April 2012 Issue


Initiative aims to increase productivity by 20%

The value of New Zealand’s construction sector came under the spotlight in March with the launch of a skills strategy to boost sector growth. Speaking […]

Timber standing tall again

Europe and North America have been hot on it for a while. And now timber is seeing a revival in Australasia, if a huge uptake […]

Solar energy focuses people on other eco-friendly devices

Gone are the days when people would choose a house purely for its aesthetic appeal. When building a new home, New Zealanders want to live […]

Construction industry skills strategy presents opportunities for Maori and Pacifika

Four key priorities to lifting skills throughout the building industry by 2020 have been identified by the joint Government-Industry Productivity Partnership under its Built Environment […]

Manufacturing company making a big green effort

From last month Auckland’s air got a little cleaner. While industry pollution contributes to around 10% of Auckland’s poor air quality, the Council’s pledge to […]

New Zealand building company positioned for industry change

It’s been a long time since PlaceMakers launched a major brand campaign — and the latest one hits the nail on the head. PlaceMakers is […]

First stage of Manukau Station opening soon

The first stage of Auckland’s newest train station and the first rail line built since the 1930s will open in Manukau on April 15. When […]

Back in Time

Bog standard

They no longer make toilets in New Zealand. In fact, we don’t seem to manufacture very much at all anymore. We’d rather bring in cheap […]

Causation — the difference between an award of cost for full re-clad and targeted repair

This case — Chee v Stareast Investment Ltd (2012) NZHC 133 — involved an interim determination concerning an appeal by the Chees against the determination […]

99 Quay Street, Auckland, turns 100

In the hurly burly that has cluttered our year to date, including the teething pains of a Super City, sundry occupations of assorted CBDs, Christchurch’s […]

Signs of life in Christchurch

From the BCITO’s perspective, things are definitely starting to happen in Christchurch. Training agreements are rolling in, enquiries are up, and Canterbury web site traffic […]

Christchurch builds temporary stadium super-fast

As the Super Rugby season approached, Cantabrians and especially Christchurch folk needed the equivalent of a fast break to counter the quake damage done to […]

Need for skilled apprentices crucial

The construction industry is showing signs of improvement, and the need for skilled carpentry apprentices is crucial for the future of the sector. Home building […]

Corner site challenge met with aplomb

B W Hughes Building Company Ltd managing director Brent Hughes was “rapt” when his small Feilding company won its first national award in the Registered […]

Renovation features perfect blend with existing structure

Clarke Construction directors Sarah and Ant Clarke believe the credibility gained and the reassurance of a job well done are the biggest business advantages from […]

Canterbury’s Royal Commission of Enquiry — what does this mean for builders?

As you may know, The Royal Commission of Enquiry into the Canterbury earthquakes is well underway, and the Commission published an interim report in October […]