December 2019 Issue


A vocational education system fit for the future

Meeting a large skills shortage is no mean feat, but in challenge lies opportunity. Enter the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) — the biggest change […]

Building skills for the future — still a long way to go to meet industry demands

The number of Kiwis taking up construction apprenticeships has reached record high numbers, but Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation chief executive Warwick Quinn says […]

Year in review

This year has been significant for our sector. Before we take a well-deserved break, we should take a moment to reflect on what we’ve achieved. […]

HERA launches new Future Forum series

The engineering industry is charging into the new decade with the Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA) Future Forum 2020 series of events which will bring […]

‘Tis the season for unreason

Tradie HR director Leigh Olsen provides some tips as to how to manage your workforce during the silly season. Employees passing out in work vehicles, […]

Hitting the sweet spot in bathroom vanity design

Toobi II, designed and manufactured in New Zealand, takes its cue from classic mid-century design, where form follows function and each piece is a study […]

The substrate solution for roofing membranes

If you’re looking for the ideal substrate solution for roofing membranes, Strandsarking by Laminex New Zealand is the ideal product. Strandsarking is a high-performance structural […]

BT’s Back In Time

20 years ago — December 1999: • The preferred site for an indoor arena in the Auckland region — Quay Park alongside the heritage Railway […]

Play the ‘holiday game’, and make some required changes

Terry Sage of Trades Coaching New Zealand says it’s time to play the holiday game — which means four or five days of doing absolutely […]

Contractual mistake in sale and purchase of a leaky house

Timothy Bates and Sabina Boyd of Auckland law firm Legal Vision review a recent case which concerned a contractual mistake in an agreement for sale […]

Risky business

Architect Don Bunting wonders whether warranty insurance is the best way to ensure building quality? The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is considering […]

Spearhead Developments wins prestigious Supreme New Home award

Spearhead Developments’ Cromwell Hawk House has won the Supreme New Home, Craftsmanship, and CARTERS $1 million to $1.5 million New Home awards at the Registered […]

Fletcher Building: Insurance will cover NZICC fire damage

Fletcher Building Ltd says insurers for the New Zealand International Convention Centre project at Auckland’s SkyCity will cover loss and damage resulting from the significant […]