achieve the outcomes the Government wants, it will have to define them, publish
them and incorporate them in a new combined strategic and land use planning
Act,” says Hamish Glenn, Policy Director at Infrastructure New Zealand.
New Zealand has released a new
white paper today at the Building Nations Symposium in Auckland. The report
outlines how the New Zealand Government can shift from a largely budget-focused
and inputs-based system to an aspirational goal-setting system which promotes
outcomes and wellbeing.
one thing to say we want healthy, affordable homes, or to have a productive,
net-zero carbon economy, but without a strategy for achieving these goals, we
will never get there.
have looked at a number of leading jurisdictions overseas. Three Governments
pursue an approach targeting outcomes and wellbeing similar to the aspirations
of New Zealand: Scotland, Ireland and Hong Kong.
each apply the same basic formula and this provides important insights into how
New Zealand can not only aspire to, but actually achieve, the outcomes everyone
the Governments clearly identify and define the national strategic outcomes
they want prioritised.
they develop an integrated spatial and investment framework which translates
the outcomes into a real-world representation of what is required to achieve
they ensure the investment required to encourage and incentivise development in
alignment with national direction is funded.
New Zealand to achieve outcomes, we need to do the same.
need the priority outcomes the Government wants to achieve clearly defined and
articulated. We need infrastructure to be integrated with spatial and land use
planning to understand future needs, and we need commitment to implementation.
barrier we face, however, is that neither the Resource Management Act in its
current form, nor the recent recommendations of the review panel support this
type of approach.
of vision, strategic and land use planning and of planning with investment will
impede the Government’s outcomes aspirations.
Zealand will remain dependent on regulation to stop what we don’t want. What we
need is a system where we incentivise and enable what we do want.
shift New Zealand to a system of government which not only aspires to but
achieves outcomes and wellbeing, the Government should:
- Urgently develop a set of National Strategic Outcomes
which collectively represent the Government’s vision for wellbeing.
- Direct the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission / Te
Waihanga to develop its infrastructure strategy with a view to enabling
the National Strategic Outcomes.
- Complete reform of resource management statute,
bringing together strategic and land use planning and developing dedicated
environmental protection statute.
the right approach New Zealand can leverage COVID investment to build back
better and provide all of government, business and individuals with the
leadership needed to achieve shared objectives,” says Glenn.
For further information and
comment contact Hamish Glenn on 021 034 7229