The Government is to create a new infrastructure agency to oversee its investment and long-term planning in infrastructure.
A panel at a big infrastructure conference in Auckland has blasted authorities for being all talk and no action over desperately-needed housing and transport fixes
Phil Twyford says he will draw up what he calls an action plan with the beleaguered construction industry to address its deep-rooted problems, Thomas Coughlan reports.
New Zealand risks falling further behind in its infrastructure development unless it can adopt new tools for funding development and better prioritise the work needed, Chapman Tripp says.
Government agencies will be asked to stick more closely to procurement guidelines to support the troubled construction sector, with Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones warning the industry must reset or “contemplate certain death”.
Public debt is back in the spotlight with Opposition accusations of a 'toilet tax'. Thomas Coughlan finds something's off within the debate over off balance sheet borrowing.
New Zealand's government has a strong enough balance sheet to close the nation's infrastructure deficit sooner, which the International Monetary Fund says would generate long-term economic gains. Paul McBeth from BusinessDesk reports.
With school buildings crumbling around students and teachers, the Government is suggesting it may be time to take away the responsibility of maintaining them from school boards. But will more ministry oversight be a good thing? Shane Cowlishaw reports.
Developers of multi-storey apartment blocks and hotels will be able to invite in foreign buyers again under changes to the Government's foreign buying ban law. Conveyancers also dodged a bullet and telcos got an exemption, but retirement village operators failed to win the exemption they hoped for. Nikki Mandow looks at the winners and losers in the select committee's changes to the Overseas Investment Amendment bill.
The strains on New Zealand’s water infrastructure were a hot topic at a local government summit this week. Everyone is preparing for change, but concrete decisions from the Government still appear some time away, Sam Sachdeva reports.