June 2014 Issue


Rebuild leaders launch new video to demonstrate safety commitment

Signatories must commit to 10 H&S acts Major construction, insurance and government agencies involved in the Canterbury rebuild recently launched a new video illustrating their […]

RCG wins two awards for innovation, design and commercial excellence

RCG, a property strategy, architecture, design and research company based in Auckland has received two awards at the National Property Council Gala recently. In the […]

Canterbury construction event takes off

This year sees Canterbury achieve another first when New Zealand’s largest building and design exhibition, buildnz | designex, comes to Christchurch. It’s already fully booked […]

Specialised connection service a money saver for builders

Although Genesis Energy has offered a specialised service to the trade for a number of years, it was renamed “Trade Connections” in 2013, and retains […]

Minister to speak at NZGBC Sustainable Housing Summit

The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) has announced that Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith will be providing the opening address at this year’s Sustainable […]

Falling from height safety measures — make them more cost-effective and practical

Building Today continues with an exclusive new column by industry stalwart Mike Fox, who talks candidly about issues concerning the New Zealand construction industry. Is […]

Real risks associated with over-cladding

We both have a background as builders and we share Mike Fox’s concern with the cost of recladding buildings. We are also both members of […]

Bright future for 2013 Apprentice of the Year national finalists

Entries for the 2014 Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year competition are about to close and the judges are poised to start assessing this […]

House of the Year great for team building, Lindesay Construction says

Hamish Craig of Lindesay Construction was shocked when he was announced as the winner of the Outdoor Living Award at the Registered Master Builders 2013 […]

JD Homes attributes House of the Year win to ‘subtle little differences’

Jesse de Wys of JD Homes Ltd says winning the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment New Homes under $250,000 award at the Registered Master […]

Meet the newly-elected RMBA Board members . . .

Kerry Archer Southland I reside in the sunny deep south in Invercargill, happily married with a house full of kids. I own and manage two […]

2014 Conference AGM

Quite a lot went on at the AGM this year with a number of remits being discussed, as well as voting for two new RMB […]

RMBA annual conference — Game On in Taupo!

A great couple of days were had by all at the Wairakei Resort in Taupo at the Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA) annual conference — […]

Education is the key

To those of you who were at the Registered Master Builders conference in Taupo recently, I thank you for your vote of confidence in allowing […]

A smart business is better business

It has been a long time in the making but I am delighted to announce the launch of the Trades Business Academy. There is a […]

River crossing new icon for region

Northland’s Lower Hatea River Crossing is no ordinary bridge — and nor was it ever going to be. Awarded the 2014 Supreme New Zealand Commercial […]

From Midlands ‘employment train wreck’ to Fletchers CE position

Where were you born and raised? I was born and raised in Staffordshire, England, in an area called the Black Country — a blue collar […]


Opus Architecture design takes out top spot as Christchurch energy champion An ongoing, and outstanding dedication to sustainable energy has seen Opus Architecture, and its […]

Taranaki beats construction hotspots to win Construction Cup

The Construction Cup has been won by the Taranaki branch of the Registered Master Builders Association. The cup is awarded to the branch that has […]

Retirement options and what to think about

Terry Sage of Trades Coaching New Zealand outlines some of the options to consider when thinking about your retirement years. We spoke about retirement a […]

Back In Time

20 years ago: TVNZ’s Fair Go came under fire from NZ Master Builders Federation chief executive Trevor Allsebrook for taking delight in reporting people’s misery. […]

A failed marriage

They tiptoe around each other like partners in a failed marriage. Relationships among members of the design and construction industries have never been as poor […]

What is the definition of ‘building work’?

This article examines a recent High Court decision (GPE Holdings Ltd v Tile ‘N’ Style Ltd v Ors [2014] NZHC 802) in which the High […]

Tekapo’s astronomical analemma

Dr Kerry Rodgers has clearly been out in the midday sun for far too long . . . Analemma: a plot or graph of the […]

Stratum’s affordable and low damage dwellings in Wellington

To meet the rising demand for residential property in Wellington, Stratum Management Ltd has built a number of multi-storey buildings. The 15-level Elevate Apartments on […]