The cost of consenting infrastructure projects in New Zealand

Sapere was asked by the Infrastructure Commission / Te Waihanga to quantify and evaluate the costs, including in relation to time, and risks of consenting infrastructure in New Zealand.

This report provides a detailed picture of the costs that infrastructure developers face when seeking to consent new projects and outlines some issues with the current regulatory framework. Our analysis is based on a sample of 186 infrastructure projects, large and small, around the country.

The team included David Moore, Jeff Loan, Sally Wyatt, Kelvin Woock, Sally Carrick, and Zabard Hartmann. The report was finalised in July 2021.

Further information can be found on the Infrastructure Commission website


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David Moore

David advises on complex strategy, public policy and commercial issues.

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Zabard Hartmann

Zabard holds a Master of Economics in economics and financial economics

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Jeff Loan

Jeff specialises in designing and evaluating regulatory and public policy interventions.

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Kelvin Woock

Kelvin has a Master of Economics from the University of Otago.

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Sally Carrick

Sally is an expert in regulatory impact analysis and cost-benefit analysis.

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