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30 January 2020 e-News
Construction Sector Transformation Plan launched
The Government has announced a new action plan to help lift the workforce and productivity to build houses, schools, roads, rail and hospitals throughout the country.
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As is often the case, I think some of the media commentaries around the Construction Sector Accord and the Transformation Plan miss the point. Read a summary
It's not just about "playing nice", and it's not about guaranteeing profits for firms. It's about creating a culture where all parties clearly understand risk, and the contract reflects that. Risk should sit with the party best able to manage it.
It's also about ensuring that procurement doesn't automatically prioritise the lowest upfront cost over the best long-term value.
I think we should strongly support the Accord, ensure the Government works in line with the principles, and importantly ensure that we also play our part. Success will only happen if we have broad buy-in and a genuine commitment to doing things differently.
A reminder about our upcoming events.
ACE Awards Webinar
Today 10.30am, online
Find out what makes an award-winning entry, and ask us all those burning questions. Hosted by David Bridges.
Mental Health with Engineering New Zealand
12 February, Auckland
18 February, Wellington
Your wellbeing is important. One in five New Zealander's will experience mental illness this year. If left undiagnosed or untreated, mental illness can significantly impact a person’s ability to function in addition to impacting those around them. These informative and interactive events are a great opportunity to hear from a variety of professionals sharing their experiences.
The Diversity Agenda Accord launch at Parliament
20 February, Wellington
Hon Julie Anne Genter, Minister for Women, will officially launch the Diversity Agenda Accord at a major event in the Grand Hall at Parliament.
Webinar: Fit For The Future – Strategy 101 with Alicia McKay
Tuesday 18 February, 11am
In this webinar, Alicia McKay breaks down the basics when it comes to good organisational strategy, answering common questions like ''What is strategy? Why do we need one? What do all the words mean? How does it all fit together? What does it have to do with me?''
Webinar: Value-Based Pricing - By Win Without Pitching’s Blair Enns
Wednesday 26 February, 10am
The webinar takes the subject of value-based pricing and makes it real. Blair's goal for this webinar is to have you increase your firm’s profits by 50% simply by following two fundamental principles and four simple rules.
Kia pai tō rā, Paul and the ACE New Zealand team
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