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First two CoVE’s announced: Primary & Construction sectors

Posted on Friday 11 September, 2020

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced that two successful groups have been confirmed to establish the first two Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) – a Primary Sector CoVE and a Construction CoVE. The construction and primary sectors were chosen as the pilot CoVEs in response to the skills shortage and rapid technological changes happening in these sectors.

MBIE’s Building for Climate Change – consultation now open

Posted on Friday 11 September, 2020

MBIE seeks your views on proposals to increase the operational efficiency of buildings, and to reduce the embodied carbon across the lifecycle of buildings as part of the Building for Climate Change Programme. This is the first public consultation under the Programme – the building and construction sector’s contribution to New Zealand’s goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

NZ Construction sites flying flags to mark World Suicide Prevention Day

Posted on Friday 11 September, 2020

Hundreds of construction sites around New Zealand are flying flags to mark World Suicide Prevention Day and to spread the message about improving mental health to prevent suicide. Mates in Construction, an organisation aiming to fight the high rate of suicide among the construction industry's workers, has organised the event and says the construction sector has the highest rate of any commercial sector in the country.

How the construction industry is tackling waste

Posted on Friday 11 September, 2020

The construction industry is one of the country’s largest waste producers by weight. It makes up around half of all waste going to landfill, but industry leaders are creating innovations to recover valuable materials instead of letting them go to waste. Auckland Council’s Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund (WMIF) funds projects from businesses, local iwi, and education and community groups that will divert waste from landfill.

Commercial construction activity hit harder by lockdown

Posted on Friday 11 September, 2020

Non-residential building activity led a sector slump in the June quarter, Statistics NZ data shows. For the three months, residential building volumes fell 19 per cent while commercial and other non-residential work fell 27 per cent. Commercial construction projects were more affected by social distancing requirements than residential builds.

Managing risk in the construction sector

Posted on Friday 28 August, 2020

The construction sector manages risk every day, but little is known about how risk management practices impact the productivity of the sector. A recent BRANZ-funded survey of the construction sector looked at the impact of a range of risk factors on project errors, delays, and productivity. Survey respondents were also asked about how they manage risk and uncertainty.

Fly the flag for your mates on World Suicide Prevention Day

Posted on Friday 28 August, 2020

Fly the Flag is an outward display to the broader community of the important work the construction industry does every day toward improving mental health and preventing suicide. The message is about taking the time out of our day to notice when our mates may be struggling, and that it’s not only OK to have these conversations, but essential!

New dates for updating Building Code

Posted on Friday 28 August, 2020

From 2021 the Building Code will be updated annually, with only two keys dates for the sector to remember. Consultation will open on the first Monday in April, while changes will be published the first Thursday in November. These dates were chosen to avoid conflicting with school and summer holidays.

Taranaki school construction project to create jobs

Posted on Friday 28 August, 2020

More than 200 construction jobs will be secured in Taranaki through Government funding for a school expansion project. Green School New Zealand will be supported with $11.7 million from the $3 billion set aside by the Government for infrastructure in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

COVID-19: Building and Construction Sector update

Posted on Friday 14 August, 2020

On Wednesday evening the government announced four community-transmitted cases in Auckland. The wider city of Auckland has moved back into COVID-19 Alert Level 3 and the rest of the country to Alert Level 2. In Auckland, construction is able to continue as long as those onsite strictly adhere to Alert Level 3 protocols and hygiene. For the rest of New Zealand, work can continue with Alert Level 2 protocols reinstated.