March 2019 Issue


Too damn nice

By Tradie HR director Leigh Olsen   As a business owner, have there been times where you feel your good nature has been taken advantage […]

A new year — but is it a new dawn?

By Terry Sage, Trades Coaching New Zealand   “A new year, a new dawn” — I bet it’s some poetic line from a song that […]

High Court considers council negligence for fallen tree in Queenstown

By Timothy Bates and Sabina Boyd, Legal Vision   In the High Court decision of Plaza Investments Ltd (“Plaza”) v Queenstown Lakes District Council (“the […]

Green not Green

By Architect Don Bunting   I recently attempted to reduce the amount of old information on my library shelves. As someone once said: your library […]

Back In Time

20 years ago — February 1999: • Twenty thousand copies of a flyer promoting construction safety organisation Site Safe were distributed throughout the industry. It […]

Mitre 10 NZ chief executive Cowie resigns

Mitre 10 (New Zealand) Ltd chief executive officer Neil Cowie has resigned. Chairman Martin Dippie says Mr Cowie has led the company through a time […]

Government yet to fill gap in infrastructure pipeline

Short-term gaps in the infrastructure pipeline are causing long-term headaches for civil infrastructure contractors, who have criticised a vague forward work programme that sees roading […]

ACC fund for health and safety improvements needs targeting

The recently-announced $22 million ACC fund to support the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) sector in reducing workplace injuries should help, according to the Employers and Manufacturers […]

Simon Construction sets new standards for luxury in retirement village living

Simon Construction was recognised for its excellent workmanship and finish at the 2018 New Zealand Commercial Project Awards. They took home a Gold Award and […]

Second-time Apprentice of the Year entrant walks away with national award

Perseverance paid off for New Plymouth’s Corbin Mills, when he was awarded second place at the Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2018 Apprentice of the Year […]

Seasoned House of the Year entrant wins Renovation of the Year Award

Christchurch’s Takahe Construction Ltd won the title of Registered Master Builders 2018 Renovation of the Year with their superb renovation of a Merivale home. The […]

Multiple national category winner finally nails Supreme Award

Christchurch company Metzger Builders Ltd (MBL) was awarded the coveted title of Registered Master Builders 2018 Supreme House of the Year with their Redwood home. […]

An opportunity for New Zealand trades that ‘cannot be squandered’

The New Zealand Qualifications Framework is under review, and Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) chief executive Warwick Quinn says this is an opportunity […]