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Published on: May 27, 2021


New Zealand needs new infrastructure – that much is a given. A longstanding infrastructure deficit and the need to drive economic growth and deliver social and community benefits in the wake of COVID-19 has seen an increased political focus on both 'shovel ready' and long-term projects. Plans to upgrade water infrastructure, build new energy infrastructure and housing, and improve transport networks are already in the works. This increased focus is very welcome, particularly when accompanied by a commitment to contribute significant government funds.

Click on the links in the table below to access our recent infrastructure publications.





Opportunity to Consult on the Future of New Zealand's Infrastructure

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission continues to lead the shaping of New Zealand's infrastructure future with the recent release of its Aotearoa New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy Consultation Document (see here). 

27 May 2021

Te Waihanga releases report on water infrastructure

Te Waihanga released the latest in a series of reports looking at key infrastructure sectors in New Zealand – this time focusing on the water sector. 

26 February 2021

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, releases report on energy infrastructure

Te Waihanga last week released a new discussion document that examines the state of play in New Zealand's energy sector – the latest in a series of discussion documents that focus on specific key infrastructure sectors. 

17 February 2021

Unlocking private funding and innovation

In the context of the focus on infrastructure and how it can funded, it will be important to find ways to harness the funding and expertise available in the private sector.  

18 November 2020

Building Up New Zealand's Construction Industry

Our 2020 survey on construction disputes: The causes and how to avoid them.

10 November 2020

Overpromising and underdelivering? The risk to infrastructure in a revised resource management system

This article focuses on the consenting framework for major infrastructure projects and the trade off between environmental outcomes and developmental outcomes.

15 October 2020

Delivering new infrastructure for New Zealand – the role private sector investors can play

This article outlines the various ways to fund and deliver new infrastructure for New Zealand to ensure the best overall outcome, including the role private sector investors could play.

29 September 2020

RMA Reform Series

This series works through some of the Resource Management Review Panel's "big ticket" proposals for reform and outlines our perspectives on each of these. 

Launched 2 September 2020

RIP RMA - Randerson Report recommends dismantling the Resource Management Act

This article focuses on the Resource Management Review Panel's report on reforming the resource management system. 

29 July 2020

Environment Select Committee reports back on COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill

This article looks at the key recommendations from the Environment Select Committee's report on the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill. 

1 July 2020

Government introduces COVID-19 Recovery Fast-track Consenting Bill

This article outlines the 'fast-track' consenting process for infrastructure projects under the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill.

16 June 2020

Details released on Fast-track Consenting Bill

This article focuses on the release of Minister Parker's Paper to Cabinet on the proposed COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill.

14 May 2020

The Government's Fast-Track Consenting Bill on track

In this article we look at the proposed legislation that aims to get "shovel ready" projects up and running as soon as possible.

4 May 2020

Fast tracking infrastructure

In this article we look at the Government's proposal to get infrastructure projects back up and running as the country moves out of lockdown and how it proposes to speed up the consenting process for new projects.

16 April 2020

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