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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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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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