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New Zealand’s new mayors – what’s in store for infrastructure?

By Michelle McCormick, Policy Director and Martina Moroney, Policy Advisor, Infrastructure New Zealand

Local government elections closed on 8 October with preliminary results for mayoral and other candidates announced in the days following and confirmed later in October.

INZ report highlights impacts of infrastructure delays

By Michelle McCormick, Infrastructure New Zealand Policy Director

New Zealand infrastructure suffers from long delays between project planning and delivery. For the first time, a new report, commissioned by INZ, has highlighted the true impact of such delays – while examining potential solutions to speed up the process.

Taking a structured approach to capability development

By Andrew Le Grice and Paul Newman, Deloitte

The infrastructure challenges faced by New Zealand have been clearly spelt out in the Rautaki Hanganga o Aotearoa New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy (The Strategy) from Te Waihanga / The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission. A significant infrastructure deficit exists which would take spending of approximately $31 billion per year to address, or double what is currently spent.

Inquiry into the Future of Inter-Regional Passenger Rail

Parliament’s Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee opened an inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand. Submissions closed 21 October 2022. The aim of the inquiry is to find out what the future could hold for inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand.

Our Networks in Focus | October 2022

Zoe Thompson, Women’s Infrastructure Network Wellington Chair
Laura Goodman, The Infrastructure Collective Canterbury Deputy Chair

Other noteworthy announcements | October 2022

Auckland’s rail network renewal to cause disruption
Fast-tracking New Zealand’s largest solar farm
KiwiRail to remain a SOE
New Zealand Energy Strategy underway
National public transport ticketing solution welcome
$280 million claim for Pūhoi to Warkworth
Light Rail and harbour crossing preferred bidders
Skilled migrant category to reopen
Next tranche of Infrastructure Acceleration Fund investment

Resource management reforms closely follow Randerson Report

By Michelle McCormick, Infrastructure New Zealand Policy Director

It’s full steam ahead for the future resource management system.
While legislation underpinning the system is still to be introduced into the House, key features of the new system have been revealed in recent months.

The Government’s response to the Infrastructure Strategy

By Michelle McCormick, Infrastructure New Zealand Policy Director

Now the hard work begins. The Government has released its response to Te Waihanga / The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission’s Rautaki Hanganga o Aotearoa New Zealand’s Infrastructure Strategy 2022-2052.

Motivating change for delivery of sustainable infrastructure

By Sam Turner, Senior Associate – Sustainability and Environmental Management, and Ellie Callard, Senior Sustainability Advisor, at Beca.

What is motivating change in sustainable infrastructure development, and is there the capacity and necessary urgency to accelerate it?

Driving towards change: Freight rail decarbonisation

By Rebecca Hollett, KiwiRail Client Leader and Principal Infrastructure Advisor, Peter Algie, Associate Integrated Transport and Mobility and Guo Qi Peh, Lead Consultant, Transport, Aurecon.

Freight rail can be an enabler for decarbonisation and New Zealand’s transition to lower carbon emissions. Benefits of shifting freight onto rail include improved safety and reliability and less pollution, with estimates showing one short haul freight train can remove up to 40 trucks and trailers from the road – equivalent to a 66 to 70 per cent reduction in carbon emissions. But, to achieve a successful transition, the future rail network must be resilient, reliable and efficient.

Commerce Commission’s recommendations on residential building supplies

The GIB shortage earlier this year highlighted a range of systemic issues in our residential building materials market which left the sector vulnerable to international disruption. The Commerce Commission’s residential building supplies market study seeks to assess and recommend improvements across the full residential building supplies market to minimise its vulnerability and increase sector competition.

Reshaping Streets a step towards decarbonisation

Waka Kotahi and the Ministry of Transport’s Reshaping Streets regulatory changes seek to enable Road Controlling Authorities – councils and Auckland Transport, to contribute to emissions reduction targets by using existing roading infrastructure more effectively to facilitate mode shift.