Background

Overview | Tirohanga whānui

Our population has grown quickly, especially in cities, and we lag behind other countries in the infrastructure we need.

We’re facing serious problems like climate change, unaffordable homes, congested cities and leaking pipes. Although we’re building more infrastructure, there are limits to how much we can spend. It is expensive and it requires skills that are in demand. There are rules and regulations that also affect what can be done.

The Infrastructure Strategy will help to create an infrastructure system that gets the best results for all New Zealanders both now and well into the future. But to get it right we need your help. 

In the past year Te Waihanga has engaged with representatives from central and local government, private infrastructure providers and the general public. We have also held workshops with stakeholders from around the country to listen to their concerns and learn about their priorities for infrastructure. We thank all those involved to date, as these discussions have helped shape the direction of and ideas in this document.

This consultation document shares a proposed vision for infrastructure, guiding principles, and areas where we have identified change is needed. They form a starting point for this conversation with you, the people of Aotearoa New Zealand, as we work toward the Infrastructure Strategy. We are looking to a future where our infrastructure keeps pace with population and economic growth and gives New Zealanders the services they expect.

Proposed vision for infrastructure 2050 | Te tirohanga marohi mō te hanganga 2050

Infrastructure lays the foundation for the people, places and businesses of Aotearoa New Zealand to thrive for generations.

What we’ve heard so far

Through ‘Our Aotearoa 2050’(external link) we asked New Zealanders for their views on infrastructure issues.

They told us:

  • The time it takes to build new transport options is an important transport issue. Lack of access to public transport and the time it takes to get around cities are close behind. Improving public transport is the preferred solution.
  • Ageing schools and hospitals and access to safe drinking water are the main issues holding us back as a country. More investment in our water networks is needed and we could be using technology to save water.
  • We create too much waste and our cities can’t keep up with its growth. Producing less waste is important in preparing for the impacts of climate change.
  • Our environment is the top priority when it comes to making infrastructure decisions.