August 2007 Issue


BCITO develops workplace assessor training programme

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) has developed a programme for BCITO workplace assessors based on achieving unit Standard 4098 Use standards to […]

Warming up to the benefits of woollen insulation

Adequate home insulation saves the average New Zealand home owner hundreds of dollars a year in energy and medical bills.   Eco Insulation Ltd sales […]

No more leaky tiled shower syndrome

Atlantis Bathroom Style offers a minimum 20-year leak-free warranty on its shower bases, eliminating the risks of leaky tiled shower problems for home owners and […]

A natural alternative to polyurethane

If you are looking for a beautiful natural finish for timber, Bio Paints Hard Varnish could be the answer.   It is a natural alternative […]

Ford Transit — the tradie’s friend for 40-plus years

The Ford Transit has been a successful mainstay for the Blue Oval for more than 40 years in a diverse range of capacities.   In […]

Sleeker profiles, lighter slabs

Tray-dec NZ Ltd recently launched two new composite steel flooring system profiles, the Ultra Span 80 and Concrete Saver 60.   The company’s Traydec 300 […]

Windows and doors: A quick production tour

Do you know how windows and doors are created?   Probably not! In fact, if you are a builder your main concern is probably to […]

Grand home captures the dream

Builders often say that capturing the client’s dream is the key to success in building. But for Auckland builders Nigel and Jackie Benton, of NM […]

Award-winning community living

Paraparaumu-based Cox & Sweetman Builders knows just what it takes to build top quality homes for the elderly and retired community.   Its entry in […]

Tales from Waikato

By all accounts the Waikato Awards dinner was a fabulously fun night. Kerre Woodham entertained the crowd in the role of MC and the award-winning […]

New RMBF member scoops silver at Waikato House of the Year

Just one year after becoming a registered master builder, Daniel Davies of Davies Construction Service in Te Awamutu took out two Silver Awards in the […]

Regional events attract best in the business

The 2007 Registered Master Builders House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards gala dinners are currently taking place around the country.   Always […]

Moyle Construction gets ‘in the zone’

Climate change is a hot topic around the world at the moment, with one of the effects of climate change being the erosion of our […]

Construction industry consents remain firm through June

New housing consents for June 2007 showed a significant increase of 29% on June 2006 — the highest monthly total since March 2005.   Of […]

East Auckland RMBs square off with local suppliers for charity

The Registered Master Builders Auckland East branch recently held its successful mid-winter meeting with Geoff Thomas, of fishing and hunting fame, as guest MC.   […]

Registered Master Builders take a big (safe) leap forward in Health and Safety

The Registered Master Builders Federation has set up a Health and Safety working group with a view to coordinating work already being done by various […]

Region’s top apprentice spoilt for choice

Being inundated with job offers from top construction companies was just one of the bonuses Michael Johnson enjoyed after winning the Registered Master Builders Carters […]

Innovative Registered Master Builders

Registered master builders are an innovative lot. To see an example of this you need look no further than this issue where we feature long-standing […]

Working with politicians — ‘May you live in interesting times!’

One of the three core strategies for the RMBF is being “the Industry Champion” — in other words, being the voice of the construction industry […]

From tanks to treasure — changing the rules for Wynyard Quarter

To enable the redevelopment of Wynyard Quarter from a bulk-liquid storage and industrial area into a world-class waterfront precinct, the Auckland City Council and Auckland […]

Rules announced for building sector licensing

Building and Construction Minister Clayton Cosgrove recently announced the rules for the licensing of building practitioners, a new regime aimed at raising building quality standards […]

City set to move on tank farm development

Auckland City, buoyed by the successful negotiations to develop Wynyard Point, is keen to proceed with developing the waterfront by converting the “finger wharves”, introducing […]

Company pioneers climate neutral floor coverings

InterfaceNZ has announced an environmental first in New Zealand.   From July 1, all its InterfaceFLOR carpet tiles will be climate neutral, accounting for the […]

LBP rules cause for major RMBF concern

The rules that will set out the standards of competence that building practitioners must meet in order to be licensed were announced recently by Building […]

Winstone Wallboards celebrates 80 years

This year Winstone Wallboards is celebrating its 80th anniversary since first manufacturing GIB plasterboard in New Zealand.   The modest hand-operated factory which first opened […]

Timaru builder crowned Jack of all Trades

Timaru builder James Williamson has won the title of New Zealand’s best all round tradie and $100,000 of prizes in the final of the eight-part […]

Liability of the BIA and BRANZ for a leaky building — Fair Trading Act only

This month’s article focuses on a decision which considered the liability of the BIA and BRANZ to the owners of a leaky building.   The […]

Kawau’s Cornish pumphouse

Just two years after Lieutenant-Governor William Hobson RN did his thing at Waitangi, a thin copper lode was discovered on Kawau Island. Four years later […]

Carters Boots ‘n’ All tour enjoys big match atmosphere!

It was a wet and chilly Melbourne day that welcomed the Carters Boots ‘n’ All Bledisloe Cup Tour on June 28. But the group weren’t […]