BN 2050





The Building Nations Diversity Breakfast highlights the importance of diversity and inclusion in the infrastructure sector. Sponsored by Dentons Kensington Swan, the breakfast brings industry leaders together to reflect on examples of best practice in the sector, and to illuminate the path forward.

06.20Breakfast registration opens
06.45Breakfast served
07.05Diversity Breakfast Keynote: It’s more than a ramp!

Paula Tesoriero MNZM is the recently appointed Chief Executive of Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People. A Paralympian medallist, previous Disability Rights Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission, Public Service leader, and holds many governance roles, Paula is a well-known and respected leader in the disability community.

As a disabled person Paula is passionate about ensuring that the outcomes of disabled people and their whānau are improved. This can only happen if they are leading the conversations and are at the table. To do this, infrastructure must be done right and must ensure that all disabled people have equitable access to the places they belong in the community, their homes, boardrooms, on public transport and in places of influence.

The diversity breakfast will be an opportunity to hear from Paula about how the infrastructure community can challenge themselves to increase accessibility, inclusion and diversity together with the disability community – it is more than building a ramp!

Paula Tesoriero,  Chief Executive, Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People

7:25Panel discussion: Leveraging diversity to add value and to ensure better outcomes

  • Highlighting and learning from best practice diversity and inclusion programmes across the infrastructure sector

Facilitator: Christina Sheard, Partner, Dentons Kensington SwanAmelia Linzey, Group Director – Advisory and Chief Planner, BecaHannah Crosby, Director – Specialised Finance and Corporate Finance Institutional, ANZColleen Upton, President Elect, National Association of Women In Construction NZ



Day One, November 22, 2022

08:30Mihi Whakatau

MC: Jack Tame, Building Nations 2050 MC

08.40Welcome and Introductions

Karl Nicholson, Executive Director Resources Energy and Infrastructure, ANZ

08.55Ministerial Address

The Honourable Grant Robertson,  Minister of Finance and Minister for Infrastructure

09.25The future of our population (virtual)

  • Dr Morland will reflect on the effects of future changes in our global population, and what these will mean for the sector

Dr Paul Morland, Demographer, University of Oxford

10.00Setting the scene by looking ahead to 2050

  • Neeraj will transport us to 2050 by imagining what is possible so that we can look back from an aspirational vantage point to understand how we might shape the roadmap to getting there

Neeraj Lala, Chief Executive, Toyota New Zealand

10:35Closing Remarks
 11:10Premier Sponsor keynote

Sharon Zollner,  Chief Economist,  ANZ New Zealand

Richard Yetsenga, Global Chief Economist, ANZ Banking Group

11.40The world of cities and infrastructure post-pandemic (virtual)

  • COVID-19 has been a short-term shock, with longer-term consequences
  • It has led to a big debate about the future of cities and the infrastructures needed to serve them
  • Each nation brings a different narrative to these issues
  • What is the rest of the world thinking, and what can New Zealand glean?

Professor Greg Clark, Urbanist and Author

12.10Closing Remarks
01:10Speaker and Panel: Building skills for New Zealand’s digital future
Enabling productivity growth by strengthening the capability and capacity to deliver on technological change

Facilitator: Kieran Brown, Partner and Director, Polis Consulting Group
Ross Copland, Chief Executive, Te Waihanga | New Zealand Infrastructure Commission
Greg Preston, Manager – Building Innovation Partnership, University of Canterbury
Amelia Burnett, Associate Director – Infratech, Global Infrastructure Hub
Paul James, Chief Executive, Department of Internal Affairs

 01:40Keynote Speaker: A deeper dive on the recent release of the Natural and Built Environments Bill and Spatial Planning Bill

  • Overview of what the Bills contain
  • What does this mean for the sector?

Lesley Baddon, Director – Urban and Infrastructure Policy,  Ministry for the Environment

02.10Speaker and Panel: How will it all fit together?

  • How will the new Bills sit together with other proposed reform programmes?
  • How well will the new system meet its objectives, and get Aotearoa to where it needs to be in 2050?
  • What are the features of the new National Planning Framework that will enable infrastructure?
  • How do we leverage a focus on outcomes, and requirement to give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi to deliver sustainable Infrastructure
  • What will be the keys to implementation success, and any specific challenges

Facilitator: Michelle McCormick, Policy Director, Infrastructure New Zealand

David Randal, Partner, Buddle Findlay

Jade Wikaira, Managing Director, Wikaira Consulting Limited

Stewart McKenzie, Manager City Planning and Environment, Porirua City Council

Natasha Garvan, Partner, Bell Gully

The Rt. Honourable Simon Upton, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

02:50Session Closing Remarks
01:10Ministerial Address

  • Enabling productivity growth by strengthening the capability and capacity to deliver on technological change

