It might not be something we think about often, but infrastructure keeps our country going.
We rely on our roads and rail network to get to work, take our family on holiday and stock our supermarkets. Our kids learn better in healthy classrooms and when we’re sick, we depend on modern, fit-for-purpose hospitals.
But it’s clear that, after years of neglect, investment in New Zealand’s infrastructure is long overdue. That’s why our Government has launched the New Zealand Upgrade Programme – the largest investment in our infrastructure in a generation.
Through this programme, we’re investing $12 billion in our rail, roads, public transport, hospitals and schools, to upgrade our infrastructure and future-proof our country against long-term challenges like climate change. The programme will also have a significant economic impact, creating job opportunities right across New Zealand.
This means the Tauranga Northern Link is now fully funded and ready to go, with construction due to start later this year. SH2 from Te Puna to Omokoroa also has almost half a billion allocated for a four-lane corridor to be built.
We’re a country that relies on our roads to get around. We’re also investing in public transport, cycleways and pedestrian spaces, to make our transport network cleaner, too.
We have this once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest because we’ve managed the books wisely and interest rates are low. It makes sense to build big now, so future generations can benefit too.
It will take time to rebuild our infrastructure after nine years of neglect, but we’re getting on with it – and this programme is another big step. If you’d like to find out more about the New Zealand Upgrade Programme, including more about specific projects, head to: www.labour.org.nz/nzup