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Predictions confirmed

The Registered Master Builders Federation says the figures released recently by Statistics New Zealand confirm their own predictions last month that the recovery being experienced in the new housing sector was unlikely to be sustained in the short term. This was due to Government announcements signalling a removal of depreciation on investment properties and the potential ring fencing of losses. Figures show the number of new housing units fell by 8.3% in March (excluding apartments) when ad...
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Strategy group to address issues

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson has welcomed the construction industry’s move to establish a high-level strategy group to address industry-wide issues. “I understand construction industry leaders have been planning to establish a body for some time and the announcement of the establishment of this group recently follows considerable work on its structure and composition,” Mr Williamson says. The construction industry strategic group will initially co...
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Building a simple house just got easier

Aspiring home owners should now find it quicker and cheaper to build a simple home thanks to a new guide for streamlined consenting launched by Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson. “For the first time, all the information needed to design a simple house, including compliance requirements and building standards, has been brought together in one place,” Mr Williamson says. “The Simple House Acceptable Solution document is a guide to building innovative, affo...
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Milestone Homes: 'Give investors some answers'

Milestone Homes: 'Give investors some answers'

Milestone Homes general manager Stephen Murray has slammed the government for fuelling insecurity among property investors, warning it will increase pressure for housing demand.Mr Murray says for months now the Government has been tipping changes to the way property investment is taxed. “Its failure to provide any clear direction about those changes has damaged confidence in the market.” His comment comes in the wake of a dramatic fall in the number of building consents authorised ...
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Outward Bound experience lives on for scholarship winner

Outward Bound experience lives on for scholarship winner

Six months on from his Outward Bound experience, and Tyrone Parson, winner of a BCITO Specialist Trades Outward Bound Scholarship, is still reaping the benefits of his experience. “My boss says he’s seen a positive change in my attitude towards work, and even my parents have noticed the improvement,” Tyrone says. “It has definitely enhanced my confidence in the work place, so that’s got to be a good thing!” Tyrone, who works for Pettefar Tiling on the Kap...
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Fabrication collaboration achieves excating export delivery

Fabrication collaboration achieves excating export delivery

Last year, as part of the environmental emissions upgrade of the Societe le Nickel (SLN) smelter in Noumea, the structures and mechanical air ducting for two projects (the Shaking and Bessemer Projects) were designed in, and procured from, New Zealand for shipment and erection in New Caledonia. New Caledonia is a small country with a population of about 250,000. With the construction of two other major industrial projects under way at the time, fabrication capacity in the country was limited....
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Building his interest

Building his interest

Joe Dobson, winner of the Registered Master Builders 2008 Apprentice of the Year in association with Carters, has recently returned from the National Tradesman’s Expo in Australia — a business-to-business exhibition specifically dedicated to tradesmen, contractors, subcontractors, owner-operators and serious DIY handymen. As part of winning the national Apprentice of the Year competition, Joe was given the opportunity to attend a trade show of his choice. We had a chat to Joe abo...
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National first

National first

Richard Fairbairn, owner and operator of Wanaka-based David Reid Homes (Central) Ltd, was thrilled to take out his company’s first national award in the Registered Master Builders 2009 House of the Year, in association with PlaceMakers. “We’ve entered a home and won at a regional level every year since our first entry in 1995. This time we’ve hit the jackpot and taken out the national Outdoor Living Award,” Mr Fairbairn says. The Outdoor Living Award is given to...
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From amateur to expert

From amateur to expert

Building started out as a hobby for Paul Richards, owner of Ezebuild and Contemporary Homes, but it has since become his passion. His recent building accolade is testament to this. Mr Richards won the PlaceMakers Renovation over $500,000 category, and the PlaceMakers Bathroom Excellence Award in the  Registered Master Builders 2009 House of the Year, in association with PlaceMakers. However, Nelson-based Mr Richards readily admits building was not his first career choice. He started out ...
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RMBF Board for 2010

RMBF Board for 2010

The 2010 RMBF AGM at the Federation’s recent annual conference saw the welcoming of Blair Cranston as the new RMBF president, David Fabish the new vice-president and two new board members — Greg Pritchard and John Macdonald. It was also time to say farewell and thank you to outgoing president Brent Mettrick, and Leno Federico from the board. Mr Pritchard has 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, and is currently general manager, building for Fletcher Constructi...
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