Strong economic performance from NZ construction sector

Today Statistics New Zealand released its Annual Enterprise Survey which revealed that total sales across all industries rose 1.4% (to $351.5 billion) for the 2013 financial year. This result was heavily supported by exceptionaly strong growth in the construction sectors which saw sales increase by 8.4%; an increase of $2.8 billion.

Kiwi woman named Australasian Young Rail Engineer of the Year

It’s well known that the construction industry is male-dominated with women making up less than 1% of building and construction apprentices in New Zealand. Female engineers have fared slightly better at 13%, however it is clear that women are under-represented in the industry, and that’s why it’s fantastic to see a female doing superbly across…

New construction standard form already hijacked

In 2013, NZ Standards decided to update the 2003 version of NZS 3910, the main standard form building contract used in NZ. One of the reasons for the update was that extensive amendments were being made to the general conditions in many construction projects. NZ Standards incorporated many of the widely-used amendments in the new NZS…

Civil construction industry recognises talent

It was great to see reports of the outstanding efforts of companies and individuals in our civil construction industry, recognised at the Z Energy People Awards 2014. The awards were organised by the New Zealand Contractors’ Federation and supported by Connexis, and included emerging leader and trainee of the year categories. Companies were also singled…

New chair for Fletcher Building

New Zealand’s largest listed company, Fletcher Building Limited (FBU), has appointed a new chairman to take over from Ralph Waters after he retires at the upcoming AGM. From 21 October 2014 Sir Ralph Norris will take over the position of chairman. Sir Ralph has held a number of executive roles in Australia and New Zealand…

2014 Construction Excellence award winners announced

The winners of the 2014 Hirepool Construction Excellence Awards have been announced. The awards, run by the New Zealand Contractors’ Federation and Roading New Zealand, have six categories recognising excellence in civil construction projects, asset management, and maintenance carried out by New Zealand companies at home or abroad. This year saw the highest ever number…