April 2018 Issue


Aussie cricketers’ punishment unfair

By Radio Sport Breakfast co-host Kent Johns   Try as I might I couldn’t get outraged at the Australian cricketers for ball tampering in Cape […]

Being your own boss — a dream or a nightmare?

They talk about the “Business Dream” — work for yourself, be your own boss, flexible hours, get off the tools and let the team do […]

The Building Act 2004 — a refresher course

In this month’s article, I wish to review several of the key provisions of the Building Act 2004. Section 8 defines “building”, and sets out […]

Women nailing careers in the trades

Female trade apprentices are loving their career choice, but few considered a career in construction while they were at school, research shows. Thursday, March 8 […]

Back In Time

20 years ago: • Work was underway to combine history, food and fashion in a new shopping development in Wellington’s Old Bank Arcade and Chambers. […]

Glazing boss: Qualified tradespeople have ownership and pride

Richard Aitken has held various manufacturing and sales management positions over the past 25 years, including four years as a regional manager for Viridian Glass, […]

Entries now open for national Window Awards

Usually “see through” and often going “unseen”, the Window Association of New Zealand (WANZ) wants to shine the spotlight on great windows and glass. Entries […]

Opus International Consultants now WSP Opus

WSP Opus is now the New Zealand operation of WSP, one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consulting firms, following the purchase of Opus […]

New housing brand set to bring ‘never ordinary’ homes to the north and west of Auckland

“Masters of the Process” are among words describing newly-launched home building company Madison Park Homes. Owner of the new company Stephen Johnson says that from […]

Leading CEOs and industry influencers to front KiwiBuild Summit at buildnz designex

buildnz designex organisers are excited about hosting more than 18 of New Zealand’s leading chief executives and industry leaders at the upcoming KiwiBuild Summit in […]

Entries for Timber Design Awards closing soon

New judges and new categories will ensure the prestigious 2018 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards are even more exciting than before, according to NZ Wood […]

Search is on for NZ’s top carpentry apprentice

Carpentry apprentices from across New Zealand are being called to show off their skills and compete for the coveted title of Registered Master Builders CARTERS […]

Innovative home on tight site scoops national awards

A remarkable urban oasis in Tauranga took home the national CARTERS New Home $1 million to $2 million Award at the 2017 Registered Master Builders […]

Quake-damaged hillside home wins renovation award

After the Canterbury earthquakes struck an original 1975 Peter Beaven-designed Christchurch home, it was in need of some significant restoration work. The superb renovation by […]

School chapel gives nod to the past as it looks to the future

The St Andrew’s College Centennial Chapel in Christchurch has been thoughtfully resurrected, following the Canterbury earthquakes, to embody the values, history, traditions and future aspirations […]

Protecting people’s biggest lifetime investment

Too many homes are being built in New Zealand without the protection of a warranty. Building a new home or undertaking a major renovation is […]

The ‘invisible’ costs of building a house in NZ

CoreLogic, a property information, analytics and services provider in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, says the recently-released Housing Stocktake Report contains underlying data […]

What’s gone wrong?

On returning from London, I spent the 70s, 80s and 90s as a partner in a commercial design practice. As any who were there will […]

Modern prefabricated homes ‘nothing like the prefabs of old’

New Zealand modular home provider EasyBuild welcomed Minister of Building and Construction the Hon Jenny Salesa to officially open the EasyBuild Show Home Village in […]

Two iconic roofing brands come together

Two of New Zealand’s oldest roofing companies, Calder Stewart Roofing and Dimond Industries, will come together under the new name of Dimond Roofing.  The new […]

Unitec deal marks major KiwiBuild milestone

The Government has announced the first major development under its ambitious KiwiBuild programme with the purchase of 29 hectares of land for thousands of houses […]