Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) Northern - Regional Infrastructure Committee

Regional Infrastructure Committee

This committee of appointed members monitors and responds to local government and other infrastructure supplies and charges.

Infrastructure can be a cost that an individual company or enterprise has no direct control over, and has limited scope or opportunity to challenge or influence.
Through EMA member businesses can strengthen their voice.
To achieve its objectives the committee is required to establish a good working relationship with the key providers, meeting with them regularly and responding to annual or strategic plans, "vision" documents or general development proposals, as appropriate.​

Regional Infrastructure Committee

The Committee meets to discuss regional infrastructure issues that, for convenience, can be broken down into two separate sectors:
  1. Local government services and charges; and 
  2. Infrastructure supply and charges.
Within these sectors the committee will consider such issues as:  
1.  Local Government services and charges 
  • Rating concerns  Differentials discriminating against business use,
  • Wasteage and non-core activities,   
  • Governance methods and costs, 
Comparative performance between all authorities within the region. The 10 relevant authorities where most EMA members are based are:
  • Whangarei City Council
  • Auckland Regional Council
  • Rodney District Council
  • North Shore City Council
  • Waitakere City Council
  • Auckland City Council
  • Manukau City Council
  • Hamilton City Council
  • Tauranga City Council
  • Rotorua District Council
Regulatory Functions
  • Resource consents
  • Bylaws and building codes, 
  • Compliance costs,
  • New regulatory issues.

Strategic plans
  • Local authorities' draft Annual Plans and draft, 10-year Long Term Council Community Plans (LTCCPs).
Regional plans
  • Economy and ecology: tradeoffs,  and
  • Recognition of business needs. 

Roading reform proposals
Regional and local road issues.
2.    Infrastructure supply and charges
  • Water and wastewater,  
  • Electricity, gas and other fuels,  
  • Airports and sea ports, 
  • Road and rail transport, and 
  • Telecommunication (data transmission and high speed internet access).

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