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Young Landscaper of the Year groomed and pruned at Natural Habitats

Young Landscaper of the Year groomed and pruned at Natural Habitats

Blair Chicken, who has been part of the Natural Habitats team for five years, is thrilled to be named 2013 Young Landscaper of the Year. During a gruelling one day face-off in Cromwell where competitors were tested on their building, paving, profiling, pruning and plant knowledge, Blair came out in top position. A resident of west Auckland, he completed a sports turf management apprenticeship and started at Natural Habitats as a digger driver, but soon developed his landscaping skills to progr...
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Online building roles up 71%

Job opportunities for builders skyrocketed in the year to August, with 71% more roles listed on www.seek.co.nz than in August 2012. A combination of growth in Auckland’s housing market and the ongoing rebuild in Canterbury has driven the sharp rise in building-related jobs, with labourer jobs also enjoying substantial growth of 51%. “Job growth in the building sector is creating a wide range of opportunities across the country for highly skilled builders and those looking for appre...
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RMBF says building stats improved but concern remains about LVR policy impacts

The latest building consent figures indicate one of the highest months this year for the number of new homes and apartments consented. Statistics New Zealand figures showed 1860 new homes and apartment consents were issued for September 2013, the third highest month in 2013 behind May (1971) and July (1893). This was bolstered by a record month in Canterbury, where 599 consents were issued, the highest in that region since records began in 1976. RMBF chief executive Warwick Quinn says the ove...
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One-stop online shop

One-stop online shop

Www.trade.homeimprovement.co.nz is an exciting, fresh concept to hit the New Zealand trade market.  Instead of spending precious hours at the shops ordering stock, go online, order and have it delivered directly to the site, office or your home. Expanding on an existing retail site — www.homeimprovement.co.nz — the trade site offers the same service to its trade customers — a one-stop online shop offering a wide range of products and services. You can register for ...
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Kennards for Kids — setting the bar hire!

Throughout October and November, Kennards Hire has been raising money for KidsCan, a charity supporting disadvantage kids in New Zealand, as a part of the Kennards for Kids initiative. Kennards has donated $2 to KidsCan for every piece of equipment hired. The initiative has been rolling out in Australia through September and October with great success, and the company is excited to be taking the donations to New Zealand. Kennards and KidsCan are thrilled with the results, having raised funds a...
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‘Seismic fuse’ enhances earthquake protection

A licensing agreement between US-based StarSeismic LLC and D&H Steel Construction Ltd will enable the Henderson-based company to start manufacturing Buckling-Restrained Braces (BRBs) that improve earthquake protection for buildings. While BRBs have been tried and thoroughly tested internationally, the technology is still relatively new to New Zealand. D&H Steel believes that BRBs could be rapidly deployed in new construction projects and in retrofitting existing buildings that are at se...
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