Objectives & recommendations

The draft New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy makes recommendations for change, and includes objectives for a thriving New Zealand.

Strengthening partnerships and opportunities for Māori

By building strong, meaningful and enduring partnerships with Māori, we can ensure our infrastructure works for everyone.


  • Strengthen partnerships with Māori across the infrastructure system of Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Develop capability and capacity across the infrastructure system for effective partnership with Māori.
  • Strengthen the Māori infrastructure evidence base.

Enabling a net-zero carbon Aotearoa

Enabling a net-zero carbon Aotearoa through greater development of clean energy and reducing the carbon emissions from infrastructure.


  • Minimise lock-in of future emissions.
  • Achieve net-zero carbon emissions at minimum cost.
  • Speed the build of low emissions energy infrastructure to leverage our abundant resources.
  • Ensure a fair, inclusive and equitable transition to a low emissions economy.

Supporting towns and regions to flourish

Supporting towns and regions to flourish through better physical and digital connectivity and freight and supply chains.


  • Improve efficiency and security of freight and the national supply chain.
  • Reduce barriers and costs of providing infrastructure services.
  • Reduce population uncertainties for infrastructure demand, planning and delivery.
  • Prepare for zero-emissions commercial electric flights.

Building attractive and inclusive cities

Building attractive and inclusive cities that respond to population growth, unaffordable housing and traffic congestion through better long-term planning, pricing and good public transport.


  • Improve water infrastructure pricing and provision in cities.
  • Reduce pressure on water infrastructure through better water management and conservation.
  • Amalgamation of local government where appropriate, to improve coordination of infrastructure and planning outcomes in high growth urban areas.
  • Increase supply and use of low emissions transport modes.
  • Reduce costs by optimising infrastructure corridors.
  • Optimise the use of urban land.
  • Optimise transport investment by considering non-built transport solutions first.
  • Improve the efficiency and consistency of urban planning by standardising planning rulebooks.
  • Improve delivery of transit-oriented development (TOD).
  • Improve efficiency and outcomes of infrastructure through spatial planning
  • Reduce congestion and improve urban mobility.
  • Target transport investment to areas of highest need using signals from congestion pricing.
  • Improve spatial planning through better information on infrastructure capacity and costs to service growth.
  • Increase housing development opportunities in areas with good access to infrastructure.

Strengthening resilience to shocks and stresses

Strengthening resilience to shocks and stresses by taking a coordinated and planned approach to risks based on good quality information.


  • Increase the resilience of critical infrastructure.
  • Improve infrastructure risk management by making better information available.
  • Prepare infrastructure for the impacts of Climate Change.
  • Support the security of supply of essential materials to build, renew and maintain infrastructure.

Moving to a circular economy

Moving to a circular economy by setting a national direction for waste, managing pressure on landfills and waste recovery infrastructure and developing waste-to-energy options.


  • Establish a clear national direction for circularity in waste management.
  • Prioritise options that minimise waste from entering the market to avoid unnecessary infrastructure costs.
  • Improve recycling infrastructure for priority materials.
  • Use behavioural interventions to address barriers to recycling, reduce waste and avoid contamination.
  • Reduce landfill emissions resulting from organic waste.
  • Develop uses for recycled materials in infrastructure.
  • Clarify the strategic role of waste-to-energy.
  • Improve waste sector data and insight.
  • Encourage public infrastructure waste minimisation.

A world class infrastructure system

How we get there
To deliver on our aspirations and the possibilities for infrastructure, we require a different approach for managing our resources, including the decisions we make and the capital, labour and technologies we use. We need to work toward best practice, providing stewardship over the resources we have and investing in outcomes that are fair for all New Zealanders. To achieve this, the draft strategy also makes recommendations across the following areas.
  • improve decision making
  • improve funding and financing
  • improve planning and consenting
  • increase technology use
  • build workforce capacity and capability.