5 A Changing Environment

Key Takeaways

  1. How technology can help protect, mitigate and plan for this.
  2. Climate change cannot be ignored and needs to be considered in future works programming.
  3. NAMS has a collective voice representing AM practitioners across NZ. There is an opportunity for NAMS to represent us more widely.
  4. Measure value of "soft" benefits from green infrastructure e.g. Health benefits, liveability.
  5. Local authorities need to start planning for resilience related challenges (climate change, sea level rise, etc) in strategic planning now.
  6. Collaboration within different local bodies.
  7. Politics and media do are not listening to us. There is no mandate to improve infrastructure.
  8. That's it's hard to fully measures benefits and dis-benefits of trees.
  9. How do you value amenity. Why should we invest? Tools to engage stakeholders. Greening of corridors and quantifying the value of the approach vs just economic factors.
  10. Forests better than urban trees and planters.
  11. Have confidence of your conviction and believe, have faith.
  12. Has to be a holistic approach to asset management.


  1. Review and promote the technologies. Help us understand the trade-offs between different tech.
  2. NZTA need to address policy around resilience, emergency works and future proofing around climate change effects.
  3. Market the AM industry and functions more widely to garner understanding of our industry. Use the power of the collective to lobby for improvements e.g. at central government level, to improve standards, address climate change, to gain support, etc.
  4. Collaboration with other experts in other fields e.g. Planters, other infrastructure managers to create better solutions. Also, collaboration to set service levels within local bodies.
  5. Create standards guidelines for climate change in am policy.
  6. Remove the "siloing" of different departments within local bodies in setting their plans and service levels where collaboration can create better and more achievable outcomes.
  7. Get policy changed so we can create more resilient infrastructure (e.g. wc140 and wc141).
  8. Promoting and adding focus to the benefits of going green.
  9. Consistent approach required/guidance needed to establish value for green infrastructure beyond purely financial considerations.
  10. Carbon offset calculations to reinforce forestry for councils.
  11. Encourage and advocate for the top down approach to AM around green infrastructure.
  12. "Guidance on how to do asset management using a holistic approach. And providing training and educational materials for practitioners and the public (in simple language)."

Risks / Challenges

  • Keeping up with pace of change.
  • Needs to be changed at the ministry level.
  • Getting collective agreement.
  • Conflicting priorities, risk aversion amongst collaborating stakeholders.
  • Currently forced into silos by clients/legislation.
  • Public perception of the cost.
  • Over coming prehistoric perceptions that infrastructure is road and buildings.
  • Starting at a too detailed level. Willingness to spend money on "non-essential" Infrastructure.
  • Councils not in forestry industry. Trees not valued.
  • Barrier of perception of cost being greater than value.

Skill or Training Gap

  • The framework/ methods for assessing the technologies.
  • Greater understanding of how climate change affects their areas and the costs associated.
  • Awareness of the other disciplines and knowledge of how they can fit together.
  • Asset managers not climate experts.
  • Ability to influence outside groups to move towards these actions.
  • Better risk profiling and monitoring of threats.
  • Lack of focus on the impacts that will arise from climate change and that we need to act rapidly now.
  • Understanding need to do this now.
  • Tools, guidance for evidence building and forum or centralised repository for steps in infancy.


  • Lowering the cost to make the tech more accessible
  • Understanding the risk and undertaking vulnerability assessments
  • The lack of measures for soft benefits
  • It all was good
  • By 2050 we need to be removing more carbon dioxide then we are producing

2018 Forum Outcomes

6 key themes were workshopped - click the links
below to view the outcomes from each one

1. Changing Requirements
2. Technological Change
3. Changing Business and Funding Rules
4. Skills and Capabilities
5. A Changing Environment
6. Future Cities