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Capex on steroids: Roading improvement, Tauranga

  • Lecture
  • Tauranga
  • 25 February 2021
  • 10:00 - 11:30
Capex on steroids: Roading improvement, Tauranga

About this event

Please note that this event will be held 10.00-11.30 NZDT.

In 2018 the Gisborne District Council was one of the first recipients of the Provincial growth fund, $152M was put into the regions roading network. Council was responsible for delivering $65M of this funding on top of business-as-usual works, then as COVID struck international markets Council was successful in gaining another $23M to get people into work and keep the economy moving. The only catch was the program had to be delivered in 6 months with over 200 new people employed.

The objective of all this investment into Tairāwhiti was not only to improve the condition of the local road network to support continued economic growth, but also to support local business, generate quality employment and training opportunities for local people. Council had to make several changes to the traditional roading model of procurement to deliver this.

Dave will talk about how they approached central government to secure the funding, how they changed their procurement and delivery model to manage the doubled CAPEX that they had planned for these years whilst delivering wider outcomes for their community in terms of creating quality employment opportunities and for local businesses to grow their capability and resilience.

This event is brought to you by ICE Tauranga Local Association and Engineering New Zealand.

Image by Larisa Koshkina from Pixabay


David Wilson

Director Community Lifelines, Gisborne District Council

David Wilson

The Community Lifelines Hub is responsible for the effective management of the Council’s $1.9B capital and infrastructure assets and the provision of all associated service operations – including roading, rivers and flood control, solid waste, civil defence, land drainage, drinking water, storm water, wastewater, and wastewater treatment. The Hub provides strategic direction for the future needs of the community in these essential lifelines. Providing professional and integrated activity planning to ensure the capital works and maintenance programmes meet the infrastructural and service level needs of the community as determined by Council.

Prior to starting with Council Dave held several roles within Central government in Wellington and the private sector. Dave has a background in law with a focus in international and environmental law, Dave has over 20 years’ experience in the construction and infrastructure sector.

Event venue

University of Waikato
Tauranga CBD Campus
101 Durham Street
New Zealand

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