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Volunteer building work in Fiji a ‘rewarding experience’

Volunteer building work in Fiji a ‘rewarding experience’

If New Zealand builders think they have problems dealing with climatic conditions at times and material supply worries in an overheated market such as New Zealand’s construction industry, they should try building homes in remote jungle in Fiji.  That’s the challenge that Registered Master Builders Marty van der Burg and Stephen Brown, along with two of Marty’s staff and 18 other volunteer helpers, took on recently. They went to Fiji with the Habitat for Humanity organisat...
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Big freeze no problem for Yeats

Big freeze no problem for Yeats

Greymouth builder Chris Yeats became a twotime National Winner at the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2005 Commercial Awards for a challenging building project in a natural environment. His winning property was the Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass, and it garnered praise from the national judging panel.  “This building blends into the landscape so effortlessly, it could almost have grown out of the ground it sits upon,” the judges said. “Chris Yeats Builders Lt...
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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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