Civil War artefacts

While attending Conexpo in March I did a day trip to the Hoover Dam, and befriended a fellow Conference delegate and his wife. When we weren’t looking at concrete and canyon walls my friend mentioned he was a Virginian. Being a history nut I asked if he lived near any of the Civil War battlefields.…

CCNZ reflects on 2017 Budget spending

In a press release circulated after yesterday’s Budget CCNZ’s CEO Peter Silcock welcomed the focus of 2017’s Budget on capital infrastructure investment and future resilience. However, the industry organisation says the spend will be more effectively used if local and central government  improve how they contract infrastructure work. CCNZ represents more than 600 large, medium-sized and…

Koru Lounge circulation profile

The majority of our published titles get sent directly to readers. Each month we do supply a small number for Koru Lounge members, and into retail channels. Contractor, Q&M and LG magazine were all in circulation at Wellington’s Koru Lounge this morning.Help yourselves!

#BuildAKL competition winners

We haven’t blogged about #BuildAKL till now. #BuildAKL is an initiative designed by leading Auckland employers and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). Auckland is in the middle of a construction and infrastructure boom, and there is a manpower shortage. Despite this shortage there are parts of Auckland with high unemployment levels, particularly among…

Top ten website stories in 2016

Our top ten website stories in 2016 are a surprising and eclectic mix. They  accurately reflect our ongoing editorial drivers; to provide our readers in print and online, with ‘on message’ content from industry. When your shareholders pour concrete, haul underground aquarium moulds and demolish vacant police headquarters the storyboard will always be a mixed…

Our aspirations for VDAM

  by Jonathan Bhana-Thomson, chief executive, NZ Heavy Haulage Association In the transport sector, ‘VDAM’ is the bible for transporting overdimension loads, and to a lesser extent loads that need overweight permits to travel. This is the Vehicle Dimensions and Mass Rule that has been in place since 2002. For more than two years this…

Auckland – a collaborative approach

  By Tommy Parker, group manager, Highways, NZTA I was delighted to be at the Going the Extra Mile Awards at the end of September. I always enjoy attending this event – it’s great see our suppliers having their day in the sun. When these awards were initially established, they were about customer service –…

Contractor magazine celebrates 40 years with a gift offer

In the mid 1970s the building of the hydro-electric power canals and dams in the South Island, among other large concurrent projects,required specialised earthmoving machinery on a scale hitherto unknown to New Zealand contracting companies. Import licences restricted the companies eligible to meet demand, and these suppliers imported machinery into NZ in record volumes. Scrapers, tractors…

Meeting the people challenge

HELMUT MODLIK, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CONNEXIS IT SEEMS THAT EVERYWHERE we look, the signs are that the infrastructure and construction upcycle we are in will be prolonged and substantial. Major roading and energy projects, the replacement of aging water assets, the roll out of ultra-fast broadband, and the high profile coverage of New Zealand’s housing crisis…