September 2012 Issue


Luxury Hamilton hotel gets the go-ahead

Construction of SkyCity Hamilton’s new $35 million 4.5-star hotel will begin by the end of the year, and the luxury 135-room facility will be completed […]

Project specialist scoops construction award

Christchurch project specialist Steven van der Pol of Arrow International has been awarded The New Zealand Institute of Building Medal. The Medal, presented by the […]

Fletcher Building commits to huge energy savings

Fletcher Building Ltd (FBL) is set to make significant energy savings after signing an agreement with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) to introduce […]

Colourful bridge wins top award

The clever red palette on the Clark Street Overbridge in Auckland by Architectus has been awarded top honours in the Resene Total Colour Awards for […]

Weathertight remediation: A quick introduction for builders

This is the second article in a series of articles based on a number of workshops on weathertight remediation for builders which the Building and […]

Back In Time


One of the mysteries of modern life is that a TV weather announcer can become an instant celebrity — assuming they are prepared to put […]

Are you a “developer”?

The definition of a “developer” is a critical issue because if an individual is labelled “developer”, they are said to then owe a non-delegable duty […]

Industry leadership and the skills dilemma

There is no doubt that the construction industry is still in a deep recession, with dwelling consent figures for one of the quarters of 2012 […]

ASB North Wharf — A Wynyard Quarter landmark for Auckland

ASB North Wharf occupies sites 22 and 23 in Wynyard Quarter on Auckland’s waterfront. Te Wero Lane, a prescribed public lane extending from Jellicoe Street […]

2008 winner has come a long way

Jarred Biggs has come a long way since winning the Auckland Registered Master Builder Carters 2008 Apprentice of the Year. The 26-year-old from Howick is […]

2012 Regional Supreme Award winners found

The 12 regional events for the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2012 House of the Year are now over, with 20 building companies from around the […]

Entries open for new commercial building awards

New Zealand’s newest commercial building awards — The New Zealand Commercial Project Awards — are underway, with entries open and sector interest growing. Recognising the […]

A culture of camaraderie

Back in 1898 when Registered Master Builders was formed, New Zealand’s pioneering builders must have possessed a fierce spirit of grit and determination to overcome […]

ITO review — theory does not equal practice in construction

As many of you may be aware the Government is undertaking a review of the Industry Training Organisation space. It is looking to rationalise the […]