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Industry merger confirmed: NZCF and Roading NZ

The NZCF and Roading NZ will merge on September 1st.

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Members of the New Zealand Contractors’ Federation (NZCF) and Roading New Zealand (RNZ) have voted unanimously to integrate the two organisations into one industry body.

The organisations have adopted a new name, Civil Contractors New Zealand, which will come into force on 1 September.

NZCF Chief Executive Jeremy Sole, who will lead the merged organisation, said the move would provide a single coherent voice representing the entire spectrum of services provided by New Zealand’s civil construction industry.

Mr Sole says, “It will avoid duplication of resources and enable us to focus on representing our membership and carrying out our responsibilities to local and central government and New Zealand Inc more effectively.

“The work that our industry does underpins economic development for the country as a whole. I look forward to our new organisation providing an even more effective service and continuing the significant legacy of these two industry bodies in New Zealand.” 

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New stock effluent facility to protect drivers and the environment | NZ Transport Agency

A new facility to help prevent stock effluent leaking onto our roads and waterways will provide long-awaited benefits for motorists and the King Country’s farming industry, as well as improving road safety and protecting the environment.
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Prevention of stock effluent leakage welcomed

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Specification and Guidelines for Road Lighting Design | NZ Transport Agency

Specification and Guidelines for Road Lighting Design | NZ Transport Agency | NZ Contractor | Scoop.it
@ONENewsNZ Kiwis jump the Aussies on LED Streetlighting http://t.co/SxfFLREKAK
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Infrastructure report: Delivering on our national aspirations - Business - NZ Herald News

Significant advances in infrastructure planning and investment have been made in recent years to lift the performance of the New Zealand economy and the quality of public assets that - New Zealand Herald
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Rotorua District Council provides free computers and internet

Rotorua District Council provides free computers and internet | NZ Contractor | Scoop.it
Rotorua District Council (RDC) is joining forces with National Library of New Zealand to bring free internet services to all Rotorua Library users. Ao...
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Winners of 2014 Hirepool Construction Excellence Awards | Scoop News

Winners of 2014 Hirepool Construction Excellence Awards | Scoop News | NZ Contractor | Scoop.it
Two very different bridges feature among winners of the 2014 Hirepool Construction Excellence Awards. Winners of the awards, run by the New Zealand Contractors’ Federation (NZCF) and Roading New Zealand, include a farm bridge over the Motu River at Gisborne
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Council urged to act on roading priorities - Wanganui Chronicle

Council urged to act on roading priorities - Wanganui Chronicle | NZ Contractor | Scoop.it
Council urged to act on roading priorities
Wanganui Chronicle
One senior councillor wants Montgomery Rd to have a top priority because of increasing amount of heavy traffic using the route. Photo/Bevan Conley.
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National Party Housing Policy looks promising for first home buyers

National Party Housing Policy looks promising for first home buyers | NZ Contractor | Scoop.it

Three changes to current lending criteria will assist more home buyers to enter into the housing market

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A new National Government will help tens of thousands more first home buyers and young families into a house of their own, and encourage the supply of more affordable new housing, through KiwiSaver changes announced today by National Party Leader and Prime Minister John Key.

The changes announced by Mr Key at the National Party’s Campaign Launch are projected to help about 90,000 lower and middle income first home buyers over the next five years – 40,000 more than would be helped under current policies.

“The policy will help tens of thousands more first home buyers achieve their dream of home ownership,” says Mr Key. “It will get young families started building what for most will be their biggest asset.

“National backs young Kiwis who are disciplined, save up and want to put a deposit down on a house.  National values home ownership.  That’s because it provides stability for families, strength for communities and security in retirement.

“First home buyers have always found it hard, and often that first step is quite a stretch.  That is why I believe the changes will be welcomed by potential first home buyers,” says Mr Key.

There are three major changes.

The first is replacing the current KiwiSaver First Home Deposit Subsidy with a KiwiSaver HomeStart Grant. This is a similar scheme, but has higher house price limits, and doubles the support for people who are buying or building a brand new home.

The second is allowing people to withdraw more money from their KiwiSaver account to use as a deposit on their first home. First home buyers will now be allowed to withdraw the Government’s annual contribution to their account – the member tax credit of up to $521 a year – as well as their own, and their employer’s, contributions.

Finally, more people will be able to get Welcome Home Loans, which means they require only a 10 per cent deposit to get a government-guaranteed loan. This will be achieved by making the Welcome Home Loan house price limits the same as those for the new KiwiSaver HomeStart Grant. 

“Our changes will give a lot more people the confidence that if they join KiwiSaver and keep saving, they can put together a deposit on their first house,” says Mr Key.

The new policy will cost $218 million over the next five years.

The changes will take effect from 1 April next year.

