Outcome 4

The outputs for this outcome were Special Topic Reports.

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

Indicator 1
Special Topic Reports in the Minister’s Letter of Expectations.
Indicator 2
Additional Special Topic Reports as determined by Te Waihanga.

Te Waihanga has taken the following actions:

We published three Special Topic Reports in 2020/21 that provide a greater understanding and analysis of infrastructure in New Zealand*.

Freight and Ports Sector Review

As part of the development of the Infrastructure Strategy, we commissioned a review of the country’s freight infrastructure. The review focused on the current and future states of our freight infrastructure and included a specific focus on the operations of New Zealand’s ports. The information gathered in the resulting report was used to inform the He Tūāpapa ki te Ora, Infrastructure for a Better Future consultation document and our wider work to develop the Infrastructure Strategy.

Waters Reform in New Zealand

To better understand New Zealand’s water infrastructure, we produced a special report that analysed waters reform in New Zealand. The Waters Reform in New Zealand report aimed to provide a broad examination of the current state of New Zealand’s three waters infrastructure in the context of the Government’s proposed reforms, with a specific emphasis on future regulatory settings. The report has been valuable in our policy advice role on three waters reform with the Department of Internal Affairs and the development of the Infrastructure Strategy.

Preparing for Technological Change in the Infrastructure Sector

We recognise that technological change will have significant implications for New Zealand’s infrastructure, and it is a key focus area of the Infrastructure Strategy. The Preparing for Technological Change in the Infrastructure Sector report looked at the potential impacts that technological change will have on New Zealand’s infrastructure. The findings of the report were considered in the development of our He Tūāpapa ki te Ora, Infrastructure for a Better Future consultation document, as well as our work in developing the Infrastructure Strategy.

Measuring performance

Measure Activity  Target 2019/20 Outcome 2019/20

Our ‘deep dive’ recommendations are taken into account by central and local government policy-makers.

Stakeholder surveys that they found ‘deep dives’ of value.

65% satisfaction.

Achieved**

Central and local government decision-makers recognise Te Waihanga as a provider of high-quality, evidence-based advice.

Stakeholder surveys that they found Te Waihanga’s advice to be high quality and evidence based.

65% satisfaction.

Achieved***

Central and local government decision makers view Te Waihanga as identifying the right priority areas for ‘deep dives’ that will inform our strategy.

Stakeholder surveys that they found Te Waihanga had identified the right priority areas for ‘deep dives’ that will inform our strategy.

65% satisfaction.

Achieved****

 

*For other infrastructure and think-piece reports, such as the Construction Sector: COVID-19 Recovery Study please see tewaihanga.govt.nz/major-projects/reports-and-think-pieces/.(external link)

**On average, 65% of the 100 respondents in the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga: Stakeholder Feedback Survey were ‘very satisfied’, ‘satisfied’ or ‘not dissatisfied’ with the Deep Dive Reports.

***67% of the 100 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.

****On average, 65% of survey respondents were ‘very satisfied’, ‘satisfied’ or ‘not dissatisfied’ with the Deep Dive Reports, which supports the decision by Te Waihanga to prioritise these topic areas to inform the evidence base of the Infrastructure Strategy.