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New Zealand calls for roading, earthworks, rail and water skills

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The New Zealand Civil Construction market is in a healthy state with massive infrastructure investment over the next ten years as a minimum. On the back of record migration numbers and historic underinvestment in infrastructure projects, there is significant catching up to do in order to keep pace with our ever-growing population. With an estimated 500,000 new residents calling Auckland home by 2033, this is driving investment on major roading, rail, water and housing development projects.

So it should come as no surprise that civil contractors are gearing up for a very busy period. As a result, there is demand for skilled Construction Managers, Project Managers, Project and Site Engineers, Design Managers and Quantity Surveyors with infrastructure experience in roading, earthworks, rail and water projects.

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Projects of note include the Central Rail Loop, which will involve twin 3.4km tunnels under the Central Business District connecting the existing rail network to suburban lines, allowing for greater frequency of services with an estimated cost of $3.5bn.

The Puhoi to Warkworth road project, a $750m Public Private Partnership north of Auckland is the first stage of the broader Roads of National Significance Programme to improve connections to the Upper North Island and is currently under construction.

The East West link in Auckland is currently at design stage with an estimated cost of up to $1.85b and Auckland Transport is currently investigating alternative transport options such as light rail at an estimated cost of $1bn which would greatly improve the image of Auckland as a truly international city. To accommodate the population growth there are also a number of large greenfield housing developments and associated infrastructure around Auckland which is keeping many mid tier contractors extremely busy.

In the regions, the Hamilton Bypass project is well underway in addition to Transmission Gully ($700m) and Peka Peka to Otaki ($330m) in the Wellington region are greatly improving transport links to the central North Island; a long needed upgrade.

In the South Island, there is still significant activity as part of the Christchurch rebuild and new road and rail work with an estimated cost of $2bn following the devastating Kaikoura earthquake in late 2016.

Aside from offering an attractive place to live, New Zealand is offering civil industry professionals exciting large scale projects with international companies that are actively seeking overseas candidates to alleviate its skills shortage. In most cases, New Zealand's employers are able to assist with Immigration New Zealand visa applications to ensure a smooth transition into the local market.

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