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Legislation passed for faster consent process

Legislation to speed up the building consent process and reduce costs for builders has been passed by Parliament. The Building Amendment Act 2009, which came into force on August 1, is a practical first step in the Government’s plan to cut red tape. Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson says the Act signals a move to more efficient and practical approaches to building, and could lead to better value for money for consumers. “The downturn of the economy is conti...
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Jennian Homes doubles sales in June

Jennian Homes has recently seen a significant increase in building activity, with June sales more than doubling from previous months this year. Business development manager Dave Wilson says building consent figures are starting to stabilise, and that this has been reflected in the level of enquiries and sales at Jennian. “June has been our best month this calendar year, with more than double the sales we’ve seen in the previous months,” Mr Wilson says. “Activity has ...
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Future Leader success for Innes

Future Leader success for Innes

Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) New Zealand buildings and infrastructure manager Tony Innes has been named the Telecom/ACENZ Future Leader 2009, in recognition of his leadership within New Zealand’s engineering industry. Mr Innes, who has been with SKM for seven years, leads the transport planning section, which has grown in numbers under his direction from three to 16. Following several more promotions and leading roles on a number of high profile projects, Tony was promoted to the role of...
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Arrow appoints new director

Arrow appoints new director

Lale Ieremia has been appointed a director to the Board of Arrow International which is currently completing its 25th year as a project management and construction company. Mr Ieremia joined the company in 1999, and has managed projects approaching $1 billion in value. Arrow founding director Ron Anderson says Mr Ieremia will assume direct control of the $188 million Forsyth Barr Stadium at the University Plaza construction in Dunedin, and drive the company’s entry to future major pr...
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Crib walls push boundaries

Crib walls push boundaries

The recently completed concrete crib walls at Highbrook Business Park in Auckland are some the largest gravity walls of their kind built in the country in recent years. Designed, manufactured and built by Gibbons Crib Walls, the two retaining walls run more than 390 metres in length and in places are more than eight metres high. That’s no mean feat, made even more impressive by the fact that the walls had to be completed to a tight programme. This speed of erection was one of the key ...
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