Obtaining A Work Visa To New Zealand As A Construction Manager

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Obtaining A Work Visa To New Zealand As A Construction Manager

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New Zealand is currently experiencing a mini-property boom, particularly in Auckland and Christchurch. In fact, residential house values in both of these cities have now surpassed 2007 property value levels, with Auckland experiencing a 12 % increase over the last 12 months.

The huge influx of people wanting to live in Auckland has resulted in an current shortage estimated at around 10,000 homes. In addition to this, current projections are that Auckland’s population will grow by 30,000 per year for the next 30 years (an additional 1 million people projected to be living in Auckland by 2050), which will mean an additional 10,000 homes per year need to be built.

In fact, as we speak, Auckland city is undergoing a major review of its housing needs as it faces the need for greater intensification, which will lead to the construction of high-rise apartment buildings, requiring people with specialist construction manager skills.

In addition to this, there are some major commercial projects in the pipeline, the most notable of which is the Sky City Convention Center which is estimated to cost around $400 million. There is also an increased volume of commercial construction around the city, especially in East Tamaki and the Auckland Airport.

Another boon to the construction sector is the `Leaky Home’ saga that has plagued New Zealand over the last 15 years or so. A combination of shoddy workmanship, poor inspection policies and inefficient building materials has led to an estimated $5 Billion problem. This will also create many jobs for people with construction management skills.

On the other side of the equation, New Zealand has failed to train an adequate number of construction personnel over the last 10 – 15 years, and so there is currently a shortage of people who have building management skills to cope with this demand.

Auckland has a vision of becoming the World’s most-liveable city, and it is indeed a beautiful place to live. Situated on an isthmus, it has the Manukau Harbour on the west side of the city which flows into the Tasman Sea. On the eastern side, we have the world-renown Hauraki Gulf which is famous as a sailing paradise (America’s Cup fame) dotted with lovely islands. In fact, Waiheke Island was recently voted by New York’s travel editor as one of the `must-see’ locations alongside such great cities as Rio de Janeiro.

Auckland is the major tourism gateway into New Zealand with over 2 million tourists currently visiting and/or passing through the city each year headed for such locations as Waitomo Caves, Taupo, Rotorua, Tauranga and Coromandel in the south, and the beautiful Bay of Islands in the north – all with a day’s drive of Auckland. It is currently experiencing a shortage of people to work in the hospitality industry.

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