March 2009 Issue


Marc’s magnificent molehill

UNESCO, in conjunction with the International Astronomical Union, has decreed 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy (IYA). It marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s […]

BCITO and Site Safe working together for a safer workplace

It’s a well-known fact — the construction industry in New Zealand can be a pretty dangerous place to work. But we all know it doesn’t […]

Innovation in challenging times

When sales are down, customers are struggling to find forward work, and margins are under pressure it is easy for most businesses in the construction […]

Educating builders and clients about FPB

Indoor air quality Fresh air is essential to good health, but modern homes are effectively air-tight. By choosing innovations such as a DVS home ventilation […]

CMS appoints new chief executive

Construction Marketing Services Ltd (CMS) has appointed Aidan Jury as its new chief executive officer. In the past four years CMS has launched its Future […]

New Government must tackle building issues

New Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson and his National-led Government have lots of issues that need addressing to get the construction industry back on […]

Meet those deadlines — and stay dry!

Imagine being able to build in a dry environment at all times of the year! Imagine being able to regularly meet construction deadlines with ease. […]

Staying with a winner

Roger Townley began his building apprenticeship with Ken Anderson Building Ltd a number of years ago but the winning apprentice says even when he completes […]

Functional, contemporary, chic beach home

McKenzie Builders Ltd’s sleek renovation of a beachside home in North Canterbury was a winner with its clients and the judges of the Registered Master […]

Fitting reward for a revolutionary facility

When McMillan & Lockwood PN Ltd took on the task of constructing a Maori immersion school in Palmerston North catering for preschoolers up to high […]

It’s all bad — but is it?

Consents are at their lowest and construction is down — but is it all bad? The positives in the market still abound. Interest rates are […]

Parsons Construction ‘do-it-yourself’ attitude pays off

The Scarborough Hill area in Canterbury’s Sumner Hills seems to be fruitful ground for innovative eye-catching projects, and the latest addition to the area certainly […]

Job Summit initiatives to undergo further scope and development

The RMBF was invited to attend the Job Summit in February. I must say I was very interested in seeing how it would run and […]

Large-scale renovation is big on job creation

The construction industry is in a strong position to protect and create jobs in these tough economic times — with Government support. Prudent investment by […]

Government needs ‘shovel ready’ projects to avoid delays

The Government should plan ahead and obtain advance design and environmental approvals for future infrastructure projects, the Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand (ACENZ) says.  […]

Leaky homes review welcomed

The Wood Processors’ Association (WPA) has welcomed the announcement by Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson that he intends researching the extent of the lingering […]

Master craftsman passes down age-old skills

Kiwis have the chance to learn an age-old trade from a master craftsman by registering for New Zealand’s only full-time stonemasonry course. Offered by Otago […]

Leaky homes remediation a legal minefield

A recent survey by web site of leaky home remediation specialists has uncovered evidence of inconsistencies that are complicating the leaky home problem. The survey targeted […]

Avoid unexpected GST bills on apartment sales

People selling investment apartments need to make sure they’re aware of all the tax issues involved, to avoid unexpected GST bills. Inland Revenue assurance manager […]

Directors’ personal liability — new leaky buildings cases

You may have noted in the New Zealand Herald recently, two cases reported of directors of development companies being held personally liable for water ingress […]