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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.

Other noteworthy announcements | September 2022

Immigration sector agreements a helpful start
Auckland Council adopts ambitious transport emissions plan
Rating tool to be more widely available
Opportunity to engage on updates to the National Waste Data Framework
Public Transport Framework changes
Blueprint for better: WSP advances decarbonisation commitment
Google Cloud Region investment a welcome addition
Dunedin Hospital’s fast-track consent granted
Infrastructure Commission begins work to develop adaptation guidance

Lessons learned are a must to ease community disruption of big projects

By Claire Edmondson, Infrastructure New Zealand Chief Executive

Transformational infrastructure projects, like Auckland Light Rail and Let’s Get Wellington Moving, are incredibly important and will create benefits for generations to come. However, it’s imperative that we learn the lessons from similar projects to ease the burden of disruption to communities and businesses along the way.

Key recommendations of Te Waihanga/ the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission’s Infrastructure Strategy

By Claire Edmondson, Infrastructure New Zealand Chief Executive

The Infrastructure Strategy 2022-2052 is the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission’s first long-term vision for the nation’s infrastructure development. It is made up of 68 recommendations designed to ensure that infrastructure lays a foundation for the people, places, and businesses of Aotearoa New Zealand to thrive for generations.

Collaborative procurement drives sustainable outcomes at Eastland Port

By Fraser Wyllie, Managing Director New Zealand & Pacific Islands, McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd

As an infrastructure contractor who deals with vast amounts of concrete, steel and operating large plant, it may seem that the opportunities to be sustainable are sparse. However, at McConnell Dowell we are all about taking on a challenge and coming up with smart solutions.

Our Networks in Focus | July 2022

Alisha Baddock, Women’s Infrastructure Network Canterbury Chair
Filip Lalovich, The Infrastructure Collective Wellington Deputy Chair