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National Infrastructure Plan 2011

A Vision for New Zealand's Infrastructure

New Zealand's infrastructure is resilient and coordinated and contributes to economic growth and increased quality of life.

Infrastructure is a long-term investment, so our planning needs to be future-focused and our vision ambitious. New Zealand needs to strive for significant improvements to how we plan, deliver and manage our infrastructure assets. To achieve this vision, small, consistent steps must be taken by multiple players.

The National Infrastructure Plan lays out the government's vision for New Zealand's infrastructure by 2030. It seeks to guide infrastructure users, providers and regulators in a common direction over the next 20 years and to support the decisions these groups make about the use, provision and regulation of infrastructure.

The National Infrastructure Plan is a necessarily 'strategic' document. To implement the strategy, the government will work with many parties, including improving the workings of government agencies.

By 2030 We Will Have Achieved This Vision If:

  • Businesses and investors are confident that the infrastructure environment is responsive to their needs.
  • Infrastructure providers are working in an integrated manner to resolve long-term challenges and the short- to medium-term priorities for investment.
  • Many parties (from public and private sectors) are involved in managing our assets with clear roles and responsibilities.
  • Investment in infrastructure supports the productive and tradeable sector (goods and services).
  • Investment improves our global connectivity.
  • All infrastructure providers focus on getting more from existing assets before new investments are considered.

Guiding Principles

The guiding principles provide a platform for responding to each of the challenges. They set the government's aspiration for infrastructure and signal how the country should move forward and make better decisions in the future.

Each guiding principle will have different implications for decision makers in each sector. The government wants to be part of a continuing dialogue with key stakeholders to ascertain how we collectively achieve success.

For each guiding principle the current situation and future direction are summarised.

Investment Analysis

Investment is well analysed and takes sufficient account of potential changes in demand.


National infrastructure networks are able to deal with significant disruption and changing circumstances.

Funding Mechanisms

Maintain a consistent and long term commitment to infrastructure funding and utilise a broad range of funding tools.

Accountability and Performance

It is clear who is making decisions, and on what basis, and what outcomes are being sought.


Regulation enables investment in infrastructure that is consistent with other principles, and reduces lead times and uncertainty.


Infrastructure decisions are well coordinated across different providers and are integrated with decisions about land use.

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