The second National Infrastructure Plan(external link) was released on Monday 4 July 2011. The purpose of the Plan is to improve investment certainty for businesses by increasing confidence in current and future infrastructure provision.

The government's 20-year vision for New Zealand's infrastructure is:

By 2030, New Zealand's infrastructure is resilient, coordinated and contributes to economic growth and increased quality of life.

The National Infrastructure Plan outlines a 3-year programme of work to progress this vision.

Infrastructure is one of the six work streams of the Government’s Business Growth Agenda. Building Infrastructure(external link) was released on 1 November 2012 and brings together all of the initiatives the Government is undertaking to deliver the infrastructure networks demanded by a modern economy. 

A progress report on the National Infrastructure Plan was also released in November 2012: Infrastructure 2012: National State of Infrastructure Report: A Year on from the National Infrastructure Plan(external link)

Transport chapter

The Ministry of Transport, in partnership with the NZ Transport Agency, assisted the National Infrastructure Unit with developing the transport chapter in the Plan. The chapter assesses the current situation, current work programme and key issues for transport infrastructure.

Government's overall vision for transport

A transport sector that supports economic growth by achieving efficient and safe movement of freight and people.

Goals for our transport infrastructure

  • Maximising the potential synergies between regional planning and central government strategies.
  • A flexible and resilient transport system offering greater accessibility and can respond to changing patterns in demand.
  • A network of priority roads to improve journey time and reliability, and ease severe congestion, boosting the growth potential of key economic areas and improving transport efficiency, road safety and access to markets.
  • A continued reduction in the number of accidents, deaths and serious injuries that occur on the network.
  • A public transport system that is robust and effective and offers a range of user options to attract a greater percentage of long term users.
  • A rail system that enables the efficient movement of freight and complements other modes of passenger transport and freight movement.
  • Sea and air ports that are linked to the overall transport network and are able to respond to technological changes and changing international safety and security standards.

Strategic opportunities

The following strategic opportunities will help achieve the vision and goals for transport:

  • Ensuring a stable regulatory environment.
  • Supporting growth in Auckland.
  • Improving the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the transport network.

Further information

For further information, including a copy of the Plan, visit the Treasury’s National Infrastructure Unit website(external link).

More information on the Business Growth Agenda is available on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website(external link).