September 2017 Issue


Another Warriors season goes down the gurgler

By Radio Sport Breakfast co-host Kent Johns   It’s been another NRL season, and another season of expectation down the gurgler for the Warriors.   […]

Anyone out there with unquestionable business morals?

Are there any gentlemen with unquestionable morals left within the business world? One would certainly hope so, with a large scattering of ladies too, I […]

Being change ready

The title for this blog came from a talk given by the chief executive of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. In her view, being ready for […]

Construction Contracts Act 2002 — can a single payment schedule be used to answer two payment claims?

In this month’s article I wish to review the June 2017 decision of Lot 8 Investment Ltd v RPS Construction Ltd.   Background The applicant, […]

Got a Trade? Got it Made!

Young trainees and apprentices shared their success stories with keen young Kiwis during this year’s “Got a Trade? Got it Made!” week. Got a Trade […]

Back In Time

20 years ago: • Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) was exploring alternatives for its building products businesses, including whether to sell the businesses individually or as […]

It’s time to sort the pros from the cons

With the construction industry and housing activity showing little sign of slowing down, this exciting time of growth provides its own set of challenges. At […]

Cowboys ‘raided’ by investigators

There’s a new class of tradesmen cropping up in Auckland — fix-it men. No, not handymen who do odd jobs around the house — tradesmen […]

Ninety years manufacturing in NZ

This year marks 90 years of the manufacturing of GIB plasterboard in New Zealand. Since 1927, kiwi designers, builders, installers and stoppers have enjoyed the […]

G J Gardner tops residential building list

Franchised group house builder G J Gardner is New Zealand’s top residential building company, erecting 1462 new houses in the past year. BCI New Zealand […]

New Zealand Architecture Awards finalists announced

Fifty-one projects have been shortlisted in New Zealand’s leading architecture awards programme.  The finalists in the New Zealand Architecture Awards are located at sites around […]

National Party construction policy outlined . . .

Q1: How do you intend to tackle the housing affordability problem? In your opinion, what is the biggest factor affecting this problem? The key to […]

Humbled Palmerston North building apprentice wins Central North Island award

Atigiapa ‘Tingy’ Meyrick from Isles Construction was overwhelmed when he was awarded first place at the Central North Island Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice […]

Winning hearts and minds for factory-built homes

Design-and-build company Box has opened its first dedicated off-site production facility in an industrial space in West Auckland. The 900sq m factory in Henderson occupies […]

New Zealand’s top 100 home builds announced

One hundred of the best home builds in New Zealand have been named as National Gold Reserve Finalists in the Registered Master Builders 2017 House […]

Search now on for the best commercial builds in NZ

Entries are now open for the 2018 New Zealand Commercial Project Awards. This prestigious awards programme, run by the Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA), sets […]

Tradies go blue to save lives in September

Ordinary Kiwi blokes put aside their pride recently and donned blue hair, toenails, lucky undies and other blue-hued trinkets as PlaceMakers kicked off its support […]

Skills training — the future must change

By BCITO chief executive Warwick Quinn Fact: The number of construction trainees will be insufficient to meet forecast demand. Fact: We must do something different […]

What the banks don’t tell you!

By Building Today columnist Mike Fox   I was fortunate enough to attend a presentation by world-renowned financial commentator John Kay in Auckland that was […]

Constructive puts key issues into global context

By RMBA chief executive David Kelly New Zealand’s building and construction industry came together in August at the second “all-of-industry” Constructive Forum. While last year’s […]

School of Architecture and Planning celebrates first 100 years

The School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland is celebrating its centenary in September with a series of events, including exhibitions, a […]

Redevelopment on cards for key Takapuna site

Public consultation opened recently on the proposed change of use for the Anzac Street car park in the beachside suburb of Takapuna on Auckland’s North […]

Construction industry develops practical plan at “all-of-industry” forum

The Constructive Forum, hosted by the Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA), is the only “all of industry” forum, bringing together the entire supply chain with […]

Christchurch treasure restored to former glory

A much-treasured historic theatre has been lovingly resurrected through a meticulous and imaginative restoration effort. Christchurch’s February 2011 earthquake left the Isaac Theatre Royal shattered […]

Talented Oamaru tradie nails regional competition

Ben Bringans of Banks Building Services Ltd was ecstatic when he was awarded first place at the Southern Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2016 Apprentice of […]

Seamless renovation wins regional Supreme Award

A challenging but successful renovation has resulted in a Supreme Award for Stewart Hanna Ltd at the Waikato Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the […]

Supreme Waikato House of the Year ‘the whole package’

Outstanding workmanship and attention to detail resulted in a multitude of awards for J A Bell Building Ltd at the Waikato Registered Master Builders 2017 […]

Significance of industry cannot be overstated

RMBA president Simon Barber welcomed delegates to the second Constructive Forum with a thought-provoking speech that addressed a number of issues facing the sector.    […]

buildnz designex 17 — the biggest show in years

More than 5000 builders, designers, architects and safety specialists attended three busy days exploring the latest product innovations and new technologies shaping the future of […]