August 2009 Issue


Attention all builders — be in to win!

Congratulations go to Richard Lee from K Young Ltd, the first lucky winner of Fletcher Aluminium’s exciting new fishing competition! Over the next five months, […]

Legislation passed for faster consent process

Legislation to speed up the building consent process and reduce costs for builders has been passed by Parliament. The Building Amendment Act 2009, which came […]

Jennian Homes doubles sales in June

Jennian Homes has recently seen a significant increase in building activity, with June sales more than doubling from previous months this year. Business development manager […]

Future Leader success for Innes

Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) New Zealand buildings and infrastructure manager Tony Innes has been named the Telecom/ACENZ Future Leader 2009, in recognition of his leadership […]

Arrow appoints new director

Lale Ieremia has been appointed a director to the Board of Arrow International which is currently completing its 25th year as a project management and […]

The liability of vendors pursuant to clause 6.2(5) of the standard Agreement for Sale and Purchase

It is often the case that one of the named respondents in any given leaky building claim will be the party that sold the property […]

Wellington’s very own Cake Tin

Like some latter day philanderer, Wellington seems to have gotten over its long-professed, 103-year love affair with Athletic Park. It did so in quite unseemly […]

Bay of Plenty family builds a bridge

While the expression to “build a bridge” is often used in jest among families, it’s no joke for Bay of Plenty builder Ray Puhara and […]

Noise pollution — frsutrating but easy to deal with

One of the most frustrating forms of pollution in the home is also one of the easiest to deal with — noise pollution. Simple steps […]

All aluminium windows and doors must be supported

To the best of my knowledge, every weathtertightness claim I have been involved with has included issues with window and door openings. At least 50% […]

National self-regulatory council vital to construction industry

It has been needed for many years, but the time has now come for a national building industry council to be established to self-regulate all […]

Crib walls push boundaries

The recently completed concrete crib walls at Highbrook Business Park in Auckland are some the largest gravity walls of their kind built in the country […]

Apprentice of the Year — bigger and better than ever

Entries have closed for the Registered Master Builders Carters 2009 Apprentice of the Year, with entry numbers well up on 2008 boding well for a […]

Waikanae home an award winner

A stunning Waikanae property was a noteworthy development for S & J MacKay Builders, especially after it took out the New Homes $450,000 – $650,000 […]

Understanding client needs the key to success

A year after the Waitakere Acute Mental Health Unit was completed, Hawkins Construction was proud to show it off to the RMB Commercial Project Award […]

Potentially Confusing — PC sums discussed

Prime Cost (PC) sums are an area of building contracts that can be a minefield of confusion for builders and their clients. A recent High […]

Master Builders — firefighters in disguise!

The New Zealand Fire Service provides emergency response services to communities across New Zealand thanks to more than 10,000 firefighters, 9000 of whom are volunteers. […]

Taranaki RMBA initiative pays off

The Taranaki Construction Safety Group recently hosted the first Taranaki Apprentice Safety Challenge day in New Plymouth. The group is an informal association of safety […]

Time to start accentuating the positive!

Recently we’ve been reporting that we think our industry has reached the bottom of the trough and is showing slight signs of recovery, but there […]

Registered Master Builder takes on ‘once in a lifetime’ project

When Registered Master Builder Stephen Jory of Jory Builders in Dunedin attended a function at his daughter’s school back in late 2007, he didn’t expect […]

How to use market segmentation to your advantage

“You can have any colour as long as it’s black” — those were the famous words spoken by Henry Ford when he offered the Model-T […]