10. Job creation programme and major economic stimulus

​​​​​​​​​​​​'Shovel ready' infrastructure projects

As a result of COVID-19, central Government is looking into potential possibilities of accelerating any construction-related spend in order to stimulate the economy and create jobs for the people of New Zealand. As part of this, Crown Infrastructure Partners have called for public (and some private) agencies to provide a list of 'shovel ready' projects.​

'Shovel ready' projects are those that:

  • must be truly construction ready
  • involve infrastructure which has public or regional benefit (economic, social and environmental)
  • must be of a significant size ($10M+) and create jobs
  • must modernise the economy, enhance sustainable productivity in the future
  • must meet Treasury's Living Standard Framework and Sustainable Development Goals.

The Waikato sub-region submitted 23 proposals on Monday 13 April. These proposals represent a comprehensive and bold suite of initiatives that meet and in many instances, exceed the central Government criteria.

The proposals are proudly presented on behalf of the Future Proof partners (Hamilton City Council, Waikato District Council, Waipā District Council, Waikato Regional Council, Waikato‐Tainui) and alongside Momentum Waikato, Hamilton Airport and University of Waikato.

We're ready

The Waikato sub-regional proposal is ambitious and transformational.

The projects presented in the proposal will provide the stimulus needed to support the region and the country as we recover from COVID-19.

They will modernise the economy and they will enhance productivity.

They will deliver the scale and style of growth this region (and New Zealand) needs and allow our city and region to fast‐track major projects which are already aligned and signalled within a robust planning framework recognised by the Government as best‐in‐class.

Most of all, the proposals will deliver sustainable jobs.

They provide win-win solutions.

Here in the Waikato…we're ready.


What's next

The proposals from the Waikato sub region are currently being considered by central Government.

Crown Infrastructure Partners presented a range of 'shovel ready opportunities' from across the country. The Government and relevant Ministers will make choices based on delivering economic stimulus in the short and medium term.

Of the 23 projects submitted on behalf of the Future Proof partners:

  • Twenty-two projects have been sent to central Government for consideration.
  • Four projects have also been sent to the Provincial Development Unit for consideration.
  • One project was not shortlisted.

You can read the full story on Our Hamilton.

No commitment has been made by central Government or any party to proceed with any of these 'shovel ready' projects. At this stage the focus for central Government is to get an understanding of the availability, benefits, geographical spread and scale of 'shovel ready' projects in New Zealand.

Once our proposals have been considered, there may need to be further discussions and additional information provided.

This page will be updated if and when any of our programmes or projects are approved.

​The Waikato sub region shovel ready projects proposal  

Urban Growth Programme

​​As well as the 'shovel ready' projects outlined above, the Waikato sub region has also submitted a suite of Urban Growth Programme initiatives to central Government.


These initiatives represent the medium to long term opportunities from the Hamilton to Auckland Corridor and the emerging Hamilton-Waikato Metro Spatial Plan.​

There are nine key focus areas outlined in the Waikato sub-region's Urban Growth Programme:

Focus area 1: Stronger Hamilton-Waikato Metro Connections

Focus area 2: Ruakura

Focus area 3: Peacoc​ke – Airport Cambridge Corridor

Focus area 4: Rotokauri – Ngaruawahia Corridor

Focus area 5: Te Kauwhata – Ohinewai – Huntly Corridor

Focus area 6: Hopuhopu - Taupiri

Focus area 7: 3-Waters

Focus area 8: Waikato Expressway – Cambridge to Pairere

Focus area 9: Pap​akura – Tuakau - Pokeno

Many of our 'shovel ready' programmes have strong linkages to these nine focus areas.

Read the Urban Growth Programme Initiatives document.

Waikato Region and Hamilton 'Roading Corridor Works' Employment Creation Proposal

As well as the 'shovel ready' and Urban Growth Programme initiatives outlined above, the Waikato Region has also submitted a suite of projects related to the roading corridor to Central Government. This is an initiative led by Hamilton City Council and Waikato Local Authority Shared Services (WLASS) in conjunction with Councils in the Waikato Region. The proposal to Government outlines a range of immediate job creation projects across operating, maintenance and capital works in the road corridor.​

 Read the 'Roading Corridor Works' p​roposal document ​​

Read the 'Roading Corridor Works' proposal submission document

Waikato Region and Hamilton Environmental Enhancement Projects Proposals

As well as the 'shovel ready' and Urban Growth Programme initiatives outlined above, the Waikato Region has also submitted a suite of environmental enhancement projects to central government. This is an initiative led by Waikato Regional Council.

Hamilton City Council has included a supplementary proposal which includes a range of substantial environmental enhancements across the natural gully areas within Hamilton.

Read the Hamilton City Council supplementary proposal​



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