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Recent government initiatives in the construction sector

Posted on Tuesday 02 June, 2020

2 June 2020: Changes to Building Consent exemptions

In a move designed to fast-track small residential projects from proposal to construction, the government has increased the size of detached buildings that are exempt from a Building Consent. The previous exemption was for buildings...

Construction related announcements in brief

Posted on Tuesday 02 June, 2020

2 June 2020. Following the recent National Party’s recent leadership change and reshuffled line-up, the Building and Construction portfolio has moved from Andrew Bayly to Waikato MP, Tim Van de Molen.

View additional information on National’s new spokesperson for Building and Construction
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Weekly NZCIC & CHASNZ COVID-19 update

Posted on Thursday 14 May, 2020

14 May 2020. In this week’s NZCIC/CHASNZ weekly update, the Construction Protocols for Level 2 are released (and operative from yesterday), and there are a number of updates from the Construction Sector Accord, specifically: 

Guidance for public sector agencies dealing with...

NZIOB COVID-19 themed webinars

Posted on Thursday 14 May, 2020

14 May 2020. The second wave of the NZIOB’s COVID-19 themed webinars will be launched next week, with a new suite of topics, as well as the return of an earlier theme.

Upcoming webinar

COVID-19 Employment Law FAQs
Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Employment law expert,...

2020 Budget: Rebuilding Together

Posted on Thursday 14 May, 2020

14 May 2020. Today’s Budget provides for a $50bn COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. Detailed in the first $15.9bn of the newly announced spend is significant investment in new building projects and industry training.

Key aspects from the 2020 Budget:
 
Housing and...

Kāinga Ora building contractor opportunity

Posted on Thursday 14 May, 2020

14 May 2020. Kāinga Ora has announced they are bringing approximately $500m of residential retrofit work to the market. Main contractors are being sought to undertake regional projects over a two year period, scheduled to commence in October 2020. Click on...

New format and dates announced for 2020 New Zealand Building Industry Awards

Posted on Thursday 14 May, 2020

The New Zealand Building Industry Awards are going ahead for 2020, but with changes that reflect pragmatism and innovation. On a practical level, both the close-off date for the award entries, and the awards ceremony, have been pushed out by...

Useful COVID-19 themed construction industry resources

Posted on Thursday 14 May, 2020

Construction Sector Accord: Rapid mobilisation models for the construction sector to support post COVID-19 recovery
https://www.constructionaccord.nz/assets/Construction-Accord/files/accord-rapid-mobilisation-models.pdf

Site Safe: Pandemic Readiness Review
Site Safe is offering businesses the opportunity to see how well your business has adapted to the new COVID-19 safety protocols.
https://www.sitesafe.org.nz/products-and-services/site-reviews/?utm_source=Media&utm_medium=Release&utm_campaign=Review

MBIE: Guidelines...

Establishment of the six Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) fast-tracked

Posted on Thursday 14 May, 2020

As previously announced, included in the six WDCs, is one for Construction and Infrastructure. See details on the accelerated timeline for the six WDCs here. 

COVID-19 Construction Protocols for Alert Level 2

Posted on Monday 11 May, 2020

Following this afternoon’s government advisement that New Zealand will transition to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 on Thursday (14 May), members should ensure sites comply with the Construction Protocols for Level 2, which are now posted on the Construction Health & Safety...