April 2015 Issue


New Queenstown school fast-tracked

South Island construction company Amalgamated Builders Ltd (ABL) handed over the keys to Queenstown’s new Shotover Primary School on time for the first day of […]

Students help with housing for the elderly

Wendy Zheng and Juno Huang spent their evenings working together to produce a new model of pensioner accommodation for a small registered charitable trust in […]

Expert earthquake commissioner recognised

Professor Richard Fenwick was formally awarded the title at IPENZ’s annual Fellows’ and Achievers’ Dinner held at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa […]

Repeat offender fined for illegal work in Auckland

Aaron L’Estrange Corbet carried out drainlaying work at a home in Glen Eden without authorisation. When the work was found to be defective by a […]

BRANZ national survey provides insight for builders to improve customer satisfaction

The annual survey, undertaken by BRANZ since 2011, measures how well new house owners rate their builder, based on the experience of having a home […]

Ground-breaking artesian heating and cooling system on the rise

Designed and implemented by engineering consultants Beca as part of the airport’s $237 million integrated terminal project, the innovation has been labelled a game-changer for […]

CHA calls for mind shift from government in housing debate

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) director Scott Figenshow says the Salvation Army’s announcement that it is no longer looking at purchasing state houses is no surprise. […]

Safety awards presented next month

The awards acknowledge businesses, both large and small, and individuals who champion safety. They give national recognition to good ideas, superior systems, great initiatives and […]

Making sure high visibility safety garments meet the standard

High visibility clothing plays a vital role, but unless the clothing used is suitable for the conditions, the protection it provides may not be adequate. […]

Landmark new home for police and corrections services

The three-storey, eco-friendly building, located across the road from the New Plymouth courthouse, was originally meant to accommodate police on two floors, with extra space […]

Learning to say no

Did you survive the soap opera-style cliffhanger we left you with last month? Build you up to a level of pure excitement and hope, sitting […]

Back In Time

A new amendment to a council bylaw came into effect, providing the authority for the council to take action against anyone putting materials, machinery, jumbo […]

A very bad idea

Considering a few of the really bad ideas that happened in our industry, the use of lead in paints and plumbing pipes and using asbestos […]

BIA escapes liability in weathertightness case

In this recent case of Body Corporate 346930 v Argon Construction Ltd & Auckland Council, the High Court was asked to consider whether the Ministry […]

France’s Palais du Louvre

Among its riches it houses Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, as well as many choice items looted by Napoleon during his years of conquest in Europe […]

BCITO’s Build-Ability Challenge for schools kicks off in May

The BCITO’s tagline and philosophy of “Building People” starts right at the beginning when future carpenters are still at secondary school.  The BCITO Build-Ability Challenge […]

Building industry needs fresh thinking to reduce costs

The Productivity Commission reported in 2012 that it costs 15% to 25% more to build a house in New Zealand than in Australia. That finding […]

Why is my business the size it is? And how do I grow it for the right reasons?

  Have you ever said to yourself: All of the above are common catchcries from the majority of builders — particularly from Master Builder members […]

New Zealand’s top carpentry apprentices called to compete

New Zealand carpentry apprentices are being urged to show off their skills and talent in the Registered Master Builders Carters 2015 Apprentice of the Year […]

Whangamata bach transformation an unexpected win

Luke Baxter of Beach House Builders was taken aback when his name was read out as the winner of the Master Build Services Renovation Award […]

A well-deserved win for Manawatu home

After entering seven homes over the past three years, Mr Walker thought it was “about time” he won a national award. “My initial thought was […]

Best of luck to all HOY entrants

To all the builders who have entered the Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition, I wish you good luck. The number of entries […]