Beachside Office unit to share

Unit 4  – 90 Salisbury Rd.

I have secured this unit for the next 12 months, with the option to stay on indefinitely, and I am looking for someone to share the space with. The office on offer is enclosed with a door for privacy. It may suit 2 people – not exactly sure the size of the office at this stage. Will measure it up soon.

I prefer to work within the open indoor area by the ranch slider to the small grass patch outside.

The unit includes shower, bathroom and kitchen. Cost includes power and Internet, and 24hr access. It’s a stone throw from the beach at the end of Roberts Road.  There is also a Pergola with BBQ – lunch communal area. – $500 + gst per month.

I could set you up with a table and chair if required; in the interim until you source your own. I may employ a staff member in a few months’ time.

I personally am an outgoing character that enjoys a surf and a yarn. For work I spend a fair bit of my time on the phone, which I will do in and out of the office, hence being near the exit.

Look fwd to hearing from you.

Jake Theron

Twenty-Sixteen / Twenty-Seventeen

When reviewing the past 12 months, it’s easy to see why the experts have been hailing it as a great success in most sectors. The economy has been stable, unemployment is low, interest rates are low. We have seen an emergence of start-up businesses in many sectors. Foreign investment is pouring in. That’s all good. sure.

However, NZ is an expensive place. Our housing woes have been well documented. We haven’t enough stock, especially Auckland with Wellington now also under pressure, and we are not addressing the problem fast enough. Prices are teetering dangerously high. Something has surely got to give. I feel someone will be losing out soon. Will it be the ones that are in the market? Will it be those currently locked out of the market? It will be interesting to see How the government responds.

About the Government, The Prime Minister resigned a couple weeks back, so It’s Bill English to the Helm. Having met him a few years back I would describe him as Vanilla. Yes, vanilla in a bad tie. Especially when compared to the outgoing John Key:) 2017 will be an interesting year.

Design and build
The number of major infrastructure projects set-up over the past few years seem to all be coming to a head. We are seeing massive Land Development, Civil and Building Projects right across the country. Occupational Health and safety became far more stringent, adding risk to every business owner. Certainly, a step in the right direction, but OHS is creating many issues, but equally opportunities, dependent on how you view it.

Kaikoura got Rocked! Seriously reminding us how life can swing in a new direction, so quickly. We were very lucky this happened at midnight and not midday. The clean-up is underway.

Wellington has been shaken into submission. The Government has one option, and that is to invest massively in ensuring its property portfolios are safe. Commercial business and property owners have no choice but to follow suit. OHS dictates!

We have had some spectacular demolitions, more to come, and a host of refurb work commissioned overnight. Busy times.

The North Island
We have seen new developers, contractors and consultants move into the regions. When was the last time that these many tower cranes were seen on NZ soil? We are also on the Aussie radar in a big way. I have heard of many OZ businesses looking to capitalise on NZ prosperity. The Chinese have arrived too. From what I am lead to believe this is just the start of some very exciting investments from our Asian neighbours in the housing, industrial and commercial building markets.

The Capital
It seems no matter where you look every business describes massive gains year on year. Wellington has some sexy projects for the first time in a long time. All four corners of the city limits are changing shape with alterations to the skyline; An international conference centre; movie museum; hotels; buildings and apartment blocks. Add the Transmission Gully to the few motorway upgrades and extension; the transport sector is humming. Wellington construction has not been this buoyant since the eighties.

The Big Smoke
The Auckland market has gone crazy. They are building massive buildings all over the place; by NZ standards. The salaries demanded are equally nuts. It’s a boom. Let’s hope it is sustainable, but I feel that it is moving too quickly. There is a saying “make hay while the sun shines” many businesses are doing just that. 2017 is looking super sunny at this stage.

