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  • 07 Sep 2021 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    Kia ora koutou,

    Further to my email this afternoon, here is more information on the Government's announcement today on the manufacturing of building products during Alert Level 4 from the Construction Sector Accord.

    Nga mihi

    Claire Edmondson
    General Manager

    Today the Government announced some building product manufacturing will be able to take place in Auckland during Alert Level 4, to support continued residential construction activity across New Zealand.

    As a result of these decisions, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) will be facilitating a process to enable Auckland-based building product manufacturers to submit their expressions of interest to Ministers to continue operation under Alert Level 4.

    Ministers will be expecting a high degree of evidence to support these submissions. This may include evidence of how the building products are a critical component of residential construction, evidence of there being limited building product supply in New Zealand, and evidence of health and safety measures in place to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

    The work will need to be undertaken with the minimum number of staff safely required and under Alert Level 4 rules.

    MBIE will provide more information on the process tomorrow.

    He waka eke noa,

    The Construction Sector Accord Team

    Gordon Harcourt | STRATEGIC CHANGE AND COMMUNICATIONS LEAD
    Accord Transformation Unit, Construction Sector Accord www.constructionaccord.nz | Building, Resources and Markets group
    Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment | Gordon.harcourt@mbie.govt.nz| Telephone: +64 (0) 21 244 1522 | 167B Victoria Street West, Auckland 1010

  • 07 Sep 2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Due to supply chain issues that arise from Alert Level 4 as building products that are manufactured domestically are mostly manufactured in Auckland, the Government has agreed to allow some building product manufacturing to take place in Auckland during Covid-19 lockdown to support continued residential construction activity across New Zealand. 

    Changes to the Covid-19 Health Order will allow for plasterboard, gypsum plaster and coated roofing steel. This work must be undertaken with the minimum number of staff safely required and must be conducted in accordance with Alert Level 4 rules. 

    The change to the Health Order to enable this to happen will be made over the next 48 hours. MBIE will manage the process of companies who are eligible to undertake this work.

    Infrastructure New Zealand is here to provide members with help and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or the team. 

    Ngā mihi

    Claire Edmondson
    General Manager


  • 06 Sep 2021 4:59 PM | Anonymous

    The Prime Minister has announced today that all of New Zealand - except for Auckland - will move to alert level 2 at 11.59pm on Tuesday 7 September. The use of face masks will also be mandatory inside most public venues, including shops, malls and public spaces. 

    Cabinet would further review those levels on Monday 13 September, along with Auckland's level 4 settings.

    Infrastructure New Zealand is here to provide members with help and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or the team.

    Ngā mihi
    Claire Edmondson
    General Manager

  • 01 Sep 2021 4:53 PM | Anonymous

    Further to our Building Nations 2021 announcement yesterday about the move to a virtual event, we are now able to update you on what this means for your complimentary tickets.

    Complimentary Member Tickets

    All Infrastructure New Zealand members will automatically receive TWO tickets to the virtual event for each complimentary ticket allocation.

    We are continuing to work through the registrations received to-date to convert in-person tickets to virtual ones. You can still use the same code that was previously issued to register additional delegates via the Building Nations website.

    If you have purchased any additional tickets, a member of our team will contact you to discuss the options available to you. We appreciate your patience as we work through this process.

    If you have any registration questions, please contact our Event Coordinator, Paige Hallam at office@infrastructure.org.nz

    Date and Format Change

    The change in format comes with a change of date to 16-19 November. 

    The virtual event will include two sessions per day: from 8am - 11am and 1pm - 4pm, over the four days. Sessions will be able to be viewed either live or on-demand.

    We continue to work with our sponsors and speakers to deliver an engaging and relevant programme, ensuring the importance of effective and efficient delivery of infrastructure to New Zealand remains at the forefront of our activities.

    We look forward to sharing that programme with you shortly, once the last few details are confirmed.

    If you have any Building Nations questions, please feel free to contact me at claire.edmondson@infrastructure.org.nz or by phone on 021 272 7879.

    Ngā mihi

    Claire Edmondson
    General Manager


  • 31 Aug 2021 4:52 PM | Anonymous

    Infrastructure New Zealand is working hard on November’s much anticipated Building Nations 2021 symposium, with more than 700 delegates expected to attend.

    When planning events of this scale, it is important the event is not only enjoyable, offers an engaging and relevant programme to the wide range of delegates attending, but that it is also held safely.

    In light of the Government’s announcement that Auckland will remain at Alert Level 4 for at least another two weeks with a review on Monday 13 September, the Infrastructure New Zealand Board has decided to host this year’s symposium as a virtual event.

    In making this decision, the Board is keen to provide certainty to our members as we all plan for the remainder of 2021.   

    The Board is also keen to adapt as the Covid pandemic continues. We believe a symposium delivered virtually will be just as engaging and insightful. 

