Strong and revitalised regions

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This economic shift means:

  • People and businesses thrive, irrespective of where they are located
  • Regions are connected and equipped with modern and resilient infrastructure
  • Backing place-based comparative advantages and innovation strengths

Provincial Growth Fund

The Government is committed to unlocking the full potential of regional New Zealand. It has allocated $3 billion, over three years, to enhance economic development in regional New Zealand. Through the PGF, the Government seeks to ensure that people living all over New Zealand can reach their full potential by helping build regional economies that are sustainable, inclusive and productive.

The fund has three investment tiers:

  • Regions: Support for economic development projects and capability building identified within regions

  • Sectors (including the One Billion Trees programme): Initiatives targeted at priority and/or high value economic opportunities

  • Infrastructure: Regional infrastructure that enables regions to be well connected from an economic and social perspective, including rail, road and communications.

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KiwiRail and Interislander Investments

The Government allocated $741 million for KiwiRail over the next two years through Budget 2019. This funding will enable KiwiRail to:

  • Restore the track and other supporting infrastructure by addressing legacy maintenance issues across the rail network
  • Replace and upgrade assets including container wagons, locomotives and maintenance facilities at the end of their useable life
  • Fund the procurement phase for replacing the current ferries and landside assets that are nearing the end of their useable life.

The Government also committed a further $300 million from the PGF for investment in regional rail projects.

These investments will help reduce New Zealand’s transport emissions, relieve congestion on our roads, improve road safety and connect our communities.

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Accelerated rural broadband and 5G rollout

The Government is committed to improving connectivity for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

This includes:

  • Investing in Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) infrastructure

  • Investing in the Rural Broadband initiative (RBI) to ensure rural and remote areas have access to fast broadband and mobile services

  • Providing spectrum for 5G services.

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One Billion Trees programme

Te Uru Rākau is leading a comprehensive programme to achieve the goal of planting one billion trees by 2028.

This is a ten year programme and it is made up of:

  • Commercial planting/ replanting, and existing native planting. The Government supports this by ensuring regulatory settings continue to encourage private investment in forestry and trees

  • Direct government investment - includes Crown Forestry joint ventures, tree planting grants and funding for supporting activities. $481 million has been allocated from the Provincial Growth Fund, focused on the first three years of the programme

  • Changes to regulatory settings to incentivise increased planting.

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Three Waters review

The Government’s Three Waters Review seeks to achieve safe, acceptable and reliable drinking water throughout New Zealand; better environmental performance from our water services; efficient, sustainable, resilient and accountable water services; and to achieve these aims in ways our communities can afford.

The Government has approved a new regulatory framework for drinking water, targeted reforms to the regulation and central oversight of wastewater and stormwater, along with establishment of a new drinking water regulator to oversee the new regime. Legislation will be introduced to enact these reforms. 

The second stage of the review is engaging with local government, iwi/Māori, water industry experts and others to investigate water service delivery options and funding questions. The review is also supporting regions investigating collaborative approaches to water service delivery.

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Local Government funding and financing

The Finance and Funding programme seeks to investigate and address funding challenges facing local government. Specifically, it will assist the Government in its response to the Productivity Commission’s independent inquiry into Local Government Costs and Revenue, with an emphasis on further investigations of affordability issues and financial management and planning processes.

Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy

The Government has set up an independent working group of experts to provide advice on the future of the Upper North Island Supply Chain. The working group reports to the Ministers of Finance, Transport, and Regional Development and is supported by officials from the Ministry of Transport. The review will consider national and regional economic development outcomes and transport outcomes. The review will also consider the extent to which the government may need to invest to achieve these outcomes. It will set out the independent working group’s joint view of:

  • The current and future drivers of freight and logistics demand, including the impact of technological change; a potential future location or locations for Ports of Auckland, with serious consideration to be given to Northport.

  • As ports are long term assets, the work will take a view that is 30-50 years or longer and include supporting priorities for other transport infrastructure, across road, rail and other modes and corridors such as coastal shipping.

  • Potential priorities for transport-related infrastructure investment from a national economic and regional development perspective.

  • The optimal regulatory settings, and planning and investment frameworks across government to give effect to the re view findings future challenges on which government and industry will need to work together and key actions to be taken over the next five years.

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Just Transitions programme

A Just Transition is a key pillar of New Zealand’s climate change policy. The Government established a Just Transitions Unit to help shape and co-ordinate the work to support a just transition to a low emissions economy for Aotearoa – New Zealand.

Through its just transitions activities, the Government is:

  • Partnering with others to build an understanding of transition pathways

  • Finding and supporting new opportunities that will arise during transitions

  • Improving our understanding of how transitions may impact different communities, regions and sectors in New Zealand.

A key focus of this work is supporting the Taranaki region transition to a low emissions future.

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Biosecurity Act overhaul

The Government is undertaking a comprehensive overhaul of the Biosecurity Act 1993.  The Act provides the legislative underpinning for the biosecurity system and has not been substantively reviewed since its enactment 26 years ago.  Since 1993 there have been sustained and increasing pressures on the biosecurity system as a result of increased volumes of both passengers and goods entering New Zealand, the rise in e-commerce and the implications of climate change for the viability of certain pests and diseases.

The overhaul of the Act will include learnings from recent incursions and outcomes from the Biosecurity 2025 programme, and will:

  • Identify the areas of the Act that remain fit for purpose
  • Identify areas of the Act that need amendment to continue delivering to the Act’s primary objectives
  • Develop a fully costed implementation plan for delivery of amended legislation.

The review will also develop a sustainable approach to biosecurity funding. This includes consideration of the fiscal impacts of large biosecurity responses (such as with Mycoplasma bovis)

The review will be undertaken in two tranches, with the first tranche delivering to economic outcomes (including issues around response funding, Government/ Industry Agreements and Compensation); and the second tranche delivering to cultural, social and environmental outcomes.

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Eradicating Mycoplasma bovis

Mycoplasma bovis 2019 National Plan

The three eradication partners released a plan on 5 April 2019 to set out three goals for the next year:

  • Eradicate M. bovis
  • Reduce the impact of the M. bovis eradication programme on farmers, families and communities
  • Apply the lessons learnt to further strengthen the biosecurity system.

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