commitment to reforming planning and transport investment is welcome and, if
supported by effective and timely delivery, could be transformational for New
Zealand,” says Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Paul Blair.
National Party leader Judith Collins today announced a $17 billion transport
investment programme for the Upper North Island and signalled a future
allocation of $14 billion across the rest of New Zealand.
$31 billion transport programme, covering both strategic roading and public
transport, would be principally enabled by a $7 billion allocation from the $20
billion COVID response fund and the long awaited allowance of NZTA borrowing
against National Land Transport Fund revenues.
only would this borrowing lift NZTA’s spending capability, it would also mean
that future generations pay fairly for the benefits they get from today’s
have signalled that the new investment-led approach to growth management will
be supported by the repeal of the Resource Management Act.
replacement of the RMA with separate environmental protection and strategic
planning Acts is necessary to pivot New Zealand away from decades of
effects-based planning which has failed to support growth and productivity.
commitment by National to repeal and replace the RMA dovetails with the ongoing
review by the Randerson Panel.
resource management system reform which aligns planning and investment across
central and local government is needed to achieve the kind of economic, social,
cultural and environmental outcomes everyone wants.
will be the key.
reform and transformational investment has been talked about for many years,
but successive Governments have been challenged to overcome barriers within
each three-year cycle.
next Government will need to rapidly move to reform key statutes like the RMA,
Local Government Act and Land Transport Management Act, without losing momentum
on projects needed to implement Government direction.
comprehensive project pipeline is a critical first deliverable for the next
Government to ensure industry is ready and capable to meet future work demands.
announcements today are encouraging and we look forward to a healthy debate
between all parties on the best way to fix the way we plan, fund and deliver
infrastructure for a more successful New Zealand,” says Blair.
For further information and
comment contact Paul Blair on 021 902 436