NZAIA's submission on Te Waihanga/New Zealand Infrastructure Commission's consultation document He Tūāpapa ki te Ora/Infrastructure for a Better Future - 2021
We welcome the recognition in the document to wider environmental, social and cultural impacts, both beneficial and adverse, of infrastructure development. However, the treatment of those impacts does focus mainly on biophysical aspects, especially water and air, and less on the potential impacts on people and communities. Moreover, little consideration is given to promoting decision-making processes that embed impact assessment thinking, especially at the policy and plan-making levels. Where processes are discussed they are seen very much through the economic lens, with heavy emphasis on Cost Benefit Analysis, and the expectation that impacts of all types will be amenable to quantification. In our view these problems will lead to inadequate consideration of wider adverse implications of infrastructure development.