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More fault info needed before rebuilding starts

The location and scale of potential faults under the Canterbury Plains must be understood before Christchurch pours billions of dollars into rebuilding, according to University of Canterbury geologist Mark Quigley. Both the September and February earthquakes occurred on faultlines that did not exist on GNS Science’s database. Dr Quigley says further unknown or “blind” faults could lie under Christchurch’s soil, and priority should be placed on creating an ultrasound-l...
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Quality design mark here now for homes of the future

A growing number of builders in New Zealand are now being asked to construct homes which work for all Kiwis — no matter their age, mobility or circumstances. That’s because over the next 30 years, New Zealand’s ageing population will grow dramatically, with many Kiwis preferring to stay in their homes rather than moving to residential facilities. However, the reality is that the design and construction of most New Zealand houses does not yet take into account this change in...
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Build and design event showcases industry’s best

buildnz designex 2011 is destined to be a huge showcase of the very best and latest on offer in the construction and design industries.  “Held every second year, the event will feature the best and brightest products and services for the building, design and construction sectors, including structural systems, hardware, tools, flooring, surface finishes, interiors, lighting, fine furnishings and textiles. For the first time in its history, the Registered Master Builders Federation&...
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Report on financial assistance package due next month

Parliament’s Local Government and Environment Select Committee is due to present a final report to Parliament on the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service (Financial Assistance Package) Amendment Bill on April 28. The Government’s financial assistance package for leaky home owners, announced in May last year, is due to be up and running some time this year, despite talks with the major banks dragging on. However, building materials manufacturer and distributor Fletcher Building n...
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Limitation periods

Limitation periods

Written By: Tim Bates and Chadleigh Danswan Tim Bates and Chadleigh Danswan of Auckland law firm Legal Vision consider the introduction of the Limitation Act 2010 and its impact on construction litigation in New Zealand.
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New home for brick and block and the masonry trades

The BCITO is pleased to welcome the trades of brick and blocklaying, masonry and monumental masonry into its official qualifications and training family. The start of 2011 saw the dissolution of the Creative Trades ITO (CTITO), the qualifications and training provider for brick and blocklaying, masonry, monumental masonry, sign making and painting. It has been an unsettling time for trainees and their employers within these industries and, because of this, the BCITO acted quickly to fill the...
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The Colorflo journey continues

Dimond is continuing to develop its new Colorlfo range, with the new 147 Fascia going from strength to strength. Sales continue to increase, and the company is receiving great feedback from its network of installers. This feedback is being incorporated into the products, with minor modifications further streamlining the offer.  Dimond is also putting a lot of effort into its local and national relationships, working closely with Rainaway and large residential housing companies to offer ...
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    Try as I might, I couldn’t get outraged at the Australian cricketers for ball tampering in Cape Town. I knew they were most definitely guilty of cheating, but my moral compass just wouldn’t take me ...
  • Being your own boss — a dream or a nightmare?

    Terry Sage of Trades Coaching New Zealand debates the pros and cons of working for yourself — that fine balancing act otherwise known as the ‘Business Dream’
  • The Building Act 2004 — a refresher course

    Timothy Bates of Auckland law firm Legal Vision reviews several of the key provisions of the Building Act 2004.
  • Women nailing careers in the trades

    Female trade apprentices are loving their career choice, but few considered a career in construction while they were at school, research shows.

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