[AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 13 May 2021] Housing construction costs surged 1.3% over Q1 2021, according to CoreLogic’s Cordell Housing Index Price (CHIP). The CHIP report measures the rate of change of construction costs within the residential market and covers freestanding and semi-detached single and two storey homes.
The March quarterly growth is the highest rate of construction cost inflation since Q1 2019, and far above the 0.6% and 0.4% increases throughout Q3 and Q4 2020 respectively.
CoreLogic’s Chief Property Economist, Kelvin Davidson, says “We may now be seeing the clear impact of a busy construction sector flowing through to faster cost rises. Q1 bounced up to 1.3% growth and early indicators are that we will see a continuation of this growth in our Q2 report. Annual residential construction cost inflation is also back on the rise, up to around 3.3% in the March quarter after falling to under 3% in Q4 2020 from a peak of 6.9% in Q4 2017.
“The construction sector is proving to be a real bright spot in the economy; especially the residential segment. New dwelling consents annually are tracking at their highest levels on record. Our teams are also hearing through their research and conversations about increasing material and labour costs coming down the pipe as there are shortages and substitutions, and the expectation is for this to have a continuing impact on the cost of building in the near future,” says Mr Davidson.
When combined with potential COVID-related shipping problems, and also the recent publicity about shortages of structural timber domestically, the potential for faster and greater cost rises is accentuated.
“The Government’s recent tax policy changes which incentivise investors to target new-build properties could well add further demand to the sector and place more pressure on capacity and costs. Time will also tell if the Government’s budget reveal next week includes other enticements or measures aimed to lift housing supply. After all, any Government-boosted work is in competition with the private sector for scarce resources,” says Mr Davidson.
CoreLogic researches, tracks and reports on construction price data which flows through its Cordell product solutions to help businesses make better decisions, estimate rebuild and insurance quotes easily and, ultimately, appropriate risk effectively.
For more information or to read the report, visit www.corelogic.co.nz/reports/cordell-housing-index-price-chip.
Smartphones are a part of nursing education. Student nurses use smartphones to access textbooks, pharmacology resources, standards for practice and lots of other knowledge as part of their everyday learning. Particularly while they are in practical sessions, and need to quickly fact check what to do next in clinical situations.
Up until now, no-one has researched the downside of this digital reliance.
Belinda McGrath, who has taught first year nursing students at Whitireia for almost 15 years, has published international research with a group from Western Sydney University, Murdoch University and others, on the impacts of smartphones on nursing students.
The research, which looks at wellbeing and proposes a change, is a timely alignment with the International Council of Nurses’ focus for International Nurses Day on nurse wellbeing as part of transforming future healthcare.
Results incorporated from Korea, Turkey, India, Spain, the US, Iran, France, Canada and Egypt, found a concerning level of smartphone addiction among nursing students.
“So while the wonderful world of digital knowledge can be so helpful for students”, said Belinda, “the research found a worrying level of negative impacts that caused stress and anxiety, and adversely affected sleep, learning and academic performance, as a result of a reliance on this learning resource.
“It is essential we have the right policies in place to ensure a positive outcome from smartphone use as part of the nursing curriculum. We are currently doing research into this to inform development of policies and guidelines to address this which can complement the current Whitireia ICT policies.”
Belinda has been integral to developing the unique nursing curriculum at Whitireia over many years and is determined Whitireia stays at the cutting edge of teaching and learning in this sector.
“We were one of the first institutions to develop ‘concept based’ learning which pulled the theory and the practice of nursing together in ways which made sense to students. We were the first to set up a modern simulation lab so that nursing students could work hands-on, we introduced avatar technology, we have a strong focus on wellbeing, kindness, empathy and cultural responsiveness. We have strong relationships with health and medical providers to ensure our students get good and diverse placements. Research, such as the smartphone report, provides us with ways to ensure we continue to stay one step ahead.”
Carmel Haggerty, Head of School for Health & Social Services at Whitireia, added to this: “We are proud to offer three strong nursing degrees – Bachelor of Nursing Māori, a Bachelor of Nursing Pacific, and a Bachelor of Nursing. This is important for our contribution to diversity in the nursing workforce of Aotearoa New Zealand, and provides options for our students to pathway in ways which best suit them.”
“Belinda is a highly respected senior nursing tutor, who is passionate about ensuring the highest quality evidence is incorporated into her and her team’s educational practice,” says Carmel.
“I feel excited for aspiring nurses,” says Belinda. “‘There is so much opportunity out there with such a strong focus on healthcare due to the pandemic, an increasingly diverse range of professional pathways opening up, and a real emphasis on preventing stress and burn-out, the future is bright.”
Source: Auckland Rugby League
Premiership leaders Manurewa face a big test this Sunday on the road to the representative-laden Ponsonby Ponies, as they seek to make it three wins on the trot to start 2021.
The top tier's newest team, Pakuranga, are home to undefeated Pt Chevalier and Richmond head to Te Atatu in search of their first win of the year.
In the second division there's a double-header at Escotts Road in Tuakau, with ladder-leaders Taniwharau taking on Otara there at 1.00pm before Tuakau play host to Marist at 2.30pm.
Undefeated Manukau are home to Glenora and Manurewa play Howick at Victoria Park in the remaining games.
Rd 3 (May 16) Farrelly Photos Women’s Premiership game details:
Pakuranga v Pt Chevalier | 2.30pm at Ti Rakau Park
Te Atatu v Richmond | 2.30pm at Jack Colvin Park
Ponsonby v Manurewa | 2.30pm at Victoria Park
Rd 3 (May 16) Farrelly Photos Women’s Championship game details:
Manurewa v Howick | 1.00pm at Victoria Park
Taniwharau v Otara | 1.00pm at Escotts Road
Manukau v Glenora | 2.30pm at Moyle Park
Tuakau v Marist | 2.30pm at Escotts Road