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Transport and infrastructure

After years of underspending on transport infrastructure, and with widespread dissatisfaction with urban planning laws, all the parties agree that the way we design our cities and transport systems needs to change. Some say the emphasis should be on making it easier for developers to build, while others say we need a clearer plan to prepare our cities for climate change.

Cars and roads

This election there are many proposals for particular roading projects, big and small. With transport accounting for over 15 percent of NZ's greenhouse gas emissions there are also policies to reduce vehicle emissions.

Urban planning and resource management

Most parties agree that reform is needed to the Resource Management Act (RMA) – the law that governs how land can be used. But there is little agreement on what this reform should look like. Some say the focus should be on reducing development costs, while others say the priority should be on making our cities more liveable and resilient.

Public transport, cycling and walking

As NZ's cities grow, demand for public transport has outstripped projections and the government is scrambling to catch up. Cycling and pedestrian infrastructure has become a priority for local government around the country.

Construction

Political parties of all stripes plan for more infrastructure, but the capability of the construction sector is key to anything getting built. But as well as reducing time and cost, NZ buildings will have to deal with the challenges of extreme weather and a changing climate.

Energy

The current government aims to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2035 but some parties say not enough is yet being done to make that target a reality. Others say that recent decisions to ban oil and gas exploration were a mistake.

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