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RMBF says construction in recession — again

The Registered Master Builders Federation says while consent figures for new dwellings showed an increase for the 2010 year compared to the 2009 year, the current trend is one of decline. The year ending figures released recently by Statistics New Zealand confirm that the number of consents issued for new dwellings (excluding apartments) in 2010 rose by 13% on 2009. RMBF chief executive Warwick Quinn says while the annualised figures are better than 2009, this is still the second lowest annu...
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English couple begins the Queenstown sustainable eco-home revolution

English couple begins the Queenstown sustainable eco-home revolution

Multi award-winning Registered Master Builders construction company Rilean Construction has recently sold its first energy efficient sustainable Evolution Series home, just weeks after launching the concept in Queenstown. First to sign on the dotted line for an eco-home to be built at their Mystery Grove property in Lake Hayes was English couple Mark and Jackie Burston, who recently moved to the resort from Wellington. They chose to build a 175sq m, three-bedroom, two-bathroom, two living an...
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Prison-trained worker now an ‘asset to company’

‘Honesty greatly appreciated’ Prisoners completing industry-recognised national qualifications in crane operation and concrete skills at the Auckland Prison pre-cast concrete yard are being provided with “great training”, according to an Auckland structural steel company. “Brandon, an ex-prisoner, applied for a job with us, along with seven other applicants. He was completely open in regard to where he had received his training and how much experience he had,&rd...
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HireQuip acquires Scissor Platforms Ltd

Tasman Capital Partners investee, Pacific Equipment Solutions, has announced the acquisition of Scissor Platforms Ltd’s business and assets as part of its growth and product extension plan in New Zealand to further service and support infrastructure and construction sectors. HireQuip chairman Garry Woods says the company is committed to providing customers safe, cost-effective equipment hire solutions with the right equipment to support the infrastructure and construction markets. &l...
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Spectacular museum of old and new art opens

Spectacular museum of old and new art opens

MONA built to shock and offend’ Australia’s largest private museum, the spectacular $75 million Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), was officially opened in Tasmania last month. The development is quite unlike any Australia or the world has known — it is a three-level subterranean concrete and corten steel development with more than 6000sq m of gallery space. It is comparable in size to the Broad Contemporary Art Museum on the Los Angeles Contemporary Art Museum campus, th...
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Leaky home financial assistance package a ‘waste of time’

In a bid to prevent the passing of legislation that will potentially destroy the lives of thousands of New Zealanders, advocate for leaky home owners Steven McAneney has extended a plea to all home owners to stop the Financial Assistance Package (FAP) bill for leaky home owners in its tracks. “The bill is a complete waste of time” Mr McAneney says. “It is also a travesty of justice. Rather than looking after home owners, the Government is looking after its money-laundering c...
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NZ industry facing slight decline

Residential building and infrastructure construction picking up the slack from non-residential sector The total value of building authorisations in New Zealand is estimated to fall by 5% for the year ended March 2011 due to a downturn in non-residential building, according to leading industry analyst and economic forecaster BIS Shrapnel. BIS Shrapnel’s Building and Construction in New Zealand 2010/11 – 2016 report found the decline in non-residential building can be attributed ...
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The year of the Licensed Building Practitioner

The year of the Licensed Building Practitioner

The countdown is on! From March 2012 onwards, only Licensed Building Practitioners (LBPs) will be able to undertake or supervise restricted building work. Which means that the coming year will be critical for those involved in the New Zealand construction industry to ensure they are prepared for what are historic changes to the way the industry is run. Building Today presents the first in a series of articles that will look at what builders need to do to become licensed, as well as profiling bu...
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English couple begins the Queenstown sustainable eco-home revolution

English couple begins the Queenstown sustainable eco-home revolution

Multi award-winning Registered Master Builders construction company Rilean Construction has recently sold its first energy efficient sustainable Evolution Series home, just weeks after launching the concept in Queenstown. First to sign on the dotted line for an eco-home to be built at their Mystery Grove property in Lake Hayes was English couple Mark and Jackie Burston, who recently moved to the resort from Wellington. They chose to build a 175sq m, three-bedroom, two-bathroom, two living ...
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