New Zealand is on the cusp of our largest-ever construction activity. While our two largest cities face some similar challenges, Christchurch has the exciting opportunity for a clean-slate renewal.
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The Hon Phil Twyford, Minister of Housing and Urban Development, tells Build about ways the government is going to change the housing sector, including the addition of a stand-alone ministry.
The government plans to shake up vocational education and training. The building industry has voiced some concerns over the proposals, which are now being reviewed, and final changes will be announced soon.
While the construction sector is a significant contributor to the New Zealand economy, it faces a raft of issues. The government and construction sector are tackling these, setting out a detailed plan to transform the industry.
The demand for construction work will continue to grow for the next 2 years to peak in 2021. However, residential activity will start easing off in 2020, ahead of non-residential building.
The following is a BRANZ perspective on some of the many other organisations that have roles to play in the building and construction industry.
The Auckland and Christchurch housing markets are often mentioned together when rising house prices are discussed, but in reality, the housing markets of the two cities are changing in very different ways.
Kiwibuild aims to resurrect the dream of home ownership for many Kiwis, but how will it work?
A team of 28 scientists, including Dr Malcolm Cunningham from BRANZ, won the $500,000 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prize for internationally recognised work on health and housing.
Major work is under way to tackle some of the institutional problems facing the construction industry. From changes to the Building Act, an examination of where the sector is headed and initiatives to deal with the skills shortage, change is happening.