‘Neglecting the electing’ impacting health and safety

Despite statutory obligations that work site health and safety representatives be elected by their colleagues – which helps ensure better health and safety outcomes – the majority of safety reps who attend health and safety training appear to be appointed by their employers. Jason Braithwaite, general manager of New Zealand health and safety training providerContinue reading “‘Neglecting the electing’ impacting health and safety”


Eastland Port’s Wharf 7 rebuild ready to get underway After years in the planning, work will soon begin on one of the most significant parts of Eastland Port’s ‘Twin Berth’ project. Located in Gisborne, Tairāwhiti, the rebuild of Wharf 7 was granted resource consent in December 2020. It’s due to start late March and willContinue reading “MCCONNELL DOWELL – INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS”

Downer partnership – focusses on mental health

There is little doubt that mental health within the New Zealand construction industry is of critical importance, with a study last year showing the industry faces a suicide rate double that of others. As a big step in tackling this issue, Downer New Zealand Ltd (Downer NZ) has announced a new partnership with the MentalContinue reading “Downer partnership – focusses on mental health”

Scaling new heights… Next six months to see spike in building material costs

While recent conversation has centred on house prices peaking, the construction costs for new homes are not expected to slow down any time soon. Following a higher than anticipated 16% increase in material costs over the last three months, building suppliers are estimating a further 12% increase in the cost of their materials over the next six months, according to the latest research from Eboss.