Ministry of Business and Innovation report:

  • Auckland dominates the national demand for building and construction, accounting for over a third of all building and construction, by value from 2015 to 2021.
  • Total value of activity in Auckland increased 9 per cent in 2015; this increase in value is forecast to continue and peak in 2018 at $17 billion and to remain above $16 billion for the remainder of the forecast period.
  • The report forecasts 94,200 new dwelling consents in Auckland between January 2014 and December 2021. Dwelling consents are forecast to stay at high levels per year throughout the forecast period.
  • The number of multi-unit dwellings consented each year in Auckland is forecast to continue to increase its share of all dwellings consented, and is expected to overtake detached dwellings by 2021.
  • All non-residential construction in Auckland grew 4 per cent over 2014/15 and is expected to steadily increase by 49 per cent to an elevated level of $7.3 billion in 2018.

The South Island
The Christchurch rebuild slowed down, many contractors have moved out of the region as the residential needs have largely been met. The insurance pay-outs were settled; not always without complaint. Regardless that work has mostly played out its course now, 5 years on from that infamous second earthquake.

Commercially 2016 was a slow start for new work in Christchurch. Many contractors secured their first project well past May. The last quarter when several large projects were awarded. 2017 is looking a stable year for the region. Dunedin and Queenstown especially have seen some massive growth too, which will continue well into next year.

The National Construction Pipeline Report

  • The National Construction Pipeline Report 2016 provides national and regional forecasts of activity in three categories; residential building, non-residential building, and other construction, such as roads and infrastructure, over a six-year period until December 2021.
  • Is one of few forecasts available that compare its results to the previous forecasts. Forecasts are given for four regions Auckland, Canterbury, Waikato/Bay of Plenty and Wellington, with aggregated data provided for the rest of New Zealand.
  • The report is commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and is jointly prepared by BRANZ and Pacifecon (NZ) Ltd. 
  • Visibility of New Zealand’s forward construction pipeline is intended to improve the productivity of the building and construction sector and could help moderate its boom and bust cycle.

    National picture

  • The National Construction Pipeline forecasts from the third report were a good prediction of what happened in 2015, but were slightly high for residential construction, high for nonresidential building, and close to actual for other construction. There is a slight delay in the previously forecast growth for the next six years, but it retains a similar shape, with a smoother longer peak.
  • National construction value has experienced sustained growth averaging 7 per cent per year since 2011, and is forecast to grow to a peak of $37 billion in 2017. This represents a rate of growth not seen in 40 years. These forecasts indicate a 2017 peak that represents 20 per cent ($6.2 billion) more value than at the end of 2015. This peak is 28 per cent higher than the previous peak in 2007, and 59 per cent higher than the low of 2010.
  • The annual value of all construction nationally is forecast to remain above 2015 levels for the duration of the forecast period to 2021. Residential building growth in Auckland accounts for more than half of the total New Zealand construction growth.
  • The annual value of residential building is expected to increase by 22% to a peak in 2017 ($21 billion) and all non-residential construction forecast to grow by 20% to a peak in 2018 of $16.8 billion.
  • Actual data from 2015 shows our forecasts in previous reports have been reasonably accurate. Non-residential building actual data was however significantly lower than the 2015 report had expected. The 2016 report now expects this growth in non-residential building to be more gradual with a later and longer peak ($8.8 billion) in 2018.
  • The national non-residential building forecast continues to grow, however has become a less distinct peak, spread out over a longer term. Contributing factors are deferred construction in some of the Canterbury anchor projects, a number of new university developments nationally, and the continued increase in Auckland non-residential building (such as schools and retail) as new suburbs are established and existing ones expanded. Notable trends
  • Auckland residential building value grew by $0.7 billion in 2015, accounting for 58 per cent of the total national growth of $1.3 billion. Auckland residential building is projected to increase by another $3.3 billion by 2017, which represents 53 per cent of the total national peak of $6.2 billion in 2017.
  • Waikato and the Bay of Plenty combine to form the third largest region, by value of work and are predicted to become the second largest by the next report.
  • Higher density housing increases its share of national residential construction over the forecast period; multi-unit dwelling consents represented 30 per cent of consented dwellings in 2015, and are projected to be 40 per cent by 2021. Auckland’s construction sector is growing at an amazing rate
  • Auckland dominates the national demand for building and construction, accounting for over a third of all building and construction, by value from 2015 to 2021.
  • Total value of activity in Auckland increased 9 per cent in 2015; this increase in value is forecast to continue and peak in 2018 at $17 billion and to remain above $16 billion for the remainder of the forecast period.
  • The report forecasts 94,200 new dwelling consents in Auckland between January 2014 and December 2021. Dwelling consents are forecast to stay at high levels per year throughout the forecast period.
  • The number of multi-unit dwellings consented each year in Auckland is forecast to continue to increase its share of all dwellings consented, and is expected to overtake detached dwellings by 2021.
  • All non-residential construction in Auckland grew 4 per cent over 2014/15 and is expected to steadily increase by 49 per cent to an elevated level of $7.3 billion in 2018.


