New Zealand has been ranked 5th in the World in the Good Country Index for its positive contribution to humanity.
This ranking was widely reported in the New Zealand news media in early July.
This is great news for New Zealand and continues to reinforce the highly positive world rankings that New Zealand has been receiving over the past few years.
What does this mean for infrastructure management?
New Zealand is a great place to live, work, and invest. In world terms, it offers an extremely safe, clean and pleasant environment for families to live.
As such New Zealand will continue to attract international migrants, and returning citizens – the only constraint on growth will be national immigration policies.
This is seen in the current high immigration levels.
So there will be continued growth over the next few decades, especially in the ‘golden triangle’ of Auckland-Waikato-Bay of Plenty and also in Canterbury.
This will require continued investment in growth-related infrastructure, and also in the timely renewal of infrastructure.
This will create challenges for infrastructure managers, and also with regard to the funding of this infrastructure.
Thanks to infrastructure asset management techniques.
We have the tools to analyse the potential changes, and to contribute to the community and government discussion about this, to ensure that optimal and sustainable solutions are developed to meet these infrastructure challenges.
PHOTO CREDIT: Karl Hipolito