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Otaki youth studying over summer

Otaki youth studying over summer

A group of 20 strong, young and enthusiastic students from the Kapiti Coast have left their surfboards and Playstations alone this summer break. Instead of heading to the beach or sitting in front of a computer, they are inside a carpentry workshop at WelTec’s Petone campus learning how to use hand tools and mastering basic carpentry techniques in a setting that replicates a real building site. The students are enrolled in a new carpentry programme co-sponsored by WelTec and Whitireia ...
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Christchurch draft plan hindering rebuild

Christchurch City Council’s “restrictive” draft Central City Plan is undermining the Canterbury business community’s efforts to rebuild, warns the Property Council of New Zealand in a submission to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority. Commenting on the draft Central City Plan, the Property Council argues significant amendments are required to restore confidence among the commercial property investment community. Property Council South Island branch president ...
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Minister to open Christchurch rebuild event

Minister for Building and Construction Maurice Williamson will open a forum for Christchurch’s building and property professionals on February 29. The event — Steel: the proven performer for a new Christchurch — aims to make the case for structural steel to play a leading role in the rebuilding of the city. Hosted by industry body Steel Construction New Zealand, invited guests including local architects, engineers, builders, developers and property owners will debate the te...
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Too many workers dying

Four construction workers died at work last year, and more than 650 were seriously hurt on building sites across the country. Provisional statistics released by the Department of Labour recently show there were 41 workplace fatalities in New Zealand last year, with construction one of the sectors where the most harm occurred. “Just one death is one too many — and it is unacceptable that construction has such a high accident rate in New Zealand,” according to the Department&...
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Earthquake reconstruction to revitalise sector

The New Zealand building sector will rebound from its lowest level in 10 years as the country continues to fight back from devastating earthquakes in Christchurch despite lower activity levels in other regions, according to leading industry analyst and economic forecaster, BIS Shrapnel. But BIS Shrapnel’s Building and Construction in New Zealand 2011/12 – 2017 report warns that the numerous aftershocks are having a psychological impact on home owners’ decisions on when and i...
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Grow your business: getting the right people

As our industry inches closer to recovery, many builders and subcontractors will be looking to the future, and thinking about the number of people they might need. We know there’s going to be a skills shortage, and cracks are already starting to appear in areas of higher demand, namely Auckland and Christchurch. We take a look at how you, as an employer in the construction industry, can ensure you get the right people to grow your business over the coming building boom. For some, work...
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