Transport Infrastructure & Economic Development New Zealand Summit 2010


If you only attend one transport event this year, then this should be it!

Only $995 (earlybird price)per person with our 2 for 1 deal*

MINISTER NOW CONFIRMED! Hon Steven Joyce will address the Summit on the Government's plans to develop NZ's transport infrastructure to stimulate economic growth.

International Keynote: Transport Scotland
Frances Duffy, Director of Strategy & Investment, Transport Scotland
How long-term planning and investment decisions helped Scotland build vital national and international transport links

Register today for two solid, informative days with the key decision-makers and industry stakeholders, including:
Ernst Zöllner, GM Strategy & Performance, NZTA
Philip Combes, Assistant Secretary/Head of Debt Management Office, NZ Treasury
Jens Madsen, CEO, Ports of Auckland
Rick van Barneveld, General Manager, KiwiRail (ONTRACK)
Nigel Jones, General Manager Strategy, Fonterra
Tony Friedlander, CEO, Road Transport Forum
Chris Olsen, CEO, Roading NZ
Brian Stocking, Executive Director, CILT NZ

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Free Report

FREE! All delegates will receive a complementary copy of KPMG’s Spotlight report "Successes and Failures in Urban Infrastructure Projects". This report takes a detailed look at leading practices and key factors contributing to project success in urban transport infrastructure. The major metropolitan areas around the globe are expected to experience significant growth over the longer term, especially those within developing nations. The existing transport infrastructure supporting these cities will come under increasing strain.

Those of us who are involved in future infrastructure development will want to ensure that the lessons from previous projects around the globe are understood to enhance the chances of future success.

This report looks at nineteen urban transport case studies from countries around the world, including New York, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dublin, Bogota, Manila, Manchester, Croydon, and Bangkok.  We hope that you will find this publication as insightful as we have, and that it will provoke thoughts on possible solutions to impending urban transport challenges.


Agenda: Day 1


Registration and coffee


Opening remarks from the Chair

John Rae, Former Managing Director, Stevenson Group
John is also Chairman of the NZ Council for Infrastructure Development and on the National Infrastructure Advisory Board.

Benchmarking our efforts against international best practice


International Video Link: How long-term planning and investment decisions helped Scotland build vital national and international transport links (Video Presentation)

The Strategic Transport Projects Review published in December 2008 represents the largest Scottish transport plan ever conducted, setting out the future investment programme for transport in Scotland to 2022. By 2011, Transport Scotland will be well on the way to delivering £12.5 billion of economic benefits for Scotland.
• How future prosperity depends on strong connection between Scottish cities and towns as well as the rest of the UK and global markets
• How we have maximised efficiency and tightened project costings
• Facilitating enhanced project collaboration to secure maximum value for money for the public purse
• Balancing the need to improve and expand Scotland’s transport infrastructure with environmental and economic concerns

Frances Duffy, Director of Strategy & Investment, Transport Scotland


Q&A with International Keynote: What can New Zealand learn from the Scottish experience?

Latest developments in transport policy, funding and delivery


Ministerial Address: Developing New Zealand’s transport infrastructure to stimulate economic growth (Ministerial Address)

The Minister of Transport will discuss the Government’s vision and plans for the development and investment in transport infrastructure based on the GPS on land transport funding and the 20 year National Infrastructure Plan.
• Enabling greater productivity and faster economic growth
• Executing the plan – next steps for Government and industry

Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of Transport

Minister's speech is available at the Beehive website


Morning tea


Achieving the best possible allocation of land transport funding to create value for NZ’s transport network users

The announcement of funding in the first 3-year NLTP represents the largest land transport investment in New Zealand’s history and confirms the Government’s dedication to significantly improve the transport network. In this presentation, the NZTA will outline what can be done with this level of investment and what their plans are beyond the 7 RONS.
• Progress report on key land transport projects
• The difference $11 billion makes in closing transport gaps
• Improvements in planning, funding and accountability
• Implications of changes to the Investment and Revenue Strategy
• Allocation of R, N and C funds

