December 2018 Issue


Staffing problems — getting the help you need is essential

By Terry Sage, Trades Coaching New Zealand   It’s getting worse, and there’s no shining light at the end of this tunnel — at least […]

Directors’ statutory duties — the Mainzeal High Court decision

By Tim Bates, Legal Vision   In this month’s article I wish to review some of the findings of the recent Mainzeal High Court decision. […]

True lies

By Architect Don Bunting   American journalist and commentator Michael Kinsey once said: “There are plenty of facts. The trick is in making them make […]

G.J. Gardner on top — again

G.J. Gardner Homes has won the Reader’s Digest 2019 Most Trusted Brands award in the Home Builder category for another year. Winners are selected based […]

Better infrastructure planning welcomed

The release of a prototype Infrastructure Pipeline to forecast major projects being delivered by central government agencies has been welcomed by New Zealand’s civil construction […]

Building your business — support and resources are readily available

By RMBA president Darrell Trigg   I recently had a session with my business coach and found it to be extremely rewarding. The business coach […]

Is employing migrant workers about to get more difficult?

Where is the Government going with its latest immigration policy regarding hiring skilled labour from overseas? In my previous article, I spoke about the need […]

Survey reveals red tape is strangling the building industry

A recent survey of leading industry participants has revealed that a full 80% of all respondents see bureaucratic regulation and “red tape” as having the […]

Vocational Education Reform: On-the-job learning an essential part of trades training

Since the launch of consultation for the Reform of Vocational Education in February, there has been a lot of talk about the proposed changes and […]

Nominations open for NAWIC Excellence Awards

The call has gone out for nominations in the 2019 National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Excellence Awards partnering with the BCITO, with entries […]

New Christchurch multi-school campus completed

ShapEd has completed development of a new state-of-the-art campus for the Ministry of Education in Christchurch. The facility will be home to Shirley Boys’ and […]

Wide range of measures needed to assess city ‘competitiveness’

A more comprehensive and holistic set of measures is needed to assess and report on the capability, functionality and “health” of New Zealand’s cities and […]

Lum wins 25th national excavator competition

Riki Lum was named the winner of the National Excavator Operator Competition following two days of intense competition against the country’s top excavator operators at […]

Search is on for NZ’s top carpentry apprentice

It’s time for carpentry apprentices from across New Zealand to show off their skills and build their career by competing for the coveted title of […]

The risks of vocational education reform. Can we get it right?

By RMBA CEO David Kelly   MBIE forecasts show sustained construction sector growth for the next six years, with between $35 billion to $40 billion […]

New employment laws; keeping your business safe

By Tradie HR director Leigh Olsen   On April 1, 2019, a new Act called The Domestic Violence – Victims Protection Act came into force. […]

Your personal Shangri La — what would it look like?

By Architect Don Bunting   If you had an unlimited budget for your dream home would you be more likely to aim for the audacity […]

New bridge planned for Wynyard Quarter

Plans are afoot to replace the Wynyard Crossing pedestrian bridge that links Auckland’s city centre to the waterfront with a new, more reliable bridge. The […]

BCITO TV advertising — it’s a miracle!

By Terry Sage, Trades Coaching New Zealand   Who said miracles never happen, or dreams don’t come true? Somebody even said nobody reads my hard […]

High Court considers negligence and misleading conduct for supply of building materials and specifications

By Tim Bates and Sabina Boyd, Legal Vision   In the High Court decision of Urlich v Far North District Council and others (“the council”), […]


By Architect Don Bunting   I find myself falling back on the above rhetorical response more and more as current events unfold. Whether it is […]

Back In Time

20 years ago — March 1999: • Skill New Zealand, the new identity for the Education Training and Support Agency (ETSA), formally approved the new […]

Psychological First Aid

By RMBA president Darrell Trigg   There is a lot of information at the moment highlighting the issue of mental health and well-being in many […]

Tiny Home auction proceeds help Hawke’s Bay cancer charity

A container transformed into a high-spec tiny home was sold recently with proceeds going to cancer charity Look Good Feel Better. More than 100 people […]

Kennards Hire joins the Westgate community with a purpose-built 2600sq m branch

Westgate is home to one of New Zealand’s biggest town developments, and now also home to Kennards Hire’s newest branch, bringing the New Zealand network […]

Recruiting in a skills shortage-ravaged industry — don’t baulk at employing overseas talent

By Building Recruitment managing director Kevin Everett   Are things looking up regarding skills? Well, there is good news and bad! Recently, Seek sent out […]

‘Fundamentally broken’ vocational education set for big revamp

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has released wide-ranging proposals he says will strengthen vocational education so that school leavers get high quality training opportunities, employers get […]

Sector rejects vocational education reforms

The construction sector has rejected the Government’s proposal to reform vocational education. The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) held a sector summit in […]

When tools become unguided missiles

Sometimes the biggest threat to people in a head-on crash is all the things that are behind them. A collision in Hamilton between two vans […]

Too damn nice

By Tradie HR director Leigh Olsen   As a business owner, have there been times where you feel your good nature has been taken advantage […]

A new year — but is it a new dawn?

