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  • 27 Oct 2021 1:19 PM | Anonymous

    MEDIA RELEASE

    Infrastructure New Zealand supports the Government’s decision to progress the Three Waters Reform Programme given the status quo isn’t working and cannot continue.

    Infrastructure New Zealand General Manager Claire Edmondson says, “The case for change is too strong to ignore, and it is disappointing the Government has had to mandate these reforms.”

    Ms Edmondson states standalone entities owned by local government would result in better outcomes for New Zealand and New Zealanders.

    She adds the Government has committed to include safeguards ensuring that communities will be the ultimate guardians of public ownership with any future proposal for privatisation requiring 75 percent of votes in favour in a public referendum.

    “Over 20% of water supplies didn’t achieve full compliance with drinking water standards in the 2019-20 year, and over 34,000 New Zealanders are estimated to get sick from consuming substandard drinking water annually.

    “There’s a massive existing Three Waters infrastructure deficit running into billions of dollars which shows the current system is failing New Zealanders.”

    Ms Edmondson says Infrastructure New Zealand looks forward to the introduction of the Water Services Entities Bill to Parliament this December.

    “The devil will be in the detail and Infrastructure New Zealand will be particularly interested in the entity design, especially the governance and accountability arrangements.”

    Ms Edmondson says the select committee process will enable New Zealanders to voice their opinion on what they think of the four entities proposal and what changes need to be made.

    “The proposed reforms anticipate reducing the burden on households which is always a good outcome, with the average cost being within a range of between $800 and $1640 depending on location, as compared to being between $1900 and $9000 over the next 30 years without reform,” says Ms Edmondson.

    As New Zealand’s peak industry body for the infrastructure sector, Infrastructure New Zealand looks forward to partnering with the Government, local government, iwi and water experts to work through the next stages of the reform programme.

    “New Zealand simply cannot run the risk of having events like the 2016 Havelock North water contamination event which made 5500 ill and hospitalised 45, with at least three New Zealanders likely losing their lives,” says Ms Edmondson.

    Media contact
    For media queries, please contact Claire Edmondson at claire.edmondson@infrastructure.org.nz or on 021 272 7879.

  • 13 Oct 2021 8:56 AM | Anonymous

    MEDIA RELEASE

    There is plenty in the Draft New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy for the infrastructure sector to like, Infrastructure New Zealand General Manager Claire Edmondson says.

    The 243-page draft strategy containing 67 recommendations to Government, local government and the infrastructure sector was released today by the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission | Te Waihanga.

    “We need a strategy, and it’s good to have a 30-year plan out there. It sets out a vision, but also highlights challenges showing we need to improve our system for planning and building infrastructure, and also make better use of what we already have. This is a really good start,” Ms Edmondson says.

    “Most of the 67 recommendations address known issues, and work on some is already underway, including resource management reform, emissions reduction and a national digital strategy.

    “It won’t come as a surprise to anyone that we need to ensure the resource management system doesn’t unnecessarily increase project costs, efficiency and smarter ways of getting things done.

    “We’ve been asking for reforms to the Resource Management Act and the recommendation to ensure that the Natural and Built Environments Act ‘gives effect’ to existing requirements for the Crown to deliver infrastructure is an added extra.

    “The sector will be particularly thrilled at the recommendation of an independent Infrastructure Priority List to build consensus around key projects and initiatives that address significant long-term problems. This will enable the sector to ensure it has the appropriate resources and supply chain to compete for and deliver this work,” Ms Edmondson says.

    “The sector will also be pleased with the recommendation for a national infrastructure skills plan to ensure we have the right people with the right skills to develop our infrastructure in the medium to long-term.

    “These are the sorts of things that provide the certainty needed for the sector to get on with the job of making New Zealand a better place for us all. We just need the Government to take them on board and implement them in a timely way,” Ms Edmondson says.

    Infrastructure New Zealand has been working with the Commission and held a series of workshops around the country earlier this year allowing members to provide direct input to the draft strategy.

    The Commission is working towards tabling a final strategy in Parliament in early 2022.

    Media contact
    Claire Edmondson at claire.edmondson@infrastructure.org.nz or on 021 272 7879.

  • 08 Oct 2021 1:47 PM | Anonymous

    MEDIA RELEASE

    Infrastructure New Zealand welcomes the release of the interim report on the Future for Local Government Review, saying it makes a strong case for much needed change.

    “The report confirms that all is not well in New Zealand’s local government system and that change is needed for local government to remain relevant and serve its communities well,” General Manager Claire Edmondson says.

