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Published on: January 17, 2023


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.





Delivering renewables in Aotearoa New Zealand: reflections from Building Nations 2023

Mei Fern Johnson and Kendra Wilson authored this article detailing their main takeaways from a panel discussion the Building Nations 2023 on the different facets of renewable energy development.

05 July 2023

6 Key Takeaways from Building Nations 2023

In this article, several of our people share their main takeaways from the Bulilding Nations 2023 conference and, in particular, discussions around the challenges Aotearoa faces in this critical sector.

26 June 2023

Infrastructure Investment in New Zealand: A Market Update

This article offers a market update, insights into 2022 infrastructure investments and discusses what's in store for 2023.

17 January 2023

Three Waters Reform – Select Committee suggests changes to Water Services Entities Bill

This article discusses the Select Committee's recommendations for the Water Services Entities Bill, which establishes four water services entities (WSEs) as part of the Three Waters Reform Programme.

22 November 2022

Multi-owner projects: 3 governance considerations for owners

Mei Fern Johnson considers three key governance issues in multi-owner projects that will ensure owners maintain the necessary control and influence over such projects.

14 November 2022

Resource management reform – Will it move the dial for infrastructure?

Daniel Minhinnick and Lauren Rapley consider what the imminent changes to New Zealand's Resource Management framework will likely mean for the infrastructure sector.

4 November 2022

Considerations for collaborative procurement and contracting

Special Counsel Nick Saxton looks at collaborative procurement and contracting and how effective collaboration can improve commercial outcomes for all parties.

20 October 2022

Retreat! Critical year ahead for climate change adaptation

An important pillar of New Zealand's adaptation strategy is the development of a framework for managed retreat, which relates to the strategic relocation of assets and infrastructure away from intolerable risk. 

13 October 2022

New Zealand onshore renewables: Equity financing at the project level

This article focuses on New Zealand's onshore renewables market, with our Head of Infrastructure Michael Loan diving into equity financing at the project level.

6 October 2022

Digging NZ out of its infrastructure deficit hole – Te Waihanga's bold 30 year infrastructure strategy

The Government has recently released the New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy 2022-2052. We take a look at the key objectives and achievability of this strategy.

5 May 2022

Lessons from the UK and ScotWind

With the help of Caroline Taylor, CEO of Totum Compliance, we take a deep dive into the success of the UK and Scottish offshore wind regimes.

5 April 2022

The winds are changing - can the NZ legal system keep up?

We take a look at the legal landscape for offshore wind in New Zealand - where it's currently at and where there's potential for improvement - and look at legal developments overseas.

9 March 2022

Environment, Planning and Natural Resources Year in Review 2021

A Year in Rewiew for Environment, Planning and Natural Resources.

16 December 2021

Three Waters: Where to from here?

In this report, we summarise the decisions made on the water reforms to date, and the further policy work required.

15 November 2021

Auckland Airport resets post-COVID infrastructure plans

In this first article in our series, we find out more about Auckland Airport's infrastructure reset following the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

9 November 2021

The Government confirms it is proceeding with Three Waters Reform

Minister Nanaia Mahuta has confirmed that the Government will push on to create four publicly-owned water entities and that the three waters reforms will be mandatory for all councils.

28 October 2021

New Bill introduced to tackle housing crisis in New Zealand

Transformational reform to the Resource Management Act 1991 to enable intensification was  jointly announced by the Government and National.

19 October 2021

Environmental Policy and RMA Reform Update

We discuss two policies, the wetland regulations discussion document and National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity. Then we take a look at key themes arising from submissions by various industry and interest groups.

23 September 2021

RMA system reform has critical implications for Three Waters

The Three Waters reform programme involves structural and regulatory reform rarely seen on this scale in New Zealand, with latest estimates indicating investment of $120 billion-$185 billion over the next 30-40 years.

15 September 2021

Three Waters: Government announces $2.5 billion package to support local government transition

The Government substantially increased the size of the carrot to encourage local authorities to participate, by announcing a $2.5 billion package to support local government transition through the water reforms.

16 July 2021

Three Waters: Four new entities proposed

Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta announced further details of the Government's full-scale regulatory and structural reform of water service delivery in New Zealand.

30 June 2021

Three Waters: What's in the pipeline?

The Government has been working hard on its proposed full-scale regulatory and structural reform of water service delivery.

22 June 2021

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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