Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Good progress on infrastructure but challenges remain


Good progress on infrastructure but challenges remain


There has been pleasing progress over the past year on a long term and challenging infrastructure programme, says National Infrastructure Advisory Board Chair Dr Rod Carr.

His comments follow the publication today of the 2013 National State of Infrastructure Report, prepared by the Treasury’s National Infrastructure Unit with input from across infrastructure sectors.

“Over the last year we have seen a continuation of the large scale investment programme across central government, local government and the private sector. The significant levels of spending reflect the importance that infrastructure plays in providing both a foundation and a catalyst for economic growth,” says Dr Carr.

“A year further into the implementation of the challenging work programme, we can see progress especially in the fundamental infrastructure networks such as fast broadband, electricity transmission and the key transport networks to move freight and people.

“It is also good to see improvements in areas that help deliver good infrastructure. These include streamlining the planning system, increased coordination within and across regions for infrastructure planning, and innovation and efficiencies being driven by local government in the roading sector. I’m particularly pleased by the ownership local authorities have assumed to increase capability and better understand infrastructure provision to their communities, especially in the water sector.

“Having said this, a number of the challenges we identified two years ago remain and it is important that we keep making inroads on these. In particular, we see potential for much greater alignment between the land use proposals in the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan, the integrated transport plan and the strategic vision of the Auckland Plan. Meanwhile, we welcome the government’s announced plan for investment in major Auckland transport projects and look forward to confirmation that the timing and mix of projects is well supported by business case analysis.

“Another area that needs further progress is water. It’s a strategic asset for New Zealand and essential to a significant portion of our exports. The freshwater programme is a good start, and it is imperative to deliver the subsequent work planned on allocation, transfer and trade: these need to drive the right incentives for the efficient use of this precious resource.

“The financial and economic significance of many transport and water projects, and the intergenerational effects they have, highlight the importance of robust investment analysis through the business case process and the importance of the right infrastructure, in the right place, at the right time.

“Across all infrastructure sectors, there is still work to do to ensure that infrastructure investments are subject to the right scrutiny and that they are aligned to broader goals and objectives.”

Dr Carr noted that over the next year, the National Infrastructure Advisory Board is looking forward to an increasingly mature discussion around demand management and ways to better use our existing infrastructure.

“Constantly looking to spend more is not an option in our foreseeable future and it is important that this discussion is had.

“Also next year, we look forward to the publication of the evidence base that the National Infrastructure Unit has been collating and the discussions across the infrastructure sector about what this means and how best to respond as a country to our future infrastructure needs. The 2011 National Infrastructure Plan highlighted the lack of a robust information base as a major constraint, and work has been underway to address this issue.”

Dr Carr noted the Board’s appreciation of the large number of infrastructure agencies and organisations involved in working with the National Infrastructure Unit in preparing the Report.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.

To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.

The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Bad Transnationals: Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

It won the 2011 Roger Award and was runner up in 2012, 2009 and 08. One 2013 nomination said simply and in its entirety: “Blackmailing country”... More>>

ALSO:

Select Committees: Tobacco Plain Packaging Hearings

The Stroke Foundation is today backing the Cancer Society and Smokefree Coalition who are making oral submissions to the Health Select Committee in support of proposed legislation to remove of all branding from tobacco products. More>>

ALSO:

Milk: Oravida Asked For Cabinet Help

New evidence released by New Zealand First today reveals Justice Minister Judith Collins used her position to manipulate the Government to help her husband’s company, Oravida, after the Fonterra botulism scare, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More>>

ALSO:

With Conditions: Ruataniwha Consents Approved In Draft Decision

The Tukituki Catchment Proposal Board of Inquiry has granted 17 resource consents relating to the $265 million Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme in a draft decision that would open more of the Hawke’s Bay to irrigation. More>>

ALSO:

Fast Lanes, Campervans: Labour 'Making The Holidays Easier For Kiwi Drivers'

The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Royalty And Its Tourism Spin-Offs

Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal Firm. Far more congenial representatives have now emerged... More>>

ALSO:

Privacy (Again): ACC Demands Excessive Privacy Waivers

Labour: “This is just another example of ACC under National deliberately acting to deny treatment and compensation... Those who did fill in the form have effectively been victims of yet another ACC privacy breach. This time Judith Collins knew it was happening..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news