Focus on lowest cost undermining major infrastructure projects

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The construction industry is under strain to build a record amount of infrastructure on thin margins, but issues in the procurement phase could destabilise the construction industry and set these large-scale projects up to fail. Results from the 2018 Construction Industry Survey, a joint research project commissioned by Teletrac Navman and Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ) and conducted by Colmar …

Forecast shows national infrastructure pipeline needs work

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Kiwi civil contractors warn that while a recent construction forecast looks to steady the ship, the current course risks an underwhelming response to major challenges and losing talent to a booming overseas infrastructure markets. The National Construction Pipeline Report 2018 forecasts future building and construction activity across New Zealand, covering a six-year period to 2023. Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ) …

Minister to introduce EPIC infrastructure careers campaign

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More gamers, trampers and sportspeople may soon be building and maintaining New Zealand’s vital water, roading and energy networks, thanks to a careers promotion platform designed to inspire career seekers and bring diversity to the infrastructure workforce. EPIC Careers in Infrastructure will be officially launched at the Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ) Conference in Hamilton on 2 August with an …

Policy may down tools for contractors

Civil contractors warn of construction gap in Government transport policy

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New Zealand’s civil contractors have welcomed a record level of investment in transport, but expressed concern at a medium-term construction gap in the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport which risks losing Kiwi civil construction capability and capacity to overseas markets. Civil Contractors New Zealand Chief Executive Peter Silcock said the potential $2 billion gap would occur between 2019-2022 as …

R&D tax credit proposal welcomed by contractors

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New Zealand’s national association for civil contractors says a draft proposal to provide tax credits as an incentive for innovation is welcome news – but the proposal needs work if it’s to meet the needs of the people who build and maintain New Zealand’s infrastructure. Civil Contractors New Zealand recently made a submission to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and …

CCNZ welcomes ATAP and has fast track hopes

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Civil Contractors New Zealand has welcomed today’s announcement on the Auckland Transport Alignment Project but raised concerns over the significant reduction in infrastructure construction work over the next two years, as we transition from state highway construction to large public transport projects. CCNZ CEO Peter Silcock said he welcomed Transport Minister Phil Twyford’s announcement on the civil construction programmes for …

Scrapping Auckland’s East-West Link creates hole in our infrastructure programme

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Yesterday’s announcement by the new Government that work on Auckland’s East West Link will stop in favour of the light rail to the airport will replace a large project that is very close to starting with one that requires years of planning and consenting, says Civil Contractors New Zealand Chief Executive Peter Silcock. “The development of public transport particularly in …

New civil contractors’ subcontract to boost industry efficiency

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In a bid to reduce costly paperwork and legal advice, and address concerns about risk allocation, Civil Contractors NZ (CCNZ) has developed a new standard subcontract form. CEO Peter Silcock said the CCNZ Subcontract, developed with Kensington Swan, was in response to CCNZ member requests for an industry standard subcontract that could be used across a wide range of civil …

Contractors welcome infrastructure promises: with some caveats

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Civil contractors have welcomed political parties’ announcements on infrastructure investment but say any incoming government needs to improve procurement systems and shine light on “the poor cousin” of infrastructure: water systems. Civil Contractors NZ CEO, Peter Silcock, said the various election promises to invest more in public and private transport infrastructure were good news for everyone because, despite a recent …

Girls with Hi-Vis month underway

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Infrastructure Industry launches campaign to attract more women to the workforce Women around the country are donning Hi-Vis attire this month for a ‘hands on’ taste of working in the Infrastructure Industry. The annual ‘Girls with Hi-Vis’ initiative lead by Connexis – the Infrastructure Industry Training Organisation (ITO) – sees staff already working in the Infrastructure Industry inviting sisters, daughters, …