August 2006 Issue


Survival of the fittest

I’m not going to compare builders to the awkwardly unchanging Galapagos turtle. But the dynamics of building have changed and, so too, must builders adapt. […]

Training centre to provide trade boost in Wellington region

Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) has begun community and industry consultation on a Regional Trades and Technical Skills Training Centre for the Wellington region. The […]

The joy of architecture — a whole week of it!

Architectural sculptures constructed from cans of food, a Japanese architect renowned for his ultra skinny buildings and a Melbourne architect who is a “committed urbanite” […]

Project management qualifi cation being made available in NZ

The International Project Management Association (IPMA) level D professional qualifi cation in project management is to become available for the first time in New Zealand. […]

Federation supports changes to WHRS approach

The new measures are being welcomed by the Registered Master Builders Federation. Chief executive Pieter Burghout says the changes are commonsense, and build on review […]

Further steps taken to improve leaky homes service

Further measures to strengthen the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service (WHRS), enhance consumer protection, hold building industry professionals to account and get leaky homes disputes settled […]

Minister welcomes Unit Titles Act submissions

Building Issues Minister Clayton Cosgrove says he is impressed by the high standard of public submissions received in the Government’s latest consultation round as part […]

Leaky building claims and limitation periods

This is a recent case reviewing a decision of a Weathertight Homes Resolution Service adjudicator. Mr Dustin was an architectural designer who undertook design work […]

Building Careers Week encourages budding building apprentices

Promoting the building industry as a positive career choice for young people is the aim of the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation’s (BCITO’s) second […]

Sustainable housing fast becoming international and local buzz word

Sustainable housing is fast becoming a buzz word internationally and in New Zealand. All sectors of the New Zealand building industry are starting to look […]

Hirepool appoints two managers

Rental equipment company Hirepool Ltd has made two new senior appointments. Colin Sinton has been appointed general manger specialist division, and Neil Radley has been […]

Equipment company hires new general manager

David Lee has been appointed general manager of Nationwide Equipment Ltd, the New Zealand distributors for Takeuchi excavators. Mr Lee, 43, has had more than […]

Driving the lessons home

Driving cars is not like driving nails, and even experienced builders can benefit from driving school courses. Ford recognises this and, as a company, actively […]

National Gold Reserve Award Finalists announced

National Gold Reserve Finalists for the Registered Master Builders 2006 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards in association with PlaceMakers — to […]

Moyle takes out Supreme Award second year running

A minimalist design with stunning execution by Moyle Construction took top honours at this year’s Tauranga Registered Master Builders 2006 House of the Year, in […]

100-year-old hall and grand brick home take top honours in the Bay

The stunning renovation of Hawke’s Bay’s Woodford House school hall and a traditional, contemporary brick home received top honours at the Hawke’s Bay Registered Master […]

Managing the risk to your company’s reputation

A company’s reputation is its most enduring and lasting asset. Earning the consumer’s trust is one of the most important aspects of marketing for an […]

Federation: Value of building work keeping industry strong

The latest building consent statistics are consistent with predicted industry trends, according to Registered Master Builders Federation chief executive Pieter Burghout. “We are experiencing the […]

Backroom workers of the RMBF

The Commercial & Contracts Committee is an extremely hard working — and longest standing — committee of the Registered Master Builders Federation. It is made […]

Repairs — they’ll cost more in the long run

Leaving a quick fi x job for another day can just lead to more problems, according to Master Build Services (MBS) Ltd manager Bruce Richardson. […]

Buildings for the 21st Century — a builder’s view?

The Department of Building & Housing (DBH) has recently released a discussion document on a review of the New Zealand Building Code, seeking broad input […]