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Managing their way through the recession

NALCO has won the Westpac Manukau Business of the Year Supreme Award. The award was presented to managing director Ron Holden by Prime Minister John Key and Westpac business banking general manager Ian Blair.   A record number of entries made this the largest business awards event in New Zealand.   NALCO scored an awards hat-trick by also winning the Cogita Excellence in Innovation & Strategy Award for the work it has done in the development and commercialisation of unique alum...
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New assessment model for carpentry apprentices begins

New assessment model for carpentry apprentices begins

Times are changing with regard to the way the BCITO assesses the National Certificate in Carpentry.   Starting from their next session with their BCITO training advisor, apprentices completing the National Certificate in Carpentry will be assessed on their progress through the qualification by their training advisor, rather than by their employer, supervisor or company assessor.   BCITO chief executive Ruma Karaitiana says the change to the model is designed to streamline the asses...
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SCNZ conference enjoyed by all

SCNZ conference enjoyed by all

Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) members and their partners from around the country converged on New Zealand’s adventure tourism capital Queenstown for two days of meetings and events in September.   The Novotel Hotel situated on the lake front was the venue for the two-day gathering. Members and their partners were entertained and challenged by after-dinner speaker Rob Hamil with his humorous recounting of his Altantic rowing exploits.   Rob has a firm belief that with ...
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A tall steel story: The mezzanine that came through the window

A tall steel story: The mezzanine that came through the window

Now here is an amazing way to convert a “problem” inside space into an outstanding new office floor.   The brief may have seemed like “Mission Impossible” but all involved in the project found a solution with steel that sounds like a tall story. But it’s not — it’s an ingenious one!   The AMP Society building in Customhouse Quay, Wellington, is one of the city’s most significant and distinctive historic buildings, and carries a Catego...
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Tested in more ways than one

Tested in more ways than one

Last year’s national finalists in the Registered Master Builders Carters Apprentice of the Year found themselves physically and mentally challenged on an Outward Bound leadership programme — a tailor-made course that was part of their Apprentice of the Year prize package.   Waikato 2008 Apprentice of the Year Greg Thomson says the mental challenges were definitely the most testing part of his Outward Bound experience.   Greg, who works for Linmar Construction Ltd, atten...
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What's cooking?

What's cooking?

Because it’s often the most popular room in a home, creating an award-winning kitchen offers up a host of unique challenges for builders.   It’s this that inspires the Heart of the Home Kitchen Award in the Registered Master Builders House of the Year, in association PlaceMakers.   The award is one of four Lifestyle accolades in the competition — and every year at regional and national levels these awards are hotly contested.   The Heart of the Home Kitchen...
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