August 2021 Issue


Our take on how to build a better New Zealand

Registered Master Builders Association chief executive David Kelly outlines the Association’s outlook on how to build a better New Zealand . . . A key part […]

Multi-level cliff home wins highest Australian housing award

A cascading home with panoramic views by New South Wales builder Mallinger Constructions has won the coveted HIA–CSR Australian Home of the Year at the 2021 […]

Competenz first TITO to transition to Te Pukenga

Competenz has been the first Transitional Industry Training Organisation (TITO) to transition to Te Pukenga after a powhiri held in Hamilton recently. Competenz’s trade-based training […]

Remote working putting organisations at risk of ransomware

Cert NZ is urging Kiwi organisations to tighten up the way they enable remote working for staff to avoid a ransomware attack. The Government cyber […]

Tools Down aims to halve tradie suicides

A new mental health awareness platform has launched to raise awareness of mental ill health and the suicide rate among Kiwi tradies. Tools Down was started […]

Fehl awarded NZIOB Honorary Fellowship

A construction industry veteran, Peter Fehl was inducted as an Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) at a function in Auckland recently. […]

Cultural diversity offers ‘significant unrealised potential’

The search is on for Auckland employers keen to upskill their Pacific employees, via fully funded workplace-based training. Auckland Unlimited, the region’s economic and cultural […]

Study investigates strategies to deal with stress in construction

An industry study conducted by Site Safe and Massey University’s School of Built Environment has investigated the negative effects of work-related stress on productivity, and […]

Over 40 years’ experience goes into every profile

From its locally-based design and manufacturing hub in Avondale, Auckland, the Dynex team creates a broad range of innovative products widely used throughout the construction […]

RANZ disappointed with LBP Scheme progress

By Roofing Association of NZ (RANZ) chief executive Graham Moor Since the Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) Scheme’s inception in 2007, the RANZ has been disappointed […]

Preventing condensation and mould in roof cavities

By William Lin As New Zealand’s leading manufacturer of permeable roofing underlay, Thermakraft is often asked to explain why water droplets sometimes form on the […]

Seven reasons to choose tiles

Choosing the right roof material is one of the most important decisions home owners will make when undertaking a new build or renovation. The roof […]

Young at heart

Now well into his sixties, Neil McCormack is quite possibly the oldest new roofer in the country. Keith Ivey from CS Roofing first met McCormack […]

Lifelong dream 30 years in the making

By Jenny Bain Set on six acres of rural land, overlooking a reserve of native bush and their recently enhanced nut orchard, sits a Nelson […]

Are you getting the service the fees demand?

Building Recruitment managing director Kevin Everett says taking unethical shortcuts to hire staff will backfire in the long term. I often talk about the skills […]

Cost escalation in a post-pandemic world

Timothy Bates and Bodene Robertson-Wright of Auckland law firm Tim Bates & Co highlight some common construction contract issues to look out for, and set […]

Massive rebound in civil construction business confidence

New Zealand’s civil construction industry is riding a massive rebound in post-pandemic business confidence — but this may be undermined by skills shortages, which continue […]

2021 Window & Glass Association Awards showcase best in class — in a year like no other

The Window & Glass Association NZ 2021 Gala Awards Dinner was held at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland last month. Hosting the industry’s brightest and best […]

All about power

Ross Middleton says you can hardly produce a column called ‘Roof Irony’, continue ad-libbing about how hot it is up there, and not get around […]

Record 20,000 apprentices now in construction trades training

On July 21, 2021, the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) announced it had 20,000 apprentices in training — an all-time record. To mark […]

New service launched to free up retention funds for contractors

New Zealand insurance broker Aon has launched a new service that enables construction contractors to free up funds that would normally be retained in trust […]

Sports facilities specialist to sponsor Swimming NZ

New Zealand’s swimming champions have been given an enormous boost with design and construction company Apollo Projects announcing it has partnered with major sporting body, […]