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Nelson carpentry apprentice wins national award

Nelson carpentry apprentice wins national award

Shaun Campbell, from the Upper South Island region, has been named the country’s top carpentry apprentice, taking out the national award at the Registered Master Builders Carters 2015 Apprentice of the Year competition.   The 10 national finalists put their skills to the test in a demanding practical challenge where they were tasked with building a children’s playhouse, to be gifted to a local charity. Shaun’s playhouse won the judges over, and will be donated to Head2He...
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Builders deliver knockout blow for prostate cancer awareness

Builders deliver knockout blow for prostate cancer awareness

Subcontractors, construction workers and suppliers competed in 14 boxing matches in a Battle of The Construction Industry Fight Night in August, raising just over $9000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand.   The event, called Boxing for a Cause, and held to raise awareness of prostate cancer, was sold out, with around 600 people filling the Auckland Boxing Association venue.   All competitors, including two female contenders, were novice first-time fighters who had be...
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TPPA may open doors for processed wood products

TPPA may open doors for processed wood products

The forest and wood processing industries have welcomed the removal of tariffs on wood products across the 12 countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).   “We have yet to see the detail, but we understand that all tariffs on logs and wood products will be reduced to zero. That represents a $9 million saving,” Wood Council of New Zealand chairman Bill McCallum says.   “While this is not a huge sum in the context of a trade deal worth $1.5 billion, we anticip...
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Challenging renovation comes out top

Challenging renovation comes out top

Jonny Lewis was thrilled when he heard his company was awarded the Marlborough, Nelson and West Coast Registered Master Builders 2015 Renovation of the Year award, as well as a Gold Award and overall category win for the Mitre 10 Renovation $250,000 - $500,000 category.   Mr Lewis, of J Lewis Building Ltd, knew this was a special renovation that took a lot of hard work. He was pleased that the team was able to be recognised for such a great project.   “We were confident that ...
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Unexpected win for Waiheke builder

Unexpected win for Waiheke builder

A first-time entrant in the Auckland Registered Master Builder’s House of the Year awards took out a top trifecta of awards in the Auckland region — scooping the Supreme House of the Year, the Gold Award category win for the Westpac New Home over $2 million, and the Craftsmanship Award.   Kevin O’Grady of K2 Builders says he was stunned to hear his name read out as a winner not once but three times.   “I thought I might get a bronze for this home!” Kev...
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SkyCity welcomes Japanese masterpiece

SkyCity welcomes Japanese masterpiece

Located on the ground floor of the SkyCity Grand Hotel on Auckland’s Federal Street, Masu is one of the city’s hottest spots to dine out.   But the restaurant’s high-end finish and unique design which ensures an exceptional dining experience, complete with a laser beam straightening chopsticks and an open kitchen showing chefs at work, mask the struggles faced by the project team to complete the new city icon.   The project, which took out the Retail category and ...
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Genesis Energy to trial residential energy storage system

Genesis Energy to trial residential energy storage system

‘Plug-and-play’ energy storage system to maximise value from home owner’s solar system Enphase Energy Inc, a global energy technology company, has announced plans to work with Genesis Energy, New Zealand’s largest electricity and gas retailer, to conduct a residential energy storage trial for the Enphase Storage System that includes the Enphase AC Battery, a scalable, modular energy storage system that seamlessly integrates with the Enphase Home Energy Solution. ...
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Bunnings delivers record performance

Bunnings delivers record performance

Bunnings, the leading retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products in Australia and New Zealand, announced a record result for its New Zealand business in the 2015 financial year.   The business reported sales of $899 million for the year, an increase of 10.5% on last year. There were also increases in earnings and the level of returns for the year.   The all-round breadth of trading performance was a highlight, with sales increasing in consumer and commercial areas and...
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$155 million Auckland retail facility opens doors

Doors to Auckland’s newest retail facility, the NorthWest Shopping Centre, opened to the public recently.   The $155 million retail development is part of Auckland’s $1 billion Northwest Transformation — New Zealand’s largest transformation and investment project, aiming to turn the area into a buzzing metropolitan centre over the next 10 years.   Project architects The Buchan Group was appointed by Stride Property Ltd (formally DNZ Property Fund Ltd) to pro...
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