The future site of 45 warm, dry state homes in Manurewa in South Auckland was the backdrop for the announcement of an agreement between the Government and the construction industry.
Jointly developed by Ministers, government agencies and industry leaders from across the construction sector, the Construction Sector Accord signals a stronger government and industry partnership on a range of commitments and initiatives to transform the sector.
The Prime Minister, Minister of Building and Construction, and Fletcher Construction CEO all spoke, and dozens of government and industry representatives signed a pledge associated with the Accord.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told the assembled group that Government partners to the Accord would be putting the best quality work above lowest price in their priorities when choosing construction partners.
Fletcher CEO Peter Reidy, who chaired the industry-led Accord Development Group, said the construction sector was willing to change for the benefit of its ongoing sustainability as a business, but also for its workers, who have among the highest suicide rates in New Zealand.
Housing New Zealand, an Accord partner and the largest residential developer in New Zealand, was asked to host the launch event. We chose a development at Wordsworth Rd and Awakino Pl, Manurewa, where 14 homes have been replaced by 45 homes over two- and three-levels, with construction on all 45 expected by year’s end.
Prime Minister Jacinda Arden addresses attendees at the Construction Sector Accord event on 14 April