April 2006 Issue


Big Aussie expo on next month

Australia’s most comprehensive building expo will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Thursday, May 4 to Sunday, May 7. The HIA […]

AIPM calls for major rethink to avoid skills shortage

The retirement of up to one third of Australia’s project managers in the next decade signals a major skills shortage in leading industry sectors, according […]

CIC aims for zero fatality record within fi ve years

A pan-industry approach to make New Zealand building sites among the safest in the world has been agreed by the Construction Industry Council. A Health […]

The Auckland regiment honours its fallen

Anzac Day 2005 saw a new memorial unveiled in the Auckland Domain. It is a simple cairn commemorating the service and sacrifice of soldiers of […]

RCC helps tradespeople gain qualifi cation

The Recognition of Current Competency process has been developed by the BCITO to assist skilled and experienced tradespeople gain a nationally recognised qualification. As licensing […]

Additive signals breakthrough in masonry technology

Traditional masonry has been used successfully for many years in New Zealand. However, major advances in masonry technology have resulted in traditional masonry being improved […]

Innovative product converts moisture to seal from within concrete

Aquron 2000 Cure and Seal is the answer to combat problems with moisture in newly-placed concrete when floor coverings are to be installed. And while […]

Timeless Tuscany

Tuscany is truly unique. It is a beautiful, timeless place with wonderful landscapes filled with the rich colours of ochre, burnt sennia and gold — […]

Plastic fantastic

The introduction of Dimondek 630 to the New Zealand market by Dimond has seen a change in the design of large commercial buildings. Among other […]

Falling exchange rate and increased costs driving up price of reinforcing steel

Pacific Steel has advised its customers that it has increased prices for reinforcing steel and wire by about 10%, effective at the start of April. […]

When a little more horsepower’s needed

There would certainly be a time in any man’s life when just a little more horsepower would be meaningful, whether that be in power tools, […]

Influential Christchurch builder retires

Graham Armitage, co-founder of leading Christchurch Registered Master Builder company Armitage Williams, has retired. He will be succeeded by Mark Blyth, who has worked for […]

Dunedin company builds on strong foundations

An overhaul of historic rest home and hospital Ross Home earned Naylor Love high praise in the Registered Master Builders 2005 Commercial Awards, held in […]

Nelson builder updates the past in stunning style

An impeccable character renovation elevated Nelson builder Paul Brockie to national winner of the PlaceMakers Renovation up to $250,000 Award in the Registered Master Builders […]

Conference to take a fresh look at industry issues

“Fresh Powder” is the theme for the 2006 annual Registered Master Builders conference in Queenstown over Anzac weekend, reflecting registered master builders’ desire to take […]

17 smart ways to improve your bottom line

The following points are simple but smart ways to work more efficiently, reduce waste and make better returns without increasing your prices. They can contribute […]

Les Hall: A look back . . .

Wellington Registered Master Builders Association:  • Les Hall Builders Ltd has been a member of the WRMBA for 54 years  • Executive committee: 25 years […]

Hall honoured with QSM

Wellington Registered Master Builders Association stalwart Les Hall was honoured with a Queens Service Medal for community services recently. “It was pretty exciting,” Mr Hall […]

Grass roots strength

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