As urban populations continue to grow in unprecedented numbers, cities have to transform and rebuild themselves to become more efficient in providing living and social services while maintaining the lifestyle desired by the population.
New Zealand’s much touted broadband infrastructure is being rolled out. What secondary infrastructure do we need? What ICT opportunities are on offer as a result? Are we ready for true global connectivity?
Should New Zealand continue to extract its petroleum and coal resources? Or should the focus be on harnessing clean and renewable energy? Efficient generation, storage, distribution and use of energy is an essential ingredient to a successful New Zealand.
Seeking a resilient infrastructure model in a resource- constrained environment is attainable. The quality of New Zealand’s air, water and land resources and the ecologies they support have to be maintained or enhanced by products, services and infrastructure we build.
Public perception of infrastructure tends to focus on what was built. But behind every project are partnerships formed to fulfill the less visible essentials: project management, funding and finance, legal, human resources, IT, sub-contractors and other products and service providers.
Infrastructure creation drives demand for security technology, information, products and services. Practically every infrastructure site needs security to protect resources and the people who work there. Demand includes access control, intruder alarms and biometrics, plus the technology and equipment for monitoring and analysis.
The infrastructure area most in need of investment in New Zealand, is transport. Centra is Auckland, with it’s recurrent grid-locked traffic. Transport may offer the most opportunities, but it is also the most under-invested. Are public-private partnerships the answer to plus investment gaps in transport? Just how will transport be funded?
The efficiency of its control of wastewater, stormwater and abundant potable water supply - has made New Zealand a rarity among countries. Maintaining efficiencies and ensuring that the growing population will continue to have adequate, cheap, clean water in the future is a challenge.