policy and legislative developments have landed today which could enable a
bolder, more streamlined way of delivering new infrastructure for the benefit
all New Zealanders,” says Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Paul Blair.
government announcements and a Productivity Commission report this week are
reiterating that New Zealand needs new ways of working together, brought
together by a coherent vision, to dramatically change outcomes for the better.
new Infrastructure Funding and Financing (IFF) legislation was introduced to
the House today with bi-partisan support. IFF is a new, user-pays tool for
funding local roading and water infrastructure.
biggest obstacle to adequate land supply, and therefore affordable housing, in
New Zealand’s cities is that our growth councils have insufficient funding for
this local infrastructure.
will provide a new way to fund infrastructure outside our traditional
council-led methods, accelerating the supply of infrastructure-provisioned land
instead of our cities choking at the cost of affordable housing.
the Productivity Commission’s final report on Local Government Funding and
Financing, also released today, calls for greater use of volumetric charges on
drinking and wastewater, as well as road pricing, which can both manage demand
and raise vital infrastructure funding revenue.
Commission also calls on the Crown to pay their fair share of local
infrastructure costs, including through rates and development charges, and to
support the local costs that they benefit from (e.g., climate change costs and
flood protection works).
today’s Upper North Island Supply Chain final report recommends moving the
Ports of Auckland by 2034.
the Government has instructed the Ministry of Transport to investigate options
and impacts and officials will work with the New Zealand Infrastructure
Commission – Te Waihanga to ensure the right long-term decisions are made for
governance, timing, commercial, and environmental questions will be answered
through this process which can bring communities, business, and iwi into this
nationally important decision.
the Environmental Defence Society released their synthesis report A model for the future last
night which undertook a first-principles look at the resource management
report emphasises the need for significant revision of not just the Resource
Management Act, but also local government institutions, spatial planning, and
announcements, alongside a string of further initiatives relating to water,
development, and other infrastructure are part of an ambitious programme of
is now needed is a consolidated national development plan which aligns these
reforms, explains them in terms of their role in achieving the Government’s
national development vision, and provides a clear direction for local
government and the private sector to implement national policy.
important reforms will significantly change our infrastructure delivery
platform. However, they are practical but short-term steps towards a coherent,
long-term and nationally aligned vision for Aotearoa.
New Zealand applauds the scale of ambition behind these changes, but we look
forward to a national conversation about the 30+ year vision for the lives that
all New Zealanders want to live and the national development plan that aligns
us all to deliver that vision at pace,” says Blair.
For further information and
comment contact Paul Blair on 021 902 436