The Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga’s proposals to extensively overhaul the way New Zealand’s infrastructure is planned, prioritised and built, is an impressive, comprehensive and thought-provoking document.
Aptly titled He Tūāpapa ki te Ora, Infrastructure for a Better Future the discussion document sets a proposed direction for a 30-Year Infrastructure Strategy, which is being developed – covering how we manage and develop the country’s biggest public networks and services: roads and rail, power, water and communications, as well as health, education and waste.
Metals New Zealand, as outlined in our submission here wholeheartedly supports the strategy vision of a New Zealand with a productive, carbon-neutral economy, affordable homes, reliable travel and safe and healthy communities – though we encourage the Commission to include ‘equitable access’ in this vision.
Ultimately the ability of New Zealand’s infrastructure sector to deliver on this vision is inextricably linked to New Zealand’s construction and manufacturing sectors. In our submission we highlight key areas missing from the discussion document that the Commission should consider including:
You can read our submission here Metals NZ Infrastructure Commission 30-year strategy discussion document – submission June 2021