Election asks: Infrastructure
We asked political parties about making sure the basic systems and services that our country needs are strong and suitable.
These are the questions we sent. When we get responses from the parties, we’ll add them to this page.
Significantly increase funding for state house building to ensure everyone on the public housing register has access to housing that’s accessible, safe, and healthy?
Continue with the water services reforms currently under way
Invest in improving passenger rail and bus networks?
How will you…
Address New Zealand’s infrastructure deficit and invest in the infrastructure we’ll need in a changing climate?
The results are in
Here's what the parties have to say
|Will you significantly increase funding for state house building to ensure everyone on the public housing register has access to housing that’s accessible, safe, and healthy?||Yes||
Labour is yet to release its Election Manifesto but, we have already increased social housing stock by more than 13,000, while the previous government decreased stock by more than 1,500.
We will continue to build on our successful social housing programme.
National will fix New Zealand’s housing crisis by unlocking land for housing inside and around our cities, building infrastructure, and making sure communities share in the benefits of growth.
A National Government will build more houses by requiring councils to zone for growth, give councils new tools to build infrastructure, and reward communities that go for growth.
National’s Going for Housing Growth plan will include housing performance incentives for councils, specifically, a $1 billion fund for Build-for-Growth incentive payments for councils that deliver more new housing – funded by stopping existing programmes like KiwiBuild.
National will supercharge social housing by backing community housing providers.
|Will you continue with water services reforms currently underway||Yes||Yes||No|
|Invest in improving passenger rail and bus networks?||Yes||Ys||
The National Party has announced that we are committed to delivering better public transport infrastructure for New Zealanders.
National will deliver a world-class rapid transit network in Auckland, including the Eastern Busway and the Airport to Botany Busway, and will make crucial upgrades to the lower North Island rail network, including infrastructure upgrades and additional four-car tri-mode units.
Effective public transport provides commuters with more choice, helping to reduce congestion and travel times.
|How will you address New Zealand’s infrastructure deficit and invest in the infrastructure we’ll need in a changing climate?||
Our climate plan will create thousands of well-paid, meaningful jobs, and provide training opportunities and decent, secure work. We will build resilient infrastructure for drinking water, energy, and food, so that communities have everything they need to support each other when extreme weather comes.
Invest in regional development with a focus on sustainable building, regenerative agriculture and horticulture, improving low-carbon infrastructure, and iwi and hapū-led economic activity
Ensure the National Planning Framework and spatial planning provides for walkable cities with urban green space, active transport corridors, mixed-use development, watersensitive design, and green infrastructure
In addition to our $71 billion infrastructure plan over the next five years, we’ve allocated $6 billion for strategic investments as part of a National Resilience Plan. This investment will initially focus on building back better from the recent weather events.
It will also include future proofing road, rail, and local infrastructure wiped out by the extreme weather, as well as telecommunications and electricity transmission infrastructure. We also recently published the Infrastructure Action plan and
The National Adaptation Plan which, among other areas, will outline our focus on ensuring that our infrastructure rebuild and new build is resilient in the face of climate change, natural disasters, and increasing extreme weather events.
National will address New Zealand’s infrastructure deficit through:
1. Creating a new National Infrastructure Agency to coordinate public sector investment and partner with the private sector, such as KiwiSaver funds and offshore savings vehicles
2. Using new tools like tolls and value capture to make sure public investment that creates value is leveraged to boost overall investment
3. Partnering with cities and regions through City and Regional Deals
4. Establishing a fast track infrastructure consenting process to reduce costs
5. Developing a 30 year national infrastructure plan.