The Government hopes its new procurement and planning agency will help it navigate its way out of the infrastructure hole, Thomas Coughlan reports.
The Government is to create a new infrastructure agency to oversee its investment and long-term planning in infrastructure.
The Greens have won a big concession from the One Billion Trees programme, forcing Shane Jones to accept that two-thirds of the trees planted will be natives, Thomas Coughlan reports.
The government is hinting it will lift the $25 a tonne upper limit on the price of a New Zealand Unit of carbon dioxide in the Emissions Trading Scheme, in an announcement following hard on a doubling of funding for government tree-planting. Pattrick Smellie reports.
The One Billion Trees programme will receive a $240 million boost from the Provincial Growth Fund.
The Government has promised to “take leadership” to bolster confidence in the construction industry, but Thomas Coughlan reports that new state-funded construction projects are few and far between.
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”.
The government has released more detail on the investments it is looking to make through the $1 billion per year Provincial Growth Fund, and says a large number of private sector firms want to partner up on projects.
Shane Jones has warned the forestry industry to avoid the fate of the dairy industry, which lost the support of urban voters seemingly overnight. Gavin Evans reports.