Housing Infrastructure Fund

The Government has now fully allocated the $1 billion fund to assist high growth councils to advance infrastructure projects important to increasing housing supply.

The Prime Minister announced the ‘in-principle’ allocation of the Fund in Hamilton in July 2017. The allocation followed a comprehensive analysis of the business cases for fourteen proposals and recommendations by the Independent Advisory Panel.

All five councils that submitted final proposals were successful with allocations as follows:

Auckland

$300 Million

Waikato

$37 Million

Hamilton

$272 Million

Tauranga

$230 Million

Queenstown-Lakes

$50 Million

Contingency allowance

$111 Million

The contingency allowance is to cover potential increases in cost of the infrastructure that can occur as more detailed design and analysis is undertaken for the detailed business case phase.

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) are currently working with the successful councils to develop detailed business cases to confirm the infrastructure required, the costs, development timeframes and financial details. Once these business cases are complete they will be assessed by NZTA and the Independent Advisory Panel, who will make recommendations to the Housing Infrastructure Ministers on the funding of the infrastructure. It is anticipated that the business cases will be received over the next six months and the Housing Infrastructure Ministers final decisions and signing of the funding agreements completed by mid-2018, with the construction of the infrastructure to follow.

Auckland’s successful development area is Redhills-Whenuapai which will include road upgrades and new roads, new and upgraded wastewater, water supply and stormwater network infrastructure for approximately 10,500 houses.

Waikato’s successful development area is Te Kauwhata and will include upgraded roads, water supply and wastewater treatment and reticulation network infrastructure for approximately 2,600 houses.

Hamilton’s successful development area, referred to as Peacockes, will include new arterial roads, a bridge over the Waikato River and provision for water and wastewater network infrastructure for approximately 8,100 houses.

Tauranga’s successful development area, referred to as Te Tumu (Eastern Papamoa), will include provision for water and wastewater networks, stormwater management ponds and flow paths along with arterial roading and connection to the Eastern Expressway. It was also successful with funding for upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment plant and for a new water treatment plant that will enable both infill growth and new greenfield development across the city. This infrastructure will provide for approximately 35,000 houses.

Queenstown-Lakes was successful with three growth areas. Kingston will include new water supply and wastewater treatment plants along with the reticulation network infrastructure for water supply, wastewater and stormwater. The Ladies Mile and Quail Rise development areas at Frankton will include the provision of water, wastewater and stormwater network infrastructure and road networks and connections to SH6A. This infrastructure will provide for approximately 3,200 houses.

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