April 2017 Issue


buildnz designex: New exhibitors, features and opportunities

  With just under three months to go until kick off, New Zealand’s premier trade show for the construction and design industries, buildnz | designex, […]

IPENZ appoints new president

  Craig Price is the new president of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ). Mr Price has had a long career with engineering […]

House build takes centre stage on Broadway

Broadway in Newmarket, Auckland, will stage a one-of-a-kind house build this month as 200 volunteers step up to the challenge to build a four bedroom […]

NZ Commercial Project Awards entries now online

  The entries for this year’s New Zealand Commercial Project Awards are now available online, with close to 80 of New Zealand’s top commercial buildings […]

Immaculate earthquake rebuild wins first-time national award

After over a decade of entering the competition, Nigel Smith of Milestone Homes Canterbury (2012) Ltd was ecstatic to take out his first national category […]

2017 House of the Year gets exciting new additions

  This year’s Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition is underway, with some innovative new categories to reflect the changing sector. This year […]

Search is on for New Zealand’s top carpentry apprentice

Carpentry apprentices from across New Zealand are being called to show their skills and compete in the Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the […]

Membership growth promising

Summer is well behind us, and hopefully all your projects are well on track as the days get shorter. As an RMBA Board, we are […]

Putting up with the ‘brown whiffy stuff’

I’m not one for name dropping or flaunting the circles in which I mix, but I had a personal invitation to the best seats in […]

A better way

Nearly every week there is yet another report on substandard building materials, or shonky workmanship on construction projects. This raises the question as to who […]

Back In Time

20 years ago: • A $60,000 cheque from Telecom boosted the NZMBF’s coffers and was to go towards its television advertising campaign. The NZMBF had […]

Quantity surveyors lead joint effort to develop retention guidelines

  Calls for an industry-wide collaboration to design guidelines governing how the construction sector makes payments to builders and subcontractors have come to fruition. On […]

Improving the quality of insulation installation in NZ homes

The Government’s push to rid New Zealand of poorly insulated houses, along with recent changes to the relevant NZ Standard, NZS4246:2016, and changes to the […]

SPORT TODAY: Williamson to become NZ cricket’s greatest ever?

  As sure as the winter months are coming, one of the best parts of any cricketing summer is watching New Zealand captain Kane Williamson bat. […]

Awards celebrate women in construction

More women than ever are joining New Zealand’s booming construction industry, with the number of women in construction doubling to 17% over the past 15 […]

Ultimate tradie road trip aims to attract new recruits

  New Zealand’s construction sector needs more recruits. The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) is launching a major campaign in April to demonstrate […]

Building technology for a digital world

  “New Zealand should champion digital technology associated with cross-laminated timber (CLT) and become the world leader in building tall timber structures.” So says keynote speaker […]

Auckland facing new homes without running water

  A qualified accountant recently gave up his job to become a plumber. Why? Because he was tired of sitting behind a desk doing the […]