Te Waihanga calls for Kiwis to determine their infrastructure future

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga is calling for people interested in the future of New Zealand’s infrastructure to join the conversation” as it outlines its plan to deliver a 30-year strategy.  

Together with Infrastructure NZ, the Sustainable Business Council, InternetNZ and others, it is behind Visionweek(external link) - a free web summit envisioning post-COVID New Zealand.   

Te Waihanga  Chief Executive Jon Grayson says the Commission's online sessions next week will outline how it plans to deliver a 30-year strategy and the opportunities to be involved as its developed.  

“For the first timeNew Zealanders have a chance to create a stakeholder driven view of how infrastructure can support the way they want to live. Te Waihanga is forming a vision with the collective input of Kiwis through a detailed strategy development programme. We’ll share this plan on 12 June, he says. 

The strategy will assess the fitness for purpose of New Zealand’s infrastructure system as a whole, determining how well it’s working, identifying priorities, barriers to good outcomes, and its ability to meet future community expectations. 

“The more the sector gets involved in the 30-year infrastructure strategy and the more consensus there is behind it, the more powerful it will be and the more influential it will be on governments across time, says Jon Grayson. 

A second Te Waihanga webinar in the afternoon will focus on leading practice solutions for future strategic planning and how the Commission is incorporating these into its strategy development process.    

Visionweek runs from 8-12 June. Speakers in other sessions include Peter Beck, Frances ValintineTamati Kruger, Sir Peter Gluckman, Kate Boylan, Shamubeel Equab, Dr Rod Carr, Rachel Taulelei, Sir Stephen Tindall, Nicole Rosie, Rod Drury and more. 

Anyone can register for the summit at visionweek.co.nz(external link). Participants are encouraged to post their ideas, videos, polls or other content using the #visionweekNZ hashtag on Linkedin, Facebook or Twitter, so these ideas can be shared through the platform. 

Initiated by Infrastructure NZVisionweek supporters include Te WaihangaSustainable Business Council, the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, InternetNZ, the Ministry for the Environment and ASN Media.  

Register for the webinar sessions here: 

Session 1 (Friday 12 June, 9-10am): How is New Zealand creating an infrastructure vision for the next 30 years?(external link) 

Session 2 (Friday 12 June, 2-3pm)How do you strategise for future phenomena?(external link)