May 2006 Issue


Oaks hotels and resorts enters NZ market

Australian property management group Oaks Hotels & Resorts has crossed the Tasman to launch into New Zealand with the opening of two new properties — […]

Health and Safety factors urged as licensing condition for builders

Inclusion of quality health and safety systems as a qualification for the licensing of Building Practitioners under the Building Act would contribute significantly to achieving […]

Two more cases on the Construction Contracts Act

This was an appeal from a District Court decision declining summary judgment on a payment claim. West City was a construction company and Mr Edney […]

Raurimu’s twisting spiral

The date: 1898. The problem: How to achieve a workable climb for New Zealand’s main trunk line from Taumarunui to the summit at National Park […]

Benefits of industry training

To reach a sustainable level of qualifi ed tradespeople, the construction industry needs dedicated employers to train apprentices. A recent Department of Labour survey (Skills […]

Benefits of industry training

To reach a sustainable level of qualifi ed tradespeople, the construction industry needs dedicated employers to train apprentices. A recent Department of Labour survey (Skills […]

Software designed specifi cally for builders

Databuild for Windows is an all-encompassing estimating, accounting and job control software package designed specifi cally for builders. The Windows-based system is easy to navigate, […]

Mitre 10 Dream Home 2006

The 2006 Mitre 10 Dream Home has, up until recently, been screened every Monday at 7.30pm on TV2. The ultimate in home renovation television, Mitre […]

Makes you green with envy, don’t it?

Well, we’ve had a first long look at, if not the hero car, then certainly one of the more desirable and accessible ones from the […]

Commercial building sector’s contribution recognised

New Zealand’s commercial building sector makes a signifi cant contribution to the country’s economy and was responsible for nearly a third ($3 billion) of all […]

New staff at MBS

The Master Build Services team is set to enhance its current service with a new claims support officer. Sarah Wichman joins Holly Fyfe and Bruce […]

Principal sponsor out to promote quality

PlaceMakers is New Zealand’s largest supplier of building materials and hardware supplies, and sole principal sponsor of the Registered Master Builders 2006 House of the […]

HoY attracts key sponsorship

The Registered Master Builders House of the Year is made possible through the generous support of the national sponsor family, comprising eight key sponsors. This […]

Southerners don’t do things by halves

Methven-based Snowfed Builders is determined not to do things by halves. It is this attitude which helped them achieve a National Gold Reserve Award in […]

Hopes and plans crafted into superb home

A stunning beachfront home in Matua earned Tauranga builder Conrad Kuriger his fi rst national award for the New Homes $400,000 to $600,000 category at […]

New president to focus on industry leadership

New RMBF president Ashley Hartley wants to see the organisation take a more active leadership role. He sees the RMBF as being the preferred industry […]

Generous builders!

The RMBF raised $20,000 from a charity auction at the conference to go to Hospice Southland and Hospice Otago.  Among the prizes donated were a […]

Conference had it all!

One of the most important announcements in New Zealand construction history, a team of expert speakers imparting essential industry information, a fantastic location for serious […]

Industry reaction . . .

The Registered Master Builders Federation has endorsed the building practitioner licensing scheme because it will help further strengthen the standards of New Zealand’s construction industry.  […]

Cosgrove announces ‘most profound changes in NZ industry’s history’

Minister for Building issues Clayton Cosgrove opened the recent RMBF conference in Queenstown by announcing that the Government had offi cially approved the introduction of […]

Change, change and more change — but it’s all good!

This will be my last article as president, written before heading to the RMBF’s conference in Queenstown, which will be my final official duty.  If […]

Queenstown conference proves a hit!

There are two key events we host at a national level each year — one being the House of the Year final gala evening, and […]