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 …

New Commission key to healthy infrastructure industry

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The draft New Zealand Infrastructure Commission/Te Waihanga Bill is a positive step towards better and more efficient infrastructure planning and investment on a national scale but needs fine-tuning to be successful in its objectives, say New Zealand’s civil contractors. Civil Contractors New Zealand Chief Executive Peter Silcock said the national association for civil contractors strongly supported the creation of the …

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 …