Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Inaugural building summit lays roadmap for future

1 Aug 2008

Inaugural building summit lays roadmap for future: Jones

Today's inaugural building forum in Auckland - " Leading for the Future" - has laid down the foundations for the long-term future of the industry, says Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones.

"It was a hugely significant day for Building and Construction. For the first time I brought together the most important people in the industry to discuss the future implications for the sector," Mr Jones said.

"This summit will create a roadmap for the industry as the economic and climatic times change around us. Building and construction has an important role to play in the housing affordability question, but like everything else it is subject to global and local factors which will need to be anticipated, considered and addressed.

"I was pleased that the industry leaders were enthusiastic about being given a platform to express their ideas and views on the number of big issues Building and Construction will face in the long term."

Mr Jones said the global context related to factors like population growth, climate change, higher oil prices, growing consumer preference for energy efficient and environmentally sustainable products, quality of building products, land shortage and economic volatility.

Locally, he said the trends showed a slowing population growth but a changing demographic i.e. faster household growth as a result of smaller family and household sizes; ageing population, greater ethnic diversity, population growth concentrated in the urban areas, especially Auckland Region; increasing energy costs - due to supply constraints and increasing fuel costs; increased land costs and availability in urban areas, housing affordability and an economic downturn.

"This summit explored those implications for Building and Construction. It also looked at risks and opportunities and at sector productivity growth -- which is low in comparison to construction sectors in other developed countries and in comparison to other sectors of the New Zealand economy," Mr Jones said.


"Also discussed was the urban population growth and increased transport and energy costs influencing people to be close to where they live, work and play.
"Sector leaders were also asked to consider the barriers to achieving intensive residential developments that are acceptable and affordable to consumers including families with children.

"And, what are the critical issues that must be overcome for the sector to demonstrate a coherent approach to intensive residential development?"

Mr Jones said he expected the attendant industry shakers and movers to also decide whether a collective think-tank would be an effective way for industry, local and regional government, and central government work together to address the challenges confronting Building and Construction.

"We are searching for a coherent blue print for the future of Building and Construction and today's forum had let us put down the foundations for that roadmap," Mr Jones said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice.

Evidently, the National government is similarly desperate for anything that might discredit or derail the Ardern juggernaut, even if that means throwing Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne under a bus More>>

 

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election