Infracom released its latest quarterly pipeline data update on 18 March 2020, before New Zealand’s COVID-19 lockdown. Below is the analysis from this date. Projects are being revised due to the pandemic and are working with organisations to ensure the information on our pipeline is up-to-date. We are also continuing to onboard new organisations. Once all revisions are made we will refresh the analysis.
The latest updates are summarised in the table below:
|Organisation||Number of Projects||Estimated Value||Last Updated|
|Opotiki District Council||1||$99 million||16 September 2020|
|Dunedin City Council||17||$163 million||1 September 2020|
|Christchurch City Council||1||$473 million||20 August 2020|
|Waimea Water Limited||1||$100-250 million||11 August 2020|
|Ministry of Education||142||$1.86 billion||7 August 2020|
|Department of Corrections||16||$1.36 billion||7 August 2020|
|Ministry of Health||41||$2.94 billion||27 July 2020|
|Queenstown Lakes District Council||34||$221 million||27 July 2020|
|New Zealand Transport Agency||112||$11.7 billion||2 July 2020|
|Ministry for Primary Industries||1||$100-250 million||2 July 2020|
|Transpower||19||$1.99 billion||2 July 2020|
|City Rail Link Limited||1||$4.4 billion||26 June 2020|
|Otakaro Ltd||2||$669 million||26 June 2020|
|Wellington Water||7||$268 million||17 March 2020|
|Antarctica New Zealand||1||$100-250 million||17 March 2020|
|New Zealand Defence Force||70||$1.4 billion||17 March 2020|
|Wellington International Airport Limited||3||$725 million||17 March 2020|
|Ports of Auckland Limited||8||$252 million||17 March 2020|
|Hamilton City Council||26||$687 million||17 March 2020|
|Palmerston North City Council||98||$586 million||17 March 2020|
|KiwiRail||18||$4.4 billion||17 March 2020|
|Watercare||119||$5.56 billion||17 March 2020|
|Manawatu District Council||14||$252 million||12 November 2019|
|University of Otago||23||$881 million||12 November 2019|
Insights from previous quarter
As at 18 March, the pipeline contained data from 19 organisations, which have identified 2,290 projects between them. Together, these have an estimated value of $33.2 billion – significantly higher than last quarter’s combined estimated value of $21.1 billion. This is largely due to the New Zealand Upgrade Programme(external link) projects. Three high growth councils are also now included, with several projects in the Auckland region.
New Zealand Upgrade Programme
In December 2019 the Government announced a $12 billion programme of investment as part of the Half Yearly Fiscal Update. It outlined the first package of projects totaling $7.3 billion, in January 2020. Twenty-four of the projects from the announcement have been included in this update. These projects add up to $6.9 billion and include:
- all twelve roading projects
- all four rail projects
- one walking/cycling project
- seven health projects.
Note: The $400 million school maintenance programme and smaller health projects announced recently are not included.
High growth councils contributing
High growth councils Auckland Council, Hamilton City Council and Queenstown Lakes District Council (Three Waters programme only) are new additions to pipeline. Ports of Auckland and Wellington Airport (our first private sector contributor) have also begun providing their data.
A few big projects
Large projects make up a significant proportion of the estimated value of the pipeline. In this iteration 0.5 percent of projects are valued at over $500 million, representing around a third of the estimated pipeline value.
Transport remains the largest sector
Transport is the largest sector represented, comprising around half the estimated value of the pipeline. Water and health are next. This can partly be attributed to the data available at the time of publication.
Twenty-three new Ministry of Education projects have been added to the pipeline. KiwiRail has expanded its original listing of two projects to eight — the Auckland Metro Rail Network Programme (now five projects) and the Rolling Stock Procurement Project (now three projects). Stages 6 and 7 of the Wellington Metro Rail Network Programme were also added to the pipeline for this third iteration. Below is a summary of organisations contributing to the pipeline.
|Organisation||Number of projects||Estimated value|
|Antarctica NZ||1||$100 – $250 million|
|Auckland Council||1,644||$1.64 billion|
|Department of Corrections||11||$1.39 billion|
|Hamilton City Council||26||$687 million|
|Manawatu District Council||14||$252 million|
|Ministry of Education||118||$1.22 billion|
|Ministry of Health||23||$2.69 billion|
|Ministry for Primary Industries||1||$100 - $250 million|
|New Zealand Defence Force||65||$1.18 billion|
|New Zealand Transport Agency||67||$9.80 billion|
|Palmerston North City Council||98||$586 million|
|Ports of Auckland Limited||8||$252 million|
|Queenstown Lakes District Council||35||$225 million|
|Wellington International Airport Limited||3||$725 million|
|Wellington Water||7||$268 million|
|University of Otago||23||$881 million|
Note: The estimate provided for the City Centre to Mangere Light Rail is the initial funding allocation of $1.8 billion as stated in ATAP, and therefore does not include the full estimated cost of the project. It is currently listed as an NZTA project while the Ministry of Transport runs a process to develop the NZTA and an alternative NZ Infra delivery option for Auckland’s rapid transit project. In the event that an alternative delivery partner is selected, we will update the pipeline to reflect the outcome. For more information see https://www.transport.govt.nz/land/auckland/atap/next-steps-on-auckland-light-rail/(external link)