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Graduates on way to assist Samoan rebuild

Graduates on way to assist Samoan rebuild

A group of five graduates who have just completed a Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) or Whitireia pre-trade qualification in plumbing flew to Apia, Samoa, last month, where they will put their newly acquired plumbing skills into practice as volunteers with the Samoan Water Authority, post Cyclone Evan. “There have been lives lost and 10 people remain missing. Housing has been destroyed, schools and infrastructure are damaged and there is major disruption to water and electr...
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New liquefaction report will help with rebuild

Environment Canterbury has recently released a review of liquefaction information for Christchurch and neighbouring districts outside the green and red zones. The review report maps areas where building projects will no longer need expensive 15-metre deep ground tests, and other areas where these tests will still be required. The report covers 20 years of liquefaction studies, and draws on the experience of the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes. Environment Canterbury commissioner Dona...
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BCITO welcomes government apprenticeship incentives

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) is predicting a record number of sign-ups to building apprenticeships, following the Government’s recent announcement of a new apprenticeship scheme. This is on the back of increasing numbers of apprentices in Auckland and Christchurch.  Prime Minister John Key announced the Government would invest up to $40 million in incentives for the first 10,000 apprentices, and their employers, who sign up after April 1, ...
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I like it

I like it

Written By: Don Bunting Architect Don Bunting rattles off some more random observations about the construction and associated industries. This month: Getting positive — Don’s top of the construction industry pop charts.
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