Industry News

Infrastructure boost must contribute to productivity growth

NZ Manufacturer

BusinessNZ has welcomed the $12 billion infrastructure boost announced, and says it’s appropriate for road and rail transport to be the priorities. Chief Executive Kirk Hope said business would be keen to see the details of the projects. "We need to make sure the projects can be executed, and that decisions are worked through Infrastructure Commission to ensure investments are strategic and contribute to New Zealand’s growth in productivity.

KiwiRail welcomes investment in network

Simon Kilroy

KiwiRail welcomes the massive funding injection that will enable Auckland rail commuting to continue growing and take cars out of the city. KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller said: "These are exciting times for rail. Work starts immediately, and will be completed in about four years.

Contractors keen to get started on NZ Upgrade Programme - Civil Contractors

Civil Contractors NZ

New Zealand’s civil contractors welcome today’s coalition government announcement of a range of infrastructure projects funded under the New Zealand Upgrade Programme. Civil Contractors New Zealand Chief Executive Peter Silcock said the announcements showed the Government was looking at a wide range of projects, including roads, was a welcome one for the country’s road builders and civil construction companies.

Govt's $12b infrastructure spend: Rail, roads and DHBs the big winners

Radio New Zealand

The Prime Minister has revealed a huge half-a-billion-dollar spend-up on roads, to come out of the $12 billion Infrastructure Fund. Watch the presser here: Jacinda Ardern made the announcement in Auckland in lieu of the traditional State of the Nation speech.

Govt and construction industry 'to build big, lift productivity'

NZ Government

Delivering the workforce and productivity gains required to build the houses, schools, roads, rail and hospitals New Zealand needs will become easier with the Government-industry Construction Sector Transformation Plan launched today, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says.

Growing pains need careful management

Contractor Magazine

Wayne Scott, CEO of the Aggregate and Quarry Association says real reforms are required from this year’s review of the RMA, if only to provide aggregate to New Zealand’s rising and increasingly urban population. Sometime this year a child will be born, or a migrant arrive to take New Zealand to a new population high of 5m people; by 2025 we are forecast to hit 5.5m and by the middle of the century, there may be 7m of us.

Wellbeing now a key consideration in big govt spends

National Business Review

Wellbeing now a key consideration in big govt spends Government also wants collaboration on capital investments. Fri, 17 Jan 2020 Grant Robertson says there is a greater emphasis on delivering inter-generational benefits. Government departments and agencies have been issued new instructions on managing their investments and assets to ensure they include wellbeing objectives.

Long-term commitment to infrastructure investment needed

National Business Review

Brent Edwards Will next year’s election be fought on infrastructure investment? Last week, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced a $12 billion boost to infrastructure investment, with the government poised to take advantage of low interest rates to borrow more to spend on transport infrastructure, schools, hospitals and other capital investments.

Borrowing with intention better than hope

National Business Review

Borrowing with intention better than hope Business will welcome the focus on improving the transport system. By Nevil Gibson Fri, 13 Dec 2019 A little more than half of the the Coalition spend-up will go to road, rail and other improvements to the transport system