Riki Lum wins 25th national excavator competition

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Riki Lum was named the winner of the National Excavator Operator Competition at an awards dinner on Saturday night following two days of intense competition against the country’s regional champion excavator operators at Central Districts Field Days in Feilding. Lum comes from Kiripaka in Whangarei and works as an excavator operator for Northland-based civil construction company Clements Contractors. He is …

Arrow’s downfall reflects high risk of construction

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The voluntary administration of Arrow International (NZ) announced today will impact not just on the employees of the company and its clients, but the wider network of contractors and subcontractors who supported its construction projects. Civil Contractors New Zealand Chief Executive Peter Silcock said Arrow’s collapse was yet another demonstration of what is wrong with the construction industry in New …

Infrastructure Commission welcome

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Civil Contractors New Zealand welcomes a Government proposal to create Te Waihanga – The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission as the new Autonomous Crown Entity to deliver long term strategy and coordination of infrastructure planning. CCNZ Chief Executive Peter Silcock congratulated the Government on the proposed structure, which acknowledged the need to lift the quality of the procurement process and set …

Water review needs coherent leadership

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Recognising a need for change in New Zealand’s water industry is a small step closer to addressing issues with decaying water infrastructure, but coherent leadership from central government will be needed to make a change, say New Zealand’s contractors. Civil contractors are heavily involved in the construction and maintenance of water networks, performing tasks such as pipeline installation, construction of …

Toomer-Reti takes second Auckland REOC title

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Jason Toomer-Reti of ICB Retaining & Construction was named the Auckland region’s best excavator operator last night after an intense three-day competition against more than thirty of Auckland’s top excavator operators. Toomer-Reti is 27 years of age and comes from Manurewa. He won the Civil Contractors New Zealand Auckland Regional Excavator Operator Competition, which was held at Big Boys Toys …

Auckland excavator operators compete for glory

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More than thirty of Auckland’s best excavator operators will pour tea, slam-dunk basketballs and even navigate an egg and spoon challenge with their massive machines at the Regional Excavator Operator Competition this weekend. The annual competition will take place this weekend at the Big Boys Toys expo at ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane from 16-18 November in front of around 30,000 …

Contractors look to technology to overcome workforce woes

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New information released from NZ’s civil construction industry shows civil contractors are increasingly looking to adopt new technologies, with 77 per cent looking to technology to help them increase labour productivity. But workforce issues continue to hinder the success of the sector, with 63 per cent of contractors saying their needs for staff will increase and 80 per cent naming …

Civil Contractors welcomes new infrastructure entity

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Civil Contractors New Zealand welcomed today’s announcement from Minister for Infrastructure Hon. Shane Jones that a new independent infrastructure entity would be established to improve government oversight into the infrastructure and civil construction industry. CCNZ Chief Executive Peter Silcock said a new entity to provide oversight could potentially be of huge benefit, helping to resolve recent uncertainty over coming workflow following …

Awards for emerging leaders, stars in training

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A Christchurch construction manager responsible for two company divisions, an Auckland roading foreman heading multiple teams at 23, and contractors from the Bay of Plenty, Canterbury and the Waikato received leadership and development awards today at the Z People Awards and Connexis Training Development Awards, held at the Civil Contractors New Zealand Conference in Hamilton. Christchurch’s Isaac Construction featured heavily …

Water treatment plant takes contractors’ top award

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A major upgrade to Auckland’s main water treatment plant in Mangere took top honours at the Civil Contractors New Zealand’s (CCNZ) national awards in Hamilton last night. Other awards went to projects across the country ranging from the Chatham Islands to the banks of the Waikato River. The winner of the coveted CCNZ Hirepool Construction Excellence Awards ‘Projects with a …