Building Nations 2018 – Lifting Vision, Creating Value
Building Nations is the premier event on New Zealand’s infrastructure calendar. The two-day Symposium provides the opportunity for public and private sectors to come together to progress thinking and advance best practice in national infrastructure development. At its heart, the conference is about discussing and agreeing what must be done to ensure New Zealand’s infrastructure is not just fit-for-purpose, but that our infrastructure supports sustained improvement in the quality of life for all New Zealanders, now and into the future.
Building Nations is the forum for Ministers and key public officials to announce major infrastructure policy directions, and sets Infrastructure NZ’s agenda for action for, and on behalf of, its members.
This year, the focus areas included: Housing, Technology, Transport Funding, Leveraging Rail, Energy, Enabling Growth, Water, Governance, Planning and Funding, Lifting Capacity and Regional Infrastructure Development.
Attended by over 550 industry and public sector leaders annually, Building Nations provides sponsors with an unparalleled opportunity for profile amongst the leaders of the country and the infrastructure industry.
For more information on Auckland and general travel information for international delegates please see the Visiting NZ page.
Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand
Hon Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance
Hon Phil Twyford, Minister for Housing and Urban Development and Transport
Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Maori Development and Local Government
Hon Shane Jones, Forestry, Infrastructure and Regional Economic Development Minister
Simon Bridges, MP for Tauranga and Leader of the Opposition
Katie Black, Head of Transport, Energy and Digital, National Infrastructure Commission London
Katie leads the Transport, Energy and Digital policy team at the
National Infrastructure Commission in the UK. She joined the Commission upon
its creation at the end of 2015, to work on the Commission’s initial report
into the energy sector, “Smart Power” and has also published a paper looking at
the relationship between technological change and infrastructure systems. Prior
to this she worked in various roles across the Department of Energy and Climate
Change and undertook a secondment to an electricity retailer.
Graham Stuart MP, Minister for Investment, UK Department for International Trade
Peter Reidy, Chief Executive Officer, KiwiRail
Xi Wu, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to New Zealand
Shane Ellsion, Chief Executive Officer, Auckland Transport
Shane Ellison has more than 20 years of global experience in senior leadership roles across the transport and infrastructure sectors in complex commercial, political and organisational environments. Since 2011, Mr Ellison has held senior executive roles in Transdev Australasia, including being the senior executive responsible for the delivery of Transdev’s operations across ferry, bus and light rail in New South Wales and Queensland. Shane Ellison has whakapapa linking him to the iwi of Ngai Tahu and Te Ati Awa.
Adrienne Young-Cooper, Chair, Housing New Zealand
Allan Garcia, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Tasmania
Jim Betts, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure NSW
Michel Masson, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Victoria
Ben Reid, Executive Director, AI Forum New Zealand
David Norman, Chief Economist, Auckland Council
Karen Lyons, Director Auckland, Strategy & Investment, Ministry of Transport
Dave Cull, President, Local Government New Zealand
Thought Leadership, Panel Speakers & Moderators
Anthony Simmons, Principal Transport Planner, Aurecon
Leonie Freeman, Managing Director, Crest Consultancy Ltd
New Zealand, GHD Advisory
ANZ Institutional New Zealand
Karl Nicholson, Head of Resources, Energy & Infrastructure and Project & Finance, Institutional Banking, ANZ
Bronwyn Carruthers, Partner - Environment, Planning & Natural Resources, Russell McVeagh
Kim Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern) Inc
Hayley Ellison, Technical Leader - Urban Development, Harrison Grierson
Raveen Jaduram, Chief Executive Officer, Watercare
Sarah Sinclair, Partner - Construction, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Andrew Body, Country Manager, Advisian New Zealand
Hamish Glenn, Policy Director, Infrastructure New Zealand
Margaret Devlin, Professional Director, Chair, Women in Infrastructure Network
Rob Ward, Managing Director Head of Advisory, Australian Structured Finance Office, MUFG Bank
Hon Steve Chadwick