July 2006 Issue


Directorship offered to roofing excellence award winner

James Putt of Matamata has received the 2007 Dimond Award for Excellence in Roofing at the annual conference of the Roofing Association of New Zealand […]

Standards review under way

Standards NZ has started a major review of Standards older than 10 years, to ensure Standards meet the needs of the people who use them, […]

Key industry players join forces to promote better building practices

Key players in New Zealand’s construction industry have launched a campaign to promote better building practices and improve the quality of the country’s homes and […]

Value of construction remains high, keeps building industry strong

New Zealand’s construction industry is in good health, according to the Registered Master Builders Federation following Statistics New Zealand’s release of building consent statistics for […]

Carpentry apprentices nationwide to vie for top honours

Carpentry apprentices nationwide will compete for the country’s top apprentice titles as part of the construction industry’s focus on increasing the number of qualified builders […]

Builders rank midway in trust survey

Builders have ranked 14th out of 30 professions in the latest annual Reader’s Digest Trust Survey. Now in its sixth year, the publication commissioned an […]

Timber Standard amended to ensure quality buildings

Springy floors, sagging lintels and walls moving excessively in high winds should be problems of the past with the introduction of Amendment 2 to NZS […]

NZIA welcomes Act announcement

The New Zealand Institute of Architects is looking forward to working with the provisions of the Registered Architects Act announced by the Minister for Building […]

Consumers and architects to benefi t from new rules

Minister for Building Issues Clayton Cosgrove has announced new rules governing the registration, ongoing training and discipline of architects which are hoped to bring signifi […]

New CCA case further vindicates Act

Marsden Villas Ltd v Wooding Construction Ltd is an interesting case under the Act because it considers in depth whether the construction company, Wooding Construction, […]

BCITO initiates major carpentry qualifi cation review

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) oversees industry qualifications that are developed by industry representatives to meet industry needs. An important part of […]

Barefoot in Rio de Janeiro 2006 — where anything was possible!

Rio de Janeiro was the destination for the Carters Advantage ninth annual Barefoot trip, where more than 300 lucky Advantage members used their rewards points […]

Dimond raises roofi ng stakes

A new award of $2000 was presented by Dimond general manager Brad Bridges to roofer Ryan Hayward for excellence in roofi ng demonstrated by an […]

Play safe, work safe, stay safe

Health and safety issues have long been a priority for Hirepool. When an organisation completes more than 250,000 transactions each year on as many as […]

Gale-force winds not enough to stop safety launch

Gale force southerlies didn’t stop Minister of Labour Ruth Dyson and construction industry leaders Chris Olsen (Roading New Zealand) and Iris Clanachan (Site Safe) launching […]

Roofer’s fatal fall a reminder of dangers of working at height

The death of a well-known Christchurch roofi ng contractor is a reminder that nothing is more important than safety when people are working at height. […]

Small construction businesses eligible for ACC discount

More than 180,000 small businesses which put workplace safety plans in place are now able to ask for a 10% discount on their ACC levies. […]

The ‘Warthog’ — tough and stable in the workplace

Tradespeople rely on good quality combination stepladders/extension ladders, but unless absolutely robust fabrication is used most available ladders become unstable and worn very quickly in […]

Rethinking workplace health and safety

It has been estimated that the cost of deaths, injuries and illnesses caused in New Zealand workplaces is between $4.3 billion and $8.7 billion per […]

Ranger more than a rumour

For those who missed this year’s Fieldays you would have missed Ford’s show stealers — the revamped Ford Escape, the upgraded Territory with a turbo […]

Systems development manager excited by franchise’s initiatives

Fix It Building Services, New Zealand’s only nationwide, trade-based repairs and renovation supplier, has appointed Margot Mortland as systems development manager. The appointment demonstrates Fix […]

Having what it takes ‘feels terrific’

A solidly constructed Waikato home with an affi nity for its rural environment took top honours in the New Homes $600,000 – $1 million category […]

HoY involvement helps company focus on direction

A low maintenance home which embraces beachside living won the James Hardie Show Home Award in the Registered Master Builders 2005 House of the Year, […]

State housing extension to provide certainty for building industry

The Government’s decision to extend the state housing network by a further 2000 houses will provide extra certainty for the building industry as it faces […]

RMBF members take advantage of Standards offer

The Registered Master Builders Federation has secured a deal with Standards New Zealand to provide members with full access to Standards New Zealand construction Standards. […]

Consumer and industry feedback ‘critical’ to getting the Building Code right

A review of New Zealand’s Building Code is appropriate in light of the signifi cant changes in the building industry over the past 15 years, […]

Smart tender presentations

One of the themes for my presidency of the Registered Master Builders Federation concerns helping members with common problems. A good number of my Building […]

Builders reminded to offer clients a building guarantee

The Registered Master Builders Federation is reminding builders to offer a guarantee to clients when they sign up for building projects. Master Build Services, the […]

2006 House of the Year competition kicks off with a roar

I recently attended the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2006 House of the Year Awards in Nelson and, if this is any indication of the calibre […]