2017 Hirepool Construction Excellence Awards

Entering the Dunedin Centre through the Moray Place entrance we are in a venue that has been transformed. The vendor booths are gone; replaced by circular tables. The work dress has mostly been replaced by black tie, and Hirepool banners are festooned against the walls. It’s the fitting climax to a three day conference and…

Down to business at CCNZ 2017

After last night’s welcome drinks it was down to business this morning. CCNZ president Brian Warren welcomed delegates and used the opening slot to make mention of the challenges civil contractors are currently facing.  Following the president Teletrac Navman’s Jim French shared findings from the recent survey.  We will be sharing these with our audience…

Conferencing in Dunedin- 

CCNZ’s annual conference kicked off last night with Fletcher Construction welcome drinks. Instead of the traditional trivia quiz the delegates were divided into teams and given a challenge: to assemble a wooden crane. This was keeping in line with this year’s theme- ‘Smart Contracting’! After an hour of foraging wooden parts from around the vendor…

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.…

Apprenticeship skills shortage fix

  Two career pathway programmes in the Waikato District are helping to address the skills shortage in the infrastructure industry following the recent graduation of 21 trainees and apprentices. The Downer Basic Civils Programme, between Downer and Waikato-Tainui, in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development, has resulted in seven previously unemployed members of the…

Girls with Hi-Vis month

The Infrastructure Industry has launched a campaign to attract more women to the workforce Women around the country donned Hi-Vis attire last month for a ‘hands on’ taste of working in the Infrastructure Industry. The annual ‘Girls with Hi-Vis’ initiative lead by Connexis sees staff already working in the Infrastructure Industry inviting sisters, daughters, friends, cousins…

Fulton Hogan announce key appointments

Fulton Hogan is pleased to announce the appointment of Graeme Johnson to the position of CEO – NZ Regional Business and Domenic De-Fazio to the position of CEO – NZ Construction. Mr Johnson and Mr De-Fazio are respected Fulton Hogan leaders who have nearly 30 years’ collective experience within the company. They take over from…