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Kids get growing with Tui and Mitre 10

Mitre 10 is lending a helping hand to green-fingered kids across the country as they dig into the Tui School Garden Challenge. Last year saw more than 600 pre-school, primary and intermediate schools across the country design, plan and grow a garden on their school grounds in the hopes of winning a top prize. The competition opened last month, and runs until October 26, giving each school three months to really get their gardens growing. Gardens will then be judged on design, their innovation,...
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Local low-damage seismic design leads the pack

Local low-damage seismic design leads the pack

A locally developed timber building system that enables fast re-occupation after an earthquake has emerged as world-leading at a recent gathering of international timber engineering experts. The World Conference of Timber Engineering (WCTE) was held in Auckland last month, bringing together more than 500 researchers, engineers and designers in a global forum of research, innovations and developments. Standing tall amongst the hundreds of presentations was research from the Structural Timber In...
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NZGBC applauds recovery plan

The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan is an exciting step in the rebuild of Christchurch, and signals a strong opportunity for the built environment to help meet the vision for a safe, sustainable city, according to the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC). The NZGBC was responding to the plan that was announced recently by the Christchurch City Development Unit (CCDU). “It is fantastic to see a strong commitment to building sustainably in the vision for Christchurch City,” ...
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PlaceMakers to expand operations in Christchurch

PlaceMakers to expand operations in Christchurch

Hot on the heels of the unveiling of the blueprint for the rebuild of Christchurch’s CBD, PlaceMakers has announced it’s to open a brand new store in Hornby. The 2745 sq m greenfields store, which will be designed and purpose-built for PlaceMakers, will be located at Glassworks Industry Park in Hornby. It will feature an extensive trade store, drive-through warehouse and yard, and is scheduled to open in May next year. PlaceMakers Hornby will work alongside existing PlaceMakers Ch...
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Christchurch construction optimism fades while the rest of NZ lifts

Construction workload optimism for the Christchurch rebuild has dropped from an average of 85% during 2011 to 63%, according to the May 2012 building construction sentiment survey by Davis Langdon, an AECOM company. The survey is based on the views of 600 construction industry decision makers, including consultants, contractors, financiers, agents, developers and others from across the public and private sectors. Davis Langdon New Zealand regional director Chris Sutherland says the outlook in ...
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Timaru store wins major Mitre 10 award

Timaru Mitre 10 MEGA has won the Mitre 10 MEGA Store of the Year award at Mitre 10 New Zealand’s annual awards dinner held last month. The Timaru store was chosen by the judges for its excellent service to Timaru and the region, outperforming other Mitre 10 and Mitre 10 MEGA stores throughout New Zealand. “The team at Timaru deserve to feel really proud of what they’ve achieved,” Mitre 10 chief executive John Hartmann says. “They’ve done a fantastic job of ...
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Jennian Homes celebrates 30 years

Jennian Homes celebrates 30 years

Jennian Homes’ nationwide network of franchise owners were joined by their suppliers at the company’s July anniversary conference in Fiji, celebrating 30 years of building homes. More than 160 people attended the five-day conference, aptly themed “Back to the Future”. Jennian Homes’ national franchisor Richard Carver took the group on a journey back to the company’s 1982 beginnings, before setting sights firmly on the 30 years ahead, and Jennian’s &ldqu...
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Expert help at hand for LBPs

The changing landscape that is the New Zealand construction industry has prompted the establishment of a new web site for Licensed Building Practitioners (LBPs) to meet, learn and connect. The Building Hub (www.buildinghub.co.nz) is dedicated to inspiring and supporting New Zealand LBPs for a better building industry. Director Jodie Youmans says the site brings together the best, most relevant and most up-to-date information to help the construction industry grow and succeed. “Skil...
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Back in Time

20 years ago: • The announcement of a $200 million works programme for primary and secondary schools in the current financial year was welcomed by the Master Builders Federation as encouraging news. Associate Minister of Education John Luxton said the programme would provide work for many tradespeople and subcontractors throughout New Zealand. One of the major works in the Auckland area was the $4.5 million seismic strengthening of the original school building at Auckland Girls’ Gra...
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It’s just old

It’s just old

Written By: Don Bunting Architect Don Bunting rattles off some more random observations about the construction industry at large. This month: The issue of preserving historic — and just plain old — buildings around Auckland.
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