February 2016 Issue


Coming across asbestos? Play by the new rules

Are you running a business (for example, building, roofing, plumbing or demolition) with workers who may disturb or remove asbestos or asbestos-containing material (ACM) Here’s […]

Works begin on Airfields housing site in Hobsonville Point

Enabling infrastructure works are underway on an Auckland Council-owned site in Hobsonville Point in advance of more than 400 homes to be built there. The […]

Significant supplier sponsorship backs boost in quality of training for tradespeople

A newly-developed Continuing Professional (CPD) Development model and collaborative support from a significant industry supplier is set to lift the overall quality and consistency of […]

Canterbury’s build and design event highly anticipated

One of the South Island’s largest industry trade events, Canterbury buildnz | designex (CBD), kicks off in August. Already highly anticipated by exhibitors and visitors, […]

New staff at RMBA

The Registered Master Builders Association is pleased to announce two new roles at the Association. They are:   Brian Rosenberg — Head of Business Services […]

Revival of English-style country home wins top award

Durham Mossman of Mossman Construction said he was rapt when he found out his house in Palmerston North was awarded the title of National Winner […]

Quality control and 100% accuracy

Mark Metzger of Metzger Builders was blown away when he found out his new build in Clearwater, Christchurch, was awarded the national category winner in […]

Bright future for young apprentice

“It was really cool to meet all the other apprentices and the judges. I’d definitely recommend Apprentice of the Year to other builders,” he says. […]

Meet the Execs: Open, honest and direct — Carters CEO Mike Guy

Building Today’s exclusive Q & A with the country’s most influential construction industry leaders continues. Kicking off 2016 is Carters chief executive Mike Guy. When […]

Resource consents decision paves way for pivotal Ruakura development

Tainui Group Holdings (TGH), the intergenerational investor for Waikato-Tainui, has welcomed a decision by Hamilton City Council to approve three key resource consents for the […]

A monumental rebuild

It was one of the early rebuilds after the devastating Christchurch earthquakes and stands monumental — a unique arrow pointing north-west reaching beyond the city […]

Estimating for house builders in the 21st Century

The digital age is upon us and never more so than in construction estimating. Fading fast are the days of scale rules and even digitisers […]

Round and round the mulberry bush . . .

There’s a kid’s nursery rhyme that starts, or maybe ends, or has it somewhere in the middle, the words “round and round the mulberry bush”. […]

Expanding your toolkit: The building blocks of navigating change

“It would seem the only thing that is certain in the building and construction sector is change” — John Green, Building Disputes Tribunal. The building […]

Knee jerk reaction

You can be sure that as soon as there is any sign of a likely early summer dry spell in the South Island, the media […]

More than just good weather ahead for RMBA

Welcome back to work to everyone, after what has been a pretty good summer of weather for most of the country so far. And it […]

Company’s quality and service mantra remains some 50 years on

  Stringent standards Pacific Steel market development and accounts manager Chad Van Zyl says the company’s products are manufactured to meet one of the most […]

Professional indemnity insurance — limitations to cover

In this first article for 2016 I’ll look at the recent Court of Appeal decision of JCS Cost Management Ltd v SR Johnson & QBE […]

Back in Time

20 years ago: • The NZMBF condemned the rise in employers’ ACC levies, describing them as tinkering aimed at propping up an accident corporation system […]

It pays to train — it’s proven!

BCITO research proves that training apprentices generates profit. The organisation recently conducted an in-depth research project showing that for every $1 spent on training a […]

Customer input helps provide smart solution

New Zealand Steel subsidiary Steltech has launched Vertebeam, a cost efficient, lightweight nested box beam solution for portal frame buildings. Providing a smart solution to […]

Make this year your most profitable year yet!

By adopting the following simple but smart ways to work more efficiently, reduce waste and make better returns without increasing your prices, this year could […]

Government’s CRL announcement on the right track

The Property Council has welcomed the Government’s announcement to fund Auckland’s proposed City Rail Link two years earlier than initially planned. Chief executive Connal Townsend […]