Who knows what is around the corner. It feels we are all just one disaster away from, well, disaster. The international political landscape is a bit dubious. The housing market is described as the perfect storm for a massive crash. Elevated prices, building restrictions, banks over lending. There are hundreds of events that could derail the current momentum. Let’s hope 2017 is all smooth sailing.

At this stage, it’s all go!! Call me…. No seriously…. Call


The Venus Project – Making us all redundant

“Beyond politics, poverty and war” is their slogan and their vision is truly wonderful. No more money! No more work! The end of our modern “slavery”.

“The Venus Project proposes an alternative vision of what the future can be if we apply what we already know in order to achieve a sustainable new world civilization. It calls for a straightforward redesign of our culture in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but as totally unacceptable. Anything less will result in a continuation of the same catalog of problems inherent in today’s world.”

As far as any massive change in thinking a full revolution is required to get the masses onboard. This one makes absolute sense. Since becoming aware of this I can say it has been difficult accepting certain things that we consider normal.

Environmentally we have been warned that the future is bleak if we don’t take action. We have made massive strides in technology that show we can sustainably build advanced civil infrastructure. In theory we are able to address our power consumption requirements through geothermal, wind, solar, and tidal energy sources.


Ever feel like this life is a steady plummet into Dystopia? How the F**** can Trump or Clinton be revered as powerful decision makers in this world?

The Monetary system is broken –  I am forced to work, just as you are. I quite enjoy the work I do, but truly, I would prefer to spend my time in other ways, or at least diversely. Don’t get me started on the unstable economic system that feels like I am competing with “the house” at a prominent Vegas Casino.

Status Quo:  “Buy” land; acquire a house; pay for education; get a job. Then save for your death; only to set your children up for the same traps. It’s sad that the best part of our lives are spent in offices, on telephones, in front of computers, on-site, clipping the ticket, punching in and punching out. So that we can potentially have enough to live until the age of 75. Hopefully enjoy 5 years “retirement”. Then the  decline to death as we conserve our life savings in order to survive. Heaven forbid we have taken care of our health, we might live too long!


Wouldn’t it be great if the system was designed to free us up to enjoy life. I have never wanted to be made redundant more in my life! I don’t shy away from work, but I want to see the fruits of my labour, for everyone! By using technology to build a life of abundance; a true collaboration of society is possible. No rat races. Would you not work willingly towards building UTOPIA.

I would work for “free”(not for money) knowing I was actually free (of slavery)

It seems a million miles away, and it probably is. But asking the right questions and investing in small steps towards a better world is something we can all do. Lets hope it gains momentum.


Before we can enjoy Utopia, it has to be built. It takes artisans and technicians to achieve this. I would love to be part of the solution. Rejigging our education system to incorporate our future planning could make us all knowledgeable in how to achieve it.

Champagne or Razor Blades

The title of this post is a direct quote used by an experienced recruiter I met a few years back, to describe the contingency recruitment process. He was struggling at the time and I felt the need to hide the razor blades.

Since setting up JDT I have had my fair share of high and low points. Champagne or razor blades I tell you. However the brand is stronger and growing. We are in a position now to really sell our ability as a ‘proven entity’. And we are getting some good campaigns to work on now. I guess the same applies for any business; our new-found confidence is off the back of some laser focus and lots of hard work; blood, sweat and tears, Done with the smarter not ‘only’ harder mantra in place.

