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buildnz reflects vibrant building and design sector

Evidence is strong that New Zealand’s building and design sectors are generally doing well, with interest in their premier event delighting industry association and event organisers. buildnz designex is set to be one of the best yet, showing that the industry is strong and there is confidence in the future. Endorsed by the Registered Master Builders Federation, Certified Builders Association, BRANZ, the NZ Institute of Architects, Designers Institute, Furniture Association and Lifemark, ...
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PlaceMakers Hornby opens its doors

PlaceMakers Hornby opens its doors

Christchurch builders, who have been counting down the days for the opening of PlaceMakers’ new, purpose-designed and built Hornby store, don’t have to wait any longer, with the store opening its doors on June 5. All eyes have been on the Glassworks Industry Park in Hornby since it was announced last August that PlaceMakers was to open a new 2745 sq m store. PlaceMakers chief executive John Beveridge says the Hornby store opening marks an exciting time of growth for PlaceMakers as...
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First quarter sees record number of new building apprenticeships

First quarter sees record number of new building apprenticeships

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) has seen a massive 22% increase in new building apprenticeships as a result of New Zealand’s rebounding building industry. There have been 1520 sign-ups in the first quarter of 2013 compared to 1250 in the same quarter in 2012, which BCITO chief executive Ruma Karaitiana attributes to the demand for apprentices and the success of the Government’s Reboot grant initiative. “The building and construction indust...
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BRANZ announces chief executive resignation

BRANZ announces chief executive resignation

BRANZ has regrettably announced the resignation of its chief executive, Pieter Burghout, Group chairman Chris Preston said recently. Mr Burghout’s resignation will be effective from June 30, 2013. Mr Preston says Mr Burghout has made a significant contribution to the ongoing development of BRANZ during his five-year tenure as chief excutive. BRANZ profile lifted He has overseen key projects such as a major redevelopment of the BRANZ headquarters at Judgeford, north of Wellington, and...
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Pods provide answer to rental crisis

Pods provide answer to rental crisis

A Christchurch construction company has launched its own solution to the worker accommodation shortage in the city. The Pods, designed by Edifice, are 20ft shipping containers converted into compact, stylish, comfortable and affordable worker accommodation. Edifice managing director Rob Strickland says he decided to establish The Pods after he struggled to find rental accommodation for his own construction workers arriving in Christchurch to help meet rebuild demands. “The rebuild is st...
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The Bendometer is back!

The Bendometer is back!

The Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) and the Pacific Steel Group have reissued the Bendometer to assist best practice in the bending of steel reinforcing. The bending of reinforcement requires the attention of those in the construction industry as practices can be enhanced if the design, construction, precasting and transportation sectors understand the issues and work towards a common goal of best practice. During use, the appropriate Bendometer disc should be selected b...
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New apprentices hard to find!*

Over the past few years, the number of apprentices in the New Zealand construction industry has decreased to nearly half of what it was in the boom years. In 2012 the number hit rock bottom, falling well below 5000 apprentices. It’s great that things are finally turning around, but the BCITO is finding some employers are now struggling to find an apprentice to fit their requirements. The recovery is certainly leading the way in Auckland and Christchurch, which is where most new apprentic...
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