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Straight Up with Mike Fox

Why don’t politicians seem to understand the relevance and impact of our industry?

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EasyBuild director and Building Today columnist Mike Fox wonders why, considering the construction industry’s significant contribution to New Zealand’s GDP, the industry continues to...

A two-tier construction market — why isn’t New Zealand reaping the benefits?

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EasyBuild director and Building Today columnist Mike Fox says the motor vehicle industry worked out that mass production and simplification was the way to...

Hyperinflation, shortages, sending NZ building industry into potential meltdown

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EasyBuild director Mike Fox says he’s heard anecdotes indicating that the number of product price increases builders are dealing with are up 156% on...

When does a housing crisis become a housing emergency? It’s here!

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Building Today columnist and EasyBuild director Mike Fox says the Government’s introduction of a tax package under the guise of a housing policy will,...

Little used alternative pathways to gain building consents could make a big difference —...

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EasyBuild director Mike Fox reveals a couple of alternative building consent application options that might help builders speed up the process.With timelines for building...

$25K-plus in extra costs and delays will come with new H1 Energy Efficiency requirements

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EasyBuild director Mike Fox says the prospect of new, far-reaching H1 Energy Efficiency requirements to be implemented over the next eight months read like...

OSM: Time to scale up to meet demand, retain jobs and build capability

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EasyBuild director Mike Fox says instead of importing fully-built homes, the Government has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a sustainable, Kiwi-based, off-site manufacturing (OSM)...

Suicide — our industry is ashamedly the best at it, but why?

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EasyBuild director Mike Fox says it’s no wonder there is a high suicide rate in the incredibly combative NZ building industry. He offers some...

Be careful what you wish for — the risks for the building sector of...

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EasyBuild director Mike Fox says when the eventual euphoria of getting easier access to Australia turns into reality and some of the unintended consequences...

Building booms — transitioning to a normal market while keeping your shirt on

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EasyBuild director and Building Today columnist Mike Fox outlines some practical and effective steps that may help building companies avoid financial ruin, and enable...