Construction Opportunities

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Last updated: 27 May 2011

For a small country, New Zealand has a large construction industry that currently employs over 181,000 people through 50,000 organisations.

Sector briefing Construction Opportunities in New Zealand Why New Zealand? For a small country, New Zealand has a large construction industry that currently employs over 181,000 people through 50,000 organisations. The construction industry is showing positive signs of increased economic growth with building consents rising to $801 million in February 2010 from a low point of $695 million (May 2009). The New Zealand Government has a large regulatory role in the construction sector. The Department of Building and Housing oversee the industry from tenancy to licensing and legislation. Housing New Zealand provide overview of New Zealand?s economy, business affordable housing and services with their culture, potential opportunities and an property portfolio being worth $15.12 billion. introduction to other relevant issues. The reconstruction of Christchurch is being ?The government has allocated overseen by the Canterbury Earthquake $7.5 billion of new capital towards Recovery Authority (CERA) with the insurance the National Infrastructure Plan cost of the reconstruction being over $16 billion. Over 10,000 homes will need to be with major projects such as high rebuilt and the CBD of the city being speed broadband, electricity reconstructed to withstand possible future transmission and roading being events. identified.? Find general information on the New Zealand market conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing Business Guide for New Zealand gives an UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: construction opportunities in New Zealand and to close the gap with Australia by 2025. Opportunities The government has allocated $7.5 billion of new capital towards the project. The Christchurch Earthquake Rebuild investment plan has identified five immediate Christchurch recently experienced two infrastructure priorities of broadband, significant earthquakes, 4 September 2010 and electricity transmission, regulatory reform, 22 February 2011. The 22 February 2011 roads of national significance and the Rugby earthquake resulted in 172 people being killed World Cup 2011. and most of the Christchurch CBD area being uninhabitable. In March 2011, it was estimated If you have any questions on the opportunities that 10,000 houses would need to be above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this demolished and rebuilt, along with large report. Business opportunities aimed sections of the CBD and the city?s specifically at UK companies are added daily to infrastructure. It has been estimated that the UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our 22 February 2011 earthquake could cost staff overseas in British Embassies, High insurers $16 billion with no firm estimate for Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors the rebuild of the city. and in over 100 markets. The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Agency You can be alerted to business opportunities on (CERA) role will be to coordinate the recovery a regular basis by registering on the UKTI efforts of the Christchurch City Council, Selwyn website. Find out more on UKTI?s business District Council, Waimakariri District Council, opportunities service on the UKTI website Environment Canterbury, central government departments and Crown entities, infrastructure providers, business, construction firms, and the local community. CERA will operate as a greater Christchurch organisation, because of the need to achieve local engagement in the recovery effort. It will be the lead organisation with overall control and leadership of the ongoing recovery effort. John Ombler has been appointed as acting Chief Executive with a permanent chief executive expected to be appointed in May 2011. CERA will be located in Christchurch and will be staffed predominantly by people from greater Christchurch organisations. There will also be a need for CERA to manage policy and legislative processes with secondments from Wellington- based central government and other agencies as appropriate. International experience may also be helpful through the establishment phase, in particular in determining the skills and capabilities required for CERA. Officials will investigate options to access such expertise for consideration by the Chief Executive of CERA. National Infrastructure Plan ? March 2010 The National Infrastructure Plan was developed by the Minister of Infrastructure, Hon. Bill English. This plans objectives are to increase New Zealand?s productivity growth, maintaining high levels of employment, reduce New Zealand vulnerability to adverse events UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: construction opportunities in New Zealand Major events and activities UKTI contacts Paul Tuckley BuildNZ Conference and Expo - 2011 Trade Manager British Consulate General Auckland Contact: Tracey Bree Tel: (0064) (9) 303 5017 Email: th Email: Date: 25-26 June 2011 Location: ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland Hamish Jenkin Trade Development Officer EMEX ? Engineering, Machinery and British Consulate General Auckland Electronics Exhibition ? 2011 Tel: (0064) (9) 303 5014 Email: Contact: Rob Lavender Email: Date: 4, 5 and 6 May 2011 Location: ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland Registered Master Builders Association of NZ Annual Conference - 2011 Contact: Tracey Bree Date: 25-26 June 2011 Location: Rendezvous Hotel, Auckland Find full details of all events in this country and sector on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: construction opportunities in New Zealand Next steps -How UKTI can help British companies wishing to develop their business in the New Zealand market are advised to undertake as much market research and planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in New Zealand, with its wide local knowledge and experience, can provide a range of services to British-based companies wishing to grow their business in global markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information ? Validated lists of agents/distributors ? Key market players or potential customers in the New Zealand market ? Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you ? Arranging appointments ? Organise seminars or other events for you to meet contacts and promote your company in the New Zealand market This work is available via our Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable service which assists British-based companies wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. To find out more about commissioning this work, or accessing other UKTI services and specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website to find contact details for your local UKTI office. Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2011 by UK Trade & Investment. 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Posted: 27 May 2011, last updated 27 May 2011