March 2010 Issue


Government consults on Building Act reform

Minister for Building and Construction Maurice Williamson has released a discussion document outlining proposals for the Building Act. “Without compromising quality and safety, these are […]

LGNZ welcomes proposed reforms

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) welcomes proposed reforms to the Building Act but warns against cherry picking some of the proposals because these parts may […]

Registered Master Builders supports LBP streamlining plans

The Registered Master Builders Federation is pleased the Government has followed through on its promise to streamline the application process for the Licensed Building Practitioners […]

Bunnings opens first purpose-built trade centre

Hardware chain Bunnings has demonstrated its commitment to the construction industry with the opening of a new trade centre in Auckland. The Bunnings Trade Centre […]

$1.3 million energy savings on the cards for Christchurch Civic Building

System will enable building to generate its own electricity A building designed to save $1.3 million in energy annually through its innovative Tri-Generation system, and […]

Weathertightness — estimating the cost

Why was the PwC report prepared? The research had the objective of re-estimating: • the number of dwellings, built between 1992 (when the Building Act […]

Helping clients navigate the leaky building minefield

Discovering a home has leaky building problems is one of the worst pieces of news a home owner can receive. As a quantity surveyor (QS) […]

Tips for builders/project managers facing leaky building claims

Some tips for builders and/or project managers who are facing leaky building claims include: • Stop and read the claim against you. • Who is […]

Let builders beware — duties of care arising from labour-only contracts

Background The High Court was considering an appeal by the builders, Boyd and Halliday, of the liability apportioned to them by the Weathertight Homes Tribunal […]

Auckland’s big little new Eden

Eden Park has been a sports ground since 1900. It became home to Auckland Cricket in 1910 and to the Auckland Rugby Union in 1925. […]

BCITO future-proofing industry qualifications

Future-proofing the content of a qualification is just one component in the mix when the revision cycle for a particular qualification comes around. New technologies, […]

Corrosive environment no sweat for steel bridge

It’s a true engineering feat: a 650 tonne steel bridge situated right over the Wairakei geothermal fields. Due for completion ahead of schedule later this […]

Nathan makes history at Apprentice of the Year

Construction manager at Mackersey Construction Mark Adams could not have been happier when one of his apprentices, Nathan Biggs, made history at the 2009 Registered […]

Top of their game!

A top effort from Mainzeal Construction saw the company take out two national titles in the RMB 2009 Commercial Project Awards, in association with PlaceMakers. […]

Two decades of superb building

Building to a high standard is nothing new for Kuriger Builders (Tauranga) Ltd, which took out the national PlaceMakers Renovation under $250,000 award in the […]

Gisborne RMBA makes a difference

It is almost two years since the Gisborne Registered Master Builders Association decided it needed a project that would help lift its members’ profiles in […]

Licence and liability

The issue of licensing is again building some momentum. Along with the release of the latest Department of Building and Housing (DBH) discussion document Cost-effective […]

Significant regulatory changes announced

There have been some significant announcements in recent weeks on the regulatory front that I wish to keep you all informed about. Last month I […]