Meet­ing NZ's in­fra­struc­ture needs

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ABeca-spon­sored poll of in­fra­struc­ture lead­ers at the re­cent In­fra­struc­ture New Zealand Build­ing Na­tions Sym­po­sium in­di­cates con­fi­dence is grow­ing that New Zealand can meet its in­fra­struc­ture ccha­l­lenges. But it also sug­gests there needs to be greater de­tail shared with in­dus­try and the com­mu­nity around plans to ad­dress Auck­land’s in­fra­struc­ture needs. Re­spon­dents also be­lieve that there needs to be greater ur­gency from all par­ties to im­ple­ment those plans.

More than 700 in­dus­try lead­ers at­tended the sym­po­sium and the Beca poll en­abled del­e­gates to pro­vide real-time feed­back on the key is­sues on the agenda.

Three-quar­ters of re­spon­dents felt New Zealand’s in­fra­struc­ture sit­u­a­tion will im­prove over the next five years.

In­fra­struc­ture NZ CEO Stephen Sel­wood said in a me­dia state­ment that this high level of con­fi­dence re­flects the Govern­ment’s an­nounce­ment shortly be­fore the poll that it will move for­ward with an in­de­pen­dent in­fra­struc­ture en­tity. “The in­fra­struc­ture body ini­tia­tive was sup­ported by al­most 90 per­cent of re­spon­dents. Con­cerns over weak pro­cure­ment ca­pa­bil­ity across the sec­tor and un­cer­tainty over the long term cap­i­tal pro­gramme make the es­tab­lish­ment of this new en­tity a high pri­or­ity.

“The Govern­ment’s sig­nals that it will re­form the wa­ter sec­tor are also as­sist­ing in­dus­try con­fi­dence. Less than five per­cent of polled re­spon­dents felt the wa­ter sec­tor should re­main in its cur­rent state, with al­most four out of five in­fra­struc­ture lead­ers sup­port­ing con­sol­i­da­tion of wa­ter sup­ply and waste­water into one or sev­eral large ded­i­cated providers.

“How­ever, there re­mains sig­nif­i­cant sec­tor con­cern over the abil­ity of Auck­land to meet the re­gion’s two big chal­lenges: hous­ing and con­ges­tion.”

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