On the job front

Recruitment activity in New Zealand’s civil contracting industry certainly experienced a monumental shift in focus in 2015, says Jason Walker, managing director of Hays in New Zealand. Civil jobs are still booming but it is land development, not SCIRT (Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team) work, that is now underpinning job activity. Off the back of…

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Local government funding changes

by John Pfahlert, Chief executive, Water New Zealand There are potential changes ahead in the structure of local government that civil contractors might like to keep an eye on. On 3 November the Minister of Local Government Paula Bennett signalled that government proposes to introduce legislation early in 2016 to allow councils to transfer functions…

Getting what you pay for

by Helmut Modlik, CEO, Connexis  By the time you read this, the Civil Trades regime will have launched, including recognition of the first group of certified Civil Trades people with others expected to enrol in early 2016. It is timely therefore to raise an important related subject that hasn’t had a lot of airtime to…

Consequences of the Construction Contracts Amendment Act

By Malcolm Abernethy, executive office, Civil Contractors New Zealand.   This Government has been pushing through legislation that results in a great deal of work by interested parties within condensed time frames. Examples of this are the Health and Safety at Work Act which requires regulations and guidance materials to be developed. A further example…