November 2016 Issue


New Zealand’s Supreme Homes announced

  A new build in Auckland and a renovation in Hamilton have been recognised as New Zealand’s best homes, winning Supreme Awards at the prestigious […]

New Devonport Library a community haven

Blending perfectly into its park-like surroundings, the Devonport Library is attracting more visitors and a positive response from around the globe. When a replacement for […]

Blenheim renovation a striking transformation

George Guthrie of George Guthrie Construction was extremely happy when he found out his Blenheim renovation was named the Nelson Marlborough West Coast Registered Master […]

New build embraces neighbourhood’s traditional architecture

Gareth Collins of Gareth Collins Building Ltd was overwhelmed when he found out his Strandon project was named the Taranaki Registered Master Builders 2016 Supreme […]

AUT to launch unique engineering course

  AUT is to launch a new major next year aimed at combating a significant shortage in New Zealand. The Building Engineering major will be […]

#BuildAKL matching young Auckland job seekers with construction and infrastructure jobs

  An exciting new interactive social media campaign, #BuildAKL, was launched in September with the aim of getting more than 4000 young people into Auckland’s […]

Solid planning tools essential for industry future

New Zealand is currently in one of the longest and strongest periods of growth in residential construction in our history. The challenges inherent in delivering […]

NZ could look at overseas skills mindset

  First, some cliches. The working world is changing fast. Technology is accelerating the pace of change and today’s jobs aren’t the same as yesterday’s. […]

It’s proven — it pays to train!

  BCITO research proves that training apprentices generates profit by conducting an in-depth research project that showed that for every $1 spent on training a […]

Back In Time

20 years ago: • Materials used by Registered Master Builders in new home building were going to need formal appraisal certificates from September 1997 if […]

New Passport options to be launched

Site Safe has designed a new range of courses which are tailored to specific health and safety topics, so trainees will now have even more […]

2016 NZIA winners announced

  The 2016 New Zealand Architecture Awards were announced at an event in Wellington recently.  Twenty-eight buildings and structures won honours in the leading architectural […]

Judges thrilled with calibre of Timber Design Award entries

  Entries have closed for the 2017 Timber Design Awards, and judges are delighted with the innovation displayed and quality exhibited in the entries, NZ […]

New Zealand’s top apprentice electricians named

  Two bright sparks from Auckland have taken out the 2016 Electrical Apprentice of the Year competition (the Master Electricians Challenge), the country’s toughest contest […]

Details revealed of new 1200-home development for South Auckland

Work is expected to get underway soon on the first stage of a significant new residential neighbourhood of more than 1200 homes on the edge […]

The problem of cash flow

  This month’s story could be a sad one, is most certainly a very common one, has broken many families and partnerships, is totally avoidable […]

Safe danger

  Architect Philip Johnson introduced the principle of “safe danger” into his designs. He would design steps fostering a sense of imbalance or unease. He […]

Construction Contracts Act 2002 — Are resubmitted invoices capable of being payment claims?

  This decision was a claim that started as a summary judgment application in the District Court where summary judgment was declined. It ended up […]

New Zealand’s land supply and affordability crisis. Where to from here?

  One of the resounding common themes at September’s Constructive NZ construction forum in Christchurch was the shortage of land. Nearly every participant I spoke […]

Learn the tools — AND the business

  Being a tradesman — although I haven’t lifted a hammer in anger for quite some time now — I can still remember back to […]

Senior school students offered great opportunities through Gateway

  Gateway is a programme funded by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) that enables secondary school students to experience real workplaces. Students gain work experience […]

Q & A: Some handy hints for construction sector graduates

Q: How do new graduates become aware of, or join, graduate programmes, and keep up to date with the latest graduate opportunities in the engineering […]

Hawkins’ learning journey — workforce diversification in the real world

  Hawkins is New Zealand’s largest privately-owned construction and infrastructure business, employing 750 people, with a projected revenue for 2016-17 of close to $1 billion. […]

New Zealand’s land supply and affordability crisis. Where to from here?

One of the resounding common themes at September’s Constructive NZ construction forum in Christchurch was the shortage of land. Nearly every participant I spoke to […]

Boom-bust strategies vital to keep apprentices

BCITO chief executive Warwick Quinn talks to Building Today, and explains the BCITO’s role in attracting more young people to the trade, and smoothing boom-bust […]

Construction on colourful Northland building may begin next year

The Northern Branch of the Auckland Registered Master Builders Association is fundraising to help get construction of the Hundertwasser Art Centre underway. Work on the […]

Life-changing 24 hours for 2016 Apprentice of the Year

Palmerston North’s Callum Bryson had an exciting 24 hours recently, being named the Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year and tying the […]