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Inmates progress house build for local family

Inmates progress house build for local family

Since August 8, a team of six Hawke’s Bay inmates have been “doing time” constructing a four-bedroom Habitat for Humanity house for the local Hungahunga-Repia family. This is the first time in New Zealand that an entire house has been constructed “inside the wire” of Hawke’s Bay Prison. Inmates from the prison’s rehabilitation section are constructing the house from the ground up. It is the eleventh home Habitat for Humanity Central North Island (C...
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Team highlights energy efficiency innovation overseas

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has congratulated Victoria University’s First Light team for its impressive achievement at the United States Department of Energy Solar Decathlon in Washington DC. The team gained third place overall, after being the first team from the southern hemisphere to qualify for the American college competition. “The student team has worked really hard, and this placing is well-deserved,” EECA chief executive Mike Underhill ...
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Construction industry remains uncertain

Uncertainty is driving New Zealand’s property and construction industry as it anxiously waits for the Christchurch rebuild to begin, according to the latest Construction Sentiment report by Davis Langdon, an AECOM company. The quarterly survey of industry decision-makers, conducted in June, found the sector continued to expect a considerable influx of work, with 75% of respondents in Christchurch anticipating work levels will rise over the coming year. Earthquake-related building app...
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Unemployed targeted as trainee scaffolders

The scaffolding industry is recruiting new trainees direct from the Limited Service Volunteer programme to help boost the workforce for Christchurch’s rebuild. The Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) programme is a six-week residential course for unemployed youth based at Burnham Military Camp. The course is funded by the Ministry of Social Development, run by the New Zealand Defence Force and supported by the New Zealand Police. It prepares young people for the workforce and for life. ...
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Partnership promotes faster consents turnaround

Partnership promotes faster consents turnaround

In a first for the country, a new private-public partnership will bring faster turnaround times for home building consents and a reduction in building inspections while still ensuring a top-notch product. In a ground-breaking partnership between the Hamilton City Council and Generation Homes, building consents will be issued within 48 hours and the number of required building inspections reduced considerably. The first building development from the elite partnership between Generation Ho...
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Young Mum already a double-winning project manager

Young Mum already a double-winning project manager

At just 27 and a Mum, Hayley Tribble is one of a few female project managers in the construction sector, yet already she’s won two New Zealand Institute of Building Awards for Excellence which recognise the best in the construction industry. In a male-dominated construction industry in a city facing so many challenges, it’s rare to meet someone with such a sound and settled career path. Ms Tribble’s recent win in the Highly Commended award for the Arrow International Quee...
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Forgotten lessons of the past

Forgotten lessons of the past

Following the Christchurch earthquakes, engineering experts have recommended replacing heavy tile roofs with lightweight metal roofing. Inspections revealed that extensive damage was caused to houses by chimneys falling through heavy tile roofs or by the tiles coming loose and falling, whereas metal roofing generally did not collapse under falling chimneys and was able to withstand the quakes themselves. That was one of the main findings of Wayne Brown, a trained civil/structural engineer ...
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Boucher officially opens Bunnings on North Shore

21st Warehouse outlet opened in New Zealand recently Bunnings Warehouse Glenfield was officially opened recently by Breakers and Tall Blacks star basketballer Dillon Boucher who unveiled the opening plaque and presented a $2000 donation to his chosen charity, the Basketball Development Trust. Complex manager Derek Powell says the 153 staff members have been overwhelmed by the interest in the store since it started taking shape six months ago, and by the support already shown by the community...
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PlaceMakers branch raises thousands for Prostate Cancer Foundation

PlaceMakers branch raises thousands for Prostate Cancer Foundation

It was a close shave for the guys from PlaceMakers and the chief executive of Fletcher Building on September 22 at the PlaceMakers Mt Wellington “Shave Off” to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. As part of PlaceMakers’ national support campaign for Blue September, Mt Wellington PlaceMakers branch manager Chris Fairbairn, PlaceMakers general manager of commercial Vaughan Grant and Fletcher Building chief executive Jonathan Ling were given “number ones&rdq...
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