October 2016 Issue


MAXRaft celebrates business success and ‘year of recognition’

  Queenstown-based company MAXRaft has been recognised as Queenstown’s top up-and-coming business at the 2016 Westpac Queenstown Chamber Business Awards. The award-winning company took home […]

What’s in a name?

  There are no penguins in the column this month, the reason being the editor called me before the last magazine went to print and […]

False memory

  We are aware that memories fade as time goes by. And recent research has shown that a more significant issue is that people, particularly […]

Leaky schools — can the Minister of Education sustain a negligence claim against CHH?

  This claim arose from the Government’s use of a cladding product known as Shadowclad in schools throughout New Zealand. This product was manufactured by […]

Gisborne school named Build-Ability Supreme Winner

  Lytton High School has been named the Supreme Winner of the 2016 BCITO Build-Ability Challenge. The Gisborne school picked up three of the four […]

Acquisition will provide strong design and workflow solutions in Australasia

  Central Innovation Ltd and Cadimage Group Ltd has announced an agreement in which Central Innovation has acquired 100% of the assets of Cadimage Group […]

Global software giant honours Len Lye Centre’s technology-led collaboration

  Global architectural software firm Graphisoft has honoured the leading-edge technological capabilities of New Zealand architects Patterson Associates by designating the firm’s Len Lye Centre […]

‘SaaS’ solution reduces workflow duplication

  Building takes time and time always equates to money. So to save time and money, we look to “systems” to simplify processes. Systems come […]

BIM initiatives critical to the construction sector

  The New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS) is pleased with recent Building Information Modelling (BIM) offshore initiatives gaining creditable traction, but want to see […]

Find a career — speed dating-style!

  Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) teamed up with Got A Trade to offer a unique opportunity — Speedmeet — for career seekers […]

Bottom plate packers saving companies a lot of money

  A “ridiculously simple” product is now saving many group home builders a lot of money. So says Alan Dick of Hiandri Solutions Ltd, makers […]

Back In Time

20 years ago: • Consideration was being given to excluding from the Master Build Services (MBS) five-year new home guarantee any products or materials used […]

Breaking stereotypes — are we there yet?

  Pay gap differences between males and females has become a topic of conversation again recently, with Australian Taxation Office figures showing males out-earned their […]

It’s time to talk safety

  You may not realise it, but one of simplest and most powerful tools for improving workers’ health and safety is free, convenient and easy-to-use […]

Initiative delivers independent audits

  Site Safe and Wellington Master Builders have partnered up for a series of proactive health and safety audits around Wellington. The free audits were […]

Jasmax wins national business award

  New Zealand’s largest design practice Jasmax has won the AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards honour in the Large Business category. The AUT Excellence […]

Auckland held to ransom by appeals

  The time has come to take action with the Auckland Unitary Plan and move on, according to Property Council Auckland Branch president  Phil Eaton. […]

New world-leading beverage plant opens

  Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand has unveiled its new state-of-the-art Keri juice manufacturing plant — the largest in New Zealand at 10,000 square metres — […]

Steel industry makes quality certification compulsory

  The Steel Fabricator Certification (SFC) qualification will soon be mandatory for all Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) fabricator members. Launched in 2014, SFC is […]

Introducing the 2016 Apprentice of the Year finalists

  The future leaders of New Zealand’s construction industry are preparing for a showdown at the Registered Master Builders Carters 2016 Apprentice of the Year […]

Third Supreme Award for Manawatu renovators

  Phil Round of Avenue Construction Ltd was delighted when he found out his Palmerston North home was named the Manawatu Wanganui & East Coast […]

A family affair for ‘surprised’ winner

  Richard Sexton of Richard Sexton Builders Ltd was elated when he found out his Masterton home was named the Wellington Wairarapa Registered Master Builders […]

Heritage build for city icon

  After substantial earthquake strengthening, an Italian-styled restaurant adorns the ground floor of a much-loved city building at Dunedin’s St Clair beach. Located in arguably one […]

RMBA ready to play part in taking industry forward

For the first time in New Zealand a couple of weeks ago, the construction industry held a conference where the whole of the industry was […]

NZ’s first pod hotel launched in Christchurch

The first in a multi-million dollar chain of pod hotels opened in Christchurch recently. The new 271 bed “micro accommodation” concept was launched by tourism […]

Construction sector moves towards greater collaboration

Constructive, the New Zealand Construction Industry Forum, was held from September 21-23 in Christchurch, bringing together key representatives from the industry to discuss issues facing […]

Obituary: Ashley Maurice Hartley 1948-2016

It was a huge shock to the New Zealand construction industry to hear of the death of Ashley Hartley while on holiday in the United […]

New president looking forward to meeting members around NZ

It was a great honour to be elected president of the RMBA during our recent conference in Christchurch. The conference took a different format this […]