Strategy development

Infracom is developing a draft 30-year infrastructure strategy, which will be tabled in Parliament in late 2021. This strategy will provide decision makers with a basis for bold reform and policy change, informed by independent, evidence-based analysis.  

The strategy will: 

  • assess the overall fitness for purpose of New Zealand’s infrastructure system
  • determine how well the current system is working 
  • identify priorities 
  • identify barriers to good outcomes 
  • identify the root cause of systemic issues 
  • determine how best to meet future community expectations 
  • use foresight planning to consider a range of future possibilities. 

How we will engage  collaboration, co-design, consensus 

For the first time, New Zealanders get to have a say about the infrastructure they want in the future and the sort of life they wish to lead. This strategy will be different from previous ones because Infracom is an autonomous crown entity, providing independent advice.  

The Te Waihanga Act requires Infracom to develop a strategy that has “broad agreement” or consensus. This will be vital to its success. It will be far harder for any Infrastructure Minister to reject a strategy which has been co-designed in a collaborative fashion. We encourage all New Zealanders to engage with us throughout the development of the strategy.  

Reference groups 

We’re establishing five reference groups to guide us in our work: 

  • Visionaries – providing expert analysis and recommendations to ensure the 30-year strategy is robust in considering economic, social and environmental outcomes. Will comprise subject matter experts in areas the strategy must consider, e.g. changing climate, environment, technology, population and demographics. 
  • Systems Reviewers – strategic evaluators, providing preliminary feedback on materials before being circulated for wider stakeholder consideration. Will include individuals with strong commercial expertise who can demonstrate independence from any single sector. Individuals will have an overview of infrastructure systems and settings and independent economic and policy thinking.  
  • Critical Friends – strategic evaluators that will support Infracom through the strategy development process by sharing relevant sectoral and member views. Will include key influencers and industry leaders with an interest in infrastructure.  
  • Māori – a partnership approachproviding support in evaluating our ‘evidence’ with a te ao Māori lens and providing a deeper understanding of Māori views and experiences with infrastructure. We are working with Te Arawhiti, the Crown/Māori relations office to determine the ideal form for Māori engagement.  
  • Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) – providing insights on infrastructure systems and settings at a regional, spatial and catchment level. This group will also provide checks, balance and support as the strategy is developed. 

The development process 

The development process involves building an evidence base and testing it. After identifying gaps and themes, we will develop strategic recommendations and test them. This will occur against a background of future horizon scanning, using a foresight programme to identify a range of possible futures.   

How you can engage with us 

Infracom invites participation from a broad range of stakeholders. We’ll continue to check back throughout the development of the strategy to ensure we’ve understood your points of view. All feedback is valuable. 

Opportunities will include: 

  • surveys 
  • focus groups 
  • workshops with key themes by sector and system 
  • submissions. 

We will share results from surveys, submissions and workshop deliberations throughout the process.  

Learn more and stay in touch 

Infracom outlined its planned strategy development in June 2020 as part of a post-COVID Vision Week NZ webinar(external link) and presentation [PDF, 5.9 MB]We also explained how we will scope future possibilities and options in a second webinar(external link) and presentation [PDF, 2.4 MB]  

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