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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently asked questions relating to the National Infrastructure Plan, the National Infrastructure Unit, and the National Infrastructure Advisory Board.

What is the National Infrastructure Unit?

The National Infrastructure Unit is based in Treasury, and takes a national overview of infrastructure priorities, providing cross-government co-ordination, planning and expertise. Its key roles are to:

  • Formulate a 30-year New Zealand Infrastructure Plan and monitor the progress of its implementation;
  • Establish cross-government frameworks for robust and reliable infrastructure project appraisal and capital asset management, and monitor the implementation and use of those frameworks;
  • Provide support to, and act as a secretariat for, the National Infrastructure Advisory Board.

The NIU works to the Hon Bill English, Minister of Finance.

Aug 20, 2015

What is the National Infrastructure Advisory Board?

The National Infrastructure Advisory Board was established to advise the National Infrastructure Unit and the Minister of Finance. Members are from the private sector and outside central government. Member's profiles can be seen here.

The Board provides both the Minister and the NIU with advice and perspectives on infrastructure project appraisal, capital asset management issues and the development of the New Zealand Infrastructure Plan. A key role for the board is to engage with the private sector, local government and other stakeholders.

Aug 20, 2015

How does NIU work with other infrastructure agencies?

The NIU works closely with stakeholders from both the public and private sector. It does not replicate or take over the work of sector specific agencies, but takes a high level, strategic and co-ordination role alongside sector agencies.

Feb 10, 2014

What is the New Zealand Infrastructure Plan?

The New Zealand Infrastructure Plan is a forward looking strategic document. It is intended to be New Zealand wide, and to reduce uncertainty for businesses by outlining the Government's intentions for infrastructure development over a 20-year timeframe. More information can be found here.

Aug 20, 2015

What is included in the term "infrastructure" in this context?

The New Zealand Infrastructure Plan talks about five infrastructure sectors: energy, telecommunications, transport, water (productive water and the three waters networks) and social sectors. The Plan focuses on the capability of facilities for delivering services rather than the organisations owning and operating the assets underlying those facilities.

Aug 20, 2015

When will the next Plan be released?

The current version of the Plan was published in August 2015. A new version of the Plan is expected to be developed in 2018 to align with the next long term planning cycle of local government.

Aug 20, 2015

What has the National Infrastructure Unit be doing since the last plan was published?

Since the 2011 Plan was published, the National Infrastructure Unit has been working with stakeholders in both the public and private sectors to deliver on the commitments made in that Plan and in particular, to develop a stronger evidence base of how well our infrastructure is performing. This has provided the basis for the 2015 Plan. The 2015 Plan includes a detailed set of actions and the NIU is now focused on working with stakeholders to implement these to bring about the step change in approach required. The NIU will also have a monitoring and reporting role on progress against these actions.

Aug 20, 2015

How can I get involved?

If you have a particular issue you would like to raise, or would like to be involved in any of the NIU’s current work streams, please contact

Feb 10, 2014

What is the Government’s approach to public-private partnerships?

Public Private Partnership (PPP) procurement has been implemented in New Zealand for the primary purpose of improving the focus on, and delivery of, whole-of-life service outcomes from major infrastructure assets. The competitive PPP procurement process, minimal input specifications and constraints, appropriate risk allocation and performance-based payment mechanisms work together to optimise the incentives and flexibility for private sector participants to deliver innovative and effective solutions.

Aug 20, 2015

In what sectors would the Government consider a public-private partnership?

Six PPP procurements have commenced since the Programme began in 2010. To date, PPP procurement has been implemented in the corrections, education and transport sectors.

Aug 20, 2015

If I have a suggestion or proposal for a possible public sector infrastructure project, or a question about an existing one, who do I contact in the first instance?

In almost all instances, the appropriate agency to contact will be the one that is either directly sponsoring an existing project or that would normally sponsor a proposed project, e.g. if it is a transport issue, the New Zealand Transport Agency would be the most appropriate first point of call. The National Infrastructure Unit will be responsible for keeping detailed oversight on only a small number of nationally significant infrastructure projects.

Nov 03, 2009