Government – Construction Sector Accord

Announced by the Government on conjunction with the construction industry today, to try to deal with problems in building and construction:

Government and industry sign Construction Sector Accord

Government commitments
• Better procurement practices and improved pipeline management
• Improved building regulatory systems and consenting processes
Industry commitments
• Enhanced industry leadership, collaboration and organisation
• Better business performance
• Improved culture and reputation
Shared by Government and Industry
• Grow workforce capability and capacity
• Better risk management and fairer risk allocation
• Improved health and safety at work
• More houses and better durability

Government and construction industry leaders have today signalled a shared commitment to transform New Zealand’s construction sector.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the Construction Sector Accord is a new way for Government and industry to work together to create lasting, positive change in the sector.

“The wellbeing of New Zealanders is intrinsically linked to safe, durable and affordable homes, buildings and infrastructure. To meet the future needs of New Zealand, both Government and industry recognise that we need to work differently,” says Jacinda Ardern.

Jenny Salesa says, “The Construction Sector Accord sets out an agreed vision, the outcomes we want to achieve and the priority work areas we will be focusing on to address many of the challenges the sector is facing.”

Jointly developed by Ministers, Government agencies and industry leaders from across the construction sector, the Accord offers up a unique opportunity for industry and Government to partner on a range of commitments and initiatives to transform the sector. It also includes a pledge to hold each other accountable to the Construction Sector Accord.

“Together we have identified the priority areas we need to work on. The Government will lead where it can have maximum impact such as better procurement practices, improved Government construction pipeline management, and stronger building regulations. Government agencies already have a significant programme of work underway to support these aims,” says Jacinda Ardern.

“Industry representatives have identified the need for enhanced leadership and collaboration within the sector. Better alignment will support the other industry-led priority work areas of improving businesses performance and promoting a culture of trust between all parties in the construction eco-system,” says Jenny Salesa.

“Industry and Government will work together on a further four priorities which are to expand workforce capability and capacity, rebalance risk, improve health and safety and boost the supply of affordable and durable housing.

“Strengthening the partnership between industry and Government will help us make that step change towards a more productive, innovative and resilient construction sector,” says Jenny Salesa.

In the next stage of the Accord process, industry will work with Government to develop a more detailed plan for commitments to transformation.

Details of the Construction Sector Accord here:

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  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  April 14, 2019

    It sounds good, but not much of it seems to pass the reverse test; what government would set out to make practices worse, houses unsafe and unaffordable and make workplaces unsafe and unhealthy ?

    I hope it’s not just all hui and no do-ey.

    • Duker

       /  April 14, 2019

      Well the previous government seemed to do exactly that…they may have not been fully aware , but the race to the bottom meant it was the result.
      A good example was Wellington’s bus tender.Government rules for regional council’s meant the lowest tender MUST be accepted…the original decision to take the new contractor was made by the previous WRC…yes around 4 years ago as there was a long lead in time to let the new operator ‘up size’

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 14, 2019

    Big business hand in glove with Labour’s Big Government as usual. The answer to too much bureaucracy is always more bureaucracy. And “stronger regulations”.

    What a pack of idiots we have in Government while the likes of Fletchers will continue to milk them and us.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 14, 2019

      The idea that looking at the reverse of a policy to see if it’s a good one or all talk is a very useful one. It works well with most of Labour’s, or seems to. Who’d have LESS productive, innovative or resilient industry as their aim ? Mesdames Salesa and Ardern are just waffling.

      • Duker

         /  April 15, 2019

        tell us all about your construction knowledge Catkin ?
        The big jobs , the little jobs , maybe even the lawns you have mown ?

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  April 15, 2019

          One doesn’t have to have done it to know that much of this is waffle.

          It’s stating the obvious; no government would have a policy of unproductive, unsafe, unhealthy industries. So why make such a hoohah ? Or is the undesirability of these things a surprise to Labour ?

  3. David

     /  April 14, 2019

    Fletchers love these things, we saw them take control in Christchurch and the modus operandi is get close to government and then wait for the rule makers to regulate the competition out of business.
    With Fletchers having government onside there is less chance of their cosy monopoly/duopoly/vertically intergrated/builder kickbacks way of operating going to be scrutinized.
    Fletchers is a terribly run company and has been so for decades but they have the country well and truly sewn up and despite eye watering mark ups still manage to lose money.

    • Duker

       /  April 14, 2019

      Would you prefer the Mainzeal / Hawkins method…yes both went under…..Hawkins after they lost a major damages award in building a high school, now the taxpayers have to pick up the $30 mill bill……ah the ignorance of the hard right knows no limits.
      The contracts ,even governments ones, were asking building firms to tender when the design details weren’t available , meaning costs couldn’t be quantified and if they exceeded the intial estimate the builder and is subbies were on the hook….the choice was to walk away half way through , not recover all your costs for work done and have your reputation blemished fir the trouble


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