NZ build­ing boom awaits

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ALAS­TAIR LYNN AND NI­COLE LAWTON

New Zealand will need about 50,000 more tradies by 2021 to fuel its $200 bil­lion build­ing boom - with Auckland lead­ing the charge.

A Gov­ern­ment re­port, re­leased on Tues­day, says the num­ber of peo­ple in con­struc­tion-re­lated oc­cu­pa­tions is ex­pected to hit 539,500 in the next five years.

‘‘We’re build­ing more than ever be­fore, and the work­force to sup­port this boom con­tin­ues to grow,’’ Build­ing and Hous­ing Min­is­ter Nick Smith says.

The pro­jec­tions come off the back of the Na­tional Con­struc­tion Pipe­line Re­port 2016.

The re­port, which pro­vides six- year na­tional and re­gional fore­casts of res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial and in­fra­struc­ture ac­tiv­ity, pre­dicts the to­tal value of build­ing and con­struc­tion work to top $200 bil­lion.

It says con­struc­tion has been grow­ing at more than 20 per cent a year in Auckland for the past five years and is pro­jected to reach an all­time high of 13,332 homes in 2017. It will stay at those record lev­els un­til 2022.

‘‘The scale of this growth is un­prece­dented and equates to Auckland grow­ing by the equiv­a­lent of Whangarei ev­ery three years,’’ Smith says.

‘‘The fo­cus of our ef­forts is to re­move ev­ery bar­rier to the con­struc­tion in­dus­try to de­liver the houses that Auckland needs.’’

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