April 2013 Issue


Liability of pre-purchase house inspectors

In the case of Hepburn & Others v Cunningham Contracts Ltd & Another [2013] NZHC 210, the plaintiffs purchased a property in reliance on a […]

The world’s largest greenhouse

The world’s largest greenhouse is the brainchild of Tim Smit. He wanted a way of showing the connection between plants and people. The upshot was […]

$2000 grants for BCITO apprentices and employers

So what’s the deal? The first 10,000 new apprentices who sign up for training after March 6, 2013, will be eligible to apply for a […]

Ruamoko offers to share new advances in seismic design

In Maori mythology, Ruamoko is first and foremost the god of earthquakes: Ruamoko Solutions, established in Christchurch in 2006, is a firm of consulting structural […]

Entries now open for Apprentice of the Year

Apprentices are being encouraged to claim their share of more than $100,000 worth of prizes, by taking part in the Registered Master Builders Carters 2013 […]

Winner poses himself a new challenge

Mark Haimes of Haimes Building Ltd was “thrilled” when his Taupo home was read out as the winner of the Master Build Services New Homes […]

Small team stoked with their win

Andrew Klein of Klein Builders Ltd believes the biggest business advantages of taking part and succeeding in the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2012 House of […]

Too early to predict sustained uplift

The RMBF says the latest building consent figures indicate a pick-up in activity, predominantly in Canterbury and Auckland. Statistics New Zealand figures show 1559 new […]

We farewell David Beard

In late January 2013 we said our final farewell to David Beard, a Waikato RMBA Life Member. David worked tirelessly, locally and nationally, in a number […]

Profitability and training for growth

The construction industry is historically very adept at expanding and contracting as necessary within economic cycles. Generally, most of our firms have survived what has […]

Vocational Pathways a clever way to get kids interested in construction

I recently attended a launch for Vocational Pathways, a joint initiative between the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Industry Training Federation (ITF), and found […]

Citygate certification simple for developers

The developers of a major new property set to revitalise the Hamilton CBD say they are pleasantly surprised at how cost and time effective it […]

ITM tops hardware category in customer satisfaction awards

Debnath Guharoy, Asia-Pacific regional director for Roy Morgan, announced the awards at a presentation dinner in Auckland on March 1. “ITM is focused on satisfying […]

Top kitchen and bathroom designers up for awards

Regional awards for kitchen and bathroom will be presented in nine areas with chapters of the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association. The top awards are […]

Standards Council welcomes discussion on future of national standards body

Submissions are due by 5pm, Friday, April 26.

Building seismic upgrade presents new opportunities for investors — industry expert

Renowned for innovative engineering and experience in earthquake zones around the world, Dr Miyamoto says the industry needs to take a new approach to make […]

Auckland building sector gets skills boost

From May 2013, NZMA will deliver Wintec’s Level 4 Certificate in Building, accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. The 40-week programme is an ideal […]

Construction begins on $25m engineering and trades facility

Wintec chief executive Mark Flowers says there is a national need for trained and skilled engineering and tradespeople, and a facility of this calibre will […]

Back In Time

“Lockwood homes are already built using timber from fast-growing plantation trees which absorb more carbon than slower growing indigenous forests. Solid plantation timber is a […]

Home sweet home?

Public housing built in the UK in the 30 years from 1950 was a mix of two-storey terraces, maisonettes (2/2 storey units above each other) […]