Te Waihanga regularly makes submissions on consultations that relate to infrastructure policy.
Submission on three waters economic regulation and consumer protection discussion paper
Te Waihanga has made a submission to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment on their Economic Regulation and Consumer Protection for Three Waters Services in New Zealand discussion paper. The submission was made on 20 December 2021 and makes a range of comments and recommendations. Te Waihanga supports economic and consumer protection regulation of the proposed Water Services Entities. The Water Services Entities will be natural monopolies. This creates a risk of excessive prices, restricted volumes, poor quality, and lack of innovation.
Submission on the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill
Te Waihanga made a submission to Parliament's Environment Select Committee on the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill on 16 November 2021. The submission supports the intent of the reform to increase housing development in places with good transport access to employment and makes recommendations around managing the infrastructure impacts arising from such growth in housing.
Submission to the Ministry for the Environment on 'Managing our wetlands' discussion document
Te Waihanga has made a submission to the Ministry for the Environment on their Managing our wetlands discussion document. The submission was made on 27 October 2021 and makes a range of comments and recommendations. These include allowing for a broader range of infrastructure to be included in the proposed infrastructure consenting pathway.
Submission to Otago Regional Council on Proposed Otago Regional Policy Statement
Te Waihanga has made a submission to Otago Regional Council on the Proposed Otago Regional Policy Statement. The submission was made on Friday 3 September 2021 and encourages the Council to consider the statement's impact on the provision of infrastructure and housing.
Submission to Commerce Commission on the Market study into the grocery sector
Te Waihanga has made submission on 26 August 2021 to the Commerce Commission on the draft Market study into the grocery sector. The Commerce Commission study sets out the preliminary findings about how competition is functioning in the sector. The submission focuses on aspects of the draft Market study that relate to our He Tūāpapa ki te Ora, Infrastructure for a Better Future consultation document, including the role of the planning system and the role of freight and supply chains.
Submission to Environment Select Committee on the Natural and Built Environments Bill
Te Waihanga has made a submission to the Environment Select Committee on the Natural and Built Environments Bill. The Bill is the proposed legislation that will replace the Resource Management Act 1991. The submission was made on 4 August 2021 and covers a wide range of consenting and planning matters, such as the Purpose section of the new Bill, the role of national direction that councils are required to follow, the form and function of spatial and district planning and other permissions like designations.
Submission to Ministry of Transport on Hīkina te Kohupara discussion document
Te Waihanga has made a submission on the Ministry of Transport's Hīkina te Kohupara discussion document, which sets out potential paths to net-zero carbon emissions in the transport sector. The submission was made on 25 June 2021 and acknowledges that achieving the required emissions reduction pathways will need large changes to how we travel, what vehicles we use, and how we move freight. All of these pathways have significant infrastructure implications.
Submission to Transport and Infrastructure Committee on Auckland Congestion Pricing
Te Waihanga 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 is an important question for the future sustainability of Auckland’s and New Zealand’s transport system.
Submission on Climate Change Commission’s 2021 Draft Advice
Te Waihanga made a submission on He Pou a Rangi, the Climate Change Commission’s 2021 Draft Advice. We acknowledge the impacts climate change will have on infrastructure. We also acknowledge the role of infrastructure in meeting New Zealand’s carbon emission goals and discuss what the draft advice could mean for our infrastructure. This includes the potential for non-built mechanisms such as making better use of the infrastructure we have to reduce New Zealand’s emissions.
COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill (19 June 2020)
Te Waihanga supports the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill moving to a second reading in the House of Representatives. We believe the measures in the legislation represent a reasonable trade-off between good process and speedy implementation of projects, which can assist in recovery and boost employment.
Our submission suggests the Government consider introducing a more enduring solution to fast-track projects in future emergencies and ‘call-in’ large and complex projects of national significance. Te Waihanga also encourages a future focus on addressing the uncertainty created for the delivery of infrastructure projects by aspects of the Resource Management Act 1991.
Draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2021 (11 May 2020)
Te Waihanga made a submission on the draft GPS 2021 as this represents a substantial investment by the Government in the planning and delivery of land transport infrastructure and services. We also made a submission on the draft NZ Rail Plan due to the significant changes proposed to how rail is planned, funded and delivered. Both instruments will have a considerable impact on how the land transport network improves wellbeing for New Zealanders.
Infrastructure Funding and Finance Bill (4 March 2020)
The Infrastructure Funding and Finance (IFF) Bill aims to support the provision of infrastructure for housing and urban development. The proposed IFF model involves creating special purpose vehicles to finance and construct infrastructure for urban growth. The finance is repaid from a levy on the beneficiaries of the infrastructure. As the guardian of the New Zealand PPP model(external link), Te Waihanga has specialist expertise in project finance. Our submission largely relates to the implementation of the IFF model, drawing from our experience and knowledge gained from working with the New Zealand PPP model and with the procurement and delivery of major infrastructure projects.
Urban Development Bill (14 February 2020)
Te Waihanga made a submission on the Urban Development Bill because urban development has a critical and long-term impact on the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of people living in New Zealand’s cities. While we support this bill as a positive step to work around problems with New Zealand’s governance, planning, funding and delivery system, we make some suggestions for wider reform.
Resource Management Reform Bill (7 February 2020)
Te Waihanga welcomes this review, which proposes amendments to the Resource Management Act, the Local Government Act, and to the Land Transport Management Act. The key themes we focus on in our submission are:
- outcomes-focused environmental planning system
- integrated decision-making
- the case for institutional reform
- coordination of various government initiatives.