October 2014 Issue


Identifying asbestos in building materials now made easier

An International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ)-accredited rapid service to analyse building materials for asbestos has been made available by a Christchurch company. Following the Canterbury […]

NZ’s largest retail facility due for completion in October 2015

Development of New Zealand’s largest planned urban, business and retail facility — Westgate — is on track for completion in October 2015, and is set […]

Strong economy and subdued Australia boosts New Zealand’s job market

Positive business confidence and a strengthening local economy is helping to create a strong employment market, while flatter international job markets such as Australia are […]

Win a Warbirds flight!

Sika has launched a high powered promotion for its long-established range of PEF Rods, with the prize being an aerobatic warbird experience in a genuine […]

Building products’ environmental impact now on show

New Zealanders will be able to find out more about the environmental impact of various building products following the launch of a new programme that […]

Colourful projects win national awards

The winners of the annual Resene Total Colour Awards were announced in Auckland recently. The Resene Total Colour Awards were launched in 2010 to encourage […]

Demands of sensitive environment bring award recognition

A demanding hospital expansion project at Christchurch Hospital won local building company Leighs Construction top prize in the Health category and the $5 million – […]

Auckland branch honours veteran members, past presidents

The RMBA’s Auckland branch honoured its past presents and its oldest company memberships, including one — N Cole Ltd — which has been a continuous […]


Many people comment on the fact that you cannot predict business anymore. In the past or, the good old days as some still call them, […]

Generation why

A trait common to all recent generational groupings — Gen X, Gen Y and Gen Millennium — is that they tend to have a different […]

What constitutes a project manager?

Mr Sayles had been found liable as a project manager in the Weathertight Homes Tribunal and brought an appeal on the basis that the tribunal’s […]

Christchurch‚s Botanic Gardens visitor centre

It was by chance I stumbled across Christchurch’s first civic building to rise from the ashes of the quakes. I had been meandering alongside the […]

9000 building apprentices still not enough to meet growing demand

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) is experiencing unprecedented growth in new apprenticeships, but the construction industry still remains woefully short on skilled […]

Base isolation sets new standard in Christchurch

Even before Stephen Collins decided he was going to build in post-quakes Christchurch, he had selected steel for the structure of whatever was to be […]

Aussie’s falling from height solution practical and affordable

In my June column, I raised questions about the practicality and affordability of the current approach to falling from heights that is being imposed with […]

Meet the nine AOY finalists

Nine carpentry apprentices from up and down the country were set to compete for the title of Registered Master Builders Carters 2014 Apprentice of the […]

RMB 2014 House of the Year Gold Reserve National Finalists by region

AUCKLAND Master Build Services Renovation Award up to $250,000 Sika Homes Ltd for a home in Onehunga Future-Proof Building Renovation Award over $500,000 Absolute Building […]

Taking a lead in H&S!

The Government has made a strong statement about the importance of Health and Safety (H&S), and set a bold target of a 25% reduction in […]

Back In Time

20 years ago: The CLG consisted of representatives of the institutes of architects, quantity surveyors, builders and professionals and consulting engineers, as well as the […]