Fletcher to buy rival Higgins

Fletcher Building has gained clearance from the Commerce Commission to acquire Higgins Group Holdings, the rival construction company, after dropping Horokiwi Quarries from its application to reduce its dominance in the aggregates market. The Commerce Commission clearance has given Fletcher to acquire Higgins’ road surfacing and road maintenance, civil structure and construction products, including most […]

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World’s biggest builder in town

The world’s biggest construction company, part of the giant China State Construction Engineering Corporation, China Construction New Zealand was announced to have won the $200 million contract to build the luxurious Park Hyatt Hotel in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter. CSCEC was named as the world’s biggest builder by revenue in 2012 by The Economist. It now […]

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The Timber industry is also ready!

The timber industry reacts to the government’s announced boost to home construction with the Housing Infrastructure Fund; timber professionals believe that has to have a timber focus. ”If we want that many houses to be built quickly, properly, and with sustainable materials, timber is the way to go. This is even more the case with […]

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Securing a pipeline of building talent for NZ

The unsung heroes of the building industry, plumbers ensure that each home being built is connected properly. To keep up with construction demand around New Zealand, it’s clear that we need to have enough plumbers on tap. The latest figures show that a total of 760 additional jobs were created in the plumbing, gasfitting, and […]

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Interview with A+W•NZ

We recently interviewed the Co-founder of Architecture + Women • NZ Lynda Simmons on her thoughts on the architecture industry. In the interview, she discusses their association and their role, the challenges faced by women architects and the ways to overcome these challenges. Read the full interview here.

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Interview with NAWIC

We recently interviewed Auckland Chair of NAWIC, Jenny Parker on her thoughts on the construction industry. In the interview, she discusses their association and their role, their take on the current construction industry as well as various discussions on women in construction, such as challenges, improvements and expectations. Read the full interview here.

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Women Are The New Force In The Trades

It is expected to see there will be more and more women participate in trade sector, which has recognized to be male-dominated, to cope with the soaring demand for tradespeople in New Zealand. There were only 5% women of all tradespeople in 2013 yet it is foreseeable that the number will rise in the next […]

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NZ building activity grows

Auckland dominated construction for both residential and commercial construction as NZ building activities continue to grow for a fifth quarter in the March period. Volume of residential activity rose 5.5 percent and commercial for 5 percent. In the same period, the comparison in increase is significant than that of the March quarter last year. Building […]

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NZ Government pays up for apprentice builders

The government has announced an extra $3.5 million a year to attract more people into the building and construction industry. The pre-budget announcement announced that $14.4m would be injected into the industry training system over four years, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce said. To cope with the Auckland’s construction boom and labour […]

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The best city on the water, Auckland

Ahead of cities like Barcelona, Singapore and even Sydney, ranked number one was Auckland. The Chicago Line Cruises’ list of the world’s greatest 25 cities on the water placed Auckland in top place. Auckland’s top four tourist attractions were listed along with the ranking. ”’The Auckland Art Gallery hosts more than 15,000 art works. Auckland […]

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New policy to open up land

To cope with Auckland’s rapid growth in population, it will be a requirement by law to have Auckland Council open sufficient land to build residential houses. The new national policy statement (NPS) has sent a very clear directive to urban councils that they had to provide enough capacity for new housing and businesses to the […]

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