February 2014 Issue


Hirepool gets good Kiwi blokes on board

Popular TV personalities Pete and Andy Walker have climbed on board the Hirepool wagon. They’re the stars of the company’s new 30 second television commercial […]

RMBA says 2013 ended on a high

The latest residential building consent figures released recently confirmed the growth that occurred in November 2013 carried on in December 2013. The 2013 year ended […]

PlaceMakers bigger and better in Whangarei

PlaceMakers is due to open the doors on a newly built store in Whangarei in the spring of this year — a 6000 sq m […]

Housing unaffordability catastrophic

A new survey suggesting New Zealand’s houses are more unaffordable than those in London or Los Angeles reiterates the need for urgent attention from central […]

Research launched to help homes better withstand earthquakes

Findings show homes with variations in the stiffness of the bracing systems performed poorly A key research project to help improve the resilience of the […]

Surround yourself with the ‘vehicles’ to help facilitate change

A “new year, a new dawn” — just some poetic line from a song that made some guy rich. But it has a ring of […]

Back In Time

20 years ago: The low priority given by territorial authorities (TAs) to issuing code compliance certificates under the Building Act prompted the NZMBF to seek […]

DIY porn

Architect Don Bunting notes that DIY stores are based on the principle that you get the customer in looking for one item and have them […]

Johnson v Auckland Council — reduction in contributory negligence allocation from 70% down to 40%

Timothy Bates of Auckland law firm Legal Vision looks at a previous case study where a subsequent Court of Appeal judgement on contributory negligence differed […]

Worcester’s Hive

Dr Kerry Rodgers considers how a splendid appearance does not always match practical usage. In one of my more sardonic moods I have sometimes wondered […]

Grow your business: Getting the right people

As the New Zealand construction industry gains momentum, many builders are looking to the future, and expanding their teams. There’s already a skills shortage, and […]

The vision of Mountain View School

Mountain View School in Mangere, Auckland, is engaged in roll growth that includes additional school buildings that have a unique steel structure. The Ministry of […]

Upper South Island apprentice a worthy third-place winner

Andrew Higgins was rapt to have taken out third place in the Registered Master Builders Carters 2013 Apprentice of the Year. The 23-year-old from Nelson, […]

Challenging renovation results in a win for Todd Grey Builders

Todd Grey of Todd Grey Builders was “excited, happy and relieved” when his name was read out as the winner of the ITM Renovation Award […]

Twist of fate a triumph for Nelson builder

Russell Campbell of Inhaus Developments, winner of the James Hardie New Homes $450,000 – $600,000 award at the Registered Master Builders 2013 House of the […]

Succession Planning — who’s going to take over when you’re not there?

One question I am commonly asked by our business owner members is “How do I form a succession plan for my business?” This is a […]

Moving forward with an eye on the past

The Registered Master Builders Federation is now the Registered Master Builders Association of New Zealand Inc. This means we are flat out getting our house […]