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Skills in demand but salary increases are sedate

By Jason Walker, Managing Director, Hays New Zealand CIVIL CONSTRUCTION SKILLS may be in high demand, but don’t expect generous salary increases as a result. Skilled professionals will receive salary increases of sub-three percent this salary review season. There’s no doubt that civil construction remains an active jobs market, with an improving economy, net migration […]

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Old scrapers in action 

In the April issue we featured the making of Auckland International Airport, which opened in January 1966. THE AIRPORT WAS FIRST mooted back in 1929 but it was 1959 before a decision on the Mangere site was made and approved and the Ministry of Works started building the new airport. At the height of construction […]

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Wasps and other challenges

The Midland Line dodged a bullet from New Zealand’s biggest-ever earthquake – the South Island Main Trunk didn’t – but copped a beating from other natural hazards. Hugh de Lacy with the story. THERE WAS NO BIRDSONG in what was left of the beech forest after the fire that damaged five KiwiRail bridges on the […]

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Crowley Excavators: Saving the Maketu Estuary

Alan Titchall catches up with Crowley Excavators to talk about their work on a major BOP wetlands project. I MEET CRAIG and his son Brandon Crowley at the National Excavator Operator Competition back in March. Brandon was competing at the nationals after winning the Bay of Plenty regional competition, narrowly beating his father. With his […]

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Forgotten companies: Tractomotive

An exceptionally versatile tool, the wheel loader has found a use in all phases of construction as well as quarry and aggregate production, material recycling, reclamation, rubbish transfer and heavy mining. BY RICHARD CAMPBELL Early machines were based largely on agricultural two-wheel drive tractors and operated back-to-front with the lifting arms, or mast, mounted on […]

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New procurement qualification a hit with trainees

The first two graduates of the new NZQA Procurement Qualification, and their assessor talk to Contractor about their experiences working through the latest tender evaluator qualification. FOR MARION HENTON of Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Damien Wood of Whanganui District Council, June marked the end of what they both say was an empowering journey. […]

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Lessons from the tendering court

By Caroline Boot, Plan A and Clever Buying. A SUPPLIER HAS WON a legal challenge to a council’s tendering processes, which is a sobering lesson for local authorities to get their processes and their paperwork right. What happened? A Northland-based civil construction company, the Rintoul Group, was excluded from four cycleway tenders on the basis […]

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Container crane reshuffle at Fergusson Container Terminal

A recent project at the Ports of Auckland has seen two of its smaller container cranes relocated from one end of the wharf to the other to ready the port for bigger ships and for automation. By Mary Searle Bell. FERGUSSON CONTAINER TERMINAL has five cranes – two older and smaller positioned at the end […]

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Poor procurement holding us back

By Peter Silcock, Chief Executive, Civil Contractors New Zealand.  ONE OF THE CENTREPIECES of Finance Minister Steven Joyce’s Budget was the $11 billion per year investment in new infrastructure over the next four years. Naturally the civil construction industry and Civil Contractors New Zealand has welcomed the government’s additional infrastructure spending commitments. This work added […]

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Puhoi earthworks start in three months

Despite a wet couple of months there’s been good progress on the Puhoi to Warkworth Project, the first stage of the new Puhoi to Wellsford highway. THE NEW 18.5 KILOMETRE State Highway 1 motorway between Puhoi and Warkworth is underway with construction under a Private Partnership Project (PPP), the second such arrangement after the Transmission […]

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