 PM
Panel Discussion: Leveraging Investment Through Better Transport Land Use Integration

Stream 2: Housing and Urban Development

10:50 AM  –  11:05 AM
Delivering Quality State Housing at Scale
Patrick will explain HNZC’s investment pipeline, timing and procurement plans for the development of state housing at scale.
11:05 AM  –  11:20 AM
Infrastructure Funding and Finance
Kate will provide an update on the Government’s Infrastructure Funding and Financing policy.
11:20 AM  –  11:40 AM
Best Practice in Master Planning and Integrated Development
11:45 AM  –  12:30 PM
Panel Discussion: Planning, Funding and Delivering Urban Development at Scale

Hannah Crosby

12:28 PM  –  12:30 PM
Lunch Introduction
12:30 PM  –  1:30 PM
Day Two Lunch

Stream 3: Water Sector Reform

1:35 PM  –  1:55 PM
What Can Water Regulation Achieve?
Keynote Speaker:

Alan Sutherland

1:55 PM  –  2:05 PM
Wellington Water: A Model for New Zealand?
Colin will present on the pros and cons of the Wellington Water structure
2:05 PM  –  2:15 PM
Watercare: A Model for New Zealand?
Raveen Jadurum will present on the pros and cons of an asset owning water utility.
2:15 PM  –  2:25 PM
Local Council Control: A Model for New Zealand?
Mayor Jim Mylchreest to set out the merits of local council ownership and control of water in New Zealand.
2:30 PM  –  3:10 PM
Panel Discussion: Water Reform in New Zealand

Nadine Higgins


Stream 4: Lifting the Productivity of the Construction Sector in NZ

1:35 PM  –  1:55 PM
Infrastructure New Zealand Procurement Survey Results
Infrastructure New Zealand will launch the results of its latest survey on infrastructure procurement capability in New Zealand.

Sarah Lang

1:55 PM  –  2:15 PM
Progress with the Construction Industry Accord

Peter Reidy

2:15 PM  –  3:00 PM
Panel Discussion: Addressing the Productivity Gap

Bernard Hickey


Next Steps

3:10 PM  –  3:25 PM
The Importance of a Diverse and Inclusive Culture
3:25 PM  –  3:30 PM
Thought Leadership Introduction

Hugh Kettle

3:30 PM  –  3:40 PM
New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga
Introduction by the newly appointed Chair.
3:40 PM  –  3:45 PM
Infrastructure New Zealand Chairman’s Comments
3:45 PM  –  3:55 PM
Last Word
3:55 PM  –  4:05 PM
Announcement of Infrastructure New Zealand 2020 Delegation
4:05 PM  –  4:05 PM
Close of Conference
4:05 PM  –  5:05 PM
Conference Farewell Cocktail Function
Lobby, Energy Events Centre

Friday, August 23, 2019

8:00 AM  –  12:00 PM
Experience Human Centred Design in Action


Are you curious about human centred design and how it might be applied to drive economic and social outcomes to help our regions thrive? Then this workshop is for you! Using insights gathered before and during the conference, you will collaborate with design experts from GHD’s Innovation team & Assurity Consulting for a fast-paced, practical and immersive human centred design workshop. You will have the opportunity to put theory into practice, and explore how human centred design can be used to improve outcomes of your infrastructure investment and solve dynamic city challenges. Join us for a unique interactive session to help us design and build thriving regions.



8:15 AM  –  12:00 PM
Wai-0-Tapu Thermal Explorer
201 Waiotapu Loop Road, RD 3, Rotorua 3073

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is a spectacular showcase of New Zealand’s most colourful and unique geothermal elements, sculpted by thousands of years’ of volcanic activity. Experience the unique natural landscape at one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand. A short boat ride and an easy walk along clearly defined walking tracks take you through this unique volcanic vista.



9:00 AM  –  12:00 PM
Living Maori Village & Redwood Forest Canopy Walk
Ohinemutu Village and Long Mile Rd, Whakarewarewa

Experience an unforgettable morning of two walking tours that capture the essence of New Zealand. Ohinemutu is a living Māori village set on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua. Our guide will share the legends, history and personal experiences of this special village giving delegates an insight into daily life and Maori culture today, in a one hour walking tour. After the walking tour, enjoy the Redwood Treewalk, a 600m long, eco-tourism walk in the heart of Rotorua’s Redwood Forest. Consisting of a series of 23 suspension bridges, traversing 22 majestic Redwood trees, this gentle canopy walk offers a stunning, elevated view of the spectacular Redwood forest.



9:00 AM  –  12:00 PM
Ziplining – Rotorua Canopy Tours
147 Fairy Springs Rd, Fairy Springs, Rotorua 3015


An unforgettable three hour ziplining adventure with Rotorua Canopy Tours – Rotorua’s Number one attraction. Journey into ancient New Zealand forest in small groups of up to 10 people. Experience NZ like it once was from the top of the forest canopy with the help of swing bridges and ziplines, and learn about the ecological restoration project that has transformed 280 ha of forest into a flourishing native ecosystem.



9:10 AM  –  12:10 PM
Mountain Biking
Planet Bike, Waipa Bypass Rd, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua 3074

Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Redwood forest is home to world class mountain-biking bike trails. Experience a stunning New Zealand mountain biking adventure, tailored to the needs of a range of different guided groups. Whether you are an elite rider, or a biking beginner, share the exhilaration of 3 hours in the forest, after two days of conferencing. This activity includes guides, full suspension mountain bikes, helmets and DOC and Forest Concessions.



9:30 AM  –  1:00 PM
761 State Highway 33, Okere Falls, Rotorua 3074

Join an adrenaline pumping rafting adventure on the Kaituna River, the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world. Inclusive of wetsuit, booties, neoprene jacket, life jacket and helmet hire, this is a great opportunity to experience a quintessentially NZ adventure activity.



10:00 AM  –  1:00 PM
Community Social Responsibility


Leave a positive legacy by getting stuck in and helping restore our native rainforests. Volunteers will work with Rotorua Canopy Tours to trap pests in the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve, helping create a safer environment for the native birds who call the rainforest home. Duties will be light and all equipment will be provided.




10:00 AM  –  1:00 PM
Gondola & Luge Racing
178 Fairy Springs Rd, Fairy Springs, Rotorua 3015

Enjoy a famous Rotorua activity of an 8-seater gondola ride to the top of Mount Ngongataha Scenic Reserve, with spectacular views of Lake Rotorua, the city and steaming geothermal landscapes. Follow this with fast-paced fun on the gravity fuelled part go-cart, part toboggan ride down a thrilling chicane filled track. Activity includes gondola ticket, luge and chairlift ticket (5 rides per person) and helmet.




10:00 AM  –  2:00 PM
Social Golf
Rotorua Golf Course, 399 Fenton St, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua 3010

Ambrose style golf game at Arikikapakapa (Rotorua Golf Course), one of New Zealand’s leading golf courses, located in a unique geothermal setting.  Arikikapakapa is a full 18 hole, 70 par course, providing variety and challenge, with many holes played over and around both dormant and active thermal areas.



Spa Treatment
Polynesian Spa, Hinemoa St, Rotorua

Soak away the stresses of the world with a luxury mineral bathing and spa treatment (choice of facial treatment, mud glow treatment, mud massage treatment, relaxation massage or honey or deep mud cleansing facial) at the world famous Polynesian Pools in Rotorua. Complimented by a delicious platter of treats with a glass of bubbles or juice, this pamper package is a wonderful opportunity to end Building Nations on a relaxing high!