20 years ago:
• Bringing to reality Mount Maunganui’s revitalisation scheme won an Auckland firm the supreme award in 1997’s New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects/Monier Awards.
The Isthmus Group won the George Malcolm Award for Project Phoenix: Revitalising the Mount. Designed in response to the Tauranga District Council’s Mainstreet programme, the purpose of the project was to create a distinctive nautical character to counter the Mount’s lack of image.
The brief stated that the design should encourage what the council described as a “pavement culture” — a concept that seemed to have worked, with seven new restaurants opening in the town centre.
15 years ago:
• The insurance industry was preparing to tighten its provisions in relation to claims made for poor workmanship, leaking buildings and claims made on contract works.
RMBF chief executive Chris Preston says while the Federation did not agree with the draconian way in which the industry was increasing its rates or cutting back its cover, there seemed little the Federation could do to stop it.
“It is, therefore, very important that when renewing their insurance, each and every member looks carefully and talks with their broker about what changes may or may not have been made,” he said.
10 years ago:
• New insulation requirements and moves to make it easier and cheaper to install solar water heating systems were part of the major changes to the Building Code and building compliance documents announced by Prime Minister Helen Clark and Building and Construction Minister Clayton Cosgrove.
Labour said the changes were the most significant improvements to the energy efficiency of buildings in 30 years, and the latest steps in the Labour-led Government’s sustainability agenda.
“Creating more efficient houses and commercial buildings is a triple win for New Zealanders’ health, our environment and our power bills,” Ms Clark said.
5 years ago:
• The Taranaki Registered Master Builders Association reached a milestone landmark when it held its 100th AGM at the Quality Inn in New Plymouth.
President John Street said the historic event was attended by around 40 people, many of whom donned bowler hats and posed with the Ranfurly Shield held at the time by Taranaki.
On the agenda was a state-of-the-nation presentation from national RMBF president David Fabish — the first Taranaki member ever to hold the position.
A local journalist had been commissioned to write a history of the Association’s 100 years in the region.