September 2016 Issue


Be up front and straight with your clients

I don’t know about your little piece of paradise, but all over mine — on street corners, grass verges, just about anywhere — we have […]


I recently read the biography of Steve Wozniak — titled somewhat coyly iWoz. A self-proclaimed genius — he was quick to tell us that his […]

Modular home — letter of credit and status of deposit paid

Proceedings were issued by Ecotech to set aside a statutory demand that had been issued against it by one of its clients, Mr Baumann (Mr […]

Got a Trade Week raises awareness of careers in trades and services

Got a Trade Week returned to schools and communities in August to raise awareness of careers that exist in 140 trades and services in New […]

The National Construction Pipeline Report — a valuable industry tool

In July of this year, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Enterprise (MBIE) released a useful and enlightening report to do with understanding the national […]

Installing and maintaining gas appliances

Whether putting in a gas fireplace, water heating, oven, cooktop or heating system, you must always hire a licensed gasfitter — experts who will make […]

App technology puts illegal operators behind the eight ball

The clampdown on unauthorised plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying work in the construction industry continues. As part of the Plumbing Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board’s (PDGB’s) increased […]

New way forward for Continuing Professional Development

A new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) system for plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers has been developed which took effect this year. While there were many good […]

Back In Time

  20 years ago: • The NZMBF “absolutely suppported” the New Zealand Employers Federation advertising campaign promoting the benefits the Employment Contracts Act had brought […]

Quality systems for ready mixed concrete plants

The recently released National Construction Pipeline Report 2016 paints a bright picture for the New Zealand building industry across the duration of its forecast period […]

$24 million investment in Auckland housing a step in right direction

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) says the Government’s move to invest $24.4 million into more affordable housing in Auckland will provide a good starting foundation. The […]

Classroom air quality study due

Many New Zealand classrooms are housed in older buildings with poor insulation and lacking adequate heating and ventilation. Compounding this situation is the Ministry of […]

Rebuild of historic library a triumph

An uncompromising commitment to faithful restoration, despite numerous challenges, means that Christ’s College Hare Memorial Library has been reinstated to its former glory. There are […]

Registered Master Builders 2016 House of the Year National Gold Reserve Finalists — by region

AUCKLAND Master Build Services Renovation Award up to $250,000 Coleman Quality Builders Ltd for a home in Northcote Renovation Award over $500,000 Glover Homes Ltd […]

Winning apprentice found unexpected passion for the building industry

Jake Pardoe of M & M Tibbles Construction was over the moon when he was awarded first place at the Hawkes Bay East Coast Registered […]

News from the CEO’s desk

New painting guarantee An initiative I am delighted to see come to fruition is the launch of a new guarantee by the Master Painters Association. […]

RLAB will ‘bring ground-breaking RMA to its knees’

Environmental law firm Berry Simons is deeply concerned about the Government’s planned changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA), warning that the Act is nearing […]

From abandoned eyesore to striking Queenstown gateway

The first stage of the NZ$130 million Five Mile Retail Centre development at the gateway to Queenstown has begun welcoming residents and visitors alike, converting […]