May 2013 Issue


Williamson keynote speaker for quantity surveyors conference in Queenstown

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS) conference to be held […]

Hirepool swallows Hirequip

Hirepool’s purchase of Hirequip was finalised recently, with the newly-created business targeting a range of growth opportunities nationwide. Mike Foureur, executive director of New Zealand […]

Rilean Construction receives top national ranking for health and safety

Award-winning Rilean Construction has been rated one of the top construction companies in New Zealand for its exceptional health and safety practices and procedures. The […]

Workplace Health and Safety Taskforce calls for urgent, broad-based change

The Government’s target of a 25% reduction in workplace fatalities and injuries by 2020 is realistic, but far from what the nation should aspire to. […]

CEO survey reveals ‘dysfunctional’ and unaccountable governance teams in Australia

A survey of Australian chief executives and other senior managers lays the blame for failed major projects such as big-ticket infrastructure items on poor project […]

MIT selects Hawkins to complete new Manukau campus

Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced that it has chosen Hawkins Construction to complete its new Manukau campus project, which has been on hold […]

Back In Time

Risky business

At this year’s England/New Zealand one-day cricket match in Auckland a man dressed as a rabbit was ejected from the ground for encouraging spectators to […]

Weathertight Remediation: An introduction for builders

This is the sixth in a series of articles based on a number of workshops on weathertight remediation for builders which the Ministry of Business, […]

Building contracts — some terms to be wary of!

Last month Sarah Wray and I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to members of the Southern Branch of the Auckland Registered Master Builders […]

The pyramid that Imhotep built

Some 4600 years ago, Imhotep designed and supervised construction of the world’s first large-scale, cut-stone tomb. It was Egypt’s first pyramid. Today it still stands […]

Setting the standard in concrete

This has a compulsory core that recognises the core skills and knowledge of precast manufacture, including testing, mould manufacture and fabrication, cutting and drilling, and […]

Architect becomes director

Blair Johnston has been appointed director of Warren and Mahoney’s Auckland studio. After spending time working for respected architectural practices in Sydney and Rotterdam, Mr Johnston […]

Haack Construction all about apprentices

New Zealand builders need to invest in their industry’s future by employing and investing in apprentices, which Haack Construction Ltd has done since its inception. […]

Winning home seamlessly blends old with new

Craig Wallace of CJW Build Ltd was delighted when his Hamilton entry was read out as the winner of the PlaceMakers Renovation Award $250,000 – […]

House of the Year judges now on the road

Judges of the Registered Master Builders 2013 House of the Year competition have hit the road this week, embarking on a tour of New Zealand […]

The Federation Board

The Federation Board comprises a diverse mixture of individuals representing the various members, experiences and viewpoints of the construction industry. All Board members represent and […]

AOY — A training opportunity

The Apprentice of the Year, in association with Carters, is more than simply a competition, as it also provides the opportunity for a unique form […]

Knowing your business — it’s more than just building

One of the fundamental issues facing the construction sector for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) is the lack of business knowledge. While this is probably […]