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20 years ago:

Main contractor Fletcher Construction began pouring foundations and erecting steel columns in place for the six levels of car parking which were to fill the hole. The workforce of about 100 on site was to gradually increase to about 1650 and, at the height of construction in 1995, rise to 5300 workers on and off site.

15 years ago:

The Federation was also making arrangements for ANZ to take over a special mortgage deal that Countrywide had provided for clients of Registered Master Builders, a deal that lapsed when Countrywide merged with the National Bank. The bank was also working with local RMB associations in a range of activities to boost public interest in the use of RMBs for residential building.

10 years ago:

Consent Processing Resource, or CPR, was a web-based resource for council consent planners — a one-stop shop for councils wanting to adjust and improve their resource consent processing systems.

5 years ago:

Chief executive Warwick Quinn said the latest building consent figures were a reflection of the level of enquiry members had been experiencing over the previous four or five months, and were tentative signs that the industry was beginning what would probably be a long road to recovery.

The seasonally adjusted number of new housing units authorised for July 2009 was was at its highest since September 2008, although the numbers for apartments had dropped off slightly for the month.