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Subcontractors call on Mainzeal liquidators to open the books

The Specialist Trade Contractors’ Federation (STCF) has called on the Mainzeal liquidators to “open the books” and reveal how much the companies hold in retention payments.  Retentions are a widespread construction industry practice where a construction firm withholds part of a subcontractor’s total invoice, unsecured and without interest, for up to two years after the subcontractor has completed their work. STCF president Graham Burke says it is likely that Ma...
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Blowing the whistle on kids’ career choices

Kiwi youngsters are keen to put on a uniform but apparently not the new pink one that rugby referees are wearing as the 2013 rugby season gathers pace, according to poll results released recently. As part of the new Pink Batts partnership with the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) and New Zealand referees, they commissioned research company Perceptive to canvas the opinions of more than 500 Kiwi kids to explore how they rank being a referee compared to other career choices and, most ...
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Wall insulation key to warmer healthier home

Wall insulation key to warmer healthier home

Including wall insulation in repairs to earthquake-damaged Canterbury homes will have a huge impact on keeping homes warmer and healthier, Beacon Pathway chief executive Nick Collins says. Beacon has already successfully trialled the advantages of wall insulation, along with other upgrades, through its Build Back Smarter project, and it has been a huge success.  “The extensive repair and rebuilding required in Christchurch presents an opportunity to include upgrades which will i...
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Engaging in the rebuild: Seismics and the City 2013

The second annual Seismics and the City forum will be held in Christchurch in late March to provide an opportunity for organisations to engage in the rebuild process. The theme for 2013 is When a City Rises. The strands are Looking Forward, Designing the Future, Clearing the Decks and Laying the Foundations. Leaders from the public and private sectors will weave these into an exciting big picture of the rebuilding of Christchurch which will stimulate collaborative action. The one-day foru...
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17/04/2013 - High Court ruling highlights importance of using accredited building surveyors

A High Court ruling against a building inspector who failed to identify a leaky home highlights the importance of using a suitably qualified building surveyor, according to the Building Officials Institute of New Zealand (BOINZ). The High Court ruled recently that Mike and Sharon Hepburn and Tracey McKinnon had been misled by the inspection report for the property in Khandallah, Wellington. The inspector had stated the house was in generally good condition, with some, mainly minor, remedia...
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Resene Group acquires a division of Nuplex Construction Products

Resene, the New Zealand-owned coatings company, has announced the acquisition of Plaster Systems Ltd (a division of Nuplex Construction Products). “This acquisition is a logical and timely move for our group as it seeks to increase its presence in the construction products area, whilst Nuplex is looking to focus more on its core resin manufacturing business,” according to Resene managing director and majority shareholder Nick Nightingale. Additional manufacturing capacity &ldquo...
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The cheaper the better

The cheaper the better

Written By: Don Bunting Architect Don Bunting rattles off some more random observations about the construction and associated industries. This month he poses the question: Which industry is based around the premise that cheapest is always best?
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Weathertight Remediation: An introduction for builders

Weathertight Remediation: An introduction for builders

Written By: By Geoff Hardy and Gagan Tangri, Madison Hardy Article 5: Legal Risk Management The main risk builders face in undertaking leaky home repairs is that if further leaks develop later on down the track, the home owner will file a claim against them. This fifth article in the series based on the workshops by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - Building and Housing group that have been running at centres around New Zealand, focuses on how builders can effectively manag...
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Breach of contract?

Breach of contract?

Written By: Tim Bates and Katrin Saran Lee Tim Bates and Katrin Saran Lee of Auckland law firm Legal Vision examine a recent High Court decision in which the High Court was required to consider whether a subcontractor had breached a contract with the builder in respect of stonework and concrete floor polishing on a residential construction project.
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