July 2015 Issue


Carpentry apprentice Cody Webby’s got it made

Cody Webby is well on his way to becoming a full y qualified builder. At only 21 he’s in the final year of his carpentry […]

Shrinking timber weatherboards – there is a problem

If the large amount of responses I got from it is anything to go by, last month’s article on the problems experienced with shrinking, pre-primed, […]

Working with timber weatherboards

In Building Today June 2015, Mike Fox expressed concern at what he saw as a problem with “shrinking timber weatherboards”, and at the failure of wood […]

Huge turnout at Residensity-themed buildnz designex show

Organisers of New Zealand’s largest trade exhibition for the building, construction and design industries are calling their recent show a huge success, with record crowds […]

Quality Austrian machinery from Felder now available in NZ

W & R Jack Ltd has announced its representation of the Felder Group agency for New Zealand, including the Felder, Format-4 and Hammer brands. Jacks […]

New Product development a key driver

New product development is a key driver for Nulook, and the company believes it has delivered with the Highbook Louvre. Nulook is introducing a louvre […]

RMBA Conference – won’t be forgotten!

The first week of Jul y saw Registered Master Builder members from all over New Zealand gather in Hamilton for their annual conference, themed “Lest […]

Back In Time

20 years ago: The slump in the residential construction market was predicted to continue as the Reserve Bank was unlikely to ease monetary conditions, instead maintaining […]

Wintec trophy cupboard overflows with Gold

The new state-of-the-art Engineering and Trades Facility at Wintec’s Rotokauri Campus in Hamilton has cleaned out the education architectural prize cupboard. In addition to taking […]

Young Wainui builder shows value of commitment

Young Hutt Valley builder Sean Ryan’s pathway through school and study has led him to a job he enjoys so much, he says it doesn’ […]

Building Better Businesses

The Registered Master Builders Conference, held recently in Hamilton, featured a range of excellent speakers, both motivational and informative. One that I was very interested […]

Auckland and Wellington firms clean up

An Auckland contractor has taken gold at the Master Painters Awards 2015, New Zealand’s premier painting awards. Family-owned business Paul Schirnack Decorating Ltd was declared […]

Aurecon launches 2015 bridge building competition

Aurecon’s Bridge Building Competition is back on in 2015, and with more than 1000 students taking part across Australia and New Zealand last year, it […]

New journey begins for Harker

One of New Zealand’s largest tunnelling companies launched its new look recently, and also has plans to launch its expertise and experience into international markets. […]

WorldSkills NZ team to compete against 72 countries in Brazil

A 15-member team recently announced by WorldSkills NZ chief executive Bruce Howat will represent New Zealand in 15 of the 45 or more trade skills […]

Urban regeneration specialist Ockham opens Station R development

Ockham Residential has launched the latest in its series of developments aimed at helping meet demand for high quality housing in Auckland while promoting urban […]

How will the Skypath be built?

SkyPath will use leading marine technology composite material which is light and very strong, in the form of a series of U-beams that clip on […]

$33.5m Harbour Bridge Skypath gets resource consent

The SkyPath cycling and walking attachment to the Auckland Harbour Bridge has been granted resource consent, meaning the $33.5 million public-private partnership can go ahead, […]

Carpentry Apprentices go head to head in national competion

Entries for the Registered Master Builders Carters 2015 Apprentice of the Year competition have now closed, with 145 apprentices from up and down New Zealand […]

Carpentry Apprentices go head to head in national competion

Entries for the Registered Master Builders Carters 2015 Apprentice of the Year competition have now closed, with 145 apprentices from up and down New Zealand […]

Striking kitchen wins National Heart of the Home Award

Ali Metzger was thrilled when Metzger Builders Ltd (MBL) won the National Award 2014 Registered Master Builders Heart of the Home Kitchen award for a […]

Platinum award-winner takes out GIB Show Home Award

Allister Saville of A J Saville Builder was stoked for his team when his name was read out as the winner of the GIB Show […]

On with the lists – but get your work week organised first!

By now you are covered with lists, on the desk, across the dashboard in the ute and even in the tool box! Yep — so […]


Anecdotally, Australia contains 40 different species of flora and fauna that can kill you. But the main difference bet ween Australia and our friendly little […]

Building Act 2004 – Building (Residential Consumer Rights and Remedies) Regulations 2014 – Are you complying?

In this month’s ar ticle I wish to firstly remind you that as of January 1, 2015, the Building (Residential Consumer Rights and Remedies) Regulations, […]