February 2013 Issue


Graduates on way to assist Samoan rebuild

“There have been lives lost and 10 people remain missing. Housing has been destroyed, schools and infrastructure are damaged and there is major disruption to […]

Christchurch mayor Bob Parker to open major steel industry conference

Alistair Fussell, manager of conference organiser Steel Construction New Zealand, says Christchurch is the ideal venue for the inaugural industry event. “Structural engineers and academics […]

STCF calls for equitable treatment for Mainzeal subcontractors

Mainzeal Property and Construction, New Zealand’s third largest construction company, went into receivership early this month. The company’s director Richard Yan said the company could […]

New liquefaction report will help with rebuild

Environment Canterbury commissioner Donald Couch says the report provides an up-to-date assessment of the need for geotechnical investigation of liquefaction-susceptible ground in eastern Canterbury. “This […]

Health and Safety check imminent for construction sector

In his foreword to the consultation document, Workplace Health and Safety Taskforce chairman Rob Jager says while there are many examples of good workplace health […]

BCITO welcomes government apprenticeship incentives

This is on the back of increasing numbers of apprentices in Auckland and Christchurch.  Prime Minister John Key announced the Government would invest up to […]

Back In Time

I like it

For those old enough to remember, the title of this column came from the 1963 hit by Gerry and the Pacemakers. I honestly don’t remember […]

Window flashings — builder not negligent

The council was unsuccessful in the Tribunal and appealed to the High Court. In 2000/2001 Mr Lamb had been contracted to install windows on a […]

Houston’s Beer Can House

From 1968 until his death 20 years later, Milkovisch, a retired railroad upholsterer, emptied 50,000+ cans of beer and used the empties to clad his […]

Demand for apprentices suggests an Auckland building boom under way?

Auckland commercial and residential maintenance company, Fixed For You Ltd, has an abundance of work lined up, and owner Brad Williams is currently on the […]

Contact Energy’s latest geothermal power station

The Te Mihi project is a programme of investments focused on expanding the use of the Wairakei steamfield and reducing the environmental impact from Contact […]

Mitre 10 footing it with trade supply leaders

However, Mitre 10 chief executive John Hartmann says the group’s efforts over the past couple of years have been focused on raising its stores’ trade […]

A win for challenge-driven Ben

The 24 year-old carpentry apprentice decided to give Apprentice of the Year a go after a chat with his BCITO training advisor, and he’s delighted […]

‘Breathless’ winner makes it in the nick of time!

While Shane was over the moon with his win, he very nearly didn’t make it to the awards ceremony after a spate of unfortunate travel […]

Platinum Award is the ‘ultimate goal’

The Platinum Award was introduced in 2010. Builders who have won five or more national titles in the House of the Year competition are eligible […]

RMBF says stats confirm Canterbury and Auckland growth

Statistics New Zealand figures show 1381 new homes and apartment consents were issued for December 2012, a 23% increase on December 2011. The total new […]

Improving productivity in the small to medium-sized building company

The New Zealand construction sector is characterised by a large number of small to medium-sized firms, with only a relatively small number of large firms. […]

Impact of impending insurance changes

Commissions of Enquiry are among a few of the changes we can expect. However, one of the most significant changes will be introduced by insurance […]