    “Infrastructure New Zealand’s input was sought, and we are pleased to see our feedback reflected in the interim report,” she says.

    The report has identified several well-known issues, including funding and financing constraints, governance matters and scope creep from central government requirements that add to councils’ financial pressure.

    The review process is likely to result in recommendations for some structure change, bringing implications for Three Waters reform and changes to the Resource Management Act.

    “These three elements are all once in a generation opportunities. In our view, the Government is rushing the Three Waters and Resource Management System reforms and needs to slow down.

    “We need to ensure we get local government’s roles, functions and structure right so it can respond to changing community expectations and be fit for future challenges.”

    Issues raised by the interim report will be further explored at Infrastructure New Zealand’s Building Nations 2021, being held virtually from 16-19 November.

    Media contact
    For media queries, please contact Claire Edmondson at claire.edmondson@infrastructure.org.nz or on 021 272 7879.

  • 07 Oct 2021 2:25 PM | Anonymous

    MEDIA RELEASE

    Infrastructure New Zealand welcomes the release of the New Zealand Digital Strategy discussion document, but is concerned it is missing key elements.

    Infrastructure New Zealand General Manager Claire Edmondson says a national digital strategy is long overdue. The last was the 2005 Digital Strategy, updated in 2008 to Digital Strategy 2.0.

    “Technology, and the way we use it, has advanced rapidly and will continue to. The discussion document is a start, but there is a lot that seems to be missing.

    “The discussion document has a heavy focus on connectivity and how we use it, and inclusion. That’s good, but a national digital strategy needs to recognise that digital technology is a means to an end, not an end in itself – it needs to drive economic growth and development and leverage every opportunity.

    “Digital technology is already playing a significant role in infrastructure solutions. It is vital the strategy details how New Zealand can harness digital technology opportunities, including how digital infrastructure can help address New Zealand’s infrastructure deficit and contribute to environmental outcomes.

    We’ll be making a submission to ensure it covers all the bases and remains fit-for-purpose into the future. We’ll be keen to see an implementation plan and monitoring framework to ensure the strategy is meaningful and outcomes based, as opposed to yet another plan that isn’t realistic.”

    “We’re keen to agree a partnership approach with the Government for the adoption and implementation of a national digital strategy, and to that end, hosted discussions with Hon Dr David Clark earlier this year.

    “Now more than ever, how New Zealand finds its way in the digital world is vital to our future success. With the rise of working from home and the contribution digital technologies can make to mitigating the impact of climate change, there are significant consequences if we get this wrong”.

    About Infrastructure New Zealand
    Infrastructure New Zealand is New Zealand’s peak industry body for the infrastructure sector. We promote best practice in national infrastructure development through research, advocacy and public and private sector collaboration. Our members come from diverse sectors across New Zealand and include infrastructure service providers, investors and operators.

    Media contact
    For media queries, please contact Claire Edmondson at claire.edmondson@infrastructure.org.nz or on 021 272 7879

  • 07 Sep 2021 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    Kia ora koutou,

    Further to my email this afternoon, here is more information on the Government's announcement today on the manufacturing of building products during Alert Level 4 from the Construction Sector Accord.

    Nga mihi

    Claire Edmondson
    General Manager

    Today the Government announced some building product manufacturing will be able to take place in Auckland during Alert Level 4, to support continued residential construction activity across New Zealand.

    As a result of these decisions, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) will be facilitating a process to enable Auckland-based building product manufacturers to submit their expressions of interest to Ministers to continue operation under Alert Level 4.

    Ministers will be expecting a high degree of evidence to support these submissions. This may include evidence of how the building products are a critical component of residential construction, evidence of there being limited building product supply in New Zealand, and evidence of health and safety measures in place to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

    The work will need to be undertaken with the minimum number of staff safely required and under Alert Level 4 rules.

    MBIE will provide more information on the process tomorrow.

    He waka eke noa,

    The Construction Sector Accord Team

    Gordon Harcourt | STRATEGIC CHANGE AND COMMUNICATIONS LEAD
    Accord Transformation Unit, Construction Sector Accord www.constructionaccord.nz | Building, Resources and Markets group
    Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment | Gordon.harcourt@mbie.govt.nz| Telephone: +64 (0) 21 244 1522 | 167B Victoria Street West, Auckland 1010

  • 07 Sep 2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Due to supply chain issues that arise from Alert Level 4 as building products that are manufactured domestically are mostly manufactured in Auckland, the Government has agreed to allow some building product manufacturing to take place in Auckland during Covid-19 lockdown to support continued residential construction activity across New Zealand. 

