April 2019 Issue


Lum wins 25th national excavator competition

Riki Lum was named the winner of the National Excavator Operator Competition following two days of intense competition against the country’s top excavator operators at […]

Search is on for NZ’s top carpentry apprentice

It’s time for carpentry apprentices from across New Zealand to show off their skills and build their career by competing for the coveted title of […]

The risks of vocational education reform. Can we get it right?

By RMBA CEO David Kelly   MBIE forecasts show sustained construction sector growth for the next six years, with between $35 billion to $40 billion […]

New employment laws; keeping your business safe

By Tradie HR director Leigh Olsen   On April 1, 2019, a new Act called The Domestic Violence – Victims Protection Act came into force. […]

Your personal Shangri La — what would it look like?

By Architect Don Bunting   If you had an unlimited budget for your dream home would you be more likely to aim for the audacity […]

New bridge planned for Wynyard Quarter

Plans are afoot to replace the Wynyard Crossing pedestrian bridge that links Auckland’s city centre to the waterfront with a new, more reliable bridge. The […]

BCITO TV advertising — it’s a miracle!

By Terry Sage, Trades Coaching New Zealand   Who said miracles never happen, or dreams don’t come true? Somebody even said nobody reads my hard […]

High Court considers negligence and misleading conduct for supply of building materials and specifications

By Tim Bates and Sabina Boyd, Legal Vision   In the High Court decision of Urlich v Far North District Council and others (“the council”), […]


By Architect Don Bunting   I find myself falling back on the above rhetorical response more and more as current events unfold. Whether it is […]

Back In Time

20 years ago — March 1999: • Skill New Zealand, the new identity for the Education Training and Support Agency (ETSA), formally approved the new […]

Psychological First Aid

By RMBA president Darrell Trigg   There is a lot of information at the moment highlighting the issue of mental health and well-being in many […]

Tiny Home auction proceeds help Hawke’s Bay cancer charity

A container transformed into a high-spec tiny home was sold recently with proceeds going to cancer charity Look Good Feel Better. More than 100 people […]