March 2018 Issue


Clock ticking on Phoenix survival

Tick tock, tick tock. Can you hear it? Listen closer . . . TICK TOCK TICK TOCK. The sound you hear is time expiring on […]

Is this what you really want to do for the next 20 years?

So the holidays are now a distant memory — and the next ones feel like a decade away, so no point even entering that into […]

Council’s leisure centre liability reimposed by Supreme Court

In this month’s article I wish to revisit the case of Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust v Invercargill City Council that I have previously […]

Smart cities

Napoleon was talking about the tactics of warfare. However, the same can be said about amateur politicians putting the tactics of political expediency — getting […]

Back In Time

20 years ago: • Around $500 million of property development was able to proceed at Auckland’s Viaduct Basin, adjacent to the America’s Cup Village, after […]

Free fees for apprenticeships

Most of the talk in the media about the Government’s new Fees Free initiative has been about school leavers intending to go to university, who […]

Marmorated stink bugs — a great reason to upgrade your business vehicle!

There are a number of really good reasons to consider upgrading your business vehicle, but here’s one you probably haven’t thought of — bugs.  Stink […]

Rotten to the Core — readers respond to publisher’s claims

The article Leaky homes: Has New Zealand learnt its lesson? (Building Today, February 2018) disturbs me somewhat. I entered this industry in 1979, and have […]

Upgrade begins for pedestrian-friendly Manukau street

The upgrade of Putney Way into a pedestrian-friendly main street for central Manukau in south Auckland has begun. The upgrade will include a new single-level […]

Plumbing the perfect career change for new graduate

From pulling pints to unblocking pipes, Halley Edgar has no regrets about giving up her bartending job to study to become a plumber. Nor is […]

Seaside bach’s total makeover a family affair

The total makeover of a small Whangamata seaside bach into a spacious two-storey family retreat resulted in a win for John Mourits Builder at the […]

Beautiful craftsmanship nets small team a big win at House of the Year

A sole builder and his apprentice were responsible for constructing the beautiful Taupiri farm house which wowed judges at the 2017 Registered Master Builders House […]

Red Stag Sawmill a trailblazer in timber construction

The unique construction of the timber-based structure which houses the Red Stag Sawmill, the largest timber mill in the Southern Hemisphere, is a trailblazer in […]

Youngest Apprentice of the Year finalist proves he has the smarts

As the youngest apprentice to make it through to the 2017 Registered Master Builders CARTERS Apprentice of the Year finals, 20-year-old Logan Alderson impressed the […]

House prices slowing around NZ but no big drop imminent

The February QV House Price Index shows the late values resurgence witnessed in Auckland post-election subsided in February, dropping by 0.5%. Simultaneously, Wellington City values […]

NZ’s coolest redevelopment underway

Scott Base is about to go under the microscope as a group of specialist designers takes up the call for the redevelopment of New Zealand’s […]

Red Stag to build massive CLT plant in Rotorua

Red Stag Wood Solutions has announced that it will build a large-scale Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) plant at its 95ha wood processing site in Rotorua. […]

New trans-Tasman ‘method of measurement’ launched

The New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS), along with the Registered Master Builders Association of New Zealand (RMBA), has launched a new trans-Tasman industry […]