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21 August 2018 Chloe Brigden

Last week, Scott Evans, General Manager - Design Centre Regions, took to the stage to participate in the thought leadership panel, ‘Infrastructure as a Foundation for Regional Development’ at the Building Nations Symposium.

 Scott has put together his top takeaways for those who couldn’t make it.

1. The Government is focussed on creating certainty for New Zealand Infrastructure
Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern along with Minister for Regional Economic Development, Shane Jones announced the development of a new independent infrastructure entity to help drive New Zealand’s economic growth. The formation all sound’s very exciting. However, what does this ‘certainty’ looks like?

2. Supply chain leadership
We need to attract and retain suppliers to the regions; provide suppliers with a degree of revenue confidence through pipeline of work-great opportunities and robust procurement frameworks. We also need to focus on long-term design and build certainty for future-ready assets. 

3.  The Urban Development Authority (UDA) has the potential to be a game-changer
A new government agency has been set up to enable major urban development projects to be built more quickly. It will be interesting to see how this will be implemented and how the new agency will influence the narrative and actions surrounding community health and development.  

4. Community wellbeing
We need to make it more attractive to work and live in New Zealand’s regions whilst optimising the investment already made in infrastructure. These investments include active transport modes such as walking and cycling paths/cycleways, and LED controlled lighting to enhance community safety. The challenge ahead is how can we support government balance the Auckland city urbanisation challenge of capacity with Regional infrastructure challenges of quality and currency.

The two-day symposium was held at ANZ Viaduct Event’s Centre, Central Auckland, on the 16th and 17th August. 

Hosted by Engineering New Zealand, Building Nations is the official forum for Ministers and key public officials to announce major infrastructure policies, directions and upcoming agendas. The event is open to both public and private sectors; offering the opportunity to contribute ideas and practices towards national infrastructural developments. 


Scott Evans
Scotts Evans – working history:
Scott is responsible for a team of over 700 engineering, planning, surveying and laboratory staff from Whangarei to Invercargill - He is Project Director for several long-term contracts and sits on supplier governance boards. In his current role, he is responsible for leadership and delivery of NZ Regional Business Plan initiatives.

Prior to joining WSP Opus (previously, Opus International Consultants), Scott was Business Manager of Opus Tauranga. With over 20 years of industry experience, Scott has led numerous projects. A commercial insight has allowed Scott to lead a successful and deliverable track record. His early career involved electrical engineering (Electrocorp), followed by experience in commercial auditing (Audit New Zealand), project management (Alstom New Zealand) and more leadership and finance roles (Department of Corrections and Transit New Zealand).

Scott holds a Master of Environmental Management (Honours), Bachelor of Business Studies (Management & Accounting), a Diploma in Infrastructure (Asset Management) as well as an NZ Certificate in Engineering.