August 2017 Issue


Super Rugby — will SANZAAR ever get it right?

You could make a strong case that the 2017 championship won by the Crusaders is the most impressive in the franchise’s history. And there would […]

Making plans and provisions for something you hope just won’t happen . . .

Famous writers will tell you they look everywhere for inspiration before they put pen to paper. I am not suggesting for one second that I […]


The tragic fire in the Grenfell Tower in London in June highlights the question: “who is really in charge of our industry?” I struggle to […]

The CCA and the case of the disputed flooring invoice

Floorman Waikato Ltd (F) was engaged by Jonathan McRae (M) to sand and coat his floors. F said that different options and pricing for flooring […]

Why can’t our current system deliver affordable housing?

First, let me congratulate you all for trying to do something about the rising tide of homelessness and unaffordable housing. Rather than talk about the […]

New Zealand construction industry set for record year

New Zealand is on track to exceed last year’s level of building consents for new homes, following consent data released recently by Statistics New Zealand. […]

Back In Time

20 years ago: • The final component of the country’s largest and most talked about commercial development — the tower at Auckland’s Sky City casino […]

Survey highlights need for better insulation and household heating habits

Results in the latest report on the BRANZ House Condition Survey show around half of New Zealand houses still lack adequate insulation, and that householders […]

Future cities about liveability and well-being, experts say

Liveability and creating healthy communities will be the focus of future cities, according to international sustainability experts. Katie Swenson, a US-based leader in sustainable design […]

More and more homes heated by digital solar heating

Ever wondered why solar thermal (ST) is not more prevalent while solar is? The key is huge, low-cost, thermal geo-storage systems called the “Heat Core” […]

Strong support for new home quality verification tool

The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) is making it easier for the construction sector to lift and verify the performance of new homes. Last […]

Scaffolding — a quick look at Good Practice Guidelines for site management

Scaffolding work usually occurs within a larger context, and can be impacted by other activities and Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBUs) on the […]

Benchmarking tool goes live

SiteWise has launched a new feature which will make monitoring contractors’ health and safety performance easier. The new dashboard is now live, and will be […]

ArchEngBuild inspires next gen collaboration

Thirty architecture, engineering and construction management students, one brief and just three days to develop a fictional experimental village for the New Plymouth Council. That […]

Ray of light for New Zealand’s housing and infrastructure crisis

Property Council New Zealand (PCNZ) has welcomed the Government’s recent announcement of a Crown company to invest in housing infrastructure. “The Property Council has long […]

Construction industry survey hammers home skills shortages

As demand for construction surges, the industry is constrained by capacity, compliance and sluggish contract turnaround times. Results from the first New Zealand Construction Industry […]

NAWIC finalists reflect changing face of construction industry

  Women are flourishing throughout New Zealand’s construction sector, with 39 finalists in the third annual Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards reflecting the outstanding contribution being […]

Prequalification system a positive for Mike Greer Homes

Mike Greer Homes has been building homes for 25 years and is New Zealand’s largest residential home building company, with 11 branches throughout the country. […]

Multi-million dollar projects up for CCNZ awards

The Mackays to Pekapeka Expressway, Waterview Tunnel and Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild are among dozens of civil contracting projects up for the industry’s equivalent of the […]