Our distraught experienced recruiter unfortunately lacked many of these elements and had placed himself somewhere between the Neolithic and Jurassic ages of generalist recruiting. I was only mildly sympathetic. I really look up to some of my industries best performing agencies, their approach, products and success. Carving out a mutually beneficial process for my clients, candidates and business is the sustainable business model we aim to achieve.

I am a specialist recruiter within the construction and property industries. Much of these industries and my clients are driven by the tender market to win work; ie: get paid. An extremely expensive process using their best resources to estimate, price and programme work they are hopeful to win. Usually this is between 2:1 and 6:1 chance of being awarded a project. This reminds me of the contingency recruitment process in many ways.

Construction contractors that are negotiating high percentages of their work are doing so on the back of their own proven track record. By avoiding the tender game, they are utilising their resources better, and are guaranteed to keep their cash flowing, which is the number one rule to business success. In freeing resources they also have bargaining power, more margin to play with, improving their price point. These types of relationships, built through trust, have their clients putting faith in their ability to deliver an end product that meets their high expectations. Repeat business looms for the succesful contractor.
You see how I could relate this back to my business.

Agency recruiter…. ooh sounds dirty!

Most of my clients really value my service, some less so but they are still engaged; I can respect that. Others seem to think fairly negatively and focus on cost of the recruitment process. The question I ask is “Do I bring you value?” Many unengaged managers are happy to register a job “for free”. I am happy to hear you out but I can’t guarantee my service on this basis.

Recruiting takes time, knowledge and timing. Lots of networking, hours of marketing, advertising, blogging, vlogging, editing, creating pretty pictures, networking, emailing, writing and most of all phoning. “Needles in haystacks” that is my daily grind. For all these reasons I need to gain some form of exclusivity to ensure my time is best spent for the end users.

Candidates are king, let’s be honest. If a recruiter is not treating people right, and adopts the attitudes used by some agencies, then you stand on the edge of transactional and unsustainable practice.
We don’t.
The same could be said for users of recruitment services. Engaging on a transactional basis with many recruiters may harm their employer brand, waste their time and potentially leave them in the same position they were at the start, with no real talent attraction. Conversely, engaging an exclusive process with a trusted business partner will yield results. Putting their full trust in a conscientious worker that has a vested interest in the successful placement of talented individuals in their business, trumps the alternative. Every time.

More Champagne please.



Procurement and logistics best practice – NZ edition

Many countries across world have implemented procurement strategies that frankly leave the NZ market seeming two steps behind them. We are seeing a shift in thinking on the topic, and the largest businesses that control construction programmes and supply chain are doing best. With the overall busyness we are experiencing in the industry, arguably more needs to be done to ensure the cost of construction does not skyrocket out of control.

Now I am no Procurement specialist myself, but having spoken to some seriously knowledgeable people over the past few years I see how this skill is becoming ever more important. I found some info published by the Chartered Institute of Building that really breaks down the entire topic nicely for the layperson;

Procurement and construction logistics is often viewed as part of the engineering process or project management duties, and seldom a standalone discipline. That will change.

Walter Glass of  is clear that this topic needs to be brought to the limelight. He wrote an article recently outlying some of the key points on the logistics topic are found at:

The businesses that are future proofing are developing strategies to buy the right materials, at the right times and the best price through best practices proven the world over. I look at the frightening scenario in the Wellington region, where the major civil projects alone, once in full swing in 2017-2018, will require more aggregate, asphalt, concrete, crane and transport services than actually exist. Add the building industry as well as the needs of Auckland and Christchurch and I foresee a hugely expensive problem for the entire country. That isn’t even looking at lack of tradesmen, engineers, site and project staff required to complete the work.

Those with the most foresight are building the right strategies to minimise risk and develop new methodologies, new materials and new supply chain relationships in the interest of minimising cost to the developers, and meeting the contractual timelines on future projects. Hopefully time is still on our side.




One’s Perception : Truly One’s Reality?

Harriet Turner’s thought piece:

When thinking about the lessons and advice shared on the topic of Employment Branding, a few key truths stick out in my mind which I think are applicable to the services JDT Recruitment offer; our point of difference; innovations set out to improve our industry.