Ernst Zöllner, GM Strategy & Performance, NZ Transport Agency

Infrastructure Investments – Priorities, Privatisation & Costs

"By early next year, we want a plan that identifies emerging bottlenecks and investment gaps and allows planners to set clearer priorities. That will help improve services to the public and give the industry greater certainty." Hon Bill English, Sept 2009


Where is the money coming from? Options, costs and challenges to sustain required investment levels

What type of investment is appropriate? In this session, we examine the options currently being considered to continue to fund transport infrastructure in New Zealand. Against a background of increased borrowing by governments around the world, what are the challenges facing the New Zealand Government as it seeks to raise funding for infrastructure from domestic and offshore investors?
- NZ Government funding task over the next four years
- The key role of international investors
- Prospects for long-term debt issuance in NZ
- Inflation indexed bonds
- Infrastructure bonds

Philip Combes, Deputy Secretary/Head of New Zealand Debt Management Office, New Zealand Treasury


Key Performance Indicators: Improving how we measure the effectiveness of transport infrastructure

How can we improve how we measure the effectiveness of transport infrastructure? Are current performance indicators adequate, and if not then what alternatives are available? Our presenter will discuss the latest findings from NZ and overseas on how we can improve the key performance indicators we use to measure the effectiveness of transport infrastructure. The presentation will focus on how models of property values may provide insight into the value of a range of complex effects, such as:
• Transport infrastructure: including state highways, public transport, walking, and cycling.
• Key destinations: such as schools, parks, beaches, and employment opportunities.
• Quality of place: what is the value of good urban design outcomes?

Stuart Donovan, Transportation Engineer, McCormick Rankin Cagney Ltd




PANEL: Procurement options: How can NZ contractors respond to large scale transport projects? (Panel)

As transport developments get bigger and bigger, challenges arise in regards to the procurement of these projects. Will an individual contractor chose to handle such large contracts on their own? Do we run the risk of work being handed to international firms or will there be a preference to ensure that local expertise and experience is used?
• How will the NZTA procure massive transport infrastructure projects?
• Using early contractor involvement to make use of the innovative ideas contractors can bring
• Risk sharing and joint ventures in the New Zealand context
• Examples of successful contractor alliances and lessons learnt
• What procurement methods contribute the most to economic prosperity of New Zealand

Matthew Ensor, General Manager - Transportation, Beca
Chris Olsen, CEO, Roading NZ
Brent Meekan, President, ACENZ


Providing certainty around PPPs and private sector investments

• PPPs in the NZ context - factors to take into account
• Which transport projects will fit a PPP approach?
• PPP business case requirements under the new NIU guidelines
• Paying for PPP roads - what are the options?
• Financing PPPs - the current state of the market
• Innovation in and lessons learned from roading PPP projects

Gwyn Llewelyn, Associate Director, KPMG Financial Advisory Services


Afternoon tea

Regional infrastructure under the new national transport plan and in the new LG landscape


PANEL: Ensuring consistency between national and regional transport priorities (Panel)

• Aligning the new national and new regional transport strategies
• Transport and infrastructure challenges from a local government perspective
• Where do local issues fit into the regional and national transport plans?
• Who takes ownership of what? And who pays?
• What level of regional funding is required for high priority projects?
• The impact on funding for regional growth nodes

Don Houghton, Group Manager Transport, Auckland Regional Council
Jane Davis, General Manager, Strategy & Community Engagement
Robert Woods, Programme Manager Transport, Environment Canterbury


The Auckland Harbour Crossing – How the Anzac Centenary Bridge could generate great economic outcomes

Auckland is New Zealand’s main economic centre and prime economic gateway, and its significant transport problems affect the entire national transport network. Hence, the choice between a bridge or tunnel goes beyond local concerns and should be debated at a national level. In this presentation, we look at the research done to support the bridge option.

Richard Simpson, Director, NextSpace and Chair


Super City and council amalgamations: Impact on transport planning and management at local and regional level

As Auckland edges closer to the Super City, other councils are aware that amalgamation won’t stop there. This puts some big question marks around ownership and management of local transport infrastructure.
• Planning and funding transport infrastructure in a time of uncertainty
• How will councils work with the EPA?
• Will more transport decisions become centralised?
• Can we still guarantee community engagement in transport decisions?

