Celebrating our successes!

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Sometimes we get caught up in day-to-day business and don’t take time to reflect on the successes we have — either the business achievements, the people we work with, or the accolades received. And, as 2014 comes to a close, this year has been a period of significant change and also successes.

In mid-October nine of the top apprentices from around the country gathered at The Cloud in Auckland to showcase their talent and passion for building.

Tom Southen from Canterbury took out the title of Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year 2014, but all nine finalists must celebrate and be celebrated as the future of our industry (see story, page 6). Even Campbell Live came to the party for a good news story!

In mid-November builders of 100 of the best homes from across the country converged on Auckland for the national 2014 House of the Year Awards gala dinner.

Magnificent occasion

This is a magnificent occasion to celebrate the best our membership has to offer across a range of categories.

There is also ample opportunity to showcase and recognise all the other regional entrants who won awards this year (see House of the Year coverage, pages 8-17).

From an organisational perspective, the RMBA is now extremely well placed for the future. One of the big successes we’ve had recently is the appointment of David Kelly as chief executive.

Given David’s previous role as Canterbury Rebuild & Recovery director at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, and his previous roles in the Department of Building and Housing, this is a big coup for the industry and I’m really looking forward to working with David.

Capable staff

There are also a bunch of new, very capable staff members at the RMBA who have either just celebrated, or are about to celebrate, their first anniversary at the organisation.

They complement our existing staff who are extremely eager to serve and support members to be the best builders possible.

The Residential Working Group and Commercial Working Group have both been

re-energised. We’re having good debate on some of the issues, challenges and opportunities in these areas.

Once there is a solid understanding of what they are, we will then prioritise these and start working on solutions that can be rolled out.

Longest boom cycle in history?

The boom cycle we are in is projected to be a long one — possibly the longest in our history. Reports have forecast construction will be worth $100 billion over the next three years.

This comes at a time when the Building Act is changing, new health and safety legislation is being introduced and Registered Master Builders is taking up the mantle to be even more relevant to you for revised contracts, updated guarantees, advocacy within government, updated and timely training, and targeted advice.

These are some of the things we are celebrating at the moment.

I hope in this boom period for construction that you’re taking the time to celebrate your wins, whatever they might be — loyal and engaged staff, a supportive and encouraging boss, friendly and knowledgeable suppliers, reliable and proficient subbies, happy and content clients or just a good piece of work done well.

A simple “thank you” might be all it takes!

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