Chinese developer Changda International NZ Ltd has signed an agreement with Unitec Institute of Technology to help turn out more people skilled in construction & infrastructure development.
They’ve signed a memorandum of understanding that will immediately see a landscape architecture master’s student doing her project study using one of Changda’s 2 major housing developments in Auckland for her research.
Changda launched both projects last December – the 1100-home Pacific Gardens development beside the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau and the 570-home Sunny Heights project above Orewa.
Changda International NZ director Yanbing Liu said yesterday the company was keen to help build the skill base it will need to access as it grows its presence in New Zealand: “In both of our New Zealand projects we are employing New Zealand companies and we know there is a need to help build people capacity to cope with the housing & infrastructure development New Zealand requires.
“We are also keen to help with some information transfer from China, where Changda is known as a leading developer of technology in the construction sector.”
Changda’s grandparent company in China, Weifang Changda Construction Group, is a comprehensive multi-enterprise that integrates plan & design, architecture, property investment, real estate development, construction & infrastructure development. It had $NZ2.1 billion turnover in its last financial year.
As well as being compliant with numerous International Standards (ISO ratings), Weifang Changda has 3 research & development campuses that have won a reputation for building innovation, including green building technology.
The Chinese company’s subsidiaries have built and won awards for schools, hospitals, civic & commercial buildings, stadiums, shopping centres, engineering & wastewater plants, and have carried out numerous infrastructure developments such as major roading projects.
One of Changda International NZ’s major investor Mr Jinxing Xue is heavily involved in the education sector in China and is in New Zealand to help celebrate the partnership with Unitec.
Unitec chief executive Dr Rick Ede said there was strong demand for highly skilled trades & construction industry professionals, and partnerships with industry played a significant role in producing work-ready graduates: “We are committed to delivering world-leading trades & construction industry training here at Unitec. In addition to our investment in facilities & equipment, a big part of this has been in building industry partnerships with organisations like Changda, which give our students exposure to some of the most exciting & impressive construction projects in New Zealand.”
Mr Liu said Changda was keen to engage across the construction sector, and for some of New
Zealand’s leading construction sector talent to visit Weifang Changda in China to gain an insight into its technology: “New Zealand has to think & build smart if it is to catch up with not only the housing it needs, but also the infrastructure it requires to keep the economy growing.”
2 December 2016: Changda launches 2 projects to build 1700 Auckland homes
Attribution: Company & Unitec release.