“The infrastructure sector
remains hopeful that the Government can deliver on its vision for New Zealand, but quick action
on strategy, planning, skills and funding commitment is required,” says Hamish Glenn,
Policy Director at Infrastructure New Zealand.
Two weeks ago,
Infrastructure New Zealand’s ReBuilding Nations Symposium brought together over
800 infrastructure industry leaders across two days to examine how
the country can ‘Build Back Better’. In each session, polls were run with the
support of Technology Sponsor Beca to gauge industry priorities and concerns.
“The clear message from
the sector was that the Government must move quickly to demonstrate how it is
going to achieve its priorities.
“While four out of five
respondents felt somewhat or very confident that New Zealand’s leadership has a
clear vision for action in our post-COVID recovery, half were not very or
not at all confident that the country can deliver its infrastructure pipeline.
“Over 40% of attendees said that a lack of
strategy and planning would hamper our future development. This was followed with equal concern
about lack of capability, capacity, and skills and insufficient funding and
“Delegates were asked
if they thought our country will make the changes necessary to transform and
build back better. A quarter did not think so but just over one-half still believe we
Zealand Chair Andrew Stevens summarised things best in noting that many of the
challenges we heard over the two days of the conference could have been quotes
from five years ago, that’s how little has changed,” said Glenn.
In response, Infrastructure New
Zealand today releases six Policy Priorities for addressing the challenges in our
infrastructure system and accelerating the shift from talking
- Establish a National Vision with National Strategic
- Build an Infrastructure Strategy designed to achieve the outcomes
- Reform our planning system to align outcomes with spatial
planning, funding, and governance
- Develop the skills and human capital needed to deliver the
- Commit funding using incentives,
price signals, private capital, and beneficiary pays wherever possible
- Revise governance to ensure organisations
charged with infrastructure delivery have the scale, capacity,
capability and desire to implement.
Rupert Hodson, Beca
Northern Regional Manager said, “We are encouraged and excited about the
opportunities ahead of us.
“This conference has
highlighted that we have the policy framework largely in place and the road map
to complete it; we know what the challenges are, and the government has set the
aspiration to build back better.
“The challenge for us
all now is to grab the opportunity, use the tools we have available and get on
with doing it. We’re in this together, and we look forward to what the next few
years bring,” said Hodson.
see the entire Beca poll results on topics such as infrastructure
resilience, the housing crisis, resource management, and more, click here.
To see a copy of
Infrastructure New Zealand’s latest report on how the Government can integrate planning
and investment to achieve its National Vision, click here.
For further information and
comment contact Hamish Glenn on 021 034 7229