Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Appointments Strong Infrastructure Leadership


Seniority of Cabinet Appointments Provides Strong Infrastructure Leadership

The New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development has welcomed the priority given to infrastructure in the cabinet line-up.

"It is pleasing to see high level political commitment to infrastructure as a platform for economic growth. Not only will this help kick start the New Zealand economy, it will provide a much needed boost for jobs in the construction industry and help lock in productivity growth for the future", says NZCID chief executive Stephen Selwood.

"It is critical that a national investment programme is developed so that projects that have the greatest positive economic and environmental gains are prioritised for early investment. This will help achieve public buy in for essential projects as they will be seen in the context of an overall plan for New Zealand.

"We also need efficient regulation and consent processes to prioritise and approve projects in the national interest that provide the best social, environmental and economic return.

"And the infrastructure sector needs certainty around a committed and funded pipeline of work to ensure that the necessary human and capital resources can be committed in a timely basis.

"We strongly support the appointment of what is in effect an "infrastructure cabinet" chaired by Bill English as Minister for Infrastructure and comprising key ministers across the sector. The infrastructure cabinet will be able to provide an overarching, whole-of government view of national priorities and require accountability and best practice for delivery across the range of government ministries.

"We have a tremendous opportunity to kick start the New Zealand economy through well planned investment in infrastructure. The Cabinet appointments will enable the development of a committed and funded and investment programme supported by senior government leadership to enable the infrastructure industry to get on with the job, Selwood says.

ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Crown Accounts: Slightly Softer Growth Expected In PREFU

A slightly softer growth forecast is the main feature of largely unchanged Pre-election Fiscal Update compared to the Budget forecasts three months ago, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More>>

ALSO:

Water: Farming Leaders Pledge To Help Make Rivers Swimmable

In a first for the country, farming leaders have pledged to work together to help make New Zealand’s rivers swimmable for future generations. More>>

ALSO:

Unintended Consequences: Liquor Change For Grocery Stores On Tobacco Tax

Changes in the law made to enable grocery stores to continue holding liquor licences to sell alcohol despite increases in tobacco taxes will take effect on 15 September 2017. More>>

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

By May 2018: Wider, Earlier Microbead Ban

The sale and manufacture of wash-off products containing plastic microbeads will be banned in New Zealand earlier than previously expected, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. More>>

ALSO: