July 2016 Issue


The satisfaction of business coaching

The profession of business coaching is, for the most part, one of the most satisfying ways to spend your working day. Yes, you have to […]

Faulty Towers

Basil Fawlty, always looking for someone else to blame for any misfortune, would have revelled in the latest debacle with Auckland’s super city — the […]

Companies may not survive sudden CCA 2002 retentions regime changes next year

In his article last month, Mike Fox brought to the attention of readers his concerns with the amendments made to the Construction Contracts Act 2002 […]

Back In Time

20 years ago: • New Zealand’s largest shopping destination was under construction in Manukau City. The Manukau Supa Centre was being built on a 10ha […]

Review of apartment sound transmission requirements could have big impact on building costs

Clause G6 of the New Zealand Building Code deals with the requirements for limiting sound transmission between apartments intended for permanent living. It was first […]

Industry Guide — Handling, Transportation and Erection of Precast Concrete

One mechanism Precast NZ uses to best serve the interests of its members and promote the uptake of precast concrete construction is the development of […]

Precast NZ building a legacy

With appropriate design and the use of correct materials and manufacturing processes, all overseen by skilled personnel, precast concrete offers value-add to the strength and […]

A skilled workforce — our best approach is a collective one

By Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation chief executive Warwick Quinn   I have been away from the property and construction scene for only a […]

Timber Design Awards entries open soon

Entries for the NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards will open in September. Entry is open to New Zealand resident architects, builders, architectural designers, engineers, […]

Northland pine grows stronger

By Northpine director Bruce Larsen   Since the Christchurch earthquakes, many Kiwi home owners and builders have become more focused on ensuring that all houses built […]

Timber: New technology and innovative uses

Timber and wood products used in buildings come in all shapes and sizes, with those products often divided into structural and non-structural categories.  Non-structural often […]

Focus on alcohol and other drugs in Christchurch’s construction industry

A recent study has shown that 18% of construction workers indicate there are people working hungover or stoned “from time to time or a lot” on […]

Big H&S changes for vehicle fleet operators

The construction industry is vehicle intensive, whether it’s a sole trader’s van or New Zealand’s largest nationwide fleets. The construction industry is mobility dependant — […]

The H&S at Work Act — from the ground up

The new Health and Safety at Work Act came into force in April. WorkSafe New Zealand’s Marcus Nalter explains how it applies to a typical […]

2016 Site Safe Construction H&S Awards entries now open

Businesses have the opportunity to be recognised for their efforts in health and safety. The Site Safe Construction Health and Safety Awards acknowledge people and […]

First-ever HASANZ conference of timely importance

The Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) is holding its first conference from September 7-9 at Te Papa in Wellington. The conference will […]

Award-winning expo set to deliver again in Canterbury

Perfectly timed to take advantage of the ongoing investment in the Canterbury rebuild is the return of the recently crowned “Best New Trade Show in […]

IANZ: Construction material importers need to do their due diligence

The latest case of poor quality steel shows why importers and construction companies need to do due diligence on their products, according to International Accreditation […]

Important to check materials documentation

By MBIE manager, determinations and assurance, John Gardiner   A number of recent concerns about building products highlights the importance of checking evidence supplied with […]

How are women changing New Zealand’s construction industry?

With New Zealand’s current building boom, it makes sense to encourage more women to join the construction industry. The number of women in the construction […]

Women targeted to ease skill shortage in infrastructure industry

New Zealand’s infrastructure industry is short of skilled staff, and women are being targeted to fill the jobs. Women around the country recently donned hi-vis […]

New 52-storey residential tower to redefine Auckland skyline

Leading New Zealand architecture firm Peddle Thorp has released details of a 52-storey residential high-rise building on Customs Street East in the Auckland CBD, to […]

Competition builds as apprentices are put to the test

Entries for the Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year have now closed, with 163 apprentices from around New Zealand set to compete […]

Wellness retreat wins top tourism and leisure award

A health and wellness education facility located near the head of Lake Wakatipu brings together modern design with environmentally-sustainable practices, without sacrificing on comfort. Set […]

A magic area for rest and recreation

Ross Faulkner of Faulkner Construction was elated when he found out his Clevedon home was named the national winner of the Outdoor Living Award at […]

A beautiful home built by a master craftsman and his team

Bryce Dunlop of Dunlop Builders was ecstatic when he found out his Wanaka home was named the national winner in the Nulook New Home $650,000 […]

Forecasts indicate huge work levels for next few years

Following several difficult years in the construction industry, the level of building in many parts of the country has lifted in residential and commercial construction. […]

BCITO’s Big Construction Tour hits the road

The Big Construction Tour is back, and this year it’s bigger than ever. Early this month more than 1000 hand-picked students hit New Zealand roads […]

Mainmark wins International Project of the Year Award

Mainmark has won the International Project of the Year Award at the 2016 Ground Engineering Awards for its Christchurch Art Gallery project. The project saw […]

Hawkins and China Construction JV signs up for Park Hyatt Auckland

Hawkins Group and China Construction will be working in a joint venture to deliver Park Hyatt Auckland in Wynyard Quarter, following a contract signing with […]