June Construction News
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KiwiBuild Visa replaced to address skills shortage in construction industry
The Government has proposed implementing wider changes to immigration settings in place of the planned KiwiBuild Visa to address a 30,000 worker gap in the construction sector. The proposed changes include a temporary KiwiBuild Skills Shortages list which would set up a simplified process for employers to quickly hire overseas workers in critical roles.
$14 billion in pipeline to transform Auckland from ‘large town’ into thriving city
Auckland will have a “very altered skyline” in the near future as billions of dollars’ worth of construction materialises in the form of striking new skyscrapers.
Pacifica 57-level tower taking shape
Construction of Auckland’s 57-level high-rise, The Pacifica, is now well underway. The Pacifica is the project of developer Hengyi Pacific, which recently won multiple Asia Pacific Property Awards for its 69-level Lighthouse tower in Melbourne. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2020, in time for the next America’s Cup.
Bayfair shopping centre expansion reaches major milestone
The $115 million Bayfair shopping centre expansion project has reached its first major milestone. Around 50 new retail stores are to be added to the Bayfair shopping complex. The final stage of the project is set to start part way through 2019.
Review says New Zealand water infrastructure is broken
A review by the Department of Internal Affairs has found that freshwater, wastewater and stormwater services in New Zealand are not up to standard. Local Government Minister, Nanaia Mahuta, has said that the Government is not ruling out taking over the management and operation of the country’s water infrastructure from local authorities.
Cooperation key to safety on big construction projects
WorkSafe is reminding contracting firms that cooperation between parties on big construction projects is crucial under New Zealand’s health and safety laws. The reminder comes after Premier Project Management Ltd was recently sentenced in the Auckland District Court after an incident on an Auckland construction site left a worker severely injured.
Proposal to fast track Christchurch Stadium
Funding for Christchurch's planned stadium could be brought forward two years to 2021 to “fast-track” its construction. The proposal is among Mayor Lianne Dalziel's recommendations on the Christchurch City Council's long-term plan.
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