March 2013 Issue


Subcontractors call on Mainzeal liquidators to open the books

STCF president Graham Burke says it is likely that Mainzeal is holding millions of dollars in retentions, and called on liquidators BDO to be transparent […]

Blowing the whistle on kids’ career choices

As part of the new Pink Batts partnership with the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) and New Zealand referees, they commissioned research company Perceptive to canvas […]

Wall insulation key to warmer healthier home

Beacon has already successfully trialled the advantages of wall insulation, along with other upgrades, through its Build Back Smarter project, and it has been a […]

Engaging in the rebuild: Seismics and the City 2013

Leaders from the public and private sectors will weave these into an exciting big picture of the rebuilding of Christchurch which will stimulate collaborative action. […]

17/04/2013 – High Court ruling highlights importance of using accredited building surveyors

The High Court ruled recently that Mike and Sharon Hepburn and Tracey McKinnon had been misled by the inspection report for the property in Khandallah, […]

Back In Time

• Construction progress at the New Zealand Cup Village was exceeding expectations, ahead of the America’s Cup in 2000. America’s Cup challenging syndicates were expected […]

The cheaper the better

And yet that apparent dream world was once common practice for any major construction contract. What happened? The 1980s happened. If ever there was an […]

Weathertight Remediation: An introduction for builders

Although the risk of future leaks is much lower in these projects, there will inevitably be occasions where even a consented repair job won’t turn […]

Breach of contract?

According to Judge Fogerty, it was plain that Smeaton never contracted the responsibility for the formula for the mix and its placing to GPL. It […]

Getting glassy-eyed in Cairns

In June 2009 the Cairns Regional Council conducted a limited competition for the design of a new visitors centre for the Cairns Gardens. Among those […]

You’d be silly not to enter Apprentice of the Year, runner-up says

The 25 year-old carpentry apprentice, who is employed by Mackersey Construction, entered the competition after Mackersey construction manager Geoff Hall encouraged him to take part. […]

Attention to detail the way to go

Mr Thom believes there are a lot of skilled builders in New Zealand, and the high quality of entries made it all the more special […]

Earthquake challenges made winning ‘all the more rewarding’

Metzger Builders Ltd was awarded the New Homes $1 million – $2 million category and the PlaceMakers Bathroom Excellence Award, which was particularly rewarding for […]

Growing your company? Plan carefully!

Naturally, we would all welcome increased workloads and profitability, but the challenge of managing growth is something that the building industry has not risen well […]

Liability – what’s the best solution for our sector?

This has resulted in some parties paying for more than they are actually legally liable for, or being found liable for amounts that they perceive […]