July 2019 Issue


Industry suicide report highlights need for more effective support and prevention

The release last month of a report into suicides of construction industry workers has highlighted the need for all parts of the industry to work […]

More apprentices sign up to showcase trade skills

More apprentices have entered this year’s Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2019 Apprentice of the Year competition, reflecting an increased interest in building apprenticeships. This year […]

Plan H&S carefully for the winter months

When the temperatures head southward it’s time to think about protecting yourself and your team from the elements. Winter weather can lead to more injuries […]

BDO Construction Survey Report: Industry ‘marginally better’, but still a race to the bottom

Leading Accounting and Advisory firm BDO released the report of its second annual Construction Survey in Auckland recently. The 2019 report identifies positive developments and […]

BuildLink — Back to the Future

The BuildLink Group held its National Conference and Trade show at the Distinction Hotel in Rotorua recently. With the majority of its 50 stores in […]

Bostik Firecaulk

Bostik Firecaulk features: • Tested in accordance with AS1530.4-2014 and AS4072.1-2005 for gaps up to 40mm. • Fire rating for jointing of concrete, precast panels, […]

Improving your recruitment process

Building Recruitment managing director Kevin Everett outlines the main issues faced by companies in a normal recruitment process, the reasons they occur, and some top […]

Good parenting — it might lead to more tradespeople!

Terry Sage of Trades Coaching New Zealand argues that good parenting could be the key to solving the shortage of tradespeople in New Zealand! I was […]

A black hole

Architect Don Bunting seeks out our lost construction industry. It might have sounded like April Fool’s Day but, in fact, it was April 11 this […]

GIB Fire Soundseal

GIB Fire Soundseal features: • Fire and smoke resistant. • Equivalent performance to GIB Soundseal in GIB Noise Control Systems. • Low VOC content. • […]

Building policy reform — a summary of proposed MBIE changes, Part 2

Timothy Bates and Sabina Boyd of Auckland law firm Legal Vision preview more of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s proposed amendments to the […]

Back In Time

20 years ago — July 1999 • A builder stripped to his underpants in order to attend one of the first of a nationwide series […]

Sikaflex-400 Fire

Sikaflex-400 Fire features: • One-part, fire-rated, moisture-curing elastic joint sealant. • Is designed for fire-rated movement and connection joints on porous and non-porous substrates. It is […]

Master Builders support integral to Men’s Health Week

Registered Master Builders Association members were again integral to the nationwide promotion of the recent Men’s Health Week (MHW) held on June 10 to 16 […]

Durable safety gumboots in-store now

Everyone knows that iconic Red Band gumboots are durable and hard-wearing. And now, with the addition of a brand-new safety gumboot to the range, they’re […]

Inside Sudima Kaikoura: A world-class experience for locals and visitors

The innovative design features being implemented in a new luxury Kaikoura Hotel will “set a new benchmark” in hotel experiences for locals and guests alike. […]

Mason Bros conversion scoops Green Building Award

Precinct’s Property’s commitment to environmental sustainability has been recognised, with its Mason Bros redevelopment winning the Resene Green Building Property Award at the 2019 Rider […]

Applications open for safety scholarships

Site Safe is supporting New Zealand’s up-and-coming health and safety leaders in the construction sector with its 2019 range of scholarships.  Applications for Site Safe […]

Cabinet musical chairs as KiwiBuild ‘reset’ imminent

Former Minister of Housing Phil Twyford has lost the Housing portfolio as part of the Labour Government’s recent Cabinet reshuffle. And Minister of Civil Defence […]

Amazing Glazing — adding value to practically any glazed surface

Metamark Etch Effect films from PSP Ltd simulate the appearance of mechanical or chemical etching on glass, but are typically much less costly, more practical […]

Virtually maintenance-free cladding

New Zealand’s building regulations are now more stringent than ever, especially in cladding applications. With these requirements in place, it can be difficult to have […]

Giant global manufacturer partners with locally-owned tool company

Accent Tools Ltd has significantly expanded its sales and brand portfolio in New Zealand, with a newly-formed partnership with Apex Tool Group (ATG). ATG is […]

Angular Lexus showroom wins architecture award

A brave decision to build a one-car showroom on a high-profile site has paid off for GWD Lexus of Queenstown and Anna-Marie Chin Architects. The […]

Effective investment for a healthier home

Steamed mirrors, condensation on walls and ceilings, slippery floors and mould are year-round annoying home issues caused by shower steam, which can add significant costs […]

Euro-made sealant bonds to wide variety of substrates

The team at Soudal is pleased to announce the arrival of Gorilla MS, the company’s European-manufactured, BRANZ-appraised, high-quality, neutral-cure, elastic sealant for high movement joints. […]

Solvent-free adhesive stronger than wood

Bostik Alpha Grip is a solvent-free, thixotropic, one-hour moisture-cured, D4 PU flooring and general construction adhesive. Stronger than wood after one hour, when fully cured […]

Gorilla Fire Rated Expanding Foam

Gorilla Fire Rated Expanding Foam features: • Expanding polyurethane foam. • Seals against smoke and gas. • Insulates, adheres and waterproofs. • High acoustic rating. […]

Selleys Flameflex

Selleys Flameflex features: • Fire rated for up to four hours according to AS1530.4. • Complies with BCA acoustic requirements. • Superior UV resistance. • Suitable for […]

Work-life balance — you’ve earned those weekends off!

By RMBA president Darrell Trigg As the pace of life Is ever increasing and the internet allows our clients to be more educated about what […]