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Skill shortage hampers rebuild

A shortage of qualified and experienced quantity surveyors is hampering urgent construction work, particularly in Christchurch and Auckland, according to the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS). President Julian Mace says the biggest problem is finding quantity surveyors with appropriate practical work experience. Online job advertisements for quantity surveyors increased 26% over 12 months from June 2013. Since 2009-10 around 560 visa and work permits have been approved for q...
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Subcontractors call for decision on voidable transactions

Subcontractors are calling for the Supreme Court to release its decision on the ability of liquidators to claw back payments made by insolvent companies to contractors, and put an end to months of uncertainty for New Zealand businesses. Last year, the Court of Appeal backed a liquidator’s power to claim back payments made by an insolvent company to a contractor up to two years before its collapse, a practice known as voidable transactions. An appeal against the decision was heard at the ...
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New building planned for Tetra Pak at Waikato Innovation Park

New building planned for Tetra Pak at Waikato Innovation Park

Waikato Innovation Park has signed an agreement with existing tenant, Tetra Pak, to construct a custom-built national headquarters on its Hamilton East campus. The new building will be the fourth constructed on the Park’s campus since it opened its doors in February 2004. The new two-storey, 3500 sq m building will house Tetra Pak’s New Zealand headquarters and design team, in addition to a workshop for its technical service team. The food processing and packaging company currentl...
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Move towards trade certification for infrastructure workers seen as milestone for industry

Sector responsible for $12 billion of work annually The civil infrastructure industry has taken a major step forward towards establishing a recognised trade qualification for its workers. Unlike building, plumbing and electrical workers, people in the civil infrastructure industry in jobs such as road building and pipe laying have no industry-wide and transferrable trade qualification. A Civil Trades Certification Board has been established to oversee the initiation of the new trade regime ...
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RMA overhaul critical . . .

RMA overhaul critical . . .

Overhauling the Resource Management Act (RMA) is critical to addressing housing supply and affordability, and maintaining the momentum of economic and job growth, as well as better managing New Zealand’s environment. Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says the RMA has produced more than 80,000 pages of plans and rules across New Zealand’s 78 councils. “This 10-metre mountain of red tape is holding back the development of new houses and jobs, and it is not performing well enou...
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Heritage restoration project most challenging yet

Heritage restoration project most challenging yet

Work on a Canterbury Category 1 Historic Places Trust building which started out as an $800,000 repair job after the Darfield earthquake became a full $5.8 million restoration project following the second major Canterbury earthquake in February 2011. The attention to detail and care used to restore Strowan House at St Andrews College in Papanui, saw Bushnell Builders Ltd win the Restoration Category and awarded Gold at the 2014 New Zealand Commercial Project Awards. Bushnell Builders director ...
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Back in Time

20 years ago: All residential work undertaken by Master Builders was to automatically carry a five-year guarantee, starting in mid-1995. Extension of the guarantee scheme operated by Master Builders Federation subsidiary Master Build Services to all residential building work was timed to complement the Federation’s television advertising campaign. MBF chief executive Trevor Allsebrook said automatic cover would effectively provide a long sought-after system of registration f...
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