country’s largest infrastructure conference, the annual Infrastructure New
Zealand Building Nations Symposium, gets underway Thursday 16 August at the ANZ
Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland.
“With over 600
registered delegates, this is our largest ever conference and couldn’t come at
a more important time for an industry experiencing a mix of ups and downs,”
says Infrastructure NZ chief executive Stephen Selwood.
across central and local government, infrastructure operators and the many
contractors, investors and professional service providers who make up the
infrastructure sector will gather over two days to hear from Prime Minister
Ardern, four Ministers, the Leader of the Opposition, three mayors and deputy
mayors, China’s Ambassador to New Zealand, the UK’s Minister for Investment,
seven other international speakers and over 30 sector leaders.
“There is quite a
degree of excitement about the emerging infrastructure programme, but also some
lingering uncertainty about the timing and distribution of work.
“Industry will be
looking to the very strong Government contingent to give confidence to the path
and financing, regional and urban transport and development, infrastructure
capability and reform of planning and water are all key issues for the sector,
so presentations from Ministers Robertson, Twyford, Jones and Mahuta will be
“We are privileged to
have a number of government infrastructure body leaders over from Australia and
the UK to discuss how specialised procurement and strategic infrastructure
planning capability can improve public investment.
growth crisis, most notably congestion and the housing crisis, is a key topic
for delegates, both as residents and as employers finding it challenging to
attract and retain staff. Presentations from the Auckland Council and Ministry
of Transport provide an opportunity to demonstrate how authorities are
addressing key public concerns.
priorities including the roll out of rail, construction productivity and
procurement, transport funding, technology and governance reform will all be
“This is our largest ever programme
and our biggest ever event, a sign that infrastructure remains the outstanding priority
for New Zealand,” Selwood says.
For further information and comment contact
Stephen Selwood on 021 791 209