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Government urged to ease restrictions on scaffolders

The shortage of scaffolders in New Zealand risks slowing the country’s construction sector, and the Government needs to do more to reduce immigration hurdles, according to a leading industry body. Scaffolding, Access and Rigging New Zealand (SARNZ) says the surge in construction activity around the country, particularly in Canterbury and Auckland, and a lack of suitably-skilled scaffolders is a major concern in the industry. With tradesmen across the country being promoted into foreman/l...
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New Zealand’s largest residential development officially underway

New Zealand’s largest residential development officially underway

Construction activity in Auckland continues apace, with the start of construction on the Albany Rose Gardens apartments — the largest residential development in the country. Speaking at the launch of the Context Architects-designed development in early March were China Nanjing Dadi Construction Group president Yu Guojia, Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce, and former Commonwealth secretary-general Sir Don McKinnon. Mr Yu says the aim of the Rose Garden Apartments is to create...
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Surf club at heart of Muriwai

Surf club at heart of Muriwai

With surfing being the most popular pastime in the coastal community of Muriwai, situated on Auckland’s west coast, it would make sense that the new heart of the community would be a surf club. But not only is the Muriwai Lifeguard Service clubroom building — which opened in February 2013 after a nine-month build — a modern lifesaving headquarters, but it also serves as the new community hub, uniquely designed for a variety of purposes and catering for the needs of the entire ...
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Back In Time

20 years ago: Carter Holt Harvey’s $81 million expansion at the CHH Panel Products (formerly Canterbury Timber Products) plant in Rangiora was opened. The development involved the construction of a second medium density fibreboard (MDF) line, boosting annual capacity at the facility to 200,000 cu m, almost double the previous capacity. A major expansion plan for the Matarangi Beach Estates resort on the Coromandel Peninsula took the value of the project to more than ...
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BCITO connecting employers and career seekers

As demand for skilled construction workers throughout the country is becoming evident, the BCITO is connecting employers with eager career seekers. The BCITO has a dedicated team tasked with matching employers who have registered their need for apprentices with those keen to start a career in the construction industry. Many are starting their building apprenticeships with the BCITO direct from school. BCITO chief executive Ruma Karaitiana says builders throughout New Zealand are screaming out...
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