August 2014 Issue


Online tool enhances Canterbury rebuild

The Forward Works Viewer tool developed to support and accelerate the rebuild of Canterbury has exceeded all expectations by generating more than $4 million in […]

ITM launches new season

The 2014 season of the ITM Cup was officially launched at a special event held at Auckland’s Western Springs Stadium recently, attended by captains and […]

Billion dollar contract targets service and performance

Housing New Zealand’s (HNZ) innovative new billion dollar agreement with the contractors who maintain its 69,000 properties took effect on July 1. Housing New Zealand […]

Horncastle scores naming rights for Canterbury arena

Horncastle Arena is the new name of Christchurch’s biggest indoor venue, the CBS Canterbury Arena, after Registered Master Builders Association company Horncastle Homes secured the […]

Hall completes illusion at Wanaka’s Puzzling World

The final piece of the puzzle that is Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World was recently completed, with the creation of the stunning new Sculptillusion Gallery. One […]

Tragic story can have a happy ending

We left you last month at the end of the road for Best Bros Builders Ltd. Two mates, being forced to go separate ways, two […]

Back in Time

20 years ago: • New residential building consent figures were the highest in eight years. The Auckland area led the way in new home buildng […]

Star quality

According to the media, today almost anyone can be a star. Appear in a daily soap opera; instant stardom. Read out the weather on television; […]

‘Building work’ or ‘building method’?

The case of Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust v Invercargill City Council concerns the application of the long stop limitation prescribed by section 393(2) […]

It’s not too late to start training to increase your capacity

In March 2014, the BCITO reported that the construction industry was still woefully short of apprentices, despite a massive 55% increase in new apprenticeship sign-ups […]

Christchurch rejuvenates its CBD

At times, especially those following major earthquakes and the losses they cause, it takes a brave heart to declare his intention to rebuild. Developer Antony […]

Hawkins appoints EGM

Hawkins Construction, New Zealand’s largest privately-owned construction business, has appointed internal candidate Gary Walker as executive general manager. His appointment follows an extensive search, in […]

Identifying and addressing the risks or simply risk-averse?

The joint response to the overcladding article by Michael Fox from Philip O’Sullivan and William Hursthouse was a useful contribution to the debate. While highlighting […]

Our industry is unproductive — truth or myth?

As an industry participant I am both surprised and perplexed by flippant comments I hear that our industry is a poor performer when it comes […]

‘Self-defeating’ not to hire apprentices, employer says

Lue Shaw of Lobell Construction has hired more than 30 apprentices throughout his career and believes the future of the industry is reliant on more […]

Shaw Builders paves the way in energy efficiency

David Shaw of Shaw Builders in Mount Maunganui was elated when his name was read out as the winner of the Resene Sustainable Home Award […]

Clive Barrington’s excellence continues

Christchurch builder Clive Barrington of Clive Barrington Construction knew he had built a quality home even before he was awarded the Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence […]

The heat is on!

With all the heat on Health and Safety at the moment, I thought I would let you know what happened in my company this week. […]

Plenty to be getting on with . . .

The Board has started that search, and in the meantime I’ll do the best I can to keep things progressing, and keep everyone updated on […]