Outcome 1

In 2020/21, the output of this outcome was the steps towards delivering the 30-year Strategy Report.

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

Indicator 1
Broad consensus with Māori as Treaty partners; central and local government, the private sector and other stakeholders on the recommendations needed to achieve better infrastructure outcomes in the long-term
Indicator 2
There is broad Ministerial acceptance of Te Waihanga’s recommendations.
Indicator 3
Māori as Treaty partners, central and local government and private sector stakeholders are satisfied with Te Waihanga’s engagement and the methodology that we suggest.

Te Waihanga has taken the following actions:

Infrastructure Under One Roof discussion document

As an initial step in our work to develop a 30-year strategy for New Zealand’s infrastructure, we developed a discussion document called Infrastructure under one roof: standardising how we think about the shared services around us. The discussion document was published in December 2020, and helped to define

the parameters of the work programme ahead and provided an integrated framework for looking at infrastructure issues.

Our definition of infrastructure places wellbeing outcomes at the core, while recognising commonalities that include the use of capital such as financial and environmental resources, the interconnectedness of physical structures and the delivery of shared services.

The discussion document was open to feedback from stakeholders and received widespread support, with the document viewed more than 1,800 times on our website.

Defining infrastructure: A system of inter-connected physical structures that employ capital to provide shared services to enhance well-being.

State of Play discussion documents

As a crucial step in developing the evidence base for the Infrastructure Strategy, we undertook a close review of the state of play in seven key infrastructure areas: education, energy, health, telecommunications, transport, resource recovery and waste, and water.

The State of Play discussion documents were released between December 2020 and May 2021 and described the current state of the sectors and the issues they face, as well as those they need to prepare for. The information we gathered in the reports was based on our own research, a survey of 119 infrastructure asset owners and meetings with experts from within the sectors.

The seven discussion documents received more than 10,000 views online, and stakeholder feedback endorsed the snapshots.

He Tūāpapa ki te Ora, Infrastructure for a Better Future

On 12 May 2021, we released our consultation document, which set out a proposed vision and direction for the Infrastructure Strategy. He Tūāpapa ki te Ora, Infrastructure for a Better Future was a 175-page consultation document that identified the key issues New Zealand faces, areas where change is most needed and potential options to address the issues.

From 12 May to 2 July 2021, we commenced a significant period of engagement with stakeholders and the wider New Zealand public on He Tūāpapa ki te Ora, Infrastructure for a Better Future. Our engagement programme included meetings with the Minister for Infrastructure, a six-week advertising campaign, an infrastructure symposium, stakeholder meetings and meetings with iwi. During this time we received 721 submissions and the feedback we heard will be used to finalise the draft Infrastructure Strategy, which will be provided to the Minister for Infrastructure in September 2021.

Our proposed vision for infrastructure 2050: Infrastructure lays the foundation for the people, places and businesses of Aotearoa New Zealand to thrive for generations.

Submissions on consultations that relate to infrastructure policy

Submission on He Pou a Rangi, the Climate Change Commission’s 2021 Draft Advice

We made a submission on He Pou a Rangi, the Climate Change Commission’s 2021 Draft Advice, on 28 March 2021. The submission emphasised the impacts that climate change will have on infrastructure, the role infrastructure has in meeting New Zealand’s carbon-emission goals and what the draft advice could mean for our infrastructure.

Submission to Transport and Infrastructure Committee on Auckland congestion pricing

We provided a submission to the Transport and Infrastructure Committee on the inquiry into congestion pricing in Auckland. The submission was made on 20 May 2021 and recognised the important role the inquiry has in the future sustainability of Auckland’s and New Zealand’s transport system.

Submission to Ministry of Transport on Hīkina te Kohupara discussion document

We made a submission on the Ministry of Transport’s Hīkina te Kohupara discussion document, which set out potential paths to net-zero carbon emissions in the transport sector. The submission was made on 25 June 2021 and acknowledged that achieving the required emissions-reduction pathways will need large changes in how we travel, the vehicles we use and how we move freight. All these pathways have significant infrastructure implications.

Engagement

We are committed to developing an Infrastructure Strategy for all New Zealanders. From 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021, we implemented a significant programme of engagement activity to develop broad consensus: with Māori as Treaty partners, central and local government, the New Zealand public and private sector stakeholders.

