Our infrastructure networks are vital to our quality of life. Access to safe transportation, reliable electricity, mobile and internet services, and clean water is part of what makes New Zealand a great place to live, work and play.
But not everyone has the same access to our infrastructure. This could be because of where you live, who you are, or what you can afford. Access to quality infrastructure can help reduce the impacts of disadvantage. Fast, affordable transport can mean access to more jobs, fast internet means accessible education and health services and clean water means healthier whānau.
How we plan, provide, pay and use infrastructure matters for how fairly and easily different people can get access to it. Ensuring that we all get the greatest value from our infrastructure investments – now and in the future.
So, should those who benefit most from infrastructure pay more? Should people who live in rural areas get the same access and quality of infrastructure as those in cities? Should the decisions we make today take into account the needs of future generations? What’s fair?
Every aspect of infrastructure has an impact on fairness, from project selection through to design and planning, to how infrastructure is funded and financed, through to the price paid by consumers and the quality of the services they receive.
Te Waihanga is undertaking research into how infrastructure is funded and priced, as well as its implications for equity and the quality of infrastructure provision. Because infrastructure exists for generations, part of the discussion will also need to include intergenerational equity – how financing decisions can be made today that fairly share costs over generations. The findings from this work will help inform the next New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy and underpin the Commission’s advice to local and central government and other infrastructure decision-makers.
Infrastructure impacts people in different ways
We're all different. We live in different places, have different needs, but should we all have the same access to infrastructure?
About this research
This research will be conducted through a range of research methods. Including, a literature review, interviews, workshops and surveys.
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