6 Future Cities

Key Takeaways

  1. The way they use the SPM tool to prioritise their spending.
  2. Take time to think before you create because your action will affect many generations to come.
  3. Role we can play in changing behaviours re public transport (garage attached to houses).
  4. Do we need to rethink PT? Is the currently costly model outdated?
  5. Face to face Community/customer focus and technology or online user interface is still all about connection and how we choose to connect. Integration on is key to connect people and services that are available when people want them. 
  6. We like wise cities instead of smart cities.
  7. Gavin, trends towards ride sharing can't be ignored, public transport is changing, what stops people ride sharing?


  1. Promote the importance of knowing the assets and their condition. Show examples of organisations using their asset data effectively.
  2. AM has focused too much at the asset level and not the strategic level. We need stronger guidance around developing a strategic view that is relevant to the changing diversity.  We have to recognise the age demographics and the sector of the population that has driven past thinking.
  3. Agile to be able to adapt to changing environment. NAMS should be proactive in making submissions to Ministers incl setup of Infrastructure agency.
  4. Challenge existing PT models across NZ and educate people on other options.
  5. NAMS can develop a range of scenario is around climate, transport, urban growth it will help improve long term capital planning.
  6. "Predicting risk and failure modes e.g. due to climate change, inundation, coastal erosion, etc and give useful examples of worked up actual cases.
  7. Re Tamaki - Support the new Urban Planning Authority to speed up consenting timeframes- NAMs to provide advice on how to streamline the consenting process.
  8. Increase diversity of people and skills relevant to AM.
  9. Emphasis on social impact and benefit of assets and their asset management to people.
  10. Engagement with people.
  11. Mentoring for people entering new roles.
  12. Promotion of master planning as a tool for sound long term direction for an authority.
  13. They need to define their place in the Asset Management/Engineering, are they practitioners, training enablers, global information leverage. Place NAMS as the main body of knowledge in AM.

Risks / Challenges

  • Finding a diverse range of organisations using their data well i.e. across different assets groups.
  • Conflicts with other sectors who believe they own that issue.
  • It is an opportunity as long as it remains professional.
  • Changing public and councillor ideas on traditional PT methods.
  • Challenge is to have more adaptable solutions.
  • Housing demand is not met in a timely manner due to slow consenting practices. Coordination of infrastructure upgrades with development timelines are required to ensure efficiencies.
  • Resources, how to define qualitative benefits.
  • Lack of skills in this area.
  • Industry 4.0, look forward, refresh manuals regularly.

Skill or Training Gap

  • People’s accessibility access to technology.
  • Lack of future thinking and option engineering. Councillor training to give them the skills to handle the thinking needed. The Ride of Your Life video was a good tool.
  • Councils appear to not value the skill of building inspectors which means they tend to leave due to low pay.
  • A lack of master planners in NZ.
  • Future assumptions added to the IIMM, have an understanding/section of the manual that has a focus on what we need to be thinking about going forward.


  • You can't predict the future but what we have the responsibility to shape what we build.
  • Uber took dollars from public transport not taxis.
  • If we shape the buildings today then the buildings will shape us in the future.
  • We like wise cities instead of smart cities.
  • We need to change our transport planning to moving people rather than capacity on the roads for vehicles.

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