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BCITO develops workplace assessor training programme

BCITO develops workplace assessor training programme

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) has developed a programme for BCITO workplace assessors based on achieving unit Standard 4098 Use standards to assess candidate performance.   The BCITO Workplace Assessor Training programme is suitable for all workplace assessors operating in the construction industry, whether it is in a specialist trade or carpentry. The programme was developed to meet industry needs and, since its introduction, has made a marked diffe...
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A natural alternative to polyurethane

A natural alternative to polyurethane

If you are looking for a beautiful natural finish for timber, Bio Paints Hard Varnish could be the answer.   It is a natural alternative to polyurethane that enhances timber floors and surfaces, and protects against water-marking and stains from spills.   The product looks very much like an oil finish, but with the addition of a blend of tree resins and waxes in the varnish it outperforms a simple oil finish.   It is not a plastic coating yet is still a hard and elastic fini...
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Windows and doors: A quick production tour

Windows and doors: A quick production tour

Do you know how windows and doors are created?   Probably not! In fact, if you are a builder your main concern is probably to have the right size window fitting comfortably into the space. Or if you are an architect your commitment is to the aesthetic, pushing window boundaries to the limit on occasion!   So how does the not so humble window begin?   It begins as raw mined ore — bauxite — and is refined into alumina (aluminium oxide). Alumina is shipped as a whit...
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Grand home captures the dream

Grand home captures the dream

Builders often say that capturing the client’s dream is the key to success in building. But for Auckland builders Nigel and Jackie Benton, of NM and JN Benton Ltd, capturing their very own dream was the key to success in winning the Nulook Builder’s Own Home Award in the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2006 House of the Year.   Having taken out the same national title in 2003, Nigel and Jackie this time set out to capture their dream of a grand home with impressive road...
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Award-winning community living

Award-winning community living

Paraparaumu-based Cox & Sweetman Builders knows just what it takes to build top quality homes for the elderly and retired community.   Its entry in last year’s Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers House of the Year won the Housing New Zealand Community Development Award.   The three-unit property for Metlifecare Coastal Villas, located in the heart of the Kapiti Coast, was designed by Peter Davis Architecture. Great care was taken to ensure the units blended in with the...
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Tales from Waikato

Tales from Waikato

By all accounts the Waikato Awards dinner was a fabulously fun night. Kerre Woodham entertained the crowd in the role of MC and the award-winning builders celebrated their successes, but it was 85-year-old Tom Hodgson, a former builder and Life Member of the Waikato Registered Master Builders Association, who charmed the crowd.   Tom, who some describe as a “local celebrity” and “sharp as a tack”, was asked by the association to present the Life Members Award for W...
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