April 2009 Issue


Heat pump water heaters get $1000 boost in EECA pilot

A new funding pilot for heat pump water heating will test another choice of efficient water heating for consumers, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority chief […]

New champions of rugby in Queenstown

The Wakatipu Rugby Club is in good hands this year with the news that one of Queenstown’s leading construction companies has come on board as […]

Plumbing industry apprentices hit record as trust stages biggest-ever awards night

The plumbing, drainage and gasfitting industry has staged its largest-ever celebration of industry awards with a record number of graduating apprentices. The Apprenticeship Training Trust […]

Poor economic conditions aggravating the building downturn in New Zealand

The dramatic turn in global economic conditions has severely dented business and consumer confidence in New Zealand and has caused dwelling building activity to plunge […]

New technology set to slash commercial energy consumption

Companies that use large amounts of electricity can slash their energy consumption by 15 to 30% and significantly reduce their carbon footprint with a new […]

Couple cop fine for illegal building work

A Manukau couple has been fined $12,000 for carrying out extensive building works without a building consent. Property owners Macsood Hussain and Sudheshni Chetty pleaded […]

Subcontractor not found liable to principal in absence of contract

The Auckland High Court decision of Justice Keane in Northern Clinic Medical & Surgical Centre Ltd v P S Kingston & Others (CIV-2006-404-000968) explored the […]

Wairakei celebrates 50 years

In the 1950s New Zealand was desperate for electrical energy. A succession of droughts had found the country’s much vaunted hydro-electric generation capacity wanting. Power […]

Solid Plastering Master Class a huge success

It took 18 months of planning but thanks to the help of some key sponsors the BCITO was able to hold a Solid Plastering Master […]

New commercial manager for Hirepool

National hire equipment company Hirepool has promoted Neil Radley to the position of New Zealand commercial manager, based in Auckland. Hirepool is the cornerstone business […]

New man appointed at Tasman

Tasman Insulation has recently appointed Julius Sargent to the role of sales and marketing manager. “We are very excited to have Julius join us. He […]

NZ must retain skilled industry workers

Building consent figures have continued to plummet, with February’s figure the lowest since Statistics New Zealand began tracking the numbers 17 years ago. The trend […]

Skills shortage will remain a global growth obstacle

A skills shortage will continue to remain an obstacle for global growth recovery, and the HR industry should adopt the green words of “retain, reuse, […]

Country’s best carpentry apprentice can nail top prize

New Zealand’s best carpentry apprentice stands to win up to $12,000 in prizes in the Registered Master Builders 2009 Apprentice of the Year, in association […]

Constructing culture

Hawkins Construction’s commitment to delivering outstanding quality left more than their clients deeply impressed last year. Hawkins was awarded top Tourism and Leisure Project for […]

Innovation and insulation

Future Homes NZ Ltd’s innovative construction of a property in Taupo was the well deserving winner of two awards in the Registered Master Builders 2008 […]

‘Smart Moves for Success’ — helping members focus on opportunities in an ever changing arena . . .

This year’s RMBF conference theme is “Smart Moves for Success” a theme that could not be more apt. It is the RMBF’s way of helping […]

It’s time to put up and stop the talkfest

The construction industry and, subsequently, home owners have had to suffer yet another tirade of headlines from the media on the national travesty of justice […]

First-class facilities for thoroughbred horses in Canterbury

The Canterbury region certainly has its fair share of interesting building projects, but nothing compares with the latest job completed by Waikuku Beach-based Registered Master […]

Key industry announcements anticipated at RMBF Conference

Well, it’s that time of year again. The Registered Master Builders Annual Conference is being held in Blenheim from 16 to 18 April and, notwithstanding […]