Transmission Gully review panel named

NZ’s biggest PPP goes under the microscope

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission has appointed the Review Panel to undertake the Transmission Gully Interim Review.

It will consist of Steve Richards, previously reviewer of several major infrastructure projects in New South Wales, Australia, Sir Michael Cullen, ex-deputy prime minister for New Zealand, and Lindsay Crossen, the former CEO of Fulton Hogan.

The project, which has undergone severe delays and renegotiations, recently solved its issues when the NZ Transport Agency reached a new deal with the Wellington Gateway Partnership to deliver the project by September 2021.

At the time, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones said: “We can’t have problems with Transmission Gully putting us off from innovative procurement models to tackle our infrastructure deficit.

“Both the government and the private sector need to have the confidence to carry out large, complex infrastructure projects together.”

Cullen commented on the upcoming review: “Projects with the scale and complexity of Transmission Gully generally produce very valuable insights and lessons for future improved project procurement and delivery. The findings are likely to help improve and calibrate risk evaluation models, business cases, procurement and consenting strategies and many other important facets for major project delivery."