November 2018 Issue


Christchurch scoops Supreme Home and Renovation Awards

Christchurch has come out on top at this year’s Registered Master Builders 2018 House of the Year Awards, taking out the Supreme Awards with a […]

When tradie banter goes too far

By Tradie HR director Leigh Olsen   There have been a number of cases involving bullying, harassment and overt racism that I’ve been made aware […]

Mako incident unleashes the power of social media

By Bostik Gone Fishin presenter and Building Today columnist Graeme Sinclair   I recently received a reminder of the power of social media — in […]

What is KiwiBuild?

By Architect Don Bunting   I am hoping that KiwiBuild is more than just another government slogan or over-ambitious call to arms for the industry. […]

Supplier of construction materials entitled to issue a payment claim for future works

By Tim Bates and Sabina Boyd, Legal Vision   In this month’s article we wish to review the High Court decision of NMHB Ltd v […]

New ATT chief executive appointed

The Apprenticeship Training Trust (ATT) has appointed Michael Blanchard as chief executive officer. “We are very pleased to have Michael now leading ATT,” ATT chairman […]

BCITO: Diversity the key to construction success

Women make up just 2.6% of workers “on the tools” in New Zealand’s construction sector, and the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) says […]

The ‘saviours of our industry’ — what will work for them?

By Terry Sage, Trades Coaching New Zealand   They say don’t start a discussion with an apology — it’s neither polite nor good business etiquette. […]

Future-proofing industry training

By BCITO chief executive Warwick Quinn Current state The current number of trainees across all sub-sectors is not sufficient to meet existing labour force demand, […]

Timber Design professionals’ creativity honoured

Design professionals were honoured for their creativity and ingenuity at the 2018 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards evening in Auckland recently, which saw He Tohu […]

Back in Time

20 years ago — November 1998: • The building industry applauded the Government’s intention to reduce health and safety levies on employers to better reflect […]

Bigger isn’t always better!

By Generation Homes chief executive Kelvin Atkinson   Baby boomers sang along with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, made space in their living rooms […]

Developer: Clear the red tape and you’ll get 100,000 houses!

By Developer Peter Cooney, Classic Developments   There is no shortage of financiers wanting to invest in New Zealand housing developments. There is no shortage […]

Merger to shake up trans-Tasman project management sector

A merger of two of Australasia’s leading project management organisations, Xigo and TSA Management, looks set to shake up the sector on both sides of […]

New hazardous substances regulations about to take effect

On December 1, 2018, the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 will come into force, addressing the safe handling and management of […]

Site Safe: Spike in injuries cause for concern

The construction industry must take heed of an unexpected spike in serious injuries, Site Safe chief executive Brett Murray says. Figures released by Statistics NZ […]

Health and Safety Award winners announced

Businesses and individuals leading the way in health and safety have been recognised at the Site Safe Evening of Celebration, held at Alexandra Park in […]

Unsafe levels of lead found in readily available NZ tapware

Master Plumbers are calling for the Government to undertake an urgent comprehensive review of plumbing products sold in New Zealand following the “lead crisis” in […]

Regional manager appointed to lead RMBA company’s new strategic direction

Registered Master Builders company Leighs Construction’s market position in Auckland will be further strengthened with the recent arrival of new regional manager Greg Ford. Mr […]

Challenging work site proves no match for award winner

Hawkins Construction has proven its planning and building expertise, taking out a Gold Award and category win for the PlaceMakers Tourism and Leisure Project at […]

Four-year Queenstown home build wows judges

A J Saville Builder Ltd has demonstrated its construction know-how, winning a series of awards for its luxury Queenstown home. The build was awarded the […]

Hamilton renovation scores top award

Urban Homes has proven its building expertise, with its Hamilton renovation winning the Waikato Registered Master Builders 2018 Supreme Renovation of the Year. It also […]

Industry associations band together to offer practical advice

The Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA), the NZ Specialist Trade Contractors Federation (NZSTCF), and Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ) have come together to offer practical […]

Understanding construction procurement in NZ

By RMBA chief executive David Kelly   Recent high-profile failures of some of our largest construction companies have shone a light on poor procurement practice […]

Christchurch apprentice wins Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2018 Apprentice of the Year

Peter Ravn from Christchurch has been named the country’s top carpentry apprentice, taking out the title of Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2018 Apprentice of the […]

First micro-credential a big step forward for construction industry

A Whitianga-based kitchen installer has become the first New Zealander to achieve a micro-credential. The shorter, bite-sized learning achievements, which the Building Construction Industry Training […]

Uncovering the real cost of tertiary education

A new study uncovering the real cost of tertiary education clearly demonstrates that New Zealand’s industry training and apprenticeship system is the education sector’s hidden […]