November 2015 Issue


New gondola planned for Queenstown

A world-class Queenstown gondola proposal to link Queenstown’s Remarkables Park to The Remarkables alpine recreation area has been announced by investment and development company Porter […]

Waterview footbridge lifted into place

The arch section of the highly anticipated Hendon Footbridge has been lifted into place in Owairaka, Auckland. The new bridge, commissioned by the New Zealand […]

Long-term BCITO chief executive announces retirement

BCITO Board chairman Kevin Sceats has announced that chief executive Ruma Karaitiana has decided to retire within the next 12 months. Mr Karaitiana has been […]

What do you do when the talking has stopped?

You know how this goes! The customer is always right and the customer’s house is the only house you have ever built — therefore every […]

BT’s Back In Time

20 years ago: • New Zealand construction firms were likely to turn their backs on training if the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) […]

BCITO launches Strategic Workforce Development Framework

The BCITO’s Strategic Workforce Development Framework (SWDF) was officially launched by Minister for Building and Housing Dr Nick Smith at the BCITO Skills Summit held […]

Affordable housing stymied by red tape

By Matrix Homes managing director Sean Murrie   Matrix Homes, the Trentham-based company building quality affordable homes in the old General Motors factory, claims red […]

Australasian insulation firm to build new plant in Melbourne

Kingspan Insulation, Australia’s leading manufacturer of rigid board insulation for the building sector, has announced that it will invest more than $30 million in the […]

Labour on right track with procurement policy, steel industry says

Steel Construction New Zealand, the representative body for the country’s structural steel industry, has welcomed the Labour Party’s recent government procurement policy, but says the […]

Trades Coaching: Adding value to building businesses

Building Today focuses on a business that coaches other businesses — Trades Coaching New Zealand, and its director, and Building Today columnist, Terry Sage. Read […]

New cloud-based tool helps builders keep up to date

A Wanaka start-up company has created an online tool to help builders keep on the right side of new Building Act requirements. BuildInsite, a unique […]

Plan to avoid festive heartache

Terry Sage of Trades Coaching New Zealand says all it takes is a little planning to overcome the traditional festive cashflow problems. There have been […]

The blame game

Architect Don Bunting looks back at what were better times for our industry, and examines some of the possible causes for change.   Accepting that […]

Investing in connectivity

Masterspec chief executive Rolf Huber reviews the importance of connectivity in the construction industry Poor or incomplete documentation is a real issue for the construction […]

Leaky buildings — vendor/council/contractor found liable

Timothy Bates, principal of Auckland law firm Legal Vision, looks at a recent decision involving an Auckland home that suffered leaky building issues a second […]

Minister: Too many Loopy Rules!

By Minister of Local Government Paula Bennett   One of the best things about my job is getting around the country, talking to New Zealanders […]

Avantidrome — a long ride to putting NZ on the map

It’s one of Cambridge’s most well-known attractions, transforming the town from a historic tourist spot to New Zealand’s “official home of cycling”. So it’s hard […]

Top apprentice follows in his father’s footsteps

Shaun Campbell, of Inhaus Developments, was thrilled when his name was read out as the Registered Master Builders Carters 2015 Apprentice of the Year. Shaun […]

Congrats to AOY and HOY winners

The final of the 2015 Apprentice of the Year was held at The Cloud in Auckland on October 9 and once again showcased the emerging […]

Mt Maunganui house is Supreme!

A new home in Mt Maunganui and a renovation in Auckland have been recognised as New Zealand’s top homes, winning Supreme Awards at the 25th […]