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Construction industry plan to fund own Covid-19 quarantine centre for skilled workers

Posted on Friday 09 October, 2020

The construction industry wants more highly skilled workers allowed into New Zealand, and it has a plan of its own to quarantine them. In Auckland, specialised tunneling and mining workers who can construct the $4.4 billion City Rail Link are desperately needed. Some believe the waiting game could become expensive for the sector, and businesses say it needs to be easier to bring the workers in.

Construction sector aided by Accord’s agile and responsive decision making

Posted on Friday 09 October, 2020

New Zealand’s construction sector could have emerged from COVID-19 in a critical state if not for the actions of the Construction Sector Accord, say construction industry leaders. In a panel session during the Constructive Virtual Event Series, industry leaders and members of the Accord praised the way industry and government worked together during the initial COVID-19 response to make quick decisions that ultimately rescued the sector.

New art museum for central Christchurch to open in April

Posted on Friday 09 October, 2020

A new $16 million art museum will be open in central Christchurch in April after the Covid-19 lockdown delayed construction by three months. The Ravenscar House Museum on Rolleston Ave was originally set to be completed by 2018 and cost $13m, but design complications and the lockdown added another $3m to the construction price and delayed the opening.

NZCIC 2020 Election Platform videos

Posted on Friday 25 September, 2020

For the 2020 election, the NZCIC developed a list of six election platforms representing key opportunities and threats facing the New Zealand construction industry. The NZCIC 2020 Election Platforms were sent to the Building & Construction spokesperson of each of the five main political parties, who were invited to participate in a recorded interview with Radio New Zealand journalist, Phil Pennington.

Infrastructure Construction Sector: COVID-19 Recovery Study

Posted on Friday 25 September, 2020

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission (Infracom) is seeking to understand the economic impact of COVID-19 on your business and sector, the current challenges you face and solutions that can aid recovery. The information gathered through this survey will help Infracom to identify and define suitable policy responses that will have a real impact on the Infrastructure-related construction sector and the wider New Zealand economy. 

Wairarapa Youth Education Training and Employment Partnership Big Day Out

Posted on Friday 25 September, 2020

There are already a few female students more interested in the construction and trades industries after the Wairarapa Youth Education Training and Employment Partnership [YETE] big day out on Tuesday. More than 100 secondary school students and young people from around the region visited various businesses to learn more about career opportunities in the primary, construction and infrastructure sectors.

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.