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20 years ago: • Thirty-two presidents and vice-presidents attended a two-day seminar in Wellington where they learned the importance of working as a team and maintaining regular contact and good relationships with the news media. RMBF chief executive Trevor Allsebrook said RMBs had to continue to promote themselves in the community, and contact with the media played a major role in that. “We have come a long way in terms of improving our public profile in the past few years, but th...
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Getting your head around the younger generation

“Young people today — they don’t know what hard work really means.” Ever thought this about your apprentice? Your boss probably thought the same thing when you were an apprentice! Here, we look at some generational traits of “millennials” — also known as “Gen Y”, or those born between 1980 to 2000. Rather than this group of youngsters being “no good”, it seems most of the negative perceptions towards them are due to a lack of und...
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Christchurch apprentice takes out title of 2014 Apprentice of the Year

Christchurch apprentice takes out title of 2014 Apprentice of the Year

Tom Southen was “completely blown away” when his name was read out as the Registered Master Builders Carters 2014 Apprentice of the Year. Entering the competition to see how he measured up against his peers, Tom never expected to win. He says the other national finalists were strong competitors, and the practical component was a real challenge. “The practical was pretty nerve wracking. It took me a while to be able to block out the time pressures and the public watching, as w...
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New Zealand BIM Handbook launched

New Zealand BIM Handbook launched

A tool to help increase the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) by New Zealand’s construction industry was released recently. The New Zealand BIM Handbook was launched by the Building and Construction Productivity Partnership at the Auckland Infrastructure and Procurement Forum attended by construction industry leaders. BIM is the digital representation of the complete physical and functional characteristics of a built asset — everything from bridges to buildings. It involv...
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Hawkins consolidates, re-brands and positions for future growth

Hawkins consolidates, re-brands and positions for future growth

Company aiming to hit $1 billion in annual revenue, up from projected $700m in 2014 Hawkins has announced that it has re-branded as it positions itself for a period of sustained future growth. The company will now be known simply as Hawkins, to focus on the delivery of multi- disciplinary projects under one unified brand. A refreshed logo signals the change of approach and renewed focus on project service and delivery New company objectives include: Raising annual revenue to $1 ...
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