Strategic outcomes

Our Statement of Intent 2019-2024 outlines the four outcomes we must achieve if we are to meet our objective of delivering a step-change in New Zealand’s planning and delivery of infrastructure, its systems and settings.

Each outcome is connected to the four functions of Te Waihanga that are set out in the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission/Te Waihanga Act 2019. The work that we do through each output is strongly connected to achieving our strategic outcomes.

Outcome 1

An agreed programme of reforms and initiatives to drive better infrastructure outcomes in the long-term.

Achieved through:

  • Infrastructure Strategy.

Outcome 2

The construction sector has a clear forward works programme, which the sector can rely on.

Achieved through:

  • Infrastructure Pipeline.

Outcome 3

The infrastructure procurement capability of government agencies and the construction sector is improved.

Achieved through:

  • supporting procuring agencies in the preparation of business cases
  • supporting market engagement activities
  • bolstering project governance
  • project support agreements
  • managing New Zealand’s Public Private Partnership Programme.

Outcome 4

Decision-makers have a basis for bold reform and policy change, informed by independent, evidence-based recommendations.

Achieved through:

  • Special Topic Reports.

Strategic outcome changes

During 2020/21, there was a growing recognition by Te Waihanga that major policy reforms would have significant impacts on the contribution of infrastructure to New Zealand’s long-term wellbeing. We have welcomed the opportunity to provide advice on crucial reforms, particularly the Resource Management Act 1991 reform and the Three Waters Reform Programme.

As we continue to work across central government, there is an increasing willingness to utilise our knowledge and expertise in numerous policy reform processes. The Minister for Infrastructure’s Financial Year 2020/21 Letter of Expectations has also directed Te Waihanga to be the Government’s primary advisor on general infrastructure policy matters.

As a result, in October 2020 we established a policy function based in the Chief Executive’s Office and appointed a permanent Chief Policy Advisor.

The new policy function was established during the Financial Year 2020/21 and is not reflected in our strategic outcomes and performance framework. For the Financial Year 2021/22 we have updated our Statement of Performance Expectations to reflect these changes. Special Topic Reports is now an output of Outcome 1 and Infrastructure Policy Advice has become the new output for Outcome 4.