August 2012 Issue


Kids get growing with Tui and Mitre 10

Mitre 10 is lending a helping hand to green-fingered kids across the country as they dig into the Tui School Garden Challenge. Last year saw […]

Local low-damage seismic design leads the pack

A locally developed timber building system that enables fast re-occupation after an earthquake has emerged as world-leading at a recent gathering of international timber engineering […]

NZGBC applauds recovery plan

The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan is an exciting step in the rebuild of Christchurch, and signals a strong opportunity for the built environment to help […]

PlaceMakers to expand operations in Christchurch

Hot on the heels of the unveiling of the blueprint for the rebuild of Christchurch’s CBD, PlaceMakers has announced it’s to open a brand new […]

Christchurch construction optimism fades while the rest of NZ lifts

Construction workload optimism for the Christchurch rebuild has dropped from an average of 85% during 2011 to 63%, according to the May 2012 building construction […]

Timaru store wins major Mitre 10 award

Timaru Mitre 10 MEGA has won the Mitre 10 MEGA Store of the Year award at Mitre 10 New Zealand’s annual awards dinner held last […]

Jennian Homes celebrates 30 years

Jennian Homes’ nationwide network of franchise owners were joined by their suppliers at the company’s July anniversary conference in Fiji, celebrating 30 years of building […]

Expert help at hand for LBPs

The changing landscape that is the New Zealand construction industry has prompted the establishment of a new web site for Licensed Building Practitioners (LBPs) to […]

Back in Time

It’s just old

I recently came across a quote by Barry Humphries, made while he was visiting to promote his upcoming Dame Edna tour of New Zealand. In […]

Bankruptcy no protection against a claim accruing after the period of bankrutpcy

The decision in the case of Chapman v Weathertight Homes Tribunal & Another concerns a builder that was named as a respondent to Weathertight Homes […]

Kunsthaus Graz

In 2003 the Austrian city of Graz, sited on the Mur River, was designated European Capital of Culture. The honour lasts one calendar year during […]

Government backs apprentices

“Changes to the industry will encourage further development of the apprenticeships system, and it will help lock in and further improve results for learners and […]

Queenstown Motor Group fast-tracks showroom

Despite losing several days from the construction programme because of heavy snow and some severe weather, the building that houses the new Queenstown Motor Group […]

Apprentices look to Christchurch

As Christchurch builders continue the search for skilled tradespeople to help with the impending demand of rebuilding the city, there is a growing trend for […]

Young company off to promising start

Warkworth company Steve Haycock Construction Ltd was established less than four years ago and is off to a promising start. Building on regional success in […]

RMBF says building activity improved but still low

The Registered Master Builders Federation (RMBF) says the latest building consent figures released recently indicate a continued pick-up in activity compared to 2011, but a […]

New Commercial Awards revamp now open to all commercial entities

If you’ve completed a commercial project in the past two and a half years, you’ll want to know about a new national awards programme set […]

How well do you know your clients?

A general lack of effective communication continues to be a real challenge in the construction industry. Historically, this has been a barrier to clients engaging […]

Working at Height — consistent message and approach required

By now you will be well aware of the Department of Labour’s (DoL) campaign relating to falls from heights. I have received numerous comments and […]