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Bad weather doesn’t hamper Army/DoC tramping hut effort

Bad weather doesn’t hamper Army/DoC tramping hut effort

Battling nasty weather and hard conditions are all in a day’s work for soldiers from the New Zealand Army’s Engineers, as they complete the construction of a new tramping hut for the Department of Conservation (DoC). The hut at Maropea Forks in the Western Ruahine Forest Park is popular with trampers, hunters and fishers, and is also the habitat of the native whio (blue duck). It is being replaced as it is suffering from disrepair and, due to changes in the Maropea River channel,...
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Updated guidance for exempt building work

Did you know some plumbing and drainlaying work must be carried out by an “authorised person”, such as a registered certifying plumber or drainlayer, before it can be considered exempt building work? Or that if you are removing a building element such as a chimney, roof or cladding from a building three storeys or less, then there is a new exemption which may mean you do not require a building consent. These changes, were made when Schedule 1 of the Building Act 2004 (the Act) ...
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Housing boom prompts new ‘tradies’ programme

Future-Proof Building announces seminars to upskill builders and electricians and to boost industry know-how Thousands of “tradies” around New Zealand are being offered a free educational programme to boost their business skills beyond the work site as the industry booms. The first-of-its-kind series of seminars is being run by Future-Proof Building to help the country’s 125,000 builders, electricians and other specialists keep abreast of new regulations and products, and wid...
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Royal Wolf creating buildings of the future

Royal Wolf creating buildings of the future

The Auckland and Melbourne offices of shipping container specialists Royal Wolf feature cutting edge container designs that showcase building solutions for the future. Made out of recycled shipping containers, they are containerised on the outside yet inside they are stylish offices with a hint of industrial chic. Royal Wolf containers are used to provide a wide range of solutions from accommodation units to mobile exhibitions, retail outlets to training facilities and innovative architecture ...
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Skilled professionals sought for construction career opportunities

Skilled professionals sought for construction career opportunities

The reconstruction of Christchurch following the earthquakes is now focusing the spotlight on the shortage of skilled construction workers in the city. This demand for skilled labour was identified in a recent Grant Thornton International Business Report which found that 48% of New Zealand’s small to medium sized businesses were either pessimistic or very pessimistic about being able to attract sufficient skilled labour to be able to tap in fully to the economy’s strong growth. T...
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Newsbriefs

Buchan breathes new life into Auckland tower Formerly known as WHK Tower, the Auckland CBD building has undergone a $2.7 million transformation to become 51 Shortland Street, complete with refurbished interiors and exteriors. Australasian firm The Buchan Group was appointed by AMP Capital Property in 2011 to provide design and architectural expertise to the project, which included upgrading the building’s lobby and atrium. Covering approximately 1000 sq m, the revamp has smartened the o...
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Apprentice scholarships awarded in the Waikato

Apprentice scholarships awarded in the Waikato

Three scholarships have recently been awarded by the Waikato branch of the Registered Master Builders Association to Taylor Scott, Fraser Scatchard and Thomas Rea. Taylor, employed by Urban Homes Built with Integrity, Fraser, employed by Gudsell Designer Homes, and Thomas, employed by SR Morgan Builders, each receive a $1500 plus GST grant split over the next three years. This can be spent in a number of ways, but most recipients spend it on tools or training fees. Taylor is an incredible yo...
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Back in Time

20 years ago: • Debate on a TV advertising campaign at the NZMBF’s Conference ‘94 brought out the “dinosaur” in older conference participants. Younger builders continually took issue with their older counterparts who didn’t see the need to be touting their services on television. Taranaki Master Builders’ Association member Roger Jones summed up their stance by referring to them as “dinosaurs”. He said they had to accept that in today&rsqu...
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