Podcast: The history of New Zealand's infrastructure

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Dr Matthew Birchall
5 April, 2023

Much can be learned from the past, both the good and the bad. The Initiative’s upcoming report takes a historical perspective on New Zealand’s infrastructure challenge and offers a roadmap for moving forward.

In this week's podcast, Drs Oliver Hartwich and Matthew Birchall discuss some of our nation’s key infrastructure success stories, from the construction of toll roads in the Taranaki during the 19th century to the rollout of broadband in the new millennium, and how we need to embrace private enterprise, local knowledge, and a cultural attitude that welcomes growth and development to deliver ambitious infrastructure once again.

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