Construction
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Latest lockdown puts ongoing strain on construction

Dan Pollard, founder of trades software company Fergus, gives a breakdown of the current challenges facing the industry, and considerations to help get through the months ahead August’s lockdowns and tight restrictions coupled with border closures and broken supply chains had a noticeable impact on the construction industry. Continue →
Property Trends
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OCR rise won’t deter first home buyers as rent increases continue

The Reserve Bank’s decision to lift the Official Cash Rate to 0.50% could see interest rates go up, but as long as servicing a mortgage remains comparable or cheaper than paying rent, prospective buyers will not be put off, says Century 21 New Zealand owner Tim Kearins We’re not expecting to see a sudden and significant change in rates, as banks have already been subtly raising mortgage rates in anticipation of future hikes. Continue →
Design
Engineering

Materials
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Eight trends shaping construction materials

A recent analysis by Frost & Sullivan has identified how the global construction materials market is set to change in 2021 The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, renewed focus on environment-friendly and circular solutions and geopolitical issues are expected to affect the global construction industry for the next 10-15 years. Continue →
Compliance & Legal

Training & Management
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What do Privacy Act changes mean for company policy?

Recent changes to privacy legislation have implications for contractors, who often collect and store people’s personal information, for example on site sign-in registers, Civil Contractors New Zealand explains In December 2020 an updated Privacy Act came into being. Continue →
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OCR rise won’t deter first home buyers as rent increases continue

The Reserve Bank’s decision to lift the Official Cash Rate to 0.50% could see interest rates go up, but as long as servicing a mortgage remains comparable or cheaper than paying rent, prospective buyers will not be put off, says Century 21 New Zealand owner Tim Kearins We’re not expecting to see a sudden and significant change in rates, as banks have already been subtly raising mortgage rates in anticipation of future hikes. Continue →