Musings of a busy mind

Congratulations to Stuart Robertson and the Committee of the NZ branch of the Society of Construction Law on winning the right to host the International SCL Conference in Auckland in 2020.

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On 15 August, Russell McVeagh published its report on disputes in the construction industry. The results are sobering, with over 70% of survey respondents predicting an increase in the number of disputes in the next two years.

Coincidentally, predictions at the Master Builders' Conference on 17 August were equally dire, with numerous and varied solutions proposed to what appears to be an intractable problem - high construction costs; low contractor margins; head contractor failures; unpaid subcontractors; and poor project completion. The Government then followed announcing a new infrastructure agency.