2006 House of the Year competition kicks off with a roar

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I recently attended the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2006 House of the Year Awards in Nelson and, if this is any indication of the...

Lifting quality in the building industry

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The Registered Master Builders Federation has been advocating the introduction of builder licensing for many years. The launch of building practitioner licensing by the...

Queenstown conference proves a hit!

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There are two key events we host at a national level each year — one being the House of the Year final gala evening,...

Grass roots strength

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One of the themes that you often hear in the rugby union arena centres around ensuring “grass roots strength” — so that local players...

Getting the industry framework right for the next 20 years

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2006 is going to be a historical year for the building and construction industry. It will be the year in which the more detailed...

Holding our own at the 2006 International Builders Show

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As part of a study tour hosted by PlaceMakers, I attended the 2006 International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida, with Michael Fox, Brent Mettrick...

‘All I want for Christmas!’

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For most of us in the construction industry we are charging towards Christmas 2005 at breakneck speed. In the past few years we have...

Building capability – right across the industry

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In the past few weeks the Registered Master Builders’ Federation has decided to increase the depth of its management capability across two key areas...

Constructive policies essential

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As I write this column, caretaker Prime Minister Helen Clark is negotiating the terms of her third Labour-led Government with a number of the...