The New Dunedin Hospital project is going to need a lot of construction workers over the coming years. As a result, through the support of the Provincial Growth Fund, Workforce Central Dunedin Jobs and Skills Hub has been established. This part of the project is built around addressing the need to engage with the construction industry over the course of what will be a mammoth project.

This engagement started down a path of positivity with an induction session from Mates in Construction NZ(external link). They’re an organisation dedicated to suicide prevention within the construction industry, and delivered their important message of support at the New Dunedin Hospital project office.

A large collection of contractors already engaged in work related to the New Dunedin Hospital project gathered to hear more about the Mates in Construction organisation, and were provided with practical tools to help address what is a very serious issue within the industry. Among those at the packed induction were workers from Geeves Scaffolding and Ceres Demolition NZ, who have been active on the site of the New Dunedin Hospital seeing through the demolition process.

At the core of Mates in Construction’s important message – a powerful whakatauki:

‘Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari i te toa takitini’

‘My strength is not of a single warrior but that of many’

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