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Economy gets boost from building sector

New Zealand’s booming construction sector remains one of the main pillars for the country’s economic growth, benefiting from an expanding population in need of housing and spurring activity in other industries. Government data today showed the construction sector grew 5 percent in the three months ended June 30, making the biggest contribution to a 0.9 […]

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A high school drop out built a $35m company

Liam Field, 54, dropped out of west Auckland’s Henderson High School almost 40 years ago at just 15-years-old, saying that “school just wasn’t really for me”. After quitting school he did a number of jobs including earthmoving and sales. He got his start in business with the purchase of a $30,000 digger. But it all really began at the […]

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Fletcher forecasts strong earnings uplift

Fletcher Building is forecasting a strong uplift in underlying earnings for 2017 in the range of $720-760 million, mainly on the back of a boom in Auckland residential construction. Fletcher broke with its usual practice when reporting results to provide guidance for 2017 which was in line with market expectations, Sydney-based RBC Capital Markets analyst […]

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Unitary Plan given the green light

Auckland Council says it has completed an “historic” moment in planning and reached all its final decisions on the Unitary Plan. The council’s governing body finished four days of deliberation over the plan and will notify the public of its decisions this Friday. That will be followed by a 20 working day period during which […]

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Women transforming construction sector

Winners of the second annual Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards have been hailed as “inspirational leaders who are passionate about changing the construction sector” during last night’s awards ceremony at Mac’s Function Centre in Wellington. The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements women are making in New Zealand’s construction industry. With 10 percent yearly growth rates predicted […]

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Contractor Selected for Metro Sports Facility

Leighs Cockram Joint Venture Ltd. to proceed with Metro Sports Facility Ōtākaro Limited has selected Leighs Cockram Joint Venture Ltd. to proceed as the single ECI (Early Contractor Involvement) contractor for the next design stage of the Metro Sports Facility, an aquatic and indoor sports and leisure venue that will grow participation in sport and […]

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Future demands for construction workforce

More construction workers will be needed to supply the sufficient labour power to support the nationwide boom in construction investment and developments. With different reports detailing the positive statistics of projects and growth, employment in construction is definitely a factor as the building trend continues. With investments in the construction sector expected to peak at $37 billion in […]

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Interview with MPTT:Auckland

We recently interviewed Mr. Kirk Sargent, Project Manager of Māori and Pasifika Trade Training:Auckland on his thoughts on the construction industry. In the interview, he discusses their association and their role, the challenges faced by Māori as well as Pasifika and the ways to overcome these challenges. 1. Can you give a brief introduction to your association? […]

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Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards 2016

Women are making huge strides in New Zealand’s construction sector with the 37 finalists in the second annual Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards reflecting the increasingly significant contribution being made by women across the industry. The awards, which will be held at Mac’s Function Centre in Wellington on 14th September, aim to celebrate the achievements of […]

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Opportunities in Auckland under Construction

With the region and the country as a whole under construction. There is an urgency for more housing and infrastructure to carry an ever-increasing population. Granted, it will now rely heavily on related businesses to supply and fuel the momentum. Richard O’Brien of nzbizbuysell says commercial opportunities abound in booming construction times – especially if […]

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Uplifting signs for Auckland’s cranes sector

Cranes don’t always make national headlines, so many may be surprised that the industry has drawn a lot of attention in recent months. For example, the New Zealand Herald ran several articles earlier this year on the growing presence of cranes being erected across Auckland. These were based on Rider Levett Bucknall’s (RLB) Crane Index, […]

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