Working with central and local government, the private sector, iwi and other stakeholders, the Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga will develop a 30-year infrastructure strategy to replace the government’s current 30 year plan(external link).
In doing so it will need to build consensus on a long-term vision for infrastructure, and the outcomes that New Zealand wants to achieve. The first plan will be reported to government by the end of 2021 and thereafter at least every 5 years . The strategy will cover the ability of existing infrastructure to meet community expectations; current and future infrastructure needs and priorities; as well as any barriers which could impede the delivery of infrastructure or services arising from it.
The Commission will take into account long-term trends that will affect what infrastructure is needed – trends such as climate change, new technologies and demographic change. So the focus will be on broad strategy and priorities for infrastructure, not on individual projects. The strategy will look to ensure incentives achieve the right outcomes.
While the government's ten-year capital intentions plan(external link) provides a macro-level view of all known investment intentions across central and local government and the private sector, it lacks certainty on specific projects and includes many projects that may not proceed. By highlighting the credible, committed projects expected over a five year horizon, the pipeline will help align those projects to New Zealand’s longer-term infrastructure direction, contained in the strategy.