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Have your say on infrastructure development

The National Infrastructure Unit (NIU) is holding a series of regional workshops to test-drive thinking behind the 2015 New Zealand Infrastructure Plan. A couple of regional workshops have already been held but upcoming ones include sessions on Friday April 17 (Wellington); Tues 21 (Whangarei); Weds 22 (Auckland); Thurs 23 (Palmerston North); Thurs 30 (Nelson); Fri May 1 (Christchurch) and Tues 5 (Dunedin).
The plan focuses on five key infrastructure sectors: energy, telecommunications, transport, water and social. It got a good work-out at the recent NZ Infrastructure Forum in Wellington where some 250 stakeholders from a wide range of groups met to mull over the key issues.
The NIU is now keen to make sure it takes on board specific regional viewpoints, issues and challenges.
All meetings are free. You just need to register. Review pre-forum papers here.
The NIU says the discussions at the forum identified the following four items as priorities:
• Leadership and decision-making, skills, information, long-term focus and the need
for infrastructure champions;
• Data and asset management, including the importance of national meta-data
• Regional collaboration and integration, both planning and funding; and
• Establishing a strong value proposition before investing, and the capability and tools for doing this.
“The overriding message from participants was that to take infrastructure to the next level, we need to think differently about governance arrangements,” says the NIU in a recent newsletter.
“This may be about clarifying roles and responsibilities or understanding how our systems and institutions operate and what are the incentives and behaviours they promote and reinforce.”

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