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Taranaki builder handy with wrench

Taranaki builder handy with wrench

The DeWalt Ford Challenge was decided in a nail-biting grand final at the Big Boys Toys expo in Auckland recently, with wildcard Boyd Stewart the surprise winner of the national Champion Driver competition.  Mr Stewart only won his ticket into the final the day before, by trying the Challenge, which involved removing a Ford Falcon XR wheel from an axle, and securing it to a different axle with an 18V DeWalt impact wrench.  After giving the Challenge a go, Mr Stewart, a builder from N...
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Bach: 18 years to resolve leaky homes claims

Department of Building and Housing chief executive Katrina Bach has told Parliament’s social services select committee that leaky building claims to the service could take 15 to 18 years to resolve. “We think 15 to 18 years over time,” Ms Bach says.  “If you keep on tracking on the current trajectory, it’s got a very long tail, this problem, and it’s better to think about some alternative or additional approaches to speed up resolution.” She says t...
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Imported steel ‘not meeting NZ standards’

The Report on Grade 500E Steel Reinforcement released by the Department of Building and Housing recently raises concerns about the quality of imported steel and recommends that the building and construction industry undertakes education programmes to ensure 500E reinforcing steel is used correctly.  The DBH report came in response to concerns raised by the University of Auckland and other members of the industry about the performance of 500E reinforcing steel. Independent testing from SGS ...
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Safety Plan for Small Businesses

Most business owners would agree that a safe project ensures a quality work environment for all workers, helping projects run smoothly and on time, and to achieve expected profit margins. Site Safe has developed the Safety Plan for Small Businesses to enable business owners to easily implement a health and safety management system.  Whether the company is a one-man band or employs a small gang of men, having a safety plan that can easily be incorporated into the business makes good sense. ...
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New PlaceMakers store opens in Invercargill

New PlaceMakers store opens in Invercargill

The new PlaceMakers Invercargill store officially opened for business recently, signalling a new era for one of Invercargill’s oldest retailers. The official opening was attended by customers, suppliers and staff in a ceremony led by PlaceMakers chief executive, David Worley, and local Joint Venture Partner Alistair Rance.  The new store is at a new site in Liddel Street, and covers 3900 sq m, with an undercover drive-through and more than 100 car parks. The store is part of a broade...
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School looks forward to return of construction contractors

Staff at the recently-completed Albany Junior High School in Auckland have just one issue with main contractor Multiplex Constructions — the state of the school’s trophy cabinet. The partnership that grew between the two organisations during the 17-month construction project led to a friendly soccer match, for a trophy donated by the school.  Principal Mike Jackson says having supplied the school with a trophy cabinet to hold its only trophy at the time, Multiplex went ahead an...
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Building industry not a cash cow for local government

Building industry not a cash cow for local government

The building industry must not be regarded as a cash cow for local government, Construction Industry Council chairman John Pfahlert says. He says proposals by the Auckland Regional Council to impose a special levy of $5000 on each new dwelling in a subdivision to pay for rail commuter transport is outrageous.  “This industry already faces burgeoning and controversial charges imposed by many local authorities for consent and compliance activities. “These costs are pushing up the...
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