May 2011 Issue


Registered Master Builders says record lows no surprise

Residential building consents for March 2011 were up marginally at 2.2% but down 28% since April 2010 to the lowest level since the series began […]

Entries open for Concrete3 Sustainability Awards

The awards are sponsored by CCANZ and are open to anyone in the New Zealand construction industry, from architects, designers and engineers to contractors and […]

Christchurch: ‘Could become world’s best lit city at night’

Mr Cawley believes now is a great opportunity for Christchurch to become the world’s best lit city. “If we co-ordinate the city’s rebuild with its […]

$4.2m imported ice rink to be built for top games in NZ

A 60m by 30m portable ice rink holding 250,000 litres of water is to be specially imported from Amsterdam for the events. Promoter Craig Douglas […]

New organisation formed to galvanise New Zealand’s metals industry

“As an industry we’ve had a long and proud history contributing to the building of New Zealand and our economy. We now employ over 26,000 […]

Health and safety award promoting safer workplaces

To be eligible to enter, candidates must be working in health and safety, or be a company representative. The Gold Award winner will receive $3000 […]

Site licences valuable

In Christchurch the demand for site licences is high. The EQC is asking for practitioners to be licensed before being employed by Programme Management offices […]

Jennian Homes launches warm and secure portable houses for Christchurch

However, there is nothing temporary about the houses themselves. Typical of those the company already builds as farm cottages, they will be fully lined and […]

How far does a duty of care extend and what is required to mitigate loss?

September 29, 2004, but practical completion did not occur until April 4, 2005. In the latter part of 2004, as a result of a late […]

Our Parliament’s library

It provides the research hub for our MPs and their staff, with its thousands of books, vast stacks of newspapers and more documents relevant to […]

Squaring-up our workforce

Last month we touched on the implications of not having enough skilled workers in place. This month we take a look at what is driving […]

‘Dream home’ consumers becoming increasingly discerning

Consumers are demanding an immediate sign of assurance that a design is backed by rigorous standards and processes, with potential home builders closely scrutinising the […]

Young builders up for the challenge

“The challenges in the building industry are exciting,” says winner of the 2010 Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year, in association with Carters, Isaac […]

Platinum Award provides business advantage

Clive Barrington Construction Ltd first picked up an award in 1995, and in 2003 was given four awards, including the House of the Year Supreme […]

Platinum Award reflects years of achievement

Platinum Awards, presented for the first time in 2010, are given to those companies that have achieved five or more national titles over the years […]

Canterbury Association in top gear

When you can drive along one side of a sealed road and see that the other side has dropped by at least one metre, you […]

Interesting times ahead

Extrapolate that over the rest of the year and, well, you get a very sorry picture — a far cry from the 20,000 to 25,000 […]