    Changes to the Covid-19 Health Order will allow for plasterboard, gypsum plaster and coated roofing steel. This work must be undertaken with the minimum number of staff safely required and must be conducted in accordance with Alert Level 4 rules. 

    The change to the Health Order to enable this to happen will be made over the next 48 hours. MBIE will manage the process of companies who are eligible to undertake this work.

    Infrastructure New Zealand is here to provide members with help and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or the team. 

    Ngā mihi

    Claire Edmondson
    General Manager


  • 06 Sep 2021 4:59 PM | Anonymous

    The Prime Minister has announced today that all of New Zealand - except for Auckland - will move to alert level 2 at 11.59pm on Tuesday 7 September. The use of face masks will also be mandatory inside most public venues, including shops, malls and public spaces. 

    Cabinet would further review those levels on Monday 13 September, along with Auckland's level 4 settings.

    Infrastructure New Zealand is here to provide members with help and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or the team.

    Ngā mihi
    Claire Edmondson
    General Manager

  • 01 Sep 2021 4:53 PM | Anonymous

    Further to our Building Nations 2021 announcement yesterday about the move to a virtual event, we are now able to update you on what this means for your complimentary tickets.

    Complimentary Member Tickets

    All Infrastructure New Zealand members will automatically receive TWO tickets to the virtual event for each complimentary ticket allocation.

    We are continuing to work through the registrations received to-date to convert in-person tickets to virtual ones. You can still use the same code that was previously issued to register additional delegates via the Building Nations website.

    If you have purchased any additional tickets, a member of our team will contact you to discuss the options available to you. We appreciate your patience as we work through this process.

    If you have any registration questions, please contact our Event Coordinator, Paige Hallam at office@infrastructure.org.nz

    Date and Format Change

    The change in format comes with a change of date to 16-19 November. 

    The virtual event will include two sessions per day: from 8am - 11am and 1pm - 4pm, over the four days. Sessions will be able to be viewed either live or on-demand.

    We continue to work with our sponsors and speakers to deliver an engaging and relevant programme, ensuring the importance of effective and efficient delivery of infrastructure to New Zealand remains at the forefront of our activities.

    We look forward to sharing that programme with you shortly, once the last few details are confirmed.

    If you have any Building Nations questions, please feel free to contact me at claire.edmondson@infrastructure.org.nz or by phone on 021 272 7879.

    Ngā mihi

    Claire Edmondson
    General Manager


  • 31 Aug 2021 4:52 PM | Anonymous

    Infrastructure New Zealand is working hard on November’s much anticipated Building Nations 2021 symposium, with more than 700 delegates expected to attend.

    When planning events of this scale, it is important the event is not only enjoyable, offers an engaging and relevant programme to the wide range of delegates attending, but that it is also held safely.

    In light of the Government’s announcement that Auckland will remain at Alert Level 4 for at least another two weeks with a review on Monday 13 September, the Infrastructure New Zealand Board has decided to host this year’s symposium as a virtual event.

    In making this decision, the Board is keen to provide certainty to our members as we all plan for the remainder of 2021.   

    The Board is also keen to adapt as the Covid pandemic continues. We believe a symposium delivered virtually will be just as engaging and insightful. 

    There is no doubt it will be different to previous years but if Covid has taught us anything, it is our ability to adapt to changing conditions.

    The outcome will of course be the same, which is to ensure that the importance of effective and efficient delivery of infrastructure to NZ will remain front and centre to all our stakeholders.

    We continue to work with our sponsors and speakers to deliver an exciting and relevant programme.

    We look forward to sharing that programme with you in the next few weeks, once the last few details are confirmed.

    If you have any questions, please contact General Manager, Claire Edmondson at claire.edmondson@infrastructure.org.nz or by phone on 021 272 7879.

    Ngā mihi

    Margaret Devlin, Chair and Claire Edmondson, General Manager


  • 23 Aug 2021 4:51 PM | Anonymous

    As announced by the Prime Minister, New Zealand is continuing its Level 4 lockdown until this Friday, with Auckland continuing until 11.59pm on 31 August

    Government assistance is available. Some of the more prominent schemes for our members would be the Resurgence Support Payment and the Wage Subsidy Scheme. Also available is the Leave Support Scheme, the Short Term Absence Payment and childcare support for essential workers.

    Infrastructure New Zealand is here to provide members with help and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at claire.edmondson@infrastructure.org.nz or 021 272 7879.

    Ngā mihi

    Claire Edmondson
    General Manager


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