In addition to extensive engagement on the Infrastructure Under One Roof discussion document, State of Play and the He Tūāpapa ki te Ora, Infrastructure for a Better Future consultation document, we developed a wide range of opportunities for New Zealanders to share their views, ideas and feedback.

Asset owners survey

In September 2020, we commissioned a survey of infrastructure asset owners across local and central government, health, transport, energy and telecommunications. The survey asked asset owners how well their infrastructure was performing in meeting the wellbeing needs of New Zealanders, and gathered information on the challenges they faced as well as opportunities. A total of 191 surveys were distributed and 119 were completed. The information from the Infrastructure Asset Owners Survey: Technical Report was integral in informing both the State of Play discussion documents and our work to date on the Infrastructure Strategy.

Local Government reference group

We have continued to work with the Local Government New Zealand reference group to guide and support the development of the Infrastructure Strategy. Four meetings with the group took place in 2020/21 and have provided important insights on infrastructure systems and settings at regional, spatial and catchment levels.

Aotearoa 2050

Prior to the development of our consultation document, we asked the New Zealand public what they want Aotearoa to look like in 2050. The online Aotearoa 2050 survey included a hard-copy alternative, an accessible online version for screen readers and five translated alternatives. The survey was open from 22 March to 2 May 2021 and received 23,638 responses and more than 8,500 comments. What we heard from respondents will be used to shape the development of the Infrastructure Strategy.

Minister for Infrastructure

Throughout 2020/21, we extensively consulted and briefed the Minister for Infrastructure on all matters relating to the development of the Infrastructure Strategy. The Minister noted our discussion documents and referred these to other relevant Ministers. We also received verbal support from the Minister for the direction of the He Tūāpapa ki te Ora, Infrastructure for a Better Future consultation document.

Te Ao Māori Testing Panel

We have a strong and genuine commitment to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Treaty of Waitangi and partnering with Māori. To support the development of the Infrastructure Strategy, we established the Te Ao Māori Testing Panel, comprising five members who bring a diverse and deep understanding of Māori views and experiences of infrastructure. The panel has begun to provide support in evaluating our evidence base with a te ao Māori lens.

Iwi engagement

We have begun to meet with Māori and iwi to form strong relationships and test the evidence base of the Infrastructure Strategy. We have met with Ngāti Whātua, Te Kotahi Research Institute the University of Waikato, Tainui and Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki. Meetings requests have been sent to iwi in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland and we welcome the opportunity to meet when they are available.

Infrastructure 2021: Looking Ahead Symposium

Our infrastructure symposium has become an annual event, bringing together key Te Waihanga stakeholders. The 2020/21 event was fully booked with 112 in-person attendees, as well as 174 online attendees. During the two-day symposium we hosted a workshop on our He Tūāpapa ki te Ora, Infrastructure for a Better Future consultation document and used the opportunity to ask attendees for feedback.

Measuring performance 

Measure Activity  Target 2019/20 Outcome 2019/20

Extent to which evidence base and draft recommendations are amended/accepted post engagement.

Evidence base is developed and tested, recommendations are developed and tested.

60% or more of respondents are satisfied with the evidence base and draft recommendations

Achieved*

The Minister is broadly accepting of the recommendations by June 2021.

Regular engagement with and feedback from the Minister.

Achieved

Achieved**

Stakeholders are satisfied with the methodology for engagement and strategy development.

Brief surveys at strategy milestones prior to full satisfaction survey.

65% satisfaction.

Achieved***

*On average, 86% of the 721 respondents partially or fully supported the options for change in He Tūāpapa ki te Ora Infrastructure for a Better 67% of the 100 survey respondents in the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga: Stakeholder Feedback Survey were ‘very satisfied’, ‘satisfied’ or ‘not dissatisfied’ with the Infrastructure Strategy evidence base.

**As requested in the Minister for Infrastructure’s Letter of Expectations, regular engagement was undertaken with the Minister and the feedback we received was taken into consideration when finalising He Tūāpapa ki te Ora Infrastructure for a Better The Minister broadly accepted the options for change in the consultation document as at June 2021.

***74% of the survey respondents were ‘very satisfied’, ‘satisfied’ or ‘not dissatisfied’ with the opportunities to engage and share their views during the strategy development between 1 July 2020 and 30 June