Facilitator: Kieran Brown, Partner and Director, Polis Consulting Group

Ross Copland, Chief Executive, Te Waihanga | New Zealand Infrastructure Commission

Greg Preston, Manager – Building Innovation Partnership, University of Canterbury

Amelia Burnett, Associate Director – Infratech, Global Infrastructure Hub

Paul James, Chief Executive, Department of Internal Affairs

 01:50Speaker and Panel: Improving performance in the construction sector with a more resilient, skilled and diverse workforce

  • What resilience looks like in a workforce
  • What a diverse workforce looks like in construction and infrastructure
  • Attracting skilled workers with a diversity focused mindset and approach
  • Retention, keeping skilled talent once you have them on board
  • The panel will share case studies or examples where they have seen performance improved by focusing on resilience, and by attracting and keeping a more diverse workforce

Facilitator: Judy Zhang, Director, Construction Sector Accord – Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

Philip Aldridge, Chief Executive, Waihanga Ara Rau

Tracey Ryan, Co-Chair, Construction Sector Accord

Alena Taylor, National Training Manager, Fulton Hogan

02.30Keynote speaker: What changing demographics mean for workers available

Warwick Quinn, Deputy Chief Executive – Employer Journey and Experience, Te Pūkenga

02:50Session Closing Remarks
02:55Afternoon Tea
03:25Climate resilient infrastructure in turbulent times

  • A changing climate for building nations through 2050 and beyond
  • What is climate resilient infrastructure?
  • How do we build climate resilient infrastructure in turbulent times?

Professor Bruce Glavovic, Massey University

 03:55Getting to net zero through the circular economy

  • Why we need to decarbonise material supply chains
  • How to make renewable energy circular

Jodie Bricout, Circular Economy Leader, Aurecon

04.30Day One Closing Remarks
Awards Ceremony

Day Two, November 23, 2022


Welcome and Introductions

Margaret Devlin, Chair, Infrastructure New Zealand


Investing in New Zealand’s Digital Future

  • Emerging digital infrastructure investments and the opportunities they present

Tiffany Bloomquist, Country Manager for Commercial Operations, Amazon Web Services New Zealand


Harnessing the power of digital and data to unlock investment towards delivering more sustainable infrastructure and transformative outcomes

  • Technological and digital innovation continue to reshape the infrastructure landscape, and at a growing intersection between infrastructure and technology, the rise of InfraTech has been positioned to accelerate everything. But are we really unlocking its full potential?
  • How do we really tap into the full value of digital and Infratech and move from the ‘value add’ or the ‘value engineered’ to the default position?
  • Our speakers will take you on a provocative journey through the digital and data technology and infrastructure landscape to discover the key actions you can do today to help leverage Infratech and Digital technologies at scale in your infrastructure projects to deliver more transformative outcomes.

Paul Francis, Regional Solutions Director – Digital Solutions (APAC), Jacobs

Monica Bennett, Director Thought Leadership, Global Infrastructure Hub

09:30Session Closing Remarks


MC: Jack Tame, Building Nations 2050 MC


Ministerial Address

The Honourable Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Local Government


Keynote Speaker: The future for local government

Jim Palmer, Chair, Review into the Future of Local Government


Speaker and Panel: Three Waters reform and its implementation

Facilitator: Mike Wakefield, Partner, Simpson Grierson

Padraig McNamara, Partner, Simpson Grierson

Wendy Walker, Chief Executive, Porirua City Council

Heather Shotter, Executive Director, Three Waters National Transition Unit

Hannah Crosby, Director – Specialised Finance and Corporate Finance Institutional, ANZ

11:50Session Closing Remarks


MC: Fraser Wyllie, Board Member, Infrastructure New Zealand


Ministerial Address

The Honourable Michael Wood, Minister of Transport


Speaker and Panel: Key ingredients for the future of New Zealand housing

  • Addressing the future of housing in New Zealand is a complex problem we are entrusted with. Confronting the unique realities of urban densification in New Zealand and understanding what’s important to future New Zealand communities is critical to creating successful solutions and enabling equitable outcomes for our next generation

Facilitator: Darren Wu, Technical Director – Advisory, Beca

Tracey Haszard, Senior Principal – Project Delivery, Beca

Helmut Modlik, Tumu Whakarae | CEO, Te Rūnanga O Toa Rangatira

Duncan Tindall, NZ Market Lead Transport, GHD


Keynote speaker: Preparing and planning for the future of transport

  • The “long now”- time in context
  • How change works – the exponential growth of technology and its impact on the built environment.
  • Smart Cities and Smart Citizens – the “here” and the “hyperbole”
  • Contemporary transport-based case studies that offer an insight into tomorrow’s smart cities
  • How participants can be the change they want to see in the world

Stephen Yarwood, Urban Futurist, city 2050

 11:50Session Closing Remarks
11:55 LUNCH


MC: Jack Tame, Building Nations 2050 MC


Keynote speaker: The role of Auckland in New Zealand’s climate change response

  • Sir Peter will join us to reflect on the role of Auckland in shaping our climate resilient and carbon neutral future. He will draw on the lessons from Koi Tū’s report Reimagining Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland: harnessing the region’s potential

Sir Peter Gluckman, Director, Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures


Speaker and Panel: No road, a green road or a divided road – How will our zero-carbon transition unfold, and how should we prepare?

