Infrastructure is a key driver of living standards and the economy in New Zealand.
The Treasury is working towards higher living standards for all New Zealanders, by which we mean more than just GDP or income. Higher living standards include a broad range of material and non-material factors which impact on well-being, such as trust, education, health and environmental quality.
This diagram summarises what we think are the important factors that we need to consider for achieving our goal of higher living standards, and more information can be found on the Treasury website.
The National Infrastructure Unit (NIU)’s work supports higher living standards for all, as well as delivering the goals of the National Infrastructure Plan (NIP). NIU takes an overview of national infrastructure priorities within the infrastructure portfolio, providing cross-government co-ordination, planning and expertise. The primary focus is on the performance of the stock of physical assets that underpin the functioning of the economy, specifically network and utility systems such as transport, water, communications and energy as well as the quality of investment in, and long-run management of, key infrastructure (including areas of large capital expenditure) such as schools, hospitals and prisons.
The NIU works collaboratively with central government departments and agencies, local government and the private sector. Key sector partners within the public sector are listed below:
Relevant agencies in this regard include:
|Area||Ministerial/Departmental Policy Lead||Implementation Agency|
|Transport||Ministry of Transport|
|Rail||Ministry of Transport,
|Telcommunications||Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment|
|Energy||Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment|
|Water||Ministry for the Environment,
Ministry of Health,
Department of Internal Affairs
|Corrections||Department of Corrections|
|Schools||Ministry of Education|
|Health||Ministry of Health|
|Tertiary Education||Ministry of Education|
|Housing||Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment|
|Defence||Ministry of Defence|