Recent events, such as Cyclone Gabrielle, have demonstrated the interconnected nature of New Zealand’s infrastructure system, where outages in one sector can quickly cascade across the entire system. In that context, it is essential that our critical infrastructure system – including electricity generation and distribution, telecommunications, transport and our financial sector – continue to operate when faced with a range of crises.
Recognising this, consistent with the Government’s response to Rautaki Hanganga o Aotearoa, the New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy, the Government has today commenced consultation on work to increase the resilience of New Zealand’s critical infrastructure.
This first phase of consultation will seek views from critical infrastructure owners and operators, local government, and the public on how we can collectively lift our resilience.
The public consultation process is open from 13 June to 8 August.
The outcomes of this first phase will inform the development of more detailed options to improve the government’s regulatory approach to delivering resilient critical infrastructure. The Government expects to conduct a second round of consultation on these options in the first half of 2024.