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, …

CCNZ welcomes Budget infrastructure spend but improvements needed in how work is contracted

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Civil Contractors New Zealand welcomes today’s Budget with its focus on investing in capital infrastructure and future resilience. However, the industry organisation says the spend will be more effectively used if local and central government greatly improve how they contract infrastructure work. CCNZ represents more than 600 large, medium-sized and small businesses in civil engineering, construction and general contracting and …

Leadership changes for Construction Safety Council

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The Construction Safety Council of New Zealand (CSC NZ) has appointed Roger McRae as its new chair of the governance board. The Construction Safety Council (CSC NZ), as the peak body for heath and safety in New Zealand Construction, works to provide a healthier and safer environment for all of our people – from helping boost capability with the ConstructSafe …

Government funding boost welcomed by Infrastructure Industry

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The Government’s recently announced $11 billion investment into infrastructure over the coming years has been welcomed by the industry. Brian Warren, President, Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ) says that the sector has the capacity and availability to undertake the increased work that will result from the increased Government investment. “This is helped by having a formalised Civil Trades Certification that …

Contractors will be working for months to repair flood damage

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Thousands of workers in civil construction and general contracting were working outside in the worst of the extreme weather last week but their hard work has only just begun. Civil Contractors New Zealand chief executive Peter Silcock, whose organisation represents 600 members in civil construction and general contracting businesses, said contractors were out throughout this weekend and last week, helping …

30,000 new construction workers needed by 2019

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New Zealand’s construction industry will need another 30,000 workers over the next three years and industry body Civil Contractors New Zealand says its members are increasingly investing in skills training now to avoid a future labour shortage. The latest MBIE employment growth forecast figures show that the construction industry will make up about 20 percent of the country’s 148,000 new …

2017 – The Year of Building Infrastructure Resilience

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There are many lessons to be learned from the Kaikoura earthquakes but the main one is the need for the public and private sectors to work together to build greater resilience into New Zealand’s infrastructure network. We all felt compassion for the people in the Kaikoura district who were cut off by road and rail and left to fend for …

Christchurch City Council Delays

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Poor planning by council not lack of available contractors create delays. It is poor planning by the Christchurch City Council not a lack of available contractors that has delayed construction work in Christchurch says Civil Contractors New Zealand CEO Peter Silcock in response to the Councils claim that “many delays were because of a lack of available contractors.” We have …