New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy

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Rautaki Hanganga o Aotearoa | Draft New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy: Overview

Rautaki Hanganga o Aotearoa | Draft New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy

Te Waihanga has given the Minister for Infrastructure a draft strategy that sets a path for how New Zealand can overcome major infrastructure challenges and meet future needs.

We will finalise this strategy following feedback from the Minister.

About the Draft New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy

The draft strategy describes the infrastructure issues New Zealand is facing. These include long term challenges like climate change and our growing population as well as the opportunities posed by changing technology.

It sets a vision for the role infrastructure can have in supporting New Zealand’s future, and several objectives and recommendations for change.

New Zealand faces some significant challenges ranging from unaffordable homes and broken waterpipes through to long term issues like climate change and a growing population. Our infrastructure can be part of the solution to these issues, but only if we plan ahead and look across all sectors. This strategy takes this wider view, looking across sectors and institutions, to identify critical challenges and opportunities to improve our infrastructure system.

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission Te Waihanga is required to provide a draft strategy to the Minister for Infrastructure by 24 September. It will then consider any feedback the Minister provides before preparing a final that will be presented to the Minister by the end of March 2022, and then tabled in Parliament following that.

Te Waihanga will be refining this strategy and will consider any feedback we receive from the Minister for Infrastructure. We will then provide a final strategy to the Minister in early 2022, which must be tabled in Parliament. 

Once tabled, the government has six months to respond to the recommendations within the strategy. We would support implementation of any recommendations that are adopted, and will continue to provide advice and support for improving New Zealand’s infrastructure system.

We will also be updating this strategy at least every five years, reflecting change or emerging issues as we provide New Zealand with ongoing advice on how infrastructure can improve our wellbeing. 

We sought feedback from all New Zealanders in developing this strategy. Public consultation was held between 12 May to 2 July 2021. We also sought feedback on infrastructure issues through our Aotearoa 2050 online survey which received responses from more than 20,000 New Zealanders.

This strategy is currently with the Minister for Infrastructure for his review and we will be finalising it early next year following any feedback he provides. However, if people do have comments or concerns, we will consider them over this time. This is a living document which we will be updating every five years.

In developing the draft strategy, we have considered the feedback we received during public consultation between 12 May to 2 July 2021. We also sought feedback on infrastructure issues through our Aotearoa 2050 online survey which received responses from more than 20,000 New Zealanders.