Shovel-ready infrastructure projects needed

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The weekend announcement of the Government’s plans to bring projects forward and lift spending on significant infrastructure projects in the short to medium term is welcome news for Kiwi civil contractors and communities. Civil Contractors New Zealand Chief Executive Peter Silcock said Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s announcement to “significantly increase spending on infrastructure” boded well for communities, contractors and their …

Mark Evans joins CCNZ Executive Council

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Mark Evans has joined the Civil Contractors New Zealand Executive Council, bringing with him significant project expertise working across New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the United Kingdom. Currently Alliance Director for Te Ahu a Turanga – Manawatu Tararua Highway, Mark has been General Manager for HEB Construction since 2015, providing governance for high-profile projects such as Transmission Gully, the …

Guidelines signal new hope for construction industry

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The contracting relationship between government and the construction industry is set to be redefined, with new construction-specific guidelines created to accompany new government procurement rules coming into force tomorrow. Civil Contractors New Zealand Chief Executive Peter Silcock said if the new Construction Procurement Guidelines and the new Government Procurement Rules 4th Edition were properly implemented with agencies held accountable, it …

Winners named in peak civil construction awards

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A record-breaking pipeline in Auckland, a Napier roading upgrade to make a busy intersection safe, an Auckland wastewater station and a stormwater restoration in Wellington were amongst the winners of the 41st CCNZ Hirepool Construction Excellence awards in Rotorua on 2 August. Civil Contractors New Zealand Chief Executive Peter Silcock said these awards represented important recognition, not just for the …

Doug the Digger receives national Service Award

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Northland’s Doug the Digger (aka Alistair McIntyre) received a national Service Award for his role in helping young people learn the skills to operate excavators and start careers in civil construction. The award was presented at a dinner attended by more than 450 industry leaders and business owners on 2 August at the Civil Contractors New Zealand National Conference in …

Passion for civil construction inspires young leaders

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An Otago site supervisor, a Christchurch foreman and a Wellington Environmental Advisor received awards for industry leadership on 2 August at the Z People Awards, held at Rotorua’s Blue Baths during the Civil Contractors New Zealand ‘Navigating the Future’ Conference. Keith Matheson of Otago’s SouthRoads won the coveted Emerging Leader Award, which recognises outstanding leadership under the age of 30 …

Civil construction’s top training initiatives named

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Civil construction companies from Christchurch and Wellington were the big winners in the national Civil Contractors New Zealand Connexis Company Training and Development Awards, presented on 2 August to recognise commitment of businesses to ongoing professional development for staff. Fulton Hogan Christchurch won the award for companies with a turnover of more than $100m thanks to its efforts in benchmarking …

John Burden joins CCNZ Executive Council

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New CCNZ Executive Councillor John Burden was elected to the Civil Contractors New Zealand Executive Council at the CCNZ Annual General Meeting on 2 August. Mr Burden is Executive General Manager Infrastructure Projects at Downer New Zealand. He is an accomplished leader in the New Zealand construction sector, who has led some of the largest infrastructure projects undertaken in this …

Clearer work programme critical for NZ infrastructure

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The civil construction industry is eagerly awaiting ‘record spending’ on three waters, public transport and road safety improvements to bring financial certainty and stability so it can work towards overcoming New Zealand’s infrastructure deficit. Results from the 2019 Construction Industry Survey, a joint research project commissioned by Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ) and Teletrac Navman, reveal uncertainty in the pipeline …

Conference to explore future of NZ civil construction

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The state of New Zealand’s civil construction industry, workforce and technology will be discussed at a panel discussion featuring senior industry leaders at the Civil Contractors New Zealand’s Navigating the Future conference and expo in Rotorua on Friday 2 August. Results from the third annual Construction Industry Survey, a joint research project from CCNZ and Teletrac Navman which measures civil …