September 2014 Issue


Back in Time

20 years ago: Main contractor Fletcher Construction began pouring foundations and erecting steel columns in place for the six levels of car parking which were […]

Word power

Over the past three years I have spent a few hours each week during term time helping Year 9 secondary school students appreciate the power […]

Assignment of claimants’ rights to council considered to be meddling with statutory joint tortfeasor

This case considered whether an assignment of the plaintiffs’ litigation rights to the Auckland City Council was void for being against public policy. Facts The […]

Building a clear path to the future

The end of the school year is looming and, in the current environment, builders are feeling much more confident about the future. The construction industry […]

Building booms — a bonanza or potential graveyard for builders?

It is often naively said that builders make a fortune in the boom times. If that’s the case, why is it that so many builders […]

Apprentices go from strength to strength

Judging for the regional Registered Master Builders Carters 2014 Apprentice of the Year events is now complete, and judges say the quality of entries is […]

New director joins Master Build Services

Master Build Services Ltd (MBS) is pleased to announce that Wayne Besant, chief executive of AIA New Zealand, will being joining their Board of Directors. […]

Don’t pass on passing on knowledge!

Over the past couple of months I have been travelling around the country presenting awards to the winners of the regional Apprentice of the Year […]

Housing affordability in the spotlight

For the past year or so, housing has been shaping up as one of the major election issues for 2014. Over the past few decades […]

Subcontractor guarantees to assume greater value

New measures aimed at improving building work done in New Zealand and protecting consumers will reinforce the value of contractors with a quality assurance brand, […]

Home to be auctioned to help raise money for Make-A-Wish

The Rodney franchise holder for GJ Gardner Homes has opened the doors to its new Rodney-based house that has been specially built to raise money […]

buildnz an industry winner for Canterbury

The organisers of Canterbury buildnz designex have been inundated with positive feedback from more than 2300 architects, designers, specifiers, builders and related trade attendees, and […]

9000 building apprentices still not enough to meet growing demand — BCITO

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

AUT’s state-of-the-art building brings campus together

The revolutionary Sir Paul Reeves Building has not only connected the physical environment, but also provided new interactive social spaces at the Auckland University of […]

First-ever evolution series show home opened at Queenstown

Award-winning Registered Master Builders Association member Rilean Construction recently unveiled its first energy-efficient evolution series show home in Queenstown, showcasing the company’s sustainable home building […]

Acting on the warning signs . . .

I am happy to report that I have had no calls from anyone regarding my last two articles — which is extremely good news, if […]