Infrastructure has a significant impact on our economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing. Reports have consistently found that infrastructure constraints are a major impediment to New Zealand’s social, economic, and environmental development.
It is therefore critical that New Zealand addresses the national infrastructure deficit.
Four key challenges need to be addressed to provide for the essential national and regional infrastructure development needed across New Zealand:
- Strong leadership and effective governance across and within infrastructure sectors
- Provision of coordinated long-term and national infrastructure development strategies
- Reform of complex regulatory and environmental approval processes to recognise the importance of strategic infrastructure investment
- Appropriate use of public and private sector debt as a means to finance infrastructure investment opportunities.
This conference is essential for infrastructure professionals in Aotearoa as they address critical challenges faced by both the public and private sectors. We will consider lessons from the funding and financing of successful projects and discuss strategies to build and maintain high-performing infrastructure assets in a rapidly changing world characterised by digitisation, the energy transition, climate change and growing societal needs among other pressures.
Date: Mar 26, 2024
Time : 08:30 AM (NZDT)
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington - New Zealand
Topics that will be explored include:
- The importance of partnerships in infrastructure development and insights into how to successfully develop long-term agreements
- Challenges and opportunities of structural reform for local government and the tools that are available to local government to help them deliver better infrastructure
- The future of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in New Zealand and insights into how to improve the way that PPPs are delivered
- Alternative funding and financing tools and how to improve current tools and prepare for new tools
- Funding and financing climate resilient infrastructure and adaptation in the face of increasingly common natural disasters