December 2007 Issue


The 12 days of Christmas

(Sung to the 12 days of Christmas carol!)   “On the 12th day of Christmas, here’s what’s what in our industry: Twelve HOY Award categories […]

Staff safety a big priority

Prominent South Island construction companies Amalgamated Builders Ltd and Naylor Love Ltd have prioritised staff safety through a joint project with Remarkable Physios and ACC. […]

Auckland structural engineers receive international commendation

Structural engineers Holmes Consulting Group received a commendation in the Award for Arts, Leisure or Entertainment category for the redevelopment of the Auckland War Memorial […]

Think big next winter!

The biggest construction trade show to be held in the South Island for seven years will be held at the Westpac Arena in Christchurch on […]

Fletcher Construction to take on Eden Park redevelopment

The Eden Park Redevelopment Board has announced the provisional appointment of Fletcher Construction as the preferred contractor for the construction of Eden Park for the […]

Architecture Week a huge success

Auckland Architecture Week 2007 kicked off in October with one of the highlights of the week, Steven Ehrlich’s lecture.   The Californian architect was sponsored […]

Voluntary licensing your call says RMBF

Neither Registered Master Builders Federation Board Members nor anyone from the RMBF national office attended the November 1 launch of the Government’s Licensed Building Practitioner […]

Some will, some won’t

Building Today spoke to four builders about their opinions and plans for voluntary licensing in terms of the LBP scheme. Peter Cooper from Jones & […]

Accounts Payable: Being aware could save tens of thousands of dollars

This article outlines ways to improve your cashflow and profit by carefully looking at your Accounts Payable actions.   How to use your Accounts Payable […]

Decision favours directors of faulty companies

Tim Bates and Francesca Collins of Auckland law firm Legal Vision reveal good news for directors as a recent High Court decision declines to find […]

Tolling for peace

Christchurch has a Peace Bell. In 2007, the pavilion in which it is now suspended scored three design awards — two from the New Zealand […]

Carters Kids Gone Fishin days a great success

Carters Kids Gone Fishin (CKGF) are collaborative events between Carters, Police Bluelight, Graeme Sinclair and the Gone Fishin team and the local community.   The […]

New construction skills programme launched

A new construction skills programme for young people was launched in Wellington in November by Minister for Building and Construction Shane Jones.   BConstructive is […]

Mondeo makes its mark here and in Oz

Following the recent launch of the all-new Ford Mondeo, Ford New Zealand has announced an enhancement to the line up already.   The second quarter […]

Dunedin home takes out top 2007 building award

Home was constructed as a synthesis of tradition and innovation A lavish family home in Maori Hill, Dunedin, built by John Oskam, of J J […]

Around the Associations in 2007 — and what’s in store for 2008?

Building Today canvassed Registered Master Builders Associations nationwide for their feedback on industry issues over the past year — and what 2008 might have in […]

Self-motivated winning apprentice ‘a real goer’

Rhys Forsyth was encouraged to enter the Central North Island Apprentice of the Year competition by his BCITO training advisor Tom Davie.   Mr Davie […]

Country’s top carpentry apprentice announced

Central North Island carpentry apprentice Rhys Forsyth won the top award last month in the Registered Master Builders 2007 Apprentice of the Year competition, in […]

‘Team Kiwi’ returns from Ethiopia

Marty van der Burg and his team have returned from their adventure to construct houses for families in Jima, Ethiopia.   The 18-strong team of […]

Back to the past — an old tradition revisited

It is well over 10 years since the “old” Central North Island Region (comprising the Registered Master Builders Associations of Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Wanganui […]

2008 House of the Year competition online entry open

Even though the national gala of the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2007 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards was held only a […]

Wellington chooses charities

For a number of years, the Wellington Registered Master Builders Association (WRMBA) has made donations to a local charity. It has, in recent years, alternated […]