    There is no doubt it will be different to previous years but if Covid has taught us anything, it is our ability to adapt to changing conditions.

    The outcome will of course be the same, which is to ensure that the importance of effective and efficient delivery of infrastructure to NZ will remain front and centre to all our stakeholders.

    We continue to work with our sponsors and speakers to deliver an exciting and relevant programme.

    We look forward to sharing that programme with you in the next few weeks, once the last few details are confirmed.

    If you have any questions, please contact General Manager, Claire Edmondson at claire.edmondson@infrastructure.org.nz or by phone on 021 272 7879.

    Ngā mihi

    Margaret Devlin, Chair and Claire Edmondson, General Manager


  • 23 Aug 2021 4:51 PM | Anonymous

    As announced by the Prime Minister, New Zealand is continuing its Level 4 lockdown until this Friday, with Auckland continuing until 11.59pm on 31 August

    Government assistance is available. Some of the more prominent schemes for our members would be the Resurgence Support Payment and the Wage Subsidy Scheme. Also available is the Leave Support Scheme, the Short Term Absence Payment and childcare support for essential workers.

    Infrastructure New Zealand is here to provide members with help and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at claire.edmondson@infrastructure.org.nz or 021 272 7879.

    Ngā mihi

    Claire Edmondson
    General Manager


  • 19 Aug 2021 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    The COVID-19 Public Health Order allows for building, construction, and maintenance services required for one or both of the following:

    • to address immediate risks to health and safety:
    • nationally important infrastructure

    Nationally important infrastructure means infrastructure that enables or supports supply chains that are needed for one or both of the following:

    • to provide for the current needs of people and communities
    • to enable or support the recovery of the whole or any part of New Zealand from the effects of COVID-19.

    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is working on further guidance on each of these points, and we will update members when this is available. 

    The Government has also issued updated requirements around the use of masks under Alert Level 4. Face coverings are now mandatory for most public places. All people at businesses and services operating at Alert Level 4 will need to wear a face covering.

    Support available

    Wage Subsidy Scheme

    The Government has announced that a wage subsidy will be available to businesses impacted by New Zealand moving to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 on 17 August 2021.

    It will be available to all New Zealand businesses and self-employed people that meet eligibility criteria. The COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 is a payment for employers to keep paying staff and protect jobs.

    Applications will be open from 9am on Friday 20 August 2021 for two weeks. You can register for an email update using the Wage Subsidy enquiry form.

    COVID-19 Resurgence Support Payment (RSP)

    The Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) is a payment to help support viable and ongoing businesses or organisations due to a COVID-19 alert level increase to level 2 or higher. If your business or organisation is facing a reduction in revenue due to an alert level increase, you may be eligible for the RSP.

    Applications for the alert level increase announced on 17 August will open at 8am on 24 August.

    How the RSP works

    A business or organisation must have experienced at least a 30% drop in revenue or a 30% decline in capital-raising ability over a 7-day period, due to the increased COVID-19 alert level.

    Once activated any business in New Zealand that has experienced a 30% drop in revenue or capital raising ability over a 7 day period as a result of the alert level increase would be eligible (subject to all other criteria being met). 

    How much eligible businesses and organisations can apply for

    When the RSP is activated, eligible businesses and organisations can apply to receive the lesser of:

    • $1,500 plus $400 per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee, up to a maximum of 50 FTEs
    • four times (4x) the actual revenue decline experienced by the applicant.

    It's possible that the Government could decide to activate the RSP multiple times if there are multiple alert level increases from level 1. Businesses and organisations can apply for the RSP each time it's activated, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

    Further information on the RSP can be found here.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at claire.edmondson@infrastructure.org.nz or on 021 272 7879.

    Ngā mihi maioha

    Claire Edmondson
    General Manager


  • 07 Jul 2021 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    Kia ora

    The government recently released an exposure draft of the Natural and Built Environments Bill (the Bill). The exposure draft has been referred to the Environment Committee to provide feedback to the government on the extent to which the provisions in the exposure draft will support the resource management reform objectives. The select committee is currently seeking public feedback as part of that process, with submissions closing on 4 August. The select committee’s report to Parliament is due in October. Changes will be made before the whole Bill is formally introduced to Parliament in the first quarter of 2022, followed by the usual select committee process.

    We will make a submission on the exposure draft and would like to provide members with the opportunity to complete a short survey so we can capture your views in our submission. Please complete this survey by 11 p.m., Sunday, 18 July.

    The survey can be accessed here.

    The Parliamentary paper and the exposure draft of the Bill can be accessed here.

    Context

    The resulting Natural and Built Environments Act will be one of three Acts to replace the Resource Management Act 1991 (the RMA), the others being the Strategic Planning Act and the Climate Change Adaptation Act.

    The government is looking to pass the Bill by the end of 2022 and the other two pieces of legislation in 2023.

