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Whitianga apprentice wins Waikato

Whitianga apprentice wins Waikato

This year’s winner in the Waikato region was Aaron Blofield, employed by Brendo Builders in Whitianga.   One of Aaron’s major milestones in his apprenticeship has been taking charge of building a $1.2 million home.   In his spare time, Aaron has relocated and renovated a house that he lives in with his fiancé and two children.
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19/12/2008 - New guidance to help with building consent amendments

A Building Amendment Bill was introduced into Parliament earlier this year as one of the initiatives to help streamline the building consenting and approval system.   The Bill helps provide greater clarity on the requirements for considering and approving amendments to building consents, including distinguishing between “minor” and “major” variations to consented building work.   Until the Bill is further considered in Parliament and becomes law, the Departm...
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Discounts worth checking out

Workplace Safety Discounts are all about demonstrating good health and safety management practices, and are a great way to save 10% of an ACC work levy.   Using good health and safety management practices not only helps employees avoid injury, it can also help avoid the costs and hassles that usually come with it, such as staff absence, reduced productivity and official investigations.   The average “lost time injury” costs a business $4000.   To be eligible you ...
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NZS 3604:1999 to undergo major revision

Standards New Zealand is seeking feedback from stakeholders regarding parts of NZS 3604:1999 — the key Standard for building timber-framed houses in New Zealand — that need to be brought up to date.   Standards New Zealand will soon start a project to revise the Standard, and will be calling for nominations to the technical committee that will revise NZS 3604.   All feedback received from stakeholders will be collated and presented to the technical committee for discuss...
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Gateway package connects future apprentices

Gateway package connects future apprentices

The Gateway programme is a government-funded work placement initiative for secondary school students, designed to strengthen the pathway from school into the workplace.   Year 11 to 13 students can take part in the Gateway programme, gaining new skills and knowledge through work experience in their local community.   The BCITO has developed a Carpentry Gateway Package for the programme, tailor-made for students interested in entering a career in construction. The package simulates,...
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