June 2017 Issue


Christchurch hub transformed into shoppers’ paradise

Christchurch’s Enviro-Mark Gold-accredited shopping centre, The Hub, has received a $65 million facelift, designed by award-winning Australasian architecture firm The Buchan Group. Shopping Centre Investments […]

SPORT TODAY: New Zealand tour a difficult challenge for Gatland and his British Lions

The British and Irish Lions are here. But will they roar? It is actually very difficult to know. I sense this test series will be […]

Schedule a weekly ‘ON hour’, and watch the income increase and the stress decrease

I am half listening to the news on Monday evening — channel one, if you are wondering — and they talk about the space station […]

Alternate facts

The Donald Trump bid for the USA presidency introduced us to a new reality, and a new way of speaking known as “alternate facts”. Essentially, […]

Can payment be withheld, and a construction contract cancelled, on the basis of incomplete work?

In this month’s article I wish to review the March 2017 decision of Bulmer v Envisage Construction Ltd. This decision was initially heard in the […]

Back In Time

20 years ago: • The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and ACC initiated a joint project to identify the issues and find solutions […]

Twins snub corporate life for building apprenticeships

Jourdan Lee spent seven years climbing the banking corporate ladder — and then the next three years saving enough money to quit. When he had, […]

Adhesives increasingly used in timber structures

Adhesives are used in the timber industry for the factory production of glue-laminated timber (glulam), Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL), plywood, finger jointed timber and composite […]

The original no sag, no slump adhesive

A wallboard adhesive that drips or slumps is a serious pain on a job, especially when applying it overhead. Sika Nailbond SB Original doesn’t drip […]

NZ’s construction future ‘should be in tall timber buildings’

Most new commercial and residential builds in New Zealand are eight storeys or below — an ideal height for building in engineered timber, according to […]

New appointments at the NZGBC and McConnell Dowell

Joanne Duggan has been appointed Director of Marketing and Partnerships at the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC). “The launch of new residential and commercial […]

Living v fake greenwalls — the benefits

There is no doubt that the popularity of greenwalls has significantly grown over the past few years. However, Mark Paul, horticulturist and Australian greenwall pioneer, […]

WPMA moves to reduce Standards speculation

The Wood Processors and Manufacturers’ Association (WPMA) is anxious to assure the New Zealand public that timber retains its excellent reputation as a construction material. […]

Simply applicable apprentice app

Keeping tabs on apprentice learning just got a lot easier thanks to a new app modified at Otago Polytechnic. The Otago Polytechnic ITAB App allows […]

New Zealand construction industry set for record year

New Zealand is on track to exceed last year’s level of building consents for new homes, despite building consent data showing a fall in April. […]

Passion for sustainable house building pays off

A passion for the environment and sustainable building practices were the driving forces behind Lain Hellmrich’s remote Oamaru build, which won the Sustainable Home Award […]

Beautifully crafted earthquake rebuild wins national award

A challenging Christchurch earthquake rebuild resulted in a national category win for Matthew Stevenson of Form Builders Ltd at the Registered Master Builders 2016 House […]

Competition best career decision for Tauranga apprentice

Tauranga’s Ethan Inglis was over the moon when he was named the Bay of Plenty Central Plateau Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2016 Apprentice of the […]

Budget 2017 — what’s on the table for the construction industry?

Environment and Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith:   “The new funding in Budget 2017 is focused on putting in place improvements to urban […]

Event organisers ‘pledge’ 1000+ new build jobs

buildnz | designex, NZ’s largest trade show for the construction industry, kicks off in around two weeks’ time, with organisers heralding a new challenge for […]

Best of the best recognised with NZCPA Platinum Awards

They’re considered the “best of the best” — companies recognised for outstanding achievement in commercial construction after winning five or more national titles in the […]