    The Bill’s purpose and focus

    The exposure draft covers land-use and environmental regulation and includes draft clauses on: 

    • the Bill’s purpose and related provisions (Part 2)
    • a national planning framework (Part 3)
    • natural and built environments plans (Part 4).

    A national planning framework

    The Bill proposes that a national planning framework would have the effect of regulations, i.e. the government will be able to prepare, update or review the framework without going through the Parliamentary process as is the case when passing a Bill or amending an Act. One of the criticisms of the RMA has been that it has been too slow to react to new challenges like the housing crisis adequately. The national planning framework will serve as a key mechanism for the government to directly influence how well environmental outcomes – like housing supply and infrastructure – will be achieved.

    The exposure draft also puts forward a list of indicative principles under Part 2, such as taking a precautionary approach and having particular regard to cumulative effects; one of the criticisms of the RMA has been its inability to account for cumulative effects adequately.

    Natural and built environments plans

    Another key proposal in the exposure draft is planning committees in each region to prepare natural and built environments plans. The proposal follows the Resource Management Review Panel’s proposal to develop one natural and built environments plan per region. The government has indicated it is still considering the best approach to plan preparation and decision-making. It will look to the feedback received from the select committee inquiry. Natural and built environments plans will consolidate over 100 RMA policy statements and regional and district plans into about 14 plans, which the government considers vital to simplifying and improving the integration of the system.

    Please contact me at claire.edmondson@infrastructure.org.nz or 021 272 7879 to discuss further.

    I encourage you to forward this email to others in your organisation.

    Ngā mihi
    Claire Edmondson
    Chief Advisor


  • 29 Jun 2021 11:44 AM | Anonymous

    MEDIA RELEASE

    Infrastructure New Zealand welcomes the release of the exposure draft of the Natural and Built Environments Bill.

    Infrastructure New Zealand has been a key proponent of reforming the resource management system. Getting to this point has been years in the making. This exposure draft marks a significant milestone in moving beyond the Resource Management Act 1991 to a system that is resilient, efficient, effective, future-ready and better able to provide for New Zealanders’ wellbeing, now and in future.

    Infrastructure New Zealand's Chief Advisor Claire Edmondson states she is encouraged by the Bill’s overall direction and calls it a radical shift that will see process-heavy matters shifted to a national planning framework.

    “This will serve as a key catalyst in achieving a resource management system that is nimble and responsive.

    "The national planning framework will effectively be a set of regulations that Cabinet can update or review without having to go through the Parliamentary process as is the case when passing a bill or amending an act.”

    A key criticism, amongst many others, has been that the RMA failed miserably in adequately accounting for cumulative effects. We are encouraged to see that the exposure draft shifts away from just managing effects of activities to setting positive outcomes.

    “The draft Bill also explicitly mentions housing supply, well-functioning urban areas and responding to growth.”

    Ms Edmondson says the Bill could be strengthened on infrastructure matters as it still does not go far enough in considering infrastructure an integral part of the resource management system.

    She clarifies that while the Bill is welcomed, what will ultimately matter is how clear national direction is, how well the new law will be applied and how the courts will interpret it.

    Ms Edmondson states, “The mismatch between intention, interpretation and application has been a key failure of the RMA and we cannot afford to let that happen again.”

    Ms Edmondson says while it is common knowledge Infrastructure New Zealand has been a visibly strong advocate for the reforms, they are grateful for the support from Employers and Manufacturers Association, Business New Zealand, Property Council New Zealand and the Environmental Defence Society over the last few years in making a convincing case for change.

    ENDS.

     

    For further information and media queries, please contact Claire Edmondson, Chief Advisor, on 021 272 7879 or at claire.edmondson@infrastructure.org.nz


  • 23 Jun 2021 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    Kia ora,

    Infrastructure Commission is consulting on the He Tūāpapa ki te Ore: Infrastructure for a Better Future. Feedback on the consultation document will inform the Draft Aotearoa New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy 2050, which the commission will submit to the Minister for Infrastructure in September 2021. The first edition of InfraRead which we published yesterday includes an article on this.

    We hosted the commission at several workshops around the country, enabling members to directly provide feedback and influence the shape of the draft strategy.

    Submissions on the consultation document close next Friday, 2 July. Infrastructure New Zealand’s submission was made yesterday. Our submission is divided into three parts:

    (i) Setting the strategic context
    (ii) Response to selected questions in the consultation document
    (iii) Conclusion.

    You will find our submission here. If your organisation is looking to make a submission, feel free to use content you may find useful.

    If you have any questions or feedback (or if you would like a Word version of the submission), please feel free to contact Azeem at azeem.khan@infrastructure.org.nz.

    In the meantime, we hope you are enjoying your read of the first edition of InfraRead.

    Ngā mihi
    Claire Edmondson
    Chief Advisor


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