National Infrastructure Plan
Page updated 17 Oct 2013
The 2011 National Infrastructure Plan was released on 4 July 2011 by the Minister for Infrastructure, Hon Bill English, and the Associate Minister for Infrastructure, Hon Steven Joyce.
The Plan is designed to reduce uncertainty for businesses by outlining the Government's intentions for infrastructure development over a 20-year timeframe. The Plan is directional rather than directive, that is, it provides a framework for infrastructure development rather than a detailed list of projects.
The Plan sets out a vision that, by 2030, New Zealand's infrastructure is resilient, co-ordinated and contributes to economic growth and increased quality of life. Its overall message is that New Zealand's infrastructure is performing well, but there are areas where improved performance would accelerate economic performance. The Plan sets out six guiding principles to respond to these infrastructure challenges. It also outlines infrastructure issues in five key sectors (transport, telecommunications, energy, water and social infrastructure). It finishes with a programme of action to drive change in advance of the next edition, to be published in 2014.
Implementing the National Infrastructure Plan
Since the release of the Plan in July 2011, the National Infrastructure Unit (NIU) has been implementing a long-term work programme that sequences and prioritises delivery of the eight specific actions contained in the Plan, along with achieving the goals for each sector and overall Plan outcomes. Underpinning the implementation is a focus on ensuring that by the time the next edition of the Plan is due, the range and quality of information about the infrastructure network is better advanced to strengthen future infrastructure planning and investment decisions, and that it demonstrates increased collaboration between Central Government, Local Government and the private sector. More information on the Implementation Plan, resources and working documents for feedback and comment are available at Implementation of the 2011 Plan.
Developing the National Infrastructure Plan
As part of work towards the National Infrastructure Plan, the National Infrastructure Unit held workshops across New Zealand. These sought input on infrastructure challenges and opportunities from the perspective of people and organisations with responsibility for substantial infrastructure assets. Notes from the workshops are available at Development of the 2011 Plan.
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