December 2014 Issue


20 years ago

The Barcelona Chair was created some 90, and not just 20 years, ago for the German Pavilion at the 1929 exposition in Spain. However, it […]

Construction Contracts Act 2002 — Court of Appeal upholds statutory demand

This was an appeal from a High Court decision which declined an application to set aside two statutory demands based on payment claims. The Facts […]

Christchurch’s Hagley Oval Pavilion

A southern-style stoush had been sparked when New Zealand was chosen, along with Australia, as host for the 2015 World Cricket Cup. Post-quake Christchurch was […]

BCITO: Building New Zealanders who build New Zealand

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation consistently supports employers and apprentices to help set even higher standards within the industry, and to provide access […]

Northland apprentice thrilled with second place

Kyran Vaniperen from Coastal Homes was “stoked” when his name was announced as the second winner in the Registered Master Builders Carters 2014 Apprentice of […]

PSL Construction takes out Supreme Award for third time

Phil Leach from PSL Construction was “taken aback” when he heard his name read out as the winner of the Supreme Award for the Registered […]

Devonport home transformed into a Supreme Award-winning success

Mike Jamieson of Absolute Building Services was “absolutely stoked” when he heard their name read out as the winner of the Future-Proof Building Renovation Award […]

Get training, improve systems — and safe travels!

I have spent a lot of time traveling around the country visiting the branches, and I must say that most of you are embracing the […]

2015 will bring challenges — and opportunities

At the time of writing, this is week three in my new role as chief executive, and I am really pleased to be on board […]

Trial-consenting process gets big tick from Christchurch construction company

Armitage Williams Construction’s latest project — the PwC Centre — recently received a building consent in 10 days thanks to a new Christchurch City Council […]

Comprehensive H&S on in March

Answers to some of the most pressing issues around improving workplace health and safety, occupational health and well being, and managing hazardous substances will be […]

Careers Expo aims to help construction, engineering and trade sectors meet fast-growing workforce re

Immigration New Zealand’s long-term skills shortage list features more than 50 occupational groups, including construction, engineering and trades. Increased demand for workers in these sectors […]

PlaceMakers to open new Hawke’s Bay branch

PlaceMakers Hawke’s Bay will open the doors on a newly-built store in mid-January, complete with a new set of customer service promises setting the standard […]

What Kiwis want — and need — in a home

Forget a spa pool, central heating and landscaped gardens like they push on The Block NZ. What Kiwis really want when they are renovating or […]

Mitre 10 opens new store in Westgate development

Mitre 10 is expanding in Auckland’s new Westgate development, with its latest Mitre 10 Mega store opening at the end of October. The store is […]

New standard for NZ windows

Helping home owners choose higher performing windows for their new build or renovation is now easier with the launch of Energy Star qualified windows. The […]

University approves $650 million worth of long-term development plans

The University of Otago Council has approved a list of building developments with an approximate value of $650 million that will further cement the University […]

Green focus for new-look supermarket

A new design concept for Foodstuffs (South Island) Ltd with a focus on sustainability won dual awards for its builder, Robinson Construction Ltd. The Pak’nSave […]

The secret to retaining that Christmas cheer? Don’t forget the ‘WOW’ factor!

Oh the joys of the end of year — the time we are “supposed” to be looking forward to. And of course we do, but […]

Back In Time

20 years ago: Plans for the 127ha site contained commercial, retail and residential components, as well as landscaped recreational areas and civic, cultural and leisure […]