Constructing an equal future

According to Statistics New Zealand, less than 12 per cent of the construction industry is female. This includes engineering, building, architecture, project management and construction law. Female students at the University of Canterbury engineering school still only make up 20% of the enrolments.    The construction industry is facing a significant skills and labour shortage as…

Concentrating commercial activity in Christchurch

The impact of red-zone cordons and poor access to the central city has seen a number of Christchurch businesses move out into the suburbs. As businesses have set up base over the past few years this has caused a problem for landlords in the CBD, as well as those in residential areas. The established business…

NZS 3910:2013 and bonds

NZS 3910:2013 was released in November 2013 and updates the 2003 version of the most widely-used construction contract in New Zealand.  One area of significant change is the contractor’s bond.   In NZS 3910:2003, the contractor’s bond was a performance bond. To call up the bond, it was necessary to demonstrate that one or more of…

Building work still expected to take off

Last week Air New Zealand announced plans to increase the number of domestic flights into Christchurch by 6% over the coming year. It is also working towards a 5% increase in the trans-Tasman flights run out of Christchurch with its partner Virgin Australia. The increase in demand for flights shows that both residential and commercial…

Timber price fixing

Forestry giant Carter Holt Harvey agreed to pay $1.85 million in penalties for price-fixing in the Auckland timber market when appearing in the Auckland High Court yesterday. Read the article here. This is surprising for two reasons in particular. First, New Zealand is widely considered as an easy place to do business and not to…

Construction and Law unite

Waikato University has announced that Fletcher Construction has won the $20 million-plus contract to build a new building for its Law and Management faculties. The building has been designed by Opus International Consultants, and planned with an emphasis on space and energy efficiency; the new building will have a ‘living lawn’ roof, natural ventilation, and…