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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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