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Nick Manning

Nick Manning


Nick Manning has a background in law, policy, and regulation, with a particular focus on the technology and telecommunications sectors. He has led decision-making and Ministerial advice on new and evolving areas of fibre infrastructure regulation, and has specialist knowledge of telecommunications/ICT regulation and policy. He has had close involvement in the Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB) programme from policy inception through to implementation and completion, which he counts as a highlight of his career.

In recent years Nick has been at the forefront of the expansion of then-Crown Fibre Holdings into Crown Infrastructure Partners (CIP), as the company has moved to funding and financing a much wider range of infrastructure, and was involved in spearheading the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Act 2020 as one instrument for doing this.

Nick has engaged widely with Ministers, Select Committees, governmental inquiries and industry stakeholder groups in a range of capacities. He is able to develop strategies based on strong analytical frameworks combined with a deep understanding of commercial, political and stakeholder perspectives, to provide a holistic set of advice on complex multi-stakeholder policy matters.



  • Economic and market analysis
  • Evaluations
  • Regulatory and cost benefit analysis
  • Strategy and business cases



  • Economic development
  • Energy and decarbonisation
  • Infrastructure and transport
  • Public sector policy and finance
  • Science & innovation
  • State, regional and local government

Qualifications & accolades

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Honours), University of Otago, 2001
  • Bachelor of Arts in Information Science, University of Otago, 2001
  • Graduate’s Diploma in Networking and Computer Security, University of Otago, 2001
  • Legal admissions: New Zealand in 2003; New South Wales, Australia in 2007.