About the pipeline

Why develop a pipeline?

The Construction Sector Accord, made up of 13 sector leaders across industry and government, identified the following key challenges for the construction sector:

  • skills and labour shortages  
  • poor risk management  
  • unclear regulations  
  • lack of a visible, coordinated pipeline of work. 

Te Waihanga’s pipeline seeks to address the last of these issues, as outlined in the Construction Sector Accord Transformation Plan(external link).

Te Waihanga’s pipeline seeks to: 

  • act as a ‘shop front’: developing a single, trusted source of information for the construction industry, detailing credible investments over the medium term 
  • enable industry to plan aheadremoving speculation and providing secure forecasts, attracting new entrants, driving increased competition and innovation 
  • enhance coordination: enabling better planning of investment in New Zealand – smoothing the market, enhancing use of resources, capability and capacity. 

We acknowledge that COVID-19 is having a significant impact on forward works plans and encourage all organisations submitting to our pipeline to advise us of any changes in project information once confirmed. We are publishing all updates as soon as we receive them, rather than waiting for our normal quarterly cycle of publication. This helps us maintain this tool’s integrity as a single trusted source of project information.

Criteria for inclusion 

Te Waihanga welcomes all information about infrastructure projects being planned. Contributors are responsible for determining what is disclosed, the accuracy of the information provided and its fitness for purpose and publication. Please contact us to discuss including your organisation’s projects.  

Reliability of data 

The infrastructure sector is varied, with differences in naming conventions, and project phasing, levels of approval and stages of completion. Infracom will help consolidate the available information. The data in the pipeline will be updated quarterly and dynamically as significant projects are announced. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, the following caveats should be noted.   

  • Only those projects that have a level of certainty around timing have been included. Some known or anticipated projects will be included in future iterations when organisations confirm their intentions. 
  • Information on project phasing, where provided, has been included to the nearest quarter. 
  • The pipeline does not represent any ICT-related infrastructure activity. 

Project data remains the responsibility of the contributing agency and Te Waihanga doesn’t represent specific projects. 

Commitment to projects 

While a level of certainty is signalled by being on the pipeline, final approvals may be needed by Cabinet, Ministers, or at board and executive level, before a project comes to market.  This will depend on project risk and value. The current phase of each project is noted in the project detail.  

Comparison with other pipelines

Various infrastructure pipelines already exist in New Zealand. However, these are specific to an agency, for example Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency(external link). The Australia New Zealand Infrastructure Pipeline(external link) is supported by Te Waihanga and will benefit from the information we gather for the New Zealand Infrastructure Pipeline.

A comparison between the Infrastructure Pipeline produced by Te Waihanga and other pipelines is outlined in the table below:

  Jurisdiction Frequency Pipeline Threshold Investment Types Presentation Strengths

Te Waihanga


New Zealand Quarterly* No Threshold Infrastructure Investment Filterable view with Pipeline Gantt Chart Downloadable open format data
ANZIP New Zealand and Australia Dynamic $100 million Major Infrastructure Investment Interactive and Filterable High level Geo Tagged project data
Infrastructure NSW New South Wales, Australia Annually $50 million Major Infrastructure Investment Static PDF Report and Interactive Table Detailed project overviews
Infrastructure Victoria Victoria, Australia Infrequently $5 million Major Infrastructure Investment Static PDF Report Detailed project overviews aligned to draft infrastructure plan
Building Queensland Queensland, Australia Dynamic $50 million Major Infrastructure Investment Interactive and Filterable Informative analysis accompanied by Geo Tagged project data
MBIE, National Construction Pipeline New Zealand Annually No Threshold Horizontal and Vertical Construction Static PDF Report Informative detailed report on outlook for construction sector
Infometrics Infrastructure Pipeline New Zealand Dynamic No Threshold Infrastructure Investment Interactive and Filterable Detailed project overviews and analysis broken down regionally
NZTA Project Pipeline New Zealand Ad Hoc No Threshold Transport Interactive and Filterable High level project information aligned to Agency procurement pipeline
Global Infrastructure Pipeline Global Dynamic $250 million Major Infrastructure Investment Filterable Dashboard with Searchable against jurisdiction with high level project information and downloadable data