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Online tool enhances Canterbury rebuild

The Forward Works Viewer tool developed to support and accelerate the rebuild of Canterbury has exceeded all expectations by generating more than $4 million in cost savings — a figure that is set to grow to more than $20 million in coming years. The Viewer gives recovery agencies, public and private sector users a shared online view of horizontal infrastructure repair, planned buildings and other construction. “The Viewer is a great example of how location information can benefit t...
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ITM launches new season

ITM launches new season

The 2014 season of the ITM Cup was officially launched at a special event held at Auckland’s Western Springs Stadium recently, attended by captains and senior players representing the 14 ITM Cup provincial teams. While all the teams eye the ITM Cup Premiership and Championship trophies up for grabs, the first competition Ranfurly Shield challenge strikes in Week 2 of an 11-week competition. New Zealand general manager rugby Neil Sorensen says the ITM Cup holds an important place in the r...
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Billion dollar contract targets service and performance

Housing New Zealand’s (HNZ) innovative new billion dollar agreement with the contractors who maintain its 69,000 properties took effect on July 1. Housing New Zealand contractors engage more than 4500 tradespeople who spend two million hours annually performing some 390,000 maintenance jobs on Housing New Zealand homes. The numbers are big, and over the next five years Housing New Zealand will invest $200 million a year via its new Next Generation Performance Based Maintenance Contract (...
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Horncastle scores naming rights for Canterbury arena

Horncastle scores naming rights for Canterbury arena

Horncastle Arena is the new name of Christchurch’s biggest indoor venue, the CBS Canterbury Arena, after Registered Master Builders Association company Horncastle Homes secured the major naming rights sponsorship of the venue. The Horncastle logo was revealed atop the arena as CBS relinquished its naming rights sponsorship following a merger with Heartland Bank. Managing director Bill Horncastle says the Horncastle Arena sponsorship is a long-term commitment to the people of Canterbury. ...
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Hall completes illusion at Wanaka’s Puzzling World

Hall completes illusion at Wanaka’s Puzzling World

The final piece of the puzzle that is Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World was recently completed, with the creation of the stunning new Sculptillusion Gallery. One of Wanaka’s biggest tourism attractions, the 40-year-old business has seen many additions and alterations over the years, but the most recent completes the visitor’s journey through a series of illusion spaces. Led by Amalgamated Builders Queenstown region, the building’s construction team was category winne...
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It’s not too late to start training to increase your capacity

In March 2014, the BCITO reported that the construction industry was still woefully short of apprentices, despite a massive 55% increase in new apprenticeship sign-ups in 2013. Five months later and not much has changed, according to BCITO chief executive Ruma Karaitiana. “Building and construction is a cyclical industry. Everyone recognises that it has its boom periods and it also has its quiet patches. This is the best time ever anyone could hope for to enter the industry,” Mr Ka...
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