June 2013 Issue


buildnz reflects vibrant building and design sector

Evidence is strong that New Zealand’s building and design sectors are generally doing well, with interest in their premier event delighting industry association and event […]

PlaceMakers Hornby opens its doors

Christchurch builders, who have been counting down the days for the opening of PlaceMakers’ new, purpose-designed and built Hornby store, don’t have to wait any […]

First quarter sees record number of new building apprenticeships

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) has seen a massive 22% increase in new building apprenticeships as a result of New Zealand’s rebounding […]

BRANZ announces chief executive resignation

BRANZ has regrettably announced the resignation of its chief executive, Pieter Burghout, Group chairman Chris Preston said recently. Mr Burghout’s resignation will be effective from […]

Pods provide answer to rental crisis

A Christchurch construction company has launched its own solution to the worker accommodation shortage in the city. The Pods, designed by Edifice, are 20ft shipping […]

The Bendometer is back!

The Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) and the Pacific Steel Group have reissued the Bendometer to assist best practice in the bending […]

BT’s Back in Time

Catching cold

Every time I catch a cold I wonder why science has failed so miserably to find a cure, or even an effective palliative, to relieve […]

Leaky home owner’s claim reduced by 70% for contributory negligence

In assessing the question of contributory negligence in the case of Johnson v Auckland Council, the High Court considered whether a purchaser could simply rely […]

New apprentices hard to find!*

Over the past few years, the number of apprentices in the New Zealand construction industry has decreased to nearly half of what it was in […]

Quake damage control with high seismic performance

After the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, to undertake the design of a three-storey medical centre for construction in the CBD of Christchurch required […]

Life after Apprentice of the Year

Former winners of the Wellington Apprentice of the Year, Matt Sharp of Sharp Builders Ltd and Scott Taylor of Mitchbuild Construction, have now become business […]

Rural home reaps rewards

Paul Jones of Paul Jones Construction believes his ability to cater to his client’s rural lifestyle ultimately won him the New Homes $450,000 – $600,000 […]

Winning home ‘small in proportion, but big in personality’

Clive Barrington of Clive Barrington Construction was rapt when his “unusual” Christchurch home was announced the winner of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment […]

RMBF Conference 2013 set to be a stormer!

The RMBF annual conference for 2013 is titled Keep Calm and Carry On — a reference to ensuring that while activity may start to increase, […]

RMBF says building stats better but . . .

The latest building consent figures indicate the highest number of new homes and apartments consents in five years. Statistics New Zealand figures show 1755 new […]

Construction sector celebrates Queen’s Birthday honor

New Zealand’s construction industry is celebrating the appointment of industry stalwart Graham Coe as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, announced recently […]

A welcome to join Registered Master Builders

The RMBF has recently expanded its membership offering to now welcome individuals such as Licensed Building Practioners (LBPs), labour-only carpentry contractors, building industry professionals and […]

H&S top of the agenda again

Health and Safety is top of the agenda for the Government at the moment, with the report of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and […]