Hon Shane Jones is a New Zealand First List MP based in Kerikeri, and as a Cabinet Minister in the Labour-New Zealand First Coalition Government holds the portfolios of Forestry, Infrastructure, Regional Economic Development, Associate Finance, and Associate Transport. He is responsible for overseeing both the Government’s ambitious one billion trees planting programme and the Provincial Growth Fund, which will see one billion dollars spent per annum on economic development opportunities in the regions.
He was previously the Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development, with a particular focus on fisheries, agriculture and tourism, given the significance of these resources to enhancing economic development in the region.
Mr Jones was also a Member of Parliament from 2005 – 2014, during which he held positions including Minister of Building and Construction, Associate Minister of Immigration, Associate Minister of Trade, Associate Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, and Chair of the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee.
Mr Jones has a long history of involvement in the fisheries sector and New Zealand’s Māori fisheries settlement. Mr Jones was Chair of Te Ohu Kaimoana (the Māori Fisheries Commission); Chairperson of Sealord Products Limited, and has held a number of senior positions more broadly in the public and private sector.
Shane Jones was born in Awanui, Northland, New Zealand, and is of Te Aupōuri and Ngāi Takoto descent. He has a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University earned on a Harkness Fellowship.
Infrastructure service providers are (in general) giving insufficient attention to Lifelines responsibilities under the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Act. Inter-dependencies, multiple hazards, and cascading events are increasing in importance. In addition, we have no evidence to prioritise across infrastructure investment for improved community and national resilience.
The New Zealand Lifelines Council, in collaboration with regional Lifelines groups, are focused on coordinating with relevant government agencies, local authorities and private operators to increase recognition of the opportunities leading to improved well-bring for New Zealanders.
To this end the New Zealand Lifelines Council recently completed the report “New Zealand Lifelines Infrastructure Vulnerability: Stage 1”. This provides a national context for regional lifelines studies and informs lifelines resilience planning, national policy / strategy, and future research priorities to enable us to relax and enjoy the fruits of our labours.
Roger is a Civil Engineer and Chartered Member of Engineering New Zealand. His career spans government, State Owned Enterprises and the private sector, including design, construction, and government policy. Roger is an internationally recognised expert on infrastructure resilience and has advised the National Infrastructure Unit in Treasury and all central government transport agencies on the topic of resilience. Roger is Chair of the New Zealand Lifelines (Utilities) Council and was a key contributor to the New Zealand “Built Environment Leaders Forum”. Infrastructure research is a particular area of interest where he participates in national science challenges and prioritising research funding. He is an independent consultant with Neo Leaf Global Ltd.