National Construction Pipeline – Report 2

The Government will today release the second National Construction Pipeline report; a follow on from the initial Pipeline report released in November 2013. These reports give guidance on industry direction to assist stakeholders with future planning and to ensure appropriate NZ has the appropriate level of skills and investment. It will come as no surprise…

KS on the implications of a third term National government

Arie Moore and Sam McCutcheon of Kensington Swan’s Wellington construction law team were featured in this month’s New Zealand Construction News, commenting on the implications of a third term National government for the construction and infrastructure sector. The article is also available online – click here to read Arie and Sam’s views on their four…

Brookfield Multiplex – High Court of Australia on builder’s duty of care

Recently the extent of a builder’s liability in tort has been the subject of a number of judicial decisions in New Zealand. Across the Tasman Australia have been grappling with similar considerations. The High Court of Australia (Australia’s highest court) has recently released a decision concerning builder’s liability for pure economic loss; Brookfield Multiplex Ltd…

Construction costs set to increase

NBR reports that construction costs are expected to accelerate at the fastest pace since the mid-2000s construction boom. According to the NZ Institute of Economic Research (NZIER), non-residential construction cost inflation will average 4.3% a year over the next three years. The drivers of the anticipated cost acceleration are resource and capacity constraints associated with…

Christchurch crane capital of New Zealand

Following a 41% increase in cranes over the past six months, Christchurch has been confirmed as the ‘crane capital’ of New Zealand by the latest Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) Crane Index. Christchurch holds a comfortable lead at 31 cranes in the sky, followed by: Auckland – 26 Hamilton – 7 Wellington – 6 Queenstown – 4 Tauranga…

Changes to construction defect liability law in Colorado State aimed to boost local housing markets

The City of Lakewood in Colorado State has recently passed a local government ordinance amending Colorado’s laws around construction defects. The amendments give builders a ‘right of repair’ for construction defects before facing litigation for the work, and also require consent from a majority of homeowners in [body corporate] developments before issuing proceedings. The amendments…

Micro-finance in India

It is always good to see a positive news story emerge in the construction industry, especially one relating to a bank. It is also good to reflect on some of the things most of us in New Zealand take for granted, such as a local toilet. However, in India the population does not have this…

Construction (temporarily) halted in Christchurch

In a rather odd turn of events a Christchurch building site has been shut down while WorkSafe investigates why a crane had toppled over. The Crane is owned by Thermosash and was being used on a Ganellen building site at 148 Victoria Street. When complete the building will house retail and office spaces. No one…

Engineers leave reports unsigned to avoid complaints

Allegations have emerged in the High Court at Christchurch this month that an engineering firm is deliberately leaving reports unsigned to avoid complaints to professional body, the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ). Cameron and Suzanne Kelly are suing EQC and Southern Response for the rebuild value of their quake damaged home. The Press report…

Renewed focus on social housing

The Prime Minister has signalled that significant attention will be given to social housing during the next term by appointing three Ministers that will be involved in the reforms in this sector. Nick Smith remains as Housing Minister but Paula Bennett steps into the new role of Social Housing Minister, and Bill English becomes the…