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Hibiscus Coast booming with $60 million Silverdale Retail Centre

Hibiscus Coast booming with $60 million Silverdale Retail Centre

A 35-shop centre featuring a number of national retailers on a 7.2ha Hibiscus Coast site north of Auckland is due to open on October 18. About 300 permanent new jobs have been created at the Silverdale Retail Centre — The Warehouse Ltd’s first venture into retail management — where 150 construction workers have been building the $60 million hilltop retail centre for the past two years. Naylor Love is the main contractor for the project, which features a 24,000 sq m centre...
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RMBF says building activity still flat in most of New Zealand

RMBF says building activity still flat in most of New Zealand

The Registered Master Builders Federation (RMBF) says the latest building consent figures released reconfirm a greater level of activity compared to 2011, but the growth trend continued to be flattening off except in Canterbury and, to some extent, Auckland. Statistics New Zealand figures show 1513 new homes and apartment consents were issued for August 2012, a 0.3% increase on August 2011. Increases in the South Island of 121 new consents were offset by decreases in the North Island of 116...
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Back In Time

20 years ago: • Education and Training Support Agency (ETSA) chairman John McCarthy said the Industry Training Act would herald a quiet revolution for training in the construction industry and throughout the economy in New Zealand. The Act provided for the formation of Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) to assume responsibility for training in their respective industries. In his monthly column, NZMBF chief executive Trevor Allsebrook revealed that the Federation had lodged an app...
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Plan to fail

Plan to fail

Written By: Don Bunting Architect Don Bunting rattles off some more random observations about the construction and associated industries. This month: The Building Act and Building Code: Planned to fail?
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Graduates score scholarships

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) is giving five talented graduates the opportunity to build on their qualifications, providing access to funding for advanced training programmes. Offered for the second year running, this extra training will help set high standards within the building sector and establish a solid foundation for developing future generations. BCITO chief executive Ruma Karaitiana, who has been leading a Government-sponsored Skills Strategy...
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Nine apprentices in the running for top 2012 title

Nine apprentices in the running for top 2012 title

Nine carpentry apprentices from around New Zealand are preparing themselves for the Registered Master Builders Carters 2012 Apprentice of the Year National Final, after each taking out the top prize at their regional event throughout August and September. The National Final will take place across two days on October 25 and 26 in Wellington, when each apprentice will undertake a 45-minute interview with the national judging panel, and a practical challenge where their carpentry skills will b...
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