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COVID-19: New fund to support housing and construction sector

Posted on Friday 14 August, 2020

A $350 million Residential Development Response Fund is being established to support the residential construction sector and to minimise the economic impact from COVID-19. Projects will be supported through sharing some of the increased COVID-19 related risks, with the fund backing developments through Government underwrites.

Construction begins on Wellington’s first base-isolated apartment building

Posted on Friday 14 August, 2020

Victoria Lane Apartments is a $140 million mixed-use development and one of Wellington’s first major construction projects to start after lockdown. The building will include 24 base isolators, effectively separating the building structure from the ground, and will also be wrapped in a diagonal grid of steel.

Outlook for non-residential construction not all doom and gloom

Posted on Friday 14 August, 2020

According to Statistics NZ, the total value of non-residential building work consented dropped to just $365 million as the full effects of Level 4 lockdown made themselves felt. But it bounced back up to $553 million in May and $753 million in June, which was the highest level it has been for any month since April last year and up 50% on June last year.

NZIOB AGM and Christ Church Cathedral site visit

Posted on Friday 31 July, 2020

The 37th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the NZIOB was held in Christchurch on Tuesday the 28th of July. The AGM was bookended by a tour to the Christ Church Cathedral site and a presentation on that project.

Record number of entries received for this year’s NZ Building Industry Awards

Posted on Friday 31 July, 2020

Entries for the 2020 New Zealand Building Industry Awards have now closed, with an impressive number of entries in each category, and a record number of entries received overall. This success feels even sweeter considering the unusually challenging year 2020 has turned out to be. The preliminary judging round will begin shortly to determine our list of finalists.

Built to Last programme outline announced

Posted on Friday 31 July, 2020

The NZIOB conference for 2020, Built to Last, is positioned as a deep dive into new ideas that will transform and strengthen New Zealand’s construction industry. The conference will be delivered as a hybrid event, with in-person and virtual attendees and presenters, and will explore the core topics of Resilience, Technology, and Wellbeing. Friday, 30 October 2020

NZIOB welcomes new members

Posted on Friday 31 July, 2020

The following people have recently joined the NZIOB, having their membership ratified by the NZIOB National Board in late July. A warm welcome to you all and we look forward to connecting with you at an upcoming NZIOB event.

Hays Construction & NZIOB Salary Guide survey closing 5 August

Posted on Friday 31 July, 2020

Don’t miss your chance to take part in the 16th annual Hays Construction and NZIOB Salary Guide survey. If you’re a construction professional working in New Zealand, help us to make this year’s guide the biggest and best yet by completing the survey.

Infrastructure Reference Group announces government funded ‘shovel ready’ projects

Posted on Friday 31 July, 2020

The Infrastructure Industry Reference Group (IRG) has announced the first government-funded infrastructure projects. Part of the $3B COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, this first wave of funding is for $819M of Central Government funding towards projects totaling $1.3B.

Government backs construction sector with new trades training centre

Posted on Friday 31 July, 2020

Otago Polytechnic, a subsidiary of the NZ Institute of Skills and Technology, will get a new purpose-built centre in Dunedin devoted to training qualified workers for the building, construction and related trades, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones announced on 24 July.

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