Phil Twyford, Transport Minister

Payments support contractors

by Ann van Engelen

Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects, which will be vital to New Zealand’s Covid-19 economic recovery. 

“Keeping the workforce required to build the pipeline of infrastructure projects is critical to our recovery,” says Transport Minister Phil Twyford.

“The decision to bring payments forward will provide financial relief through the four-week lockdown period to enable suppliers to retain their workforces, ensuring they can quickly restart work and be in a strong position to respond to any future government infrastructure packages.

“While we have put the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders first by going hard and early with our response to the pandemic, we are also planning for the post-lockdown economy.

“Making sure we can build more critical infrastructure as soon as possible will help stimulate the economy and help New Zealand make up its infrastructure deficit.

“The Transport Agency is also continuing planning and design work so that more projects are ready to move to construction as soon as works can resume.”