September 2009 Issue


Local AoY events finding national finalists

Local Apprentice of the Year events are being held in 10 regions around New Zealand throughout September and early October in the lead-up to the […]

Innovative ideas lead to success

Innovative ideas led to success for Christchurch’s Metzger Builders Ltd (MBL), when they took out the National Award in the Nulook Builder’s Own Home category […]

Double whammy for Exebuild

Ezebuild Ltd of Nelson saw double at last year’s Registered Master Builders 2008 House of the Year when they took out two national awards for […]

Disputes Tribunal — more dollars at stake

On 1 August the limit on claims to the Disputes Tribunal doubled to $15,000 and, by agreement, to $20,000. However, the way claims are decided […]

Livingstone staff go topless for charity

Waikato Registered Master Builder company, Livingstone, was established in 1947 and is well known for its “Excellence in Construction” throughout the region. Recently, the company […]

Yes Minister!

This government has been in place for nine months. I for one, till now, have been a critic of the lack of result in the […]

Big changes coming to New Zealand construction industry

The Government has made a number of announcements recently that have the potential to significantly change the landscape in the residential construction sector. The terms […]

Red tape relief in sight at last

Consumers will have greater confidence in the competence of builders and the quality of new homes under a package of measures unveiled by the Government […]

Federation sees a more positive outlook

The RMBF is pleased to see that new housing consent numbers are continuing to slowly trend upwards. RMBF chief executive Warwick Quinn says the latest […]

Licensing and restricted building work FAQs

Restricted building work What will constitute restricted building work? Restricted building work will apply to design and building work critical to the integrity of a […]

Leaky buildings: Council fails to escape liability

Background The plaintiffs, Peter and Patrick McNamara, purchased a home in Arney Crescent, Remuera, Auckland, soon after its completion in 2004. It became apparent shortly […]

Cambridge High wins building challenge for third year running

A group of students from Cambridge High School has won the national BCITO 2009 Build-Ability Challenge for a toilet they built for Te Awamutu Cemetery. […]

Steel’s part in NZ’s most sophisticated office tower

The $200 million Deloitte Centre at 80 Queen Street Auckland will open in October 2009. It is a brilliant junction between old and new, blending […]

What part did steel play in the best of the best?

Wellington’s Chews Lane Precinct — Supreme Winner and Excellence Awards Winner Construction of Chews Lane Precinct took place in a challenging urban environment, with very […]

Steel rises to an enormous logistical challenge

The $25million Newmarket Rail Station, Auckland’s second busiest train station after Britomart, is due to open by 2010. Newmarket Rail Station is a critical part […]

Space management vital at design stage

In modern times we tend to have more belongings, which is why Space Management is so important when future proofing a home. Changes to lifestyle […]