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Local AoY events finding national finalists

Local AoY events finding national finalists

Local Apprentice of the Year events are being held in 10 regions around New Zealand throughout September and early October in the lead-up to the national Registered Master Builders 2009 Apprentice of the Year, in association with Carters. The 10 regional winners will be announced at these awards evenings and will then gather in Wellington to compete for the national Apprentice of the Year title on October 22. Remaining events (smart casual dress required) are: • Upper South Island 1...
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Innovative ideas lead to success

Innovative ideas lead to success

Innovative ideas led to success for Christchurch’s Metzger Builders Ltd (MBL), when they took out the National Award in the Nulook Builder’s Own Home category in the Registered Master Builders 2008 House of the Year, in association with PlaceMakers. MBL owner Mark Metzger says the primary focus for the home was to be innovative and try out some new approaches. “We wanted to challange new ideas fresh to the market, offering clients an insight into what we are capable of achi...
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Double whammy for Exebuild

Double whammy for Exebuild

Ezebuild Ltd of Nelson saw double at last year’s Registered Master Builders 2008 House of the Year when they took out two national awards for a show home in Tasman — the James Hardie Show Home Award and the Mico Bathrooms Excellence Award. With the support of principal sponsor PlaceMakers, the awards celebrate quality, workmanship and excellence in design, something Ezebuild consistently delivers on. Ezebuild Ltd owner Paul Richards says he puts the success of the property down t...
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Livingstone staff go topless for charity

Livingstone staff go topless for charity

Waikato Registered Master Builder company, Livingstone, was established in 1947 and is well known for its “Excellence in Construction” throughout the region. Recently, the company branched away from its core skills in construction and into the unknown realm of modelling to raise money for Hospice Waikato — and had a lot of fun along the way. ‘Men of Livi’ The idea for a “Men of Livi” calendar showing builders posing in their work gear was mooted...
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 Red tape relief in sight at last

Red tape relief in sight at last

Consumers will have greater confidence in the competence of builders and the quality of new homes under a package of measures unveiled by the Government last month. Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson says the industry needs a better way of getting the job done right first time. “We want builders to be able to get on with the job, and we want to give consumers the confidence that who they hire will do a good job.” The Minister released two significant and con...
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Federation sees a more positive outlook

The RMBF is pleased to see that new housing consent numbers are continuing to slowly trend upwards. RMBF chief executive Warwick Quinn says the latest building consent figures are a reflection on the level of enquiry members have been experiencing over the past four to five months, and are tentative signs that the industry is beginning what will probably be a long road to recovery. “We’ve been seeing small incremental rises in the new build consent numbers since early this year...
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Licensing and restricted building work FAQs

All you need to know: The lowdown on licensing and restricted building work Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson unveiled significant industry initiatives earlier this year, involving: • the terms of reference for a review of the Building Act 2004, which is designed to cut red tape in the building consenting process, and • changes to the licensed building practitioners scheme which aims to raise skill levels among tradespeople.
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