What To Do When Things Don’t Go To Plan

By Martz Witty The first typical reaction is knee jerk and panic, but this is seldom the correct course of action. Instead I suggest grabbing a pen and paper and answering these questions that I learned years ago at a Dale Carnegie course. It changed my life forever and is cited in Dale’s book How to Stop Worrying and Start …

The Green Revolution

Chief executive of New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC), Andrew Eagles, says when it comes to thinking about buildings and construction in modern cities there is one question he likes to ask – what would Aristotle say about our buildings? And the answer is Aristotle would have a lot to be excited about. “A wider range of organisations are now …

Skills shortages-not just a New Zealand problem

By Kevin Everett (as advised by Andy King (LIA 200800912) of Network Migration Services in Henderson With consents now as high as recorded in 2004 and the forecast for further growth, where do we go from here? We have residential, commercial, civil and infrastructure sectors all at extremely high levels of activity based on demand, with the recent natural disasters …

Drug Testing

A measured response to meth in the workplace   “It’s an epidemic!” scream the headlines. News articles over the past six months have claimed ‘P’ is easier to get than weed, “rampant” in the West Coast workforce. Meth use in Christchurch is often blamed on the influx of construction workers. Employers are understandably worried about their responsibilities, and may feel …

FTMA chairman keen to raise industry profile

By Jo Bailey  The Frame and Truss Manufacturers’ Association’s (FTMA) new chairman, Alan Westwood, is focused on raising the profile of the frame and truss sector and optimising the training and service offering the Association provides to its members. “I’ve made it a priority to build the credibility of FTMA with government agencies, so the association is more widely recognised …

Playing it Safe

The costly business of falls from height  By Kathryn Heiler Every year hundreds of New Zealand workers are seriously injured due to falls from height at work, some of them fatally. The cost of these falls from height is estimated to be $24 million a year in ACC claims – and that doesn’t even touch the human cost of losing …

Riding the wave

BY Rod Auton CEO of the Crane Association of New Zealand Strong population growth continues to boost housing demand and, along with robust household spending, is driving non-residential construction demand. Cuts in interest rates and strong population growth are also flowing through to housing demand. The National Construction Pipeline Report 2016 forecasts building and construction activity in New Zealand, and …

Civil Contractors New Zealand – from Peter Silcock, CEO

Despite the high level of contracting work available in many parts of the country, as we play catch up on past under investment in infrastructure, civil contractors are facing some big challenges with low margins, uncertain forward work programmes, ongoing industry restructuring and a shortage of skilled people. I have been on a steep learning curve since starting my role …