Minister Jones laments on "dismal" infrastructure planning by previous governments

Minister for Infrastructure Shane Jones laments on the “dismal” infrastructure planning by the previous governments, and says they need to get on with building “rather than writing more reports”.

His comments on TVNZ1’s Q+A come after the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council warned New Zealand's infrastructure was at 'crisis point'.

"We didn't suddenly arrive at this rather dismal point in the last 18 months," Mr Jones said. "For a long time we have talked ourselves and processed ourselves into paralysis and we've got to get on with building our infrastructure rather than writing more reports about it.”

The Minister said there was a $130 billion deficit in infrastructure, according to Treasury, and that New Zealand was “going to have to chew through over the next 10 years”.

"Not all of that can be funded from the public purse within our current debt constraints."

"We most certainly need a long-term national plan, and an upgraded plan in terms of what the Treasury have already published in 2015."

Mr Jones has already ruled out using private capital to fund schools, prisons, and the public health system.

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