There is plenty in the Draft New Zealand
Infrastructure Strategy for the infrastructure sector to like, Infrastructure
New Zealand General Manager Claire Edmondson says.
The 243-page draft strategy containing 67
recommendations to Government, local government and the infrastructure sector
was released today by the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission | Te Waihanga.
“We need a strategy, and it’s good to have a 30-year
plan out there. It sets out a vision, but also highlights challenges showing we
need to improve our system for planning and building infrastructure, and also
make better use of what we already have. This is a really good start,” Ms Edmondson
“Most of the 67 recommendations address known issues,
and work on some is already underway, including resource management reform,
emissions reduction and a national digital strategy.
“It won’t come as a surprise to anyone that we need to
ensure the resource management system doesn’t unnecessarily increase project
costs, efficiency and smarter ways of getting things done.
been asking for reforms to the Resource Management Act and the recommendation
to ensure that the Natural and Built Environments Act ‘gives effect’ to
existing requirements for the Crown to deliver infrastructure is an added extra.
sector will be particularly thrilled at the recommendation of an independent
Infrastructure Priority List to build consensus around key projects and
initiatives that address significant long-term problems. This will enable the
sector to ensure it has the appropriate resources and supply chain to compete for
and deliver this work,” Ms Edmondson says.
sector will also be pleased with the recommendation for a national
infrastructure skills plan to ensure we have the right people with the right
skills to develop our infrastructure in the medium to long-term.
are the sorts of things that provide the certainty needed for the sector to get
on with the job of making New Zealand a better place for us all. We just need
the Government to take them on board and implement them in a timely way,” Ms
Infrastructure New Zealand has been working with the
Commission and held a series of workshops around the country earlier this year allowing
members to provide direct input to the draft strategy.
The Commission is working towards tabling a final
strategy in Parliament in early 2022.
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