October 2010 Issue


RMBF says downturn prediction has come to fruition

The Registered Master Builders Federation says the figures released recently by Statistics New Zealand confirm that the building sector is in danger of slipping back […]

Rebuilding Canterbury

The long and expensive rebuilding process to repair the structural and other damage in and around Christchurch sustained in the September 4 earthquake is under […]

Join the skills highway

Kiwi companies are making promising inroads into the country’s poor rate of adult literacy, and now there’s a web site to help others do the […]

Roof collapse — what can we learn?

A decade after its commissioning, sections of the $10 million Southland Stadium in Invercargill will have to be rebuilt extensively following the collapse of the […]

Major BRANZ upgrade expected to take 15 months

The construction of the $11.4m upgrade of the BRANZ research site has begun, with the Minister of Building and Construction Maurice Williamson recently turning the […]

Kiwi companies show leadership in workplace literacy training

Getting his first-ever dictionary at a Fulton Hogan graduation ceremony in Wellington in July was the icing on the cake for 39-year-old general hand Bruce […]

Limitation period for third party contribution

Overview On September 24, 2004, a leaky building claim was brought by the Body Corporate and unit owners of an apartment complex located at 8 […]

Seeing stars in Sydney

Visitors to Sydney who take time to explore the slopes above The Rocks may wish to direct their steps up Observatory Hill. At the summit […]

Partners in roofing solutions

Dimond and Ampelite have been providing natural lighting solutions to all building types for more than 10 years. The partnership is founded around Ampelite’s translucent […]

Pushing roofing limits to the max

When Foodstuffs and ProArch Architects of Palmerston North designed their new warehouse and decided to push the limits of roofing, they looked to Dimond and […]

Truly Remarkable People — Nga Iwi Tumeke

That’s the mission statement of the Remarkables Primary School, but it could just as easily be an apt description of the Kiwis who designed and […]

Emergency OCR reduction needed immediately

As predicted, the Reserve Bank’s July increase in the official cash rate (OCR) has taken the housing and productive sector into a perfect storm. A […]

Apprentices go outward bounding

A number of New Zealand’s leading carpentry apprentices have recently returned home from Outward Bound, a 21-day leadership programme in Anakiwa in the Marlborough Sounds. […]

New Zealand’s top renovations revealed

Judges are impressed with the high standard of entries in the Registered Master Builders 2010 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards. In […]

Security of payment — still on the agenda

As a result of submissions made to the Building Act Review by many in the industry, the Government has agreed to review the Construction Contracts […]

Solid support for the shaky south

What a busy month it has been, with action on all fronts at the RMBF! As you are all aware, the earthquake in Canterbury has […]

Time to get licensed

It has now been six months since the Government introduced a more streamlined approach to getting licensed if you already have one of the recognised […]