There are 3 Stages to recruiting the right staff.
1. Attraction,
2. Engagement,
3. Retention.
In recruitment, we’re often focused mainly on the first two stages.

At the #WellyRecMeetup the first point was made by John Rice when he said that often in recruitment (about 90% of the time), the work we do is contingent. Which is to say, as recruiter’s we can’t talk about who the employer is throughout the Attract stage when working with an un-retained brand (contingency process) – and so we must talk about other factors, such as the type of projects or the location or the salary offered.

However, from an employer’s perspective, this is not aligned to what is most useful and beneficial to their company, or to their brand.
As an employer, you will most likely pride yourself  (or I at least HOPE you will) in the culture and working environment of your workplace.

Yes – the work you do and the standard and quality of the projects you deliver are important.
And yes – you also pay your staff well and reward those who are loyal.
But good employers know that both of these things don’t matter unless you have the right people doing your work in the right way.
And as Paul Greenway asked;
What do you stand for?
What do you stake your reputation on?

Your corporate culture, the values you hold and the relationships you keep with stakeholders both within and without of your business are what differentiate you from your competitors – and the right candidate will be someone who understands and fits with that brand.
Your brand matters.

Today we’re lucky enough to have modern tools available to be more effective than ever in our brand campaigning.
Sarah and Vanessa are our Media-whizz’s, and through the industry connections in JDT, we have access to the attention of literally THOUSANDS of people in our industry – all from without leaving our desks.

Furthermore, our day is filled with phone calls, emails and meetings seeking connections within those connections. We constantly and actively search for a conversation with that singular golden needle in the haystack that is going to be the perfect fit for what you need.
Recruitment is a noisy process.

The question is, how much of that noise should be about you?
About your culture?
About what you stand for, your reputation and your employment brand?

If asking a candidate; how do you want to be represented? What is your personal brand? What is your point of difference? Where will you thrive as an individual? Where will you feel most accepted as part of a team?

At JDT, we care about BOTH our candidates and clients; recruitment is a personal business (or it should be).
Because the truth is, we’re not dealing with needles and haystacks, we’re dealing with real three dimensional people with their own values, reputations and way of doing things.
And we’re representing businesses when we do it.

And so going back to the start of this monologue, I would argue that we care about the third stage too.
We don’t just want to Attract and Engage staff for you, but we also want you to Retain them. Much of that is down to your strategy in delivering truth to your branding proposition. You need to walk the walk if we are going to talk the talk.

We want staff to be happy in the role they land.
We want them to do great work and to go on to be your best success story.
Because after it’s all said and done, your success story is our success story – and it is your reputation that is helping build our brand too.

Link with Harriet:

Year one down – and we will certainly keep on, keeping on!

It’s with great pride that I am able to announce our first official year has just ticked over. It has been an interesting ride for all involved that has included all the new learning and teething pains that are normal for a new business and its owner to experience.

We have worked with some of the industries oldest and best; as well as new emerging businesses, and even some brands that will be in for a change through acquisitions and re-branding over the next few months.

We are gaining excellent repeat business; many new vacancies called in on an almost daily basis. Our marketing strategy is helping develop our brand across the country; with a response that has left us with an overall optimistic outlook for the future.

Throughout 2015 we placed talented individuals across the North and South Islands and expect to do the same in our second year. Majority have been within the Commercial Building sector, followed by Civil Contractors and Client/Consultancy roles.

Our new website ( launched a few weeks ago which include our new Job Portal and Blog page. We have also grown to 4 staff with Vanessa Gardner joining us as a Senior Consultant. She brings a good working knowledge in both the Civil and Property fields and will be a certain asset to our growing team.

I extend a massive thank you to all that have been involved in the successful year; candidates, clients and contracting staff especially. Daniel Watts of wattscreative for the excellent work in helping me build our brand. Harriet Turner for your hard work in accelerating our growth. The biggest thank you goes to Sarah Exley for providing such a strong support system. You are a great mother, partner and excellent social marketing resource adding value to our story. (literally on our Blog)

Ok, I have said my piece. Now lets keep on keeping on.

– Jake Theron