Strategy development

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 Te Waihanga is an autonomous crown entity, providing independent advice.  

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission / Te Waihanga Act 2019 requires the Commission 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 two reference groups to guide us in our work: 

  • 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 

Te Waihanga 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 

Te Waihanga 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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