Welcome to this issue of Impact Connector published by The New Zealand Association for Impact Assessment (NZAIA). This issue has a number of papers relating to impact assessment and infrastructure focusing on Aotearoa NZ and the Pacific Islands. It is useful to consider these papers and the issues they raise for impact assessment practitioners by referring to the strategic direction set by Rautaki Hanganga o Aotearoa 2022-2052, a strategy developed by Te Waihanga, the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission (NZIC). The NZIC undertook extensive consultation with the sector and the public. The Commission recognises in the strategy that a combination of factors are creating pressures on infrastructure in Aotearoa NZ, including migration and increases in population, economic and social changes, natural hazards, climate change, and the drive to a low-emissions future. There is a long-standing deficit of capital allocation and expenditure on maintenance and new projects.