Strategy development

As part of our work to develop a New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy, we have carried out research into infrastructure issues both in New Zealand and overseas, and gathered views from a range of stakeholders and the public.

Public consultation

From 12 May to 2 July 2021, we invited submissions on a consultation document which set out a proposed direction and recommendations for the strategy.

The feedback we heard was used in developing the draft New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy.

Read a summary of submissions [PDF, 3.6 MB]

Read the consultation document [PDF, 7.4 MB] 

Other engagement

We have also learnt from:

  • Four meetings with iwi, as well as the University of Waikato’s Te Kotahi Research Institute.
  • Nine stakeholder workshops.
  • 112 attendees at our symposium, and a further 174 watched online.
  • 80 stakeholder meetings.

Local government reference group

We established a local government reference group to guide us in our work. This group provides checks, balance and support as the strategy is developed. 

Te Ao Māori Testing Panel

Our te ao Māori Testing Panel members bring a deep understanding of Māori views and experiences of infrastructure. The panel provides support in evaluating our ‘evidence’ with a te ao Māori lens and providing a deeper understanding of Māori views and experiences with infrastructure. 

Kane joined Waka Kotahi following three years with Wellington City Council where he most recently held the Director of Strategy and Governance position. Kane has previously been a partner at law firm Meredith Connell and served as a Crown Prosecutor.

Alyce (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui) is in her final year as an engineering student at the University of Canterbury and also hosts the Māori in Engineering podcast. You can listen to Alyce interview fellow Panel member Troy Brockbank.

Troy (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi) has a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Auckland and 14 years of professional engineering experience working in the water sector across consultancies, civil contractors and suppliers. Troy is currently Pou Ārahi Māori, Māori Advisory Lead (Principal) at Pattle Delamore Partners Ltd. He is also a Board member of Taumata Arowai and Water NZ.

Matthew (Te Atiawa, Ngāti Tama) is a Rutherford Discovery Fellow, co-Director of Te Au Rangahau and an Associate Professor in the School of Economics and Finance at Massey University. He has an academic background in health and population economics and researchers broadly as an applied economist and social scientist. His current research projects include: Māori economics & mixed-methods, social capital and wellbeing research, effective health systems and service delivery, Health Economics, population, labour and regional economics.

Key Reports and Studies

In developing the strategy, we have commissioned a number of reports on critical infrastructure issues. These include a report on New Zealand’s infrastructure challenges, as well as research into infrastructure labour markets.

Read the report on New Zealand’s infrastructure challenges 

Read the report on infrastructure labour markets 

State of Plays

To gather information for the Infrastructure Strategy, we looked at the state of play in the telecommunications, energy, waste and resource recovery, water, transport, education and health infrastructure sectors.

Read the State of Play reports

Infrastructure Asset Owners Survey

Te Waihanga commissioned a survey of infrastructure asset owners from across sectors that included local and central government, health, transport and energy. This asked asset owners how well their infrastructure was performing in meeting the wellbeing needs of New Zealanders, and gathered information on the challenges they faced as well as opportunities. Some of the key themes identified included funding and financing challenges, asset management and procurement, natural hazards and climate change, and the challenges of moving to a low emissions economy.

We’re using the information we gathered through this survey to develop our 30-year Infrastructure Strategy.