Migrants are heading back overseas - and this could be devastating for our building industry. The New Zealand Building Federation (NZBF) says the industry is desperate for workers, as there are still lots of jobs in the industry to be filled.
More than 700 builders will come together in Rotorua on 25-26 May to celebrate the 20thAnniversary of NZCB, which was established to raise standards across the building industry, and to canvass key issues at a time when the sector remains under pressure from growing demand.
Chronic skills shortages and other capacity constraints in the construction industry have forced the Treasury to halve its forecast rate of progress on the government’s KiwiBuild affordable housing programme. Where forecasts before Christmas assumed around $5 billion of KiwiBuild-induced “additional nominal residential investment” over the next five years, the forecast is now for just $2.5 billion over that period. “A greater proportion is assumed to occur outside the forecast period," says commentary from the Treasury in its Budget Fiscal and Economic Update (BEFU), which is published with the Budget. Finance Minister Grant Robertson told journalists there was no change to…
Foxton man Michael Muaguitutia has taken out Manawatu's New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) Apprentice Challenge.As the regional winner, Michael takes home a Makita power tool, ITM-branded merchandise, and will represent Manawatu at the final, to be held in Rotorua later this month. Michael, 21, was born in Auckland, but at the age of 17 moved to Foxton to live with his uncle and pursue a rugby career. Not long after moving, Michael landed a building apprenticeship with Caldow Builders, and hasn't looked back.