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Initiative aims to improve leadership and productivity

The New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development estimates that New Zealanders are 30% less productive than Australians! The council says this is a fact echoed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development whose recent measures of labour productivity show New Zealand to be fourth from the bottom of a league table of comparable nations. The construction sector is one of the largest and most important in the economy, employing more than 7% of the workforce, and represents a...
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NZRAB provides architectural practice search resource

The New Zealand Registered Architect’s Board has launched a new facility by which the public can check if firms offering architectural services actually employ Registered Architects or not. The initiative reflects concern that too often the public employs firms to design houses or other buildings without knowing whether or not Registered Architects will be responsible for the work done. Board chair Ron Pynenburg says up to half the complaints the Board receives turn out to be about peo...
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CIC welcomes government's DIY initiatives

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has welcomed new building regulations announced recently by Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones that clarify what work DIYers and licensed builders can undertake. The Government had earlier revealed proposals for a new licensed building practitioners scheme, which is set to become compulsory in November 2010. However, that announcement had triggered confusion about what home building tasks would require a licensed builder and what could be d...
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Twelve month blitz sees TAs undertake accreditation

In the space of a year, all 79 applicants for building consent authority accreditation have gone through a full International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) assessment to meet the requirements of the Building (Accreditation of Building Consent Authorities) Regulations 2006. This is the first time that such a large number of organisations have completed the IANZ assessment process in less than 12 months. IANZ chief executive Llew Richards says a dedicated team of seven IANZ assessors has work...
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GANZ out to raise profile

In Asia, corrosion prevention is the essential factor in the economic utilisation of steel. To bring this message to Kiwi users of steel in the construction and infrastructure fields, the Galvanising Association of New Zealand (GANZ) has embarked on a programme to raise its profile and the use of galvanizing. So it was that technical manager of the Galvanisers Association of Australia, Emmanuel Pimentel, presented seminars in Auckland and Christchurch in April on the galvanising process. Hi...
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Skills planning helps secure industry future

Meeting deadlines, liaising with clients and managing a successful business leaves most business owners with not enough time to keep track of national or regional economic indicators which may affect our industry and, more specifically, your business. We cannot escape media headlines filled with news of downturns and slumps, rising and lowering interest rates, inflation and consumer confidence — all of which may have a direct impact on your existing and potential clients, your suppliers...
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Injury increases risk of losing your business

Unless we change how we’re managing health and safety, at least 13 construction workers will lose their lives whilst at work this year. Do you want that to be you, a member of your staff, a contractor or a visitor to your site? No — of course you don’t! One fatality is one too many, and whilst you can’t put a value on a human life, you can imagine the impact that a serious accident or injury has on day-to-day activities and how you manage your business and, ultimately...
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