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Equipping local authorities to deliver infrastructure and drive urban growth

July 08, 2019


Partners Jonathan Salter, Josh Cairns, Matt Conway, Bill Loutit, Padraig McNamara, Michael Weatherall
Special Advisors David Cochrane, Lisa Curran
Senior Associates Kate Stubbing, Katherine Viskovic

Urban development Local government Government reform and public policy Infrastructure (inc funding)

It’s no secret that many local authorities across New Zealand are facing critical issues around the funding and financing, and delivery and management of essential infrastructure.

Added pressures, including unprecedented population growth and climate change impacts, are only compounding these issues and the urgency required in addressing them.

Our 2018 report ‘Unlocking the local authority infrastructure funding puzzle’ identified the key pathways to funding and financing local government infrastructure projects - much of which has been echoed by the Productivity Commission’s recent draft report.

In our latest report ‘Urban Growth - Time to deliver’ we analyse the key initiatives inthe works to move urban development forward, and review some of the practical pathways and options for infrastructure planning and project procurement. Topics covered include:

  • the government’s new funding and financing solutions
  • the likely and potential functions, powers and impact of Kāinga Ora 
  • current and future tools to assist local authorities
  • three waters reform, options for consolidation and centralisation, and compliance with the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management
  • collaborative project procurement - key aspects and benefits of ‘framework contracting’.

The report was launched at the 2019 LGNZ Conference in Wellington.