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  • 13 Oct 2021 8:56 AM | Anonymous

    MEDIA RELEASE

    There is plenty in the Draft New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy for the infrastructure sector to like, Infrastructure New Zealand General Manager Claire Edmondson says.

    The 243-page draft strategy containing 67 recommendations to Government, local government and the infrastructure sector was released today by the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission | Te Waihanga.

    “We need a strategy, and it’s good to have a 30-year plan out there. It sets out a vision, but also highlights challenges showing we need to improve our system for planning and building infrastructure, and also make better use of what we already have. This is a really good start,” Ms Edmondson says.

    “Most of the 67 recommendations address known issues, and work on some is already underway, including resource management reform, emissions reduction and a national digital strategy.

    “It won’t come as a surprise to anyone that we need to ensure the resource management system doesn’t unnecessarily increase project costs, efficiency and smarter ways of getting things done.

    “We’ve been asking for reforms to the Resource Management Act and the recommendation to ensure that the Natural and Built Environments Act ‘gives effect’ to existing requirements for the Crown to deliver infrastructure is an added extra.

    “The sector will be particularly thrilled at the recommendation of an independent Infrastructure Priority List to build consensus around key projects and initiatives that address significant long-term problems. This will enable the sector to ensure it has the appropriate resources and supply chain to compete for and deliver this work,” Ms Edmondson says.

    “The sector will also be pleased with the recommendation for a national infrastructure skills plan to ensure we have the right people with the right skills to develop our infrastructure in the medium to long-term.

    “These are the sorts of things that provide the certainty needed for the sector to get on with the job of making New Zealand a better place for us all. We just need the Government to take them on board and implement them in a timely way,” Ms Edmondson says.

    Infrastructure New Zealand has been working with the Commission and held a series of workshops around the country earlier this year allowing members to provide direct input to the draft strategy.

    The Commission is working towards tabling a final strategy in Parliament in early 2022.

    Media contact
    Claire Edmondson at claire.edmondson@infrastructure.org.nz or on 021 272 7879.

  • 08 Oct 2021 1:47 PM | Anonymous

    MEDIA RELEASE

    Infrastructure New Zealand welcomes the release of the interim report on the Future for Local Government Review, saying it makes a strong case for much needed change.

    “The report confirms that all is not well in New Zealand’s local government system and that change is needed for local government to remain relevant and serve its communities well,” General Manager Claire Edmondson says.

    “Infrastructure New Zealand’s input was sought, and we are pleased to see our feedback reflected in the interim report,” she says.

    The report has identified several well-known issues, including funding and financing constraints, governance matters and scope creep from central government requirements that add to councils’ financial pressure.

    The review process is likely to result in recommendations for some structure change, bringing implications for Three Waters reform and changes to the Resource Management Act.

    “These three elements are all once in a generation opportunities. In our view, the Government is rushing the Three Waters and Resource Management System reforms and needs to slow down.

    “We need to ensure we get local government’s roles, functions and structure right so it can respond to changing community expectations and be fit for future challenges.”

    Issues raised by the interim report will be further explored at Infrastructure New Zealand’s Building Nations 2021, being held virtually from 16-19 November.

    Media contact
    For media queries, please contact Claire Edmondson at claire.edmondson@infrastructure.org.nz or on 021 272 7879.

  • 07 Oct 2021 2:25 PM | Anonymous

    MEDIA RELEASE

    Infrastructure New Zealand welcomes the release of the New Zealand Digital Strategy discussion document, but is concerned it is missing key elements.

    Infrastructure New Zealand General Manager Claire Edmondson says a national digital strategy is long overdue. The last was the 2005 Digital Strategy, updated in 2008 to Digital Strategy 2.0.

    “Technology, and the way we use it, has advanced rapidly and will continue to. The discussion document is a start, but there is a lot that seems to be missing.

    “The discussion document has a heavy focus on connectivity and how we use it, and inclusion. That’s good, but a national digital strategy needs to recognise that digital technology is a means to an end, not an end in itself – it needs to drive economic growth and development and leverage every opportunity.

    “Digital technology is already playing a significant role in infrastructure solutions. It is vital the strategy details how New Zealand can harness digital technology opportunities, including how digital infrastructure can help address New Zealand’s infrastructure deficit and contribute to environmental outcomes.

    We’ll be making a submission to ensure it covers all the bases and remains fit-for-purpose into the future. We’ll be keen to see an implementation plan and monitoring framework to ensure the strategy is meaningful and outcomes based, as opposed to yet another plan that isn’t realistic.”

    “We’re keen to agree a partnership approach with the Government for the adoption and implementation of a national digital strategy, and to that end, hosted discussions with Hon Dr David Clark earlier this year.

    “Now more than ever, how New Zealand finds its way in the digital world is vital to our future success. With the rise of working from home and the contribution digital technologies can make to mitigating the impact of climate change, there are significant consequences if we get this wrong”.

    About Infrastructure New Zealand
    Infrastructure New Zealand is New Zealand’s peak industry body for the infrastructure sector. We promote best practice in national infrastructure development through research, advocacy and public and private sector collaboration. Our members come from diverse sectors across New Zealand and include infrastructure service providers, investors and operators.

    Media contact
    For media queries, please contact Claire Edmondson at claire.edmondson@infrastructure.org.nz or on 021 272 7879

  • 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


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