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Infrastructure Advisory Board Appointments Welcomed

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Infrastructure Advisory Board Appointments Welcomed

The New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development has welcomed the appointment of the eight member National Infrastructure Advisory Board

"Developing our national infrastructure is key to improving New Zealand's international competitiveness", says NZCID Chief Executive, Stephen Selwood.

"Inadequate infrastructure is consistently ranked by the investment and business community as the single most problematic factor to doing business in New Zealand. 1

"We therefore fully endorse the Government's decision to appoint an expert advisory board to provide independent advice to government on infrastructure priorities and policies that will lift New Zealand's standard of living.

"Now is exactly the right time to invest for growth.

"For too long New Zealand's infrastructure has been characterised by a stop start, boom bust, investment cycle,

"Complex decision making, torturous approval and consenting processes combined with insufficient "pay as you go" funding have severely inhibited New Zealand's infrastructure development over the last two decades.

"Not only has this led to inefficient use of the limited tax payer funds, it has resulted in roads with insufficient capacity, inadequate public transport services, a rundown rail network, tenuous electricity transmission capacity, slow broadband speeds, water supplies that fail minimum health standards and insufficient capacity in our hospitals, schools, courts and prisons. 2

"A key priority for the Board is to develop best practice in public procurement processes and maximise collaboration between the public and private sectors.

"We expect the Board to recommend ways to unravel the red tape. It will provide advice on development of a 20 year infrastructure plan that is supported by a committed funding programme.

"These changes will help put in place the infrastructure building blocks needed to lift national competitiveness, improve environmental sustainability and enhance community services", Selwood says.

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