November 2010 Issue


Isaac Alder: Destined to win

Isaac Alder was destined for carpentry success, from a six-year-old hammering nails on his own workbench to the Registered Master Builders 2010 Apprentice of the […]

Building the dream

David Harwood felt “totally elated” when he heard his name announced as the National Winner of the James Hardie Show Home Award in the Registered […]

Care needed with hiring of casual staff

In another decision that illustrates just how tricky it can be to keep the contractor/employee distinction clear, a full bench of the Employment Court held […]

Subbies and suppliers jump at chance

Floor Store was a relative latecomer to the Tui Te Ora project, but salesman Gareth Vigis says it was keen from the very beginning. Floor […]

Competitors enjoy getting to know each other

Why did Gisborne builder Francis Yates put his hand up to be Tui Te Ora’s project manager? “Because Kim Currie told me I was.” His […]

Gisborne trade community galvanised by Association initiative

“Hey . . . I’ve got this idea.” These five small words, uttered by Gisborne Registered Master Builders Association president Kath Kitchen about 18 months […]

Gisborne gives generously

A reminder of the passion of our Associations Generosity and commitment to community causes are strong characteristics exhibited by RMBF members and their supporting suppliers […]

Cover pricing, its possible consequences and penalties

The Commerce Commission recently conducted a small number of qualitative interviews with commercial building contractors. It was interested in finding out if any anti-competitive behaviour […]

Submissions invited on Construction Contracts Act 2002

The Department of Building and Housing is inviting you to share your experiences of the Constructions Contracts Act 2002. The Construction Contracts Act 2002 regulates […]

Judges hail Supreme Court’s biomimetic design

A visitors centre at Waitomo Caves has taken out three of the top prizes at the NZ Wood Timber Design Awards announced at a function […]

Minister opens first Simple House

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson opened New Zealand’s first Simple House in Otara, Auckland, recently. The house was designed by Stephen Smith of S3 […]

James Bond-style heliport is a winner!

Striking new homes, a “James Bond style” heliport and a sustainable winery are among designs celebrated in the 2010 Architecture Awards for Auckland, Canterbury and […]

Independent building certifiers

McNamara, in their capacity as trustees, purchased a house in Remuera, Auckland, just after it had been built in 2004. The house leaked. McNamara repaired […]

Multi-purpose centre provides ‘gateway’ to Wellington

In 2006 Wellington City Council called for expressions of interest in a 12-court multi-purpose indoor community sports centre for the people of Wellington. It was […]

Wood the way of the future for Christchurch?

While the re-build look and design of Christchurch is still being considered by an architectural “think tank,” there is growing support among builders, local government […]

Rebuild Christchurch green

The massive rebuild facing Christchurch in the wake of the recent 7.1-magnitude earthquake presents a unique opportunity for the city to lead New Zealand in […]