Editorial – June / July’19

Have you embraced the arrival of e-scooters on our city streets? Or are you still scratching your head about how they have become so popular so fast?

From boom to bust – the ever-changing construction sector and its impact on your business – By Mark Taylorson

The current state of the construction industry seems to be something of a paradox. On one hand we have a buoyant sector with players flourishing and achieving year-on-year growth. On the other we see a string of business failures leaving behind a trail of destruction and huge sums of money owed to stakeholders and subcontractors.

What could the legalisation of cannabis mean for employers? – By Shaun Brookes

Following the news that voters will have the chance to say yes or no to legalising cannabis in the 2020 general election, employers will need to consider how this will affect their workplace safety procedures and their rights to conduct random drug testing.

Editorial – April / May’19

The demise of Arrow International – yet another high-profile Kiwi company to fall victim of the current construction boom – is symptomatic of everything that’s wrong with the industry.

A focus on diversity – By Ben Holland

Engineering New Zealand’s new president Ben Holland says diversity and inclusion will be a strong theme of his tenure, and now is the opportunity for engineering professionals to make a huge difference for the good of New Zealand.

Money down a hole? Mainzeal and its consequences – By Brendan Cash and Liam Bullen

Mainzeal Property and Construction (‘Mainzeal’) was once New Zealand’s third-largest construction company. Their projects included landmark buildings such as Auckland’s Spark Arena and Wellington’s Supreme Court. As far as most people knew, it was a large, successful contractor that principals, subcontractors, suppliers and consultants could confidently deal with. However, under the surface, all was not well.

Editorial – February / March’19

Most of Auckland’s major developments of infrastructure have been spurred by the city hosting an international sporting event.

The best of times, the worst of times – By Malcolm Fleming

The construction sector is a curiosity to many outsiders. The public struggles to reconcile why there are numerous companies across the construction supply chain that are experiencing financial stress, and in some instances failing, in an environment in which the current and forecasted construction activity is perceived to be extremely buoyant.

The benefits of diversity in the workforce – challenging the norm – By Yemi Penn

As a firm advocate of disruption and diversity, Yemi Penn believes that the construction sector needs to adapt its work and communication styles, by primarily acknowledging the breadth of talent that women bring to the industry.