December 2005 Issue


World-renowned NPIL celebrates 21st

One of New Zealand’s — and the world’s — biggest wood processors celebrated two major milestones recently — Nelson Pine Industries Ltd’s 21st birthday coincided […]

NZ Green Building Council to have business focus

A major boost for sustainability in new and existing buildings in this country looks certain to eventuate with the establishment of a New Zealand Green […]

Hotel unzips latest loo art

Developers of Queenstown’s newest hotel, hospitality and retail centre, The Sofitel, have unzipped an eye-popping Christmas theme in the men’s loos. Bringing new meaning to […]

Taranaki builder handy with wrench

The DeWalt Ford Challenge was decided in a nail-biting grand final at the Big Boys Toys expo in Auckland recently, with wildcard Boyd Stewart the […]

Bach: 18 years to resolve leaky homes claims

Department of Building and Housing chief executive Katrina Bach has told Parliament’s social services select committee that leaky building claims to the service could take […]

Performance management

We have examined several business principles and if you have managed to address and apply all the issues and recommendations in those previous articles, congratulations. […]

Volcanic eruption in High Court

The High Court in Volcanic Investments Limited1 v Dempsey & Wood Civil Contractors Ltd has signalled a departure from the conservative approach of the court […]

The Politics of Kulture

Charlemagne’s imperial Palatine Chapel at Aachen, Germany, is perhaps the single greatest example left to us of the cultural renaissance that swept Western Europe in […]

The year in review

2005 has been a busy year for the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) which has continued to meet industry demands for skilled workers, […]

Atkinson joins Generation Developments team

Kevin Atkinson has been appointed general manager of leading developing company Generation Developments. Mr Atkinson’s experience lies in finance and property management, and he’s looking […]

Groundbreaking new ‘tool’ saves time and money

As every tradesman will know, the process of turning a job into profit can be as laborious as the job itself, with so much time […]

New BF Falcon brings major improvements

I don’t know about you but I have this feeling that, no matter how high the price of fuel goes, or how short the world […]

The ‘sleeping giant’ has awoken with unstoppable momentum

There are defi ning times in the life of any organisation and the RMBF has just experienced one. 2005 will be remembered as the year […]

Volunteer building work in Fiji a ‘rewarding experience’

If New Zealand builders think they have problems dealing with climatic conditions at times and material supply worries in an overheated market such as New […]

Big freeze no problem for Yeats

Greymouth builder Chris Yeats became a twotime National Winner at the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2005 Commercial Awards for a challenging building project in a […]

‘All I want for Christmas!’

For most of us in the construction industry we are charging towards Christmas 2005 at breakneck speed. In the past few years we have benefi […]