July 2018 Issue


Stunning Southern Supreme House of the Year winner four years in the making

A Queenstown building company renowned for quality standards in workmanship and “ultimate pride in the job” has struck gold, again. AJ Saville Builder Ltd was […]

Attention! Are you one of these?

By Terry Sage, Trades Coaching New Zealand   Following on from last month’s piece of Booker Prize-worthy literature — or maybe not — of which you […]


By Architect Don Bunting   Lino is a common Latin name roughly meaning praise. Not sure how this morphed into linotype — a 90-character machine […]

Substantial judgement from the case of a leaky school

By Timothy Bates, Legal Vision   This month’s article concerns the May 2018 judgement of the Ministry of Education & Others v H Construction North Island […]

BCITO launches advanced trades supervisory skills package

The BCITO has recently launched a new programme in which participants can gain the perfect experience and skills to be a high-performing supervisor. The construction […]

H&S leaders workshop launched

Site Safe has launched a new training initiative to help senior business leaders improve health and safety in their company or organisation. The two-hour Safety […]

Site Safe Construction H&S awards applications now open

Have you or your team achieved great health and safety in construction? Share your success with the industry by entering the Site Safe Construction Health […]

Back In Time

20 years ago — July 1998: • The need for a revamp of the structure of the Registered Master Builders Federation was raised in a […]

Civil contractors warn of construction policy gap

New Zealand’s civil contractors have welcomed a record level of investment in transport, but have expressed concern at a medium-term construction gap in the Government […]

South Waikato a hub for modular housing development?

South Waikato could hold the key to developing large scale off-site manufacturing of pre-fabricated housing to help meet New Zealand’s current and future housing needs. […]

Warkworth apprentice proves his building expertise with big competition win

Seth Foote impressed the judges enough to take the top place at the Northern Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year competition. The […]

First-time entry recognised as New Zealand’s best kitchen

A first-time entry into the Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards resulted in a national win for Paragon Developments (2011) Ltd. Their striking […]

Quality craftsmanship and value win over House of the Year judges

Having entered more than 10 homes in the Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards over the past seven years, Jennian Homes Otago (2010) […]

Collaboration is key for NZCPA residential award winner

Dominion Constructors Ltd’s striking 585 Rothesay complex on Auckland’s North Shore won the Winstone Wallboards Residential Award at the 2018 New Zealand Commercial Project Awards. […]

Constructive 2018: Cutting to the chase

By RMBA chief executive David Kelly   Industry transformation is happening. After two Constructive Forums we are now seeing new approaches and technologies being applied […]

Keith Hay celebrates 80 years of building

Keith Hay Homes is this year celebrating 80 years of building in New Zealand. The company pioneered a new era of low-cost prefabricated housing in […]

Asian Construction Forum to foster collaboration between Asian and Kiwi construction sectors

The Asian Construction Forum being held next month in Auckland is bringing the Kiwi and Asian building sectors together to foster collaboration and celebrate the […]

607 fishing stories — and still going strong!

By Bostik Gone Fishin presenter and new Building Today columnist Graeme Sinclair Bostik Gone Fishin started more than 25 years ago, and in that time 607 […]

‘It is what it is’ . . . but it doesn’t have to be!

By Tradie HR director Leigh Olsen How many times have you heard “it is what it is”, and wondered what that actually means? “You’ll have […]

Onehunga Wharf purchase key for neighbourhood revitalisation

Onehunga Wharf has been acquired by Auckland Council in a move that will be critical to the revitalisation of Onehunga over the next 30 years. […]

Complex glass entries showcased in awards excellence

The Window and Glass Association of New Zealand (WGANZ) has put the best of New Zealand designed and manufactured windows and glass in the spotlight […]

Back In Time

20 years ago — June 1998: • The New Zealand Master Builders Federation changed its name, dropping the words New Zealand and replacing them with […]