Grant Hewison, Senior Associate, Kensington Swan


Summary remarks from the Chair and the end of day one


Transport Industry Networking Forum

Agenda: Day 2


Opening remarks from the Chair

John Rae, Former Managing Director, Stevenson Group


Issues and Future Options for Auckland Transport

David Shearer, MP, Labour Party

Meeting the future freight & logistics needs of New Zealand


From A to B: How can we most efficiently handle the large increase in future freight volumes?

The 2008 National Freight Demand Study predicted that overall freight volume across all transport modes will increase by 75 percent over the next 25 years. It is vital that we have a transport infrastructure in place capable of handling this increase. How we manage this challenge will determine the level of economic stimulus we stand to gain. The Minister of Transport has ordered the Ministry to update its assessment of how the freight task will have changed by 2030, and wants officials “staying on top of it.”
• What is the type of freight network we want in the future?
• Do we want rail and coastal shipping to take a greater share?
• How to make the most of the respective strengths of road, rail and sea?
• What impact will the ETS have on determining the optimal combination?

Tony Friedlander, CEO, Road Transport Forum


Morning tea


How to improve conditions for supply chain management in New Zealand

• What is required short and long term to ensure efficient transport infrastructure that supports increased supply chain productivity
• The current performance of our transport network in the eyes of a user
• The risk of hubbing NZ goods through Australia resulting in longer, more costly supply chains

Nigel Jones, General Manager Strategy, Fonterra


The role of ports and shipping in stimulating economic prosperity

• New Zealand’s maritime transport challenges
• What transport infrastructure is needed to support ports?
• Need for certainty to plan long-term investment levels
• Maintaining NZ on the international cargo routes to keep shipping costs down for NZ exporters

Jens Madsen, CEO, Ports of Auckland

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Where should we target investments in the rail network?

After the re-consolidation of the rail industry, KiwiRail is now our largest land transport provider and one of the biggest tourism operators, however a recent report by the NZ Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation suggested that only half of the current rail network is economically viable. This highlights the challenges we are currently facing in determining the future role of rail in the wider transport chain.
• Value for money testing of all rail operations and investments
• The strengthened role of KiwiRail in the funding and commercialisation of the rail network
• Commuter rail – will funding of electrification of rails in Auckland revive the rail sector?
• The increased popularity of trains as tourist experiences – safeguarding local rail lines

Rick van Barneveld, General Manager KiwiRail Network (ONTRACK), KiwiRail


PANEL: Where is the unused capacity in our freight transport network? (Panel)

• How can we improve service and reduce costs going forward?
• Creating a truly integrated transport network for bulk commodities and containerised goods
• Future growth areas and industries that our network need to be able to service
• Where should we invest? – short term and long term views
• Can we work in partnership to create cost savings for both importers and exporters?
• The role of associations in promoting this

Brian Stocking, Executive Director, CILT NZ
Tony Friedlander, CEO, Road Transport Forum
Nigel Jones, General Manager Strategy, Fonterra


Afternoon tea


Cost/benefit analysis: How to measure the economic impact and productivity gains from transport infrastructure investments

• What are the costs of transport – including congestion and energy costs?
• Is inadequate transport infrastructure placing a material constraint on NZ’s economic development?
• Difficulty in predicting responses to infrastructure
• Examples of proven economic impact of infrastructure developments
• Economic benefits in changing the timing of investments
• Who benefits and who should pay? Local vs national projects
• Measuring infrastructure’s value to local regions

Joel Cayford, Councillor, Auckland Regional Council and Auckland Regional Land Transport Committee

Maximising the use of current transport infrastructure before investing in new

New regulation affecting the transport industry


Regulatory Update: The impact on current and future infrastructure developments of the new RMA and recent case law developments

The Simplifying & Streamlining Bill is meant to speed up consents under the RMA, make it more cost effective and assist in economic recovery. Has this happened? This session examines:
• Proposals for nationally significant infrastructure under the amended RMA
- The role of the EPA in major transport projects
- Progress made under RMA Phase II
- Case law update

Greg Milner-White, Senior Associate, Kensington Swan
Grant Hewison, Senior Associate, Kensington Swan


Closing remarks from the Chair and end of Summit


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