Meet our National Excavator Operator Competition finalists

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New Zealand’s ten champion regional excavator operators will board their excavators and battle it out at the 25th annual National Excavator Operator Competition, held at Central Districts Field Days in Feilding from 14-16 March 2019. This year’s competitors: Northland: Riki Lum, Clements Contractors Returning Northland regional champion Riki Lum has 32 years’ experience in civil construction machine operation. He enjoys demolition …

Manawatu digger driver to take on NZ’s best

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Palmerston North man Jim Beamsley will don his hard hat and climb into the cab of a 12-tonne digger next week when he represents Manawatu at the National Excavator Operator Competition in Feilding. Mr Beamsley is one of 10 regional champions from around New Zealand who will test their excavator skills at a series of entertaining and highly challenging tasks …

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 …

CCNZ issues new traffic control publications

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Civil Contractors New Zealand has issued new publications, the Manual Traffic Controllers’ Handbook and the Speed Management Handbook. The Manual Traffic Controllers’ Handbook features important information for traffic control, including basic safety rules, equipment, site set up techniques and operations. The Speed Management Handbook features information on temporary speed limits, Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management (COPTTM) guidelines and …

Government yet to fill gap in infrastructure pipeline

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Short-term gaps in the infrastructure pipeline are causing long-term headaches for the country’s civil infrastructure contractors, who have criticised a vague forward work programme that sees roading projects down nearly three billion dollars in the next two years. Civil Contractors New Zealand Chief Executive Peter Silcock said despite promises of ‘record investment’ and a ‘year of action’ from the Government, …

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 …

CCNZ farewells Life Member June Margan

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Civil Contractors New Zealand Life Member June Margan passed away on 25 October at age 94. CCNZ Chief Executive Peter Silcock said Ms Margan had made a “massive contribution” to CCNZ’s predecessor the Contractors Federation throughout her lifetime. “June contributed a great deal of time and energy to improve conditions for contractors over several decades. Her effort and initiative helped …

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 …

CCNZ farewells Past President Jim Hardie

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Civil Contractors New Zealand farewells Jim Hardie, who passed away on 12 September 2018. Mr Hardie acted as President of the Contractors’ Federation from 1986-1988. He was based in Northland, and prior to becoming President, he was the first Branch Secretary for the Contractors’ Federation’s Northland Branch, going on to become Branch Chair. Mr Hardie was best known amongst contractors …