New Zealand Infrastructure Commission / Te Waihanga has recently launched the Research Insight series which will be published quarterly. The first one is called ‘Investment gap or efficiency gap? Benchmarking New Zealand’s investment in infrastructure.’
New Zealand Infrastructure Commission / Te Waihanga’s research shows that New Zealand gets less value from its infrastructure spending than most other high-income countries. Our infrastructure investment, as a proportion of GDP, is average for a high-income country. Our investment patterns are not dissimilar either – although we’ve put more into telecommunications and ports. Where we do differ is in ‘efficiency’ – the value we get for every dollar spent. New Zealand’s infrastructure efficiency lies in the bottom 10% of high-income countries.