Growing the skills pipeline… trades, training and a transition

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) recently reached a new milestone, announcing 16,000 apprentices actively training. This is the highest number of apprentices ever, and in a time where tradies are in short supply, it’s a big step in the right direction. BCITO is determined to grow the skills pipeline New Zealand desperatelyContinue reading “Growing the skills pipeline… trades, training and a transition”

There’s no better time… ‘lady tradies’ can fix the shortage

As the trades in New Zealand are experiencing months of backlogged work and a shortage of experience to match the abundance of demand says Dan Pollard, founder of Fergus job management software for tradies, he is calling for more female tradies to enter the workforce. Pollard says: “We’ve always needed more female tradies and asContinue reading “There’s no better time… ‘lady tradies’ can fix the shortage”

Business NZ endorses business leaders’ comments on COVID-19 strategy

BusinessNZ endorses comments made by business leaders about the need for clarity on the government’s strategic direction in combatting COVID-19. Chief executive Kirk Hope says the government has done a good job of continuing to keep COVID at bay, but businesses would like to see more clarity on the proposed pathway out of the pandemic.Continue reading “Business NZ endorses business leaders’ comments on COVID-19 strategy”

Rule Britannia! Britannia rules COVID-19 insurance coverage waves

By Dentons Kensington Swan’s Stuart Robertson (partner), Justin Fredrickson (associate), Ossama Mohamed (summer clerk) As all of us will be aware COVID-19 has caused massive disruption and financial stress around the world. New Zealand as a whole and regionally has been in different levels of lockdown since March 25, 2020. While there has been assistanceContinue reading “Rule Britannia! Britannia rules COVID-19 insurance coverage waves”

Building development set to be NZ’s largest construction ‘reuse’ project

A category one listed heritage building and artwork in Auckland’s CBD is set to become the site of the country’s largest-ever sustainable construction reuse project. The potential project, while not yet confirmed, has entered the first stage of its planning process and has now been granted resource consent. If completed according to projections, it willContinue reading “Building development set to be NZ’s largest construction ‘reuse’ project”

Editorial – March/April 2021

Welcome to your new-look, completely revived and redesigned NZ Construction News magazine. We hope you like the fresh ideas as well as a new size-format. And it’s fresh ideas that this issue focuses on, particularly with the massive trade shortage that the construction and building sectors face. A shortage in tradies can produce a cripplingContinue reading “Editorial – March/April 2021”

Gunne Civil takes in latest Komatsu technology

When Queensland contractor Gunne Civil Constructions was engaged to carry out site preparation earthworks for Komatsu’s forthcoming new Wacol distribution centre and technology hub, it was an opportunity for the company to take advantage of the latest technology in managing its side of the project. Gunne Civil has a substantial fleet of Komatsu equipment, manyContinue reading “Gunne Civil takes in latest Komatsu technology”

A sustainable new solution for ageing, corroding infrastructure

Surrounded by ocean, most of New Zealand’s reinforced-concrete infrastructure lies close to the coast, making it susceptible to corrosion. Could new glass-based reinforcing hold the answer? Research at the University of Canterbury (UC) led by Structural Engineering Professor Alessandro Palermo has highlighted the impact deterioration can have on the performance of structures. This research isContinue reading “A sustainable new solution for ageing, corroding infrastructure”

Hydraulink customisation extends versatility of workhorse CAT machinery

Expert Hydraulink technicians have installed hammer piping and other new features in a complex customisation of CAT machinery designed to further extend its functionality and versatility. The customisation was completed for a customer that wanted the option to add different attachments to their reliable and efficient CAT 320f excavator, which weighs about 22t and featuresContinue reading “Hydraulink customisation extends versatility of workhorse CAT machinery”