An authentic icon

The G-Class, the luxury off-road vehicle from Mercedes-Benz, has long been considered a design icon. Its external appearance has not changed significantly since 1979, as its unmistakable shape is its trademark, meaning in 2019 the G-Class is very retro cool. But add its extraordinary off-road attributes and sumptuous interior and you have a dead-set trendsetter in the off-road segment. Individual …

Risky business

The voluntary administration of Arrow International (NZ) announced recently will impact not just on the employees of the company and its clients, but the wider network of contractors and subcontractors who supported its construction projects. Civil Contractors New Zealand chief executive, Peter Silcock, says Arrow’s collapse was yet another demonstration of what is wrong with the construction industry in New …

Up and running

Leading construction lawyer Mark Williamson, a partner at DLA Piper, answers the pressing question— how to get the construction sector working? The vexed question of how we can build better is back in the headlines with much debate around the pace of Kiwibuild construction and the pros and cons of an Urban Development Authority. However, the question is what other …

JLG INDUSTRIES CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF INNOVATION AND LEADERSHIP

John L. Grove founded JLG® on this day 50 years ago; pioneering the access industry McConnellsburg, Pa. — January 9, 2019 — JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company [NYSE:OSK] and a leading global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telehandlers, officially kicked off its year-long 50th anniversary celebration earlier today, marking a half-century since its founder spearheaded the access …

The price of unproductive work

Construction firms lose NZ$53b pa in labour costs on unproductive work ‘Unproductive work’
is costing construction businesses in New Zealand and Australia nearly NZ#$53 billion a year, according to new research. The findings are part of a survey of the global construction industry covering
599 respondents internationally. The Construction Disconnected research included 80 construction leaders and decision makers from New Zealand and …

Five keys for winning jobs when you’re not the lowest price

Lost out to a cowboy again! Local builder Josh is fuming. He’s just learned (through the grapevine) that he’s missed out on the King Street reno. The local cowboy has undercut him again! By nearly a third this time. But there’s no way he could have made any money at a rate that low. At that price, would have only …

Diversity the key to construction success

Women make up just
2.6 percent of workers
‘on the tools’ in New Zealand’s construction sector and the Building Construction Industry Training Organisation says correcting this imbalance is vital to addressing ongoing skills shortages. Employment forecasts for the construction sector, which BCITO covers, suggest
there will be more than 80,000 new and replacement jobs openings in the next five years. Traditional workforce pools …

Construction and immigration


Smart plays in a tight environment WHAT ARE THE VISA OPTIONS TO ASSIST WITH THE CONSTRUCTION WORKER SHORTAGE? NZ is desperately seeking 50,000 construction workers over the next five years. This is excluding the government’s KiwiBuild programme which anticipates to building in excess of 100,000 houses over the next 10 years. Given the changes under the Essential Skills Work Visa …

Built to last?

New Zealand’s building industry has yielded some stunning results – from creative architectural typology in the residential sector, to industrial construction that pushes the envelope. Unequivocally, there are compelling results to be celebrated and that have set a high benchmark. But like many facets of life, the good often comes with the not-so-flattering reality of what can happen when standards …

NEW YEAR, NEW SNORKEL WEBSITE

Henderson, Nevada, USA (18th January 2019) Snorkel™, a leading full-line manufacturer of aerial lifts, is very pleased to announce that 2019 marks the company’s 60th anniversary. Founded in 1959 by Art Moore, with roots in the fire-fighting industry, Snorkel has grown into a global leader within the aerial lift industry. To kick off a year of celebrations, Snorkel has today unveiled a brand-new global …