The Future of the Infrastructure Advisory and Delivery Environment


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Christchurch’s Ōtākaro Limited has recently been repurposed Rau Paenga Limited, in a further step to transform the Crown company into a national infrastructure delivery agency. Lessons learnt during the Christchurch regeneration programme will now help other Crown organisations to deliver their major infrastructure projects more efficiently, effectively and consistently.

Join us for a fireside chat with Infrastructure New Zealand Chief Executive, Nick Leggett, and Rau Paenga Acting Chief Executive, John O’Hagan and the General Manager of Government Relations, Mark O’Regan. We will discuss the future of the infrastructure advisory and delivery environment, Rau Paenga’s new role in the infrastructure system and how they will work with key players to deliver infrastructure outcomes.

Infrastructure New Zealand will also be holding our Annual General Meeting 2023 as part of this event. 

We thank Dentons Kensington Swan for sponsoring this event.

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John O’Hagan – Acting Chief Executive and Director Programme Delivery

John is an experienced chartered professional engineer who has been involved in the Christchurch earthquake recovery for the past 12 years.  

John leads a diverse programme covering a range of complex vertical and horizontal projects in the central city, from initiation phase through planning, execution and project closeout.  His programme leadership includes complex stakeholder-driven infrastructure developments, diverse and challenging political interests, skills in vertical building design and construction, as well as balancing commercial outcomes against the Crown’s objectives.  John’s skills and his ability to balance consultation with decisive action, are well known and respected.

John has been passionate about the rebuild of Christchurch and is pleased to see the work of his dedicated team now being enjoyed by residents and visitors.  

Mark O’Regan – General Manager Government Relations

Mark leads the company’s engagement with central government and other Crown organisations.  His team is responsible for ensuring the company’s capabilities are well understood, with a focus on building relationships and identifying opportunities for Rau Paenga to take on new infrastructure projects.  

Mark’s team also works to ensure Rau Paenga has a seat at the table in key policy discussions, and that the company’s perspectives are positively influencing the development of infrastructure-related policy. 

Mark previously worked at the Treasury and the Ministry of Transport in Wellington, and before that worked in advisory roles for EY in Canada, Germany, the UK and Ireland.  Mark is based in Wellington, where he likes to take in the sights and sounds of the ‘coolest little capital in the world’.  


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