By Terry Sage, Trades Coaching New Zealand   “A new year, a new dawn” — I bet it’s some poetic line from a song that […]

High Court considers council negligence for fallen tree in Queenstown

By Timothy Bates and Sabina Boyd, Legal Vision   In the High Court decision of Plaza Investments Ltd (“Plaza”) v Queenstown Lakes District Council (“the […]

Green not Green

By Architect Don Bunting   I recently attempted to reduce the amount of old information on my library shelves. As someone once said: your library […]

Back In Time

20 years ago — February 1999: • Twenty thousand copies of a flyer promoting construction safety organisation Site Safe were distributed throughout the industry. It […]

Mitre 10 NZ chief executive Cowie resigns

Mitre 10 (New Zealand) Ltd chief executive officer Neil Cowie has resigned. Chairman Martin Dippie says Mr Cowie has led the company through a time […]

Government yet to fill gap in infrastructure pipeline

Short-term gaps in the infrastructure pipeline are causing long-term headaches for civil infrastructure contractors, who have criticised a vague forward work programme that sees roading […]

ACC fund for health and safety improvements needs targeting

The recently-announced $22 million ACC fund to support the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) sector in reducing workplace injuries should help, according to the Employers and Manufacturers […]

Simon Construction sets new standards for luxury in retirement village living

Simon Construction was recognised for its excellent workmanship and finish at the 2018 New Zealand Commercial Project Awards. They took home a Gold Award and […]

Second-time Apprentice of the Year entrant walks away with national award

Perseverance paid off for New Plymouth’s Corbin Mills, when he was awarded second place at the Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2018 Apprentice of the Year […]

Seasoned House of the Year entrant wins Renovation of the Year Award

Christchurch’s Takahe Construction Ltd won the title of Registered Master Builders 2018 Renovation of the Year with their superb renovation of a Merivale home. The […]

Multiple national category winner finally nails Supreme Award

Christchurch company Metzger Builders Ltd (MBL) was awarded the coveted title of Registered Master Builders 2018 Supreme House of the Year with their Redwood home. […]

An opportunity for New Zealand trades that ‘cannot be squandered’

The New Zealand Qualifications Framework is under review, and Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) chief executive Warwick Quinn says this is an opportunity […]

Working together to strengthen heritage buildings nationwide

By Elizabeth Bush-King, Ministry for Culture and Heritage   Since then, $4.9 million of funding has been allocated to projects across the country. Heritage EQUIP, […]

Industry trade show featuring an expanded array of products, seminars

BuildNZ, already the country’s largest trade show for the build, design and construction industries, is getting bigger in 2019 with the return of the Kiwibuild […]

RMBA CEO: Construction sector needs complete reset

By RMBA chief executive David Kelly   There’s no doubt the construction sector has been experiencing sustained growth for a while now. Statistics New Zealand […]

New $60 million retail store will be NZ’s largest

A new $60 million retail store with a floor space larger than three football fields is set to open in Auckland. Nido, a furniture, furnishing, […]

Canadian sparkies hit the H&S ground running in NZ

Site Safe is doing its bit to help alleviate New Zealand’s shortage of skilled tradies. As part of its partnership with international tradespeople exchange provider […]

DIY, but do it right this summer

It’s that time of the year when many feel compelled to dust off the DIY tools and tackle those jobs that have been put off […]

ACC fund for SME health and safety improvements should help

The just-announced $22 million ACC fund to support the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) sector in reducing workplace injuries should help, according to the Employers and Manufacturers […]

Robust and thorough recruitment processes are a must

By Kevin Everett, Building Recruitment   2019 is shaping up to be a very busy year for the industry, with a recent survey showing that […]


Walk down any main street in the western world and check what is going on inside those large, bare, plate glass frontages, standing out among […]

High Court consideration of retention provisions under the Construction Contracts Act 2002

By Tim Bates and Sabina Boyd, Legal Vision   In the High Court decision of Bennett & Others v Ebert Construction Ltd (In Liquidation), the […]

Star Trek and its relevance to today’s business owners

By Terry Sage, Trades Coaching NZ   Here we are, the end of another year. And how many times have you heard that it’s gone […]

Architectural promise revealed in Student Design Awards

Victoria University of Wellington’s Emily Newmarch has won the top prize in the annual competition for final year students at New Zealand’s three Schools of […]

Shared financial risk will get more homes built faster

The innovative funding that will enable the construction of up to 9000 new homes at Wainui just north of Auckland is an example of new […]

Wellington office building revitalised

McKee-Fehl Constructors’ modern transformation of a group of ageing industrial buildings in Wellington saw them win the CARTERS Commercial Award at the 2018 New Zealand […]

Fine-arts student turned carpentry apprentice impresses national judges

Peter Ravn’s solid performance and quality craftsmanship saw him take out the title of Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2018 Apprentice of the Year last month. […]

Back In Time

20 years ago — December 1998: • A decision by the BCITO to abandon polytechnic training for its apprentices and trainees would not adversely affect […]

Quiet achiever reaches his goal

A building site is a noisy workplace, but not for Mark Siviter at Licensed Renovations in Auckland. Recently qualified carpenter Mark has hearing loss, but […]

Onus is on skippers to know marine environment regulations

By Bostik Gone Fishin presenter Graeme Sinclair   Recently we cruised out on a flat, oily-looking Hauraki Gulf, hell bent on finishing a fishing story […]

Understanding risk

By RMBA president Darrell Trigg   There is a lot of discussion currently about risk in the industry. Who should bear risk? What is risk […]

NZ construction industry trends match global pattern

A recent report says increasing demand for services is putting pressure on talent acquisition, with construction companies turning to technology to forecast hiring, manage costs, […]

Bunnings confirms three-year deal in support of Touch NZ

Touch New Zealand and Bunnings have announced a three-year partnership that will make one of New Zealand’s most loved social sports even more accessible and […]

New Zealand’s tallest exterior green walls feature in new Auckland apartments

Soaring five stories high, Natural Habitats has completed New Zealand’s tallest exterior green walls for the St Mark’s luxury apartments in Remuera, Auckland. The project […]