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Knowledge workers in growing demand

The demand for knowledge workers is increasing across New Zealand as employers recruit these highly-skilled professionals to add immediate value and adapt to the rapidly changing and digitising world of work. Of the new jobs added to the latest Hays Quarterly Report of skills in demand (for October to December 2016), the recruiter says “almost […]

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3D printing wood for construction

It may sound like magic, but a Canterbury University researcher thinks 3D technology could hold the key to a whole new industry in 3D printing wood. The outcome could be an endless supply of timber for construction without ever having to cut down a tree. Associate Professor David Leung has just received funding of $255,000 […]

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Young people wanted in the growing industry

Wanted: 32,000 people to fill jobs to help fuel Auckland’s rapid growth. Available: 23,000 16-24 year old Aucklanders not in education, employment or training. And the money’s good – $40,000-$60,000 in many starting salaries and genuine prospects for advancement. It seems an easy equation to solve. But a new competition, #BuildAKL, has been launched to […]

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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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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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