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Benefits of industry training

To reach a sustainable level of qualifi ed tradespeople, the construction industry needs dedicated employers to train apprentices. A recent Department of Labour survey (