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Sir Ralph Norris to take up Fletcher chair in October

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Sir Ralph Norris, the former head of Commonwealth Bank of Australia, will take the chair of Fletcher Building in October, replacing the retiring Ralph Waters.

Fletcher today announced Norris would take over as chairman on Oct. 21, having joined the construction company's board in April as part of the succession to replace Waters, who signalled his retirement last year. Norris is current a director of Fonterra Cooperative Group and Origin Energy, and has previously been chief executive of CBA and Air New Zealand.

“Sir Ralph had led large organisations in both New Zealand and Australia, and his extensive experience will be of great benefit to Fletcher Building which has substantial operations in both countries”, Waters said.

Waters led Fletcher as chief executive from 2001 to 2006, staying on as a director after that and taking over as chairman in 2010.

New Zealand's biggest listed company is scheduled to report annual earnings tomorrow, with Forsyth Barr analysts expecting 9 percent growth in net profit to $355.3 million.

Shares of Fletcher rose 1 percent to $9.14 today, and have gained 6.4 percent this year.

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Funding Approval for Phase Two of AMETI

Funding Approval for Phase Two of AMETI | NZ Contractor | Scoop.it
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Funding has been approved to further develop plans for the South Eastern Busway from Panmure Station to Pakuranga.

The NZ Transport Agency has approved design funding of $20.9m, with it subsidising $11m, for the Panmure to Pakuranga section of the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI).

It will be the next stage after the current work in Panmure, which comprised the new Panmure Station and a new link road between Mt Wellington Highway and Morrin Rd.

Proposed Panmure to Pakuranga projects also include the Reeves Rd flyover in Pakuranga, replacing Panmure roundabout with an intersection with traffic lights, a second Panmure Bridge for the busway and a shared cycle/foot path.

Auckland Transport aims to begin construction in 2017, subject to approval of construction funding and consents.

Auckland Transport Chairman Dr Lester Levy says the popular Panmure Station and a new road, due to open soon, are just the start of major transport improvements for the area. “With the first stage in Panmure almost complete and delivering benefits already, we’re looking forward to the next stage. This funding will allow us to further develop the design of the busway and other major transport projects.

“Public transport is currently a poor option because buses get caught in the same congestion as cars, resulting in long travel times. Large numbers of passengers are expected to be attracted by quicker, frequent and more reliable buses on lanes separate to traffic.

“Buses will run every 5-10 minutes most of the day and travel times will be reliable. It will take about 27 minutes to get between Pakuranga and Britomart by bus and train, about 8 minutes quicker than currently. There will be bigger time savings when the busway is extended to Botany in the future. Together, the AMETI projects are aimed at improving people’s transport choices and better connecting the south eastern suburbs to each other and the rest of Auckland.”

The Transport Agency’s Regional Manager of Planning and Investment, Peter Casey, says support for Auckland projects like AMETI are a high priority for the Transport Agency. “AMETI ticks a lot of boxes for us in a very busy area of Auckland where there’s strong economic and population growth. Supporting Auckland Transport’s upgrades of a whole range of transport choices will improve safety, and make the time it takes to travel between destinations a lot more reliable for people.”

Mr Casey says the Transport Agency will contribute just over a 50% share of the total cost of AMETI – funding that comes from revenue gathered by the agency from the excise duty on fuel, road user charges and vehicle registration fees and is then reinvested in transport projects. 

Auckland Transport will continue to consult with residents, businesses and the community in the project area before applying for a land designation in the second quarter of 2015. This would be followed by a publicly notified hearing.

Key facts
The Panmure to Pakuranga projects are the next stage of the $1.3 billion AMETI programme. The long term project features a busway from Panmure to Pakuranga and Botany, roading upgrades at bottlenecks in Panmure and Pakuranga, and new cycling and walking infrastructure.

The Panmure to Pakuranga projects include:
•         Replacing Panmure roundabout with an intersection with traffic lights and more direct pedestrian crossings
•         Panmure to Pakuranga busway on lanes separate to traffic congestion
•         Panmure to Pakuranga shared cycle/foot path separate to traffic
•         Direct connection from Pakuranga Rd to Pakuranga Highway via Reeves Rd
•         Pakuranga bus station
•         Second Panmure Bridge for busway and shared path.

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Storm damage to Far North roads hits $30m - Northern Advocate - Northern Advocate News

Storm damage to Far North roads hits $30m - Northern Advocate - Northern Advocate News | NZ Contractor | Scoop.it
The cost of repairing Far North roads damaged by last month's storm has soared to more than $30million - almost two-thirds of the district's total annual roading budget. - Northern Advocate
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A second rail line going electric | Scoop News

A second rail line going electric | Scoop News | NZ Contractor | Scoop.it
A second rail line going electric The roll-out of electric trains in Auckland steps up next week with the introduction of the new trains on the Manukau Line. Initially electric trains will run on some off-peak services, they will be introduced to all ...
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