May 2014 Issue


Bad weather doesn’t hamper Army/DoC tramping hut effort

Battling nasty weather and hard conditions are all in a day’s work for soldiers from the New Zealand Army’s Engineers, as they complete the construction […]

Updated guidance for exempt building work

Did you know some plumbing and drainlaying work must be carried out by an “authorised person”, such as a registered certifying plumber or drainlayer, before […]

Housing boom prompts new ‘tradies’ programme

Future-Proof Building announces seminars to upskill builders and electricians and to boost industry know-how Thousands of “tradies” around New Zealand are being offered a free […]

Royal Wolf creating buildings of the future

The Auckland and Melbourne offices of shipping container specialists Royal Wolf feature cutting edge container designs that showcase building solutions for the future. Made out […]

Skilled professionals sought for construction career opportunities

The reconstruction of Christchurch following the earthquakes is now focusing the spotlight on the shortage of skilled construction workers in the city. This demand for […]

BCITO chief Karaitiana — inclusive and consultative

Where were you born and raised? I was born in Mosgiel as my parents had been living in Otago at Brighton for a few years. […]


Buchan breathes new life into Auckland tower Formerly known as WHK Tower, the Auckland CBD building has undergone a $2.7 million transformation to become 51 […]

Apprentice scholarships awarded in the Waikato

Three scholarships have recently been awarded by the Waikato branch of the Registered Master Builders Association to Taylor Scott, Fraser Scatchard and Thomas Rea. Taylor, […]

Change is good!

I said I would write about ways to generate funds during your retirement, but with your assumed permission I am going to leave that until […]

Back in Time

20 years ago: • Debate on a TV advertising campaign at the NZMBF’s Conference ‘94 brought out the “dinosaur” in older conference participants. Younger builders […]

Declining Standards

At its meeting in October 2013, Cabinet agreed to recommendations contained in a Cabinet paper that will see the Standards Council disestablished and a new […]

Building company director found not liable for losses arising from leaky building syndrome

In this month’s article I review the 2014 decision of Derwin & Diar v Wellington City Council & Others, in which the council brought a […]

A tale of two churches

Dr Kerry Rodgers has a South Canterbury epiphany Christchurch’s Anglican Cathedral and Catholic Basilica were not the only Canterbury churches to suffer damage from the […]

My secrets to training legendary apprentices…

As our industry grows, along with the demand for skilled tradies, it’s our job as employers to get the right people trained up and ready […]

How to choose the best software

When purchasing any computer software or hardware you should plan for the future, so base your decisions on what you would like your business to […]

Why are councils imposing millions of dollars of extra cost on reclads?

Councils are potentially costing consumers an average of $30,000 on each simple reclad. When this is extrapolated out to cover the 100,000 monolithic homes that […]

Apprentice of the Year ‘career-changing’ for former national winner

Nathan Biggs, 29, has not looked back since winning the Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year competition in 2009. Having just returned from Britain […]

First time House of the Year entrant takes out inaugural award

Willie de Gruchy of WG de Gruchy Construction was “elated” when his name was read out as the winner of the inaugural Craftsmanship Award at […]

House of the Year judges on the road

Judges across the country have hit the road to assess this year’s talent in the Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the Year. Travelling from […]

Deaths in construction

As a participant for 37 years in the construction industry, I have always been aware and have accepted that we work in a dangerous environment. […]

Retentions — securing a solution

The issue of retentions has been a very topical and hot subject since the Mainzeal collapse in February 2013. Subcontractors lost in excess of $18 […]