June 2008 Issue


Initiative aims to improve leadership and productivity

The New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development estimates that New Zealanders are 30% less productive than Australians! The council says this is a fact echoed […]

NZRAB provides architectural practice search resource

The New Zealand Registered Architect’s Board has launched a new facility by which the public can check if firms offering architectural services actually employ Registered […]

CIC welcomes government’s DIY initiatives

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has welcomed new building regulations announced recently by Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones that clarify what work DIYers and […]

Twelve month blitz sees TAs undertake accreditation

In the space of a year, all 79 applicants for building consent authority accreditation have gone through a full International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) assessment […]

RMBF recommends licensing caution

The RMBF has recommended that members exercise caution with regard to becoming Licensed Building Practitioners. RMBF members, especially those that attended the Conference in April, […]

GANZ out to raise profile

In Asia, corrosion prevention is the essential factor in the economic utilisation of steel. To bring this message to Kiwi users of steel in the […]

Sunset Terraces — a multi-unit leaky building claim makes it to the High Court

Sunset Terraces is a residential complex situated in Sunset Road, Mairangi Bay. It is a linear unit title development comprising 21 townhouses, each of two […]


Among the many venues hosting the Beijing Summer Olympics, few are more likely to attract comment as the National Aquatics Centre. This new venue has […]

Skills planning helps secure industry future

Meeting deadlines, liaising with clients and managing a successful business leaves most business owners with not enough time to keep track of national or regional […]

Injury increases risk of losing your business

Unless we change how we’re managing health and safety, at least 13 construction workers will lose their lives whilst at work this year. Do you […]

Reputations secure with BRANZ-appraised nails

Working to protect your clients’ valuable investments means builders need to specify only building code-compliant materials. Builders should know that reputations count and are hard […]

Careful pre-paint preparation required for existing roofing

Careful preparation for the painting of existing roofs is essential. Here Resene Paints outlines a step-by-step guide on preparing cementitious roofing tiles, including cement tiles […]

Stylish Ranger cut — just take a bit off the back

What do you do when you’re a car company and your customers ask you to add a little more diversification to an already extensive range […]

Marina magic in Kinloch

David Reid Homes Taupo took full advantage of its client’s stunning location to produce an award-winning home with multiple views of the neighbouring marina. The […]

Functional design suits busy lifestyle

Radiating effortless style, this minimalist home in central Whakatane was the national award winner for New Homes $250,000 to $350,000 in the Registered Master Builders […]

Hartley’s industry contribution unmatched

Registered Master Builders Federation immediate past president Ashley Hartley has been honoured with an RMBF National Life Membership. Mr Hartley was presented with the award […]

Turangi community health centre takes shape

Five years of planning have finally come to fruition for the Turangi community with the building of its new Lockwood health centre by Peter Richards […]

Platform jobs present big challenges

When MBL Construction (MBL) owner David McLachlan saw the tender for the Department of Conservation’s (DoC) Te Toto gorge and Bridal Veil Falls viewing platforms […]

The first month — Whoa!

The vice-presidency was a breeze — my thanks to Ashley Hartley for that gentle induction. To say the first month as RMBF president was eventful […]


September 1 will signal the beginning of a new era for the RMBF as chief executive Pieter Burghout starts his tenure as new BRANZ CEO. […]