May 2007 Issue


The new Dimond Christchurch

Big changes have been happening for Dimond’s Christchurch branch recently. The roofing, cladding and structural products manufacturer has opened a new 4500 sq m site […]

ACC tackling injuries in the construction industry

Among New Zealand’s working age population and ahead of all other industries, the construction industry has the highest proportion of ACC claims and costs. For […]

Strength, stability, safety . . .

Falls from heights account for a high percentage of construction industry injuries, which is why leading ladder manufacturer Bailey, a Hills Industries company, takes extra […]

Platform system safe as houses

Peter Kamphuis invented a modular platform walkway system primarily to create a safer environment for rooftop workers, but the product has ended up offering a […]

Fresh perspective on an old method

Plaster Brick NZ Ltd’s Anthony Elisara answered Building Today’s call for feedback on Part 1 of our Exteriors feature last month. He says his company differs from […]

Tools of the Trade feedback

In the March issue of Building Today you requested information on what we tradesman consider our most valuable cordless tool that we swear by. I have a […]

uPVC products

I have recently finished reading the April edition of Building Today magazine. You have asked for feedback on products. I have an issue with the use of […]

Judging begins

A team of 20 judges has been given the daunting task of assessing the 683 properties entered in this year’s Registered Master Builders House of […]

Fulfilling achievement says Apprentice of the Year winner

Andrew Meiklejohn says entering and winning the Registered Master Builders Carters 2006 Apprentice of the Year competition was one of the most fulfilling things he […]

RMBs give generously to House for Karen

Registered Master Builders from around the country united together and raised a record amount for their chosen charity, New Plymouth’s very worthy House for Karen, […]

Taranaki turns it on for Conference 2007!

The Taranaki Registered Master Builders Association ensured all delegates, guests and partners had a wonderful time in New Plymouth, hosting three days of fun and […]

‘Watered down’ builder licensing — an independent view

Dear Mr Cosgrove Having attended the recent Registered Master Builders Conference 2007 and listened to your address there, I am compelled to write to you […]

Is politics about to kill Builder Practitioner Licensing?

Before I launch into the hot topic of licensing, I must say there are things from our past that are great. One of those is […]

DIYers — what the Minister said . . .

Building and Construction Minister Clayton Cosgrove gave the opening address for the 2007 Registered Master Builders Conference in New Plymouth last month. He covered a […]

Taranaki pulls out all the stops!

The Taranaki Registered Master Builders Association pulled out all the stops in its hosting of the RMBF Conference 2007 in New Plymouth last month. A […]

Weakening the foundations of licensing

The key policy theme running through this issue of Building Today is the recent announcement by Building and Construction Minister Clayton Cosgrove at our recent […]

Construction sector remains solid

The latest building consent figures indicate another month of solid, steady growth in the construction sector, according to Registered Master Builders Federation chief executive Pieter […]

Appeal to the High Court of adjudicator’s determination in the WHRS — Contributory Negligence

The recent case of Hartley & Hartley v Balemi and Others concerned one of the first appeals from an adjudicator’s determination in the WHRS. Mr […]

That awesome wall of China

The Great Wall of China is the world’s longest man-made structure. It runs for over 6350km more or less along the border between northern China […]

Huge conference goes off without a hitch

After many months of planning, the second night of the recent RMBF Conference 2007 in New Plymouth finally rolled around. Carters, in conjunction with Laker […]

Energy efficient hot water solutions that don’t impact on lifestyle

Increasingly home owners are looking at their energy bill and wondering how on earth it managed to get so expensive. They are becoming more concerned […]

BCATS initiative introduced

The Building and Construction Allied Trades (BCATS) initiative is a new entry level qualification being introduced by the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) […]