3 Apr 2020

Re-building during lock-down

From Nine To Noon, 9:09 am on 3 April 2020

The building and construction industry is warning of collapse unless it's given special dispensation to continue. Infrastructure New Zealand says building companies are in a critical condition and that lock-down could see one building worker in every three lose their job in the next half-year. It's calling on the Government to consider a concurrent sector-specific coronavirus alert level system to allow essential building work to continue. This comes as extra funding has been earmarked to infrastructure projects that are ready to start in the next six months, as a way to boost the economy and create jobs. Kathryn Ryan is joined by Infrastructure New Zealand chief executive Paul Blair, and Rick Herd, Chief Executive of Commercial Construction company Naylor Love.