The Building and Construction sector is working to the new COVID-19 Alert Levels

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The Building and Construction sector is working to the new COVID-19 Alert Levels

Last Tuesday marked New Zealand's return to COVID-19 Alert Level 4. NZCIC along with many of our members have been working alongside CHASNZ to revisit and revise the Construction Protocol documents that proved to be one of the industry's best tools during the initial lockdown last year.

See the latest COVID-19 industry Protocols here

With the Delta variant making its first appearance in the community, it's important to follow the advice outlined by the government to minimise the spread of the virus. We can do this by staying home following the government's COVID-19 Public Health Order.

Building, construction, and maintenance services can be provided during Alert Level 4 only if required for one or both of the following:

  • to address immediate risks to health and safety
  • nationally important infrastructure

Nationally important infrastructure means infrastructure that enables or supports supply chains that are needed for one or both of the following:

  • to provide for the current needs of people and communities
  • to enable or support the recovery of the whole or any part of New Zealand from the effects of COVID-19.

Any entity with statutory responsibilities for building and resource consenting that is necessary to enable the building, construciton, and maintenance services.

See the government's COVID-19 Alert Level 4 guidelines here

See MBIE's Alert Level 4 building, construction and maintenance businesses and services definition

It's imperative that those in teh building and construction sector act virtuously during lockdown in order to ensure that we are allowed to effectively operate at Alert Level 3. The Construction Sector Accord published a helpfulAccord Newsflash email that covers some helpful FAQs about what the industry can and cannot do at Alert Level 4.

See the Construction Sector Accord newsflash here

The change in levels will impact everyone differently. It is important that we ensure everyone has the support they need to get through this time. NZCIC is here to support our members and will do everything in our power to help you support yours. We'd like to remind you to share a great mental health resource with your networks, the Mates in Construction's help hotline

Please continue to look after yourself, your bubble, your members and your employees. Stay safe, stay responsible and stay kind.

As a member of NZCIC, we encourage you to share these updates and resources with your members.

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NZCIC Design Guidelines 2021 Survey

NZCIC has begun work on updating the NZCIC Design Guidelines. In the coming weeks, we'll be circulating a survey designed to get a clearer picture of by whom, how, and how often the current guidelines are used. We'll also gather user feedback on how we can improve and update the guidelines to best benefit those users. Keep an eye out on our social media and direct email for more information.

CIC 3 23 Aug21.jpgAn update from BAP

The Building Advisory Panel (BAP) met with Poto Williams, the Minister for Building and Construction, at the beginning of August. In teh meeting, the Minister outlined her priorities for the building and construction sector which provided valuable context for future discusssions and the Panel's overall approach.

See the Panel's key messages here

CIC 4 23Aug21.jpgNZCIC meeting format updates

We're changing the way NZCIC's in-person meetings will be conducted. Thanks to the feedback from those who participated in the meeting format survey circulated in July, we'll have shorter meetings with fewer speakers in order to help our members get the most out of their NZCIC membership experience.

Some of the changes we'll be making include:

  • A two-speaker maximum per meeting.
  • Including written financial and workstream updates with the meeting papers in place of oral updates at the meeting.
  • Changing the meeting time to 9am-12.30pm followed by lunch, finishing at 1.30p, (with no morning tea and 30 minutes of networking before the meeting starts).

NZCIC's next Council meeting will be held via Zoom on 9 September from 9 - 11am. The calendar invite has been circulated and the papers will be shared next week. If you don't have this in your diary, please email Abby, and she will forward the meeting invite.

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NZCIC's Retention Bill Submission

Recently, NZCIC's new Executive Director, Graham Burke, presented to HUD on NZCIC's Retentions Bill submission (our submission is linked in the news item below). Check out Graham's presentation and others including some made by NZCIC members! View NZCIC's submission to the Select Committee here

CIC 6 23Aug21.jpgNZCIC's latest submissions

August has marked the end of the winter submission sprint. We're glad we had the opportunity to submit on some major bills and papers that will impact our members, our members' members and the overall topography of New Zealand's building and construction sector.

Our latest submissions include:

All submissions NZCIC has made in 2021 can be found in the Resources section of our website. If there are other consultations you think NZCIC should be across, let us know! Email Abby with any questions or suggestions.

CIC 7 23Aug21.jpgChanges to the Fair Trading Act

Government passed the Fair Trading Amendment Bill 2019 earlier this week. These amendments provided more protections for consumers and small businesses and addressed some unfair practices. Some provisions will be rolled out gradually with others coming into effect immediately on 17 August 2021.

Immediate changes include:

  • The Commission can now prohibit the disclosure of information, documents, and evidence relating to an investigation or inquiry under the Fair Trace Act (FTA).
  • The FTA now expressly allows for enforceable undertakings to include paying compensation or taking action to avoid, remedy or mitigat the effects of a breach (or possible breach) of the FTA.
  • Businesses selling extended warranties over the phone will have five working days after the date the agreement is made to give consumers a written copy of their extended warranty agreemment.

A detailed list of the incumbent changes and the dates on which they will come into force can be found on the Commerce Commission's website.

See the published guidance and dates here

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