Construction boom seen as good sign for NZ economy

April 17, 2014


The rate of economic growth in New Zealand is at its highest in years, as Rider Levett Bucknall Auckland director, Richard Anderson, believes that a rise in crane population is a sign of this development.

New Zealand’s crane population has surged to 71, compared to ten just two years ago, with Auckland boasting the country’s biggest crane fleet with 25, the tallest of which being allocated to the University of Auckland's science block – the largest free-standing tower crane in the Southern Hemisphere.

According to Anderson, Rider Levett Bucknall has experienced a significant upturn in construction activity in the last few years.

He said: "The firm's last count in October 2012 found the cranes dominating the skyline in Christchurch were generally involved in the demolition phase of the rebuild. Demolition and deconstruction still continues in the CBD but the rebuilding construction phase is progressing with 22 fixed and long-term crawler and mobile cranes observed within the Four Avenues CBD area.”

An increase in cranes working on commercial and infrastructure projects has been seen throughout the country, with Tauranga having five cranes on, including the Kathleen Kilgour Centre and the NZTA Tauranga Eastern Link projects.

Wellington had no cranes in 2012 but now has four on residential projects on Rugby St, Cable St, Taranaki St and the Clyde Quay.

The surge in cranes throughout these regions signals a growth in the construction sector, with numerous job opportunities opening for people who have experience working in this industry such as builders, engineers and demolitions experts.

If your current working situation represents one of the aforementioned professions and you have the relevant experience and qualifications to back this up, then you could be eligible to apply for a permanent residence visa in New Zealand.

If you want to know if you are eligible to emigrate to New Zealand and what your job prospects are, contact The Emigration Group today on 01244 321414.

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