  • While we focus on a 2050 horizon, it’s important that we think about a goal that is just ahead of us – 2030. This decade is critical if we are to turn the tide on emissions within our cities and built environments – and avoid the worst impacts of a warming planet. We need to prepare, and anticipate this change if we are going to have a sustainable world to pass on to future generations.

Facilitator: James Hughes, Climate and Resilience Specialist, Tonkin ➕ Taylor

Alec Tang, Director – Sustainability, Kāinga Ora

Dr Lyn Carter, Kaitohutohu Chief Kai Tahu Advisor to the CE, Otago Regional Council

Brad Olsen, Principal Economist and Director, Infometrics


Speaker and Panel: Supporting the transition to renewable energy

  • Progress to date
  • Exploring the barriers still in place and how we might move forward

Facilitator: Andrew Kittle, Director – Loan Product Corporate and Structured Finance, Westpac

Tom Hunt, Partner – Banking and Finance, Russell McVeagh

Cathy Clennett, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Hiringa Energy

Blair Walter, Renewable Energy Leader, Aurecon

 02:30Session Closing Remarks


MC: Rory Bishop, Board Member, Infrastructure New Zealand


Speaker and Panel: Tackling the funding gap

  • How do we tackle this problem?
  • How has this been done globally?
  • What are the levers that can be pulled?
  • Who has been successful before?
  • What does the NZ Government need to do?

Speaker: Ignacio Barandiaran, Principal | Infrastructure Advisory, Arup

Facilitator: Sarah Sinclair, Chair & Partner – Construction and Infrastructure, MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Tommy Parker, Programme Director, Auckland Light Rail Ltd.

Michael Loan, Head of Infrastructure, Russell McVeagh

Patrick Andison, Senior Consultant – Integrated City Planning, Arup


Speaker and Panel: Leveraging private sector capacity to deliver public infrastructureNew Zealand has a $210 billion infrastructure deficit – which Government isn’t going to be able to meet alone. Join us to discuss the opportunity that leveraging private sector capital and delivery capacity presents for a wide range of infrastructure projects

Facilitator: Laura Harris, Head of Infrastructure Government & Specialised Finance, BNZ

Christoph Vojc, Investment Director and Non-Executive Director, H.R.L. Morrison & Co

Helen Kerr, Director Projects and Programmes, Te Waihanga | New Zealand Infrastructure Commission

Suman Khareedi, Infrastructure Business Manager, Babbage Consultants Limited

David Jones, City Development Lead, Stellar Projects


Keynote speaker: Funding climate resilience

Kate Archer, Director – Sustainable Finance Solutions, Westpac New Zealand

02:30 Session Closing Remarks


MC: Jack Tame, Building Nations 2050 MC


Panel Discussion: The outlook for local government

Following the local elections in October, we plan for the new mayors to join and set out their priorities

Facilitator: Jack Tame, Host of Q,A on TVNZ1 and Saturday Mornings on Newstalk ZB

The Honourable Anne Tolley, Commission Chair, Tauranga City Council

Mayor Paula Southgate, Mayor of Hamilton

Mayor Glyn Lewers, Mayor of Queenstown

Mayor Tory Whanau, Mayor of Wellington


Building the future of New Zealand: Moving from analysis to action

  • How we can move more intensely from analysis to action
  • Successful projects aren’t prohibited by obstruction
  • Successful projects are agile and allow space to develop and prioritise decisions while continuing to move forward
  • Good projects continue to evolve to ensure economical delivery

Rodd Staples, Partner – Infrastructure Advisory, EY Australia


Political Panel

Facilitator: Fran O’Sullivan, Editorial Director – Business, NZME

The Honourable Michael Wood, Minister for Transport

The Honourable Julie Anne Genter, Spokesperson for Infrastructure, Green

Party of Aotearoa New Zealand

Simon Court MP, Spokesperson for Infrastructure, ACT New Zealand

Chris Bishop MP, Spokesperson for Infrastructure, New Zealand National Party

04:50 Conference Closing Remarks