Rautaki Hanganga o Aotearoa is New Zealand’s infrastructure strategy. It sets a pathway to transform New Zealand’s infrastructure over the next 30 years.
The strategy is the result of extensive research, analysis and public, iwi and stakeholder engagement. It incorporates feedback from more than 20,000 New Zealanders through our Aotearoa 2050 survey. We have used this research and engagement to understand New Zealand’s infrastructure sectors and the challenges and opportunities they face. The strategy responds to these challenges and includes 68 recommendations for change.
Why does New Zealand need an infrastructure strategy?
New Zealand faces many infrastructure challenges. We must act now with urgency to address them. Long-term trends such as climate change will have significant impacts on many parts of our infrastructure system. Our population is increasing and changing, and this will affect the quantity and quality of the infrastructure we need. And construction costs have been increasing, placing pressure on infrastructure budgets.
Infrastructure is about choices. We have choices in how we address the infrastructure challenges, but these involve making trade-offs. It's not enough to simply keep doing what we’ve always done if we want to keep up with our expectations for life in New Zealand. While we’ll need to invest and build more, this will only be one part of the solution. We can also be smarter in how we plan, deliver and use our infrastructure.
Rautaki Hanganga o Aotearoa is an opportunity to overcome these challenges by taking a new approach to planning, delivering, maintaining, funding and financing infrastructure. There is a lot to be done and the changes require an all-of-government approach. This means working with local government, Māori and the private sector.
The Government will decide which recommendations are implemented, the priorities, and the lead agencies to implement them.
The conversation has just begun. This strategy is a living document that we will update every five years. Te Waihanga will continue to engage with New Zealanders on the strategy’s recommendations and how infrastructure can make New Zealand a better place for all.