August 2016 Issue


US house builders preparing for the rise of the smart home

At this year’s WWDC event, Apple announced that five home builders had agreed to support HomeKit in new properties. “Some of the biggest builders of homes […]

Mayoral hopefuls debate Auckland’s future

Mayoral hopefuls took to the stage at the Auckland Business School to answer questions concerning their visions for the Supercity. The Mayoral Debate, hosted by […]

Have your say!

What do you think about the Government’s current immigration policies? Go here to have your say.

The tale of a franchisor and a budding franchisee

I want to tell you a tale. Unfortunately, it’s not a unique tale as I have seen it over and over again. What gets my […]

Crisis? What crisis?

Two building industry topics dominating the news throughout 2016 have been the housing crisis and faulty building materials. Both are important issues and both need […]

Liability of a cladding supplier/manufacturer

In this month’s article I focus upon a decision where the liability of a supplier/manufacturer was considered under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993. This was […]

Because there’s only so long you can wait!

Tired of waiting on scaffolders? Why rent when you can buy scaffolding? Ringlock Scaffolding has been in business for almost three years, and the company’s […]

10,000 Kiwis now training in construction apprenticeships

A record number of Kiwis are deciding a career in the trades is the best way to build their future, with more New Zealanders in […]

Reputation earned at full-service scaffolding company

Affordable Scaffolding is a full service scaffolding hire company, supporting commercial and residential building, as well as the industrial sector. The company’s extensive experience in these […]

Good practice guideline submissions now closed

Consultation on good practice guideline for scaffolding in New Zealand closed earlier this month. WorkSafe had welcomed submissions on the draft scaffolding good practice guideline […]

SARNZ offers significant industry benefits

Scaffolding, Access and Rigging NZ Inc was formed in 1994 by a group of like-minded individuals working in the industry who wanted to ensure they were able […]

Scaffolding system based on proven historic design

By Clem Thorn, Pinespan Structural Ltd   The fully-certified Scafbrac design is based on the older proven Humphries steel bracket system, a simple hanging scaffold […]

Why tradies love Triton

Tough, economical and reliable, Mitsubishi Triton is built for those who work hard and play harder — and it’s the only ute with a 10-year […]

Largest Hilux range in history

Toyota’s largest Hilux range in history features an extensive 2WD line-up, making it a ute of choice for builders and tradespeople wanting the reassurance of […]

More choice for tradies

Renault, the number one leader for light vans in Europe over the past 18 years, is now entering the next phase in New Zealand, offering […]

Signposts on the road to commercial vehicle management

So your business needs vehicles — commercial vehicles. What should you get and how do you get them? What should you be looking for, and […]

Back in Time

20 years ago: • Christchurch’s Lancaster Park was due to undergo redevelopment, including installation of lights, realignment of the rugby pitch and eventual conversion to […]

Entries open for 2016 Concrete3 Sustainability Awards

The Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand’s (CCANZ) 2016 Concrete3 Sustainability Awards are now open for entry, offering those in the construction industry the […]

New web site like Tinder for Tradies

Tradies wanting to “hook-up” new work and business relationships now have a new web-based networking tool to help them fill work and labour shortages — […]

ITM — still uniting independents after 25 years

ITM commemorated a quarter of a century in the New Zealand building supplies market recently with an anniversary dinner at the Auckland Museum in March. […]

Judges follow a ‘clear set of judging criteria’

Comparing an eco-luxury lodge with a state-of-the-art earthquake testing facility, or a radiotherapy unit with a restored library may seem like apples and oranges, but […]

A home ‘designed and built for comfortable living’

Todd Starkey of Todd Starkey Builders was over the moon when he found out his Rangiora home was named the national winner in the PlaceMakers […]

Bathroom sets the scene for a relaxing experience

Ken Ainsworth of Ainsworth & Collinson was thrilled when he found out his Havelock North bathroom was named the national winner of the Plumbing World […]

Apprentices put their skills to the test in the great outdoors

Six carpentry apprentices have completed a three-week Outward Bound course which was awarded to them as Registered Master Builders Carters 2015 Apprentice of the Year […]

A cunning political stunt?

In August of 2015 a very telling report titled The Rules Reduction Taskforce Report was delivered to the Minister of Local Government. It received much […]

Auckland Region’s top House of the Year builds announced

A Campbells Bay home and a Northcote Point renovation have been announced as this year’s finest Auckland and Northland homes, winning Supreme Awards in the […]

Clelands Construction turns 100

Registered Master Builders Association company Clelands Construction has reached a major milestone — 100 years in business. The foundations for “the green army” were laid […]