Builders have never been busier, but they're increasingly pessimistic. The Government hopes its reassurances about ending the boom-bust cycle will turn that around, Thomas Coughlan reports.
A panel at a big infrastructure conference in Auckland has blasted authorities for being all talk and no action over desperately-needed housing and transport fixes
Phil Twyford says he will draw up what he calls an action plan with the beleaguered construction industry to address its deep-rooted problems, Thomas Coughlan reports.
New Zealand needs to be more ambitious if it is to improve the performance of its major centres and the contribution they make to the national economy, Housing and Development Minister Phil Twyford said today.
Pre-qualification for KiwiBuild homes opened on Monday, with Kiwibank swiftly announcing a new home loan catering to prospective buyers, Thomas Coughlan reports.
The Government has promised to “take leadership” to bolster confidence in the construction industry, but Thomas Coughlan reports that new state-funded construction projects are few and far between.
Government agencies will be asked to stick more closely to procurement guidelines to support the troubled construction sector, with Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones warning the industry must reset or “contemplate certain death”.
Phil Twyford has said that the sale of Crown land is the “easiest way” to implement value capture. Thomas Coughlan reports.
Winston Peters doesn't approve of selling Crown land to fund infrastructure, distancing himself from a policy being considered by the Labour-led Government, Thomas Coughlan reports.
The Ministry of Transport has warned Phil Twyford that forms of value capture like the sale of Crown land could be unpalatable to the public, writes Thomas Coughlan