Local Government New Zealand welcomes plans to form The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, and supports
its aim to deliver long term strategy and coordination of infrastructure planning.
“Unprecedented population growth and the need to adapt for climate change and a low emissions economy means that New
Zealand is behind the eight ball in terms of infrastructure investment,” says LGNZ President Dave Cull.
“We welcome the focus of Te Waihanga as an independent, impartial provider of long-term infrastructure planning for New
Zealand. Having a central agency to act as a ‘shop front’ that the private sector can interact with, and having an
ability to buy goods and services in bulk will be of massive benefit to regional development projects.”
“By providing a long-view on infrastructure planning, we hope that the commission can fill information and planning gaps
around what infrastructure is needed, by when, and how it can be delivered. In doing this, the commission will give
certainty to our labour force and businesses, and help deliver quality, efficient infrastructure that improves the
wellbeing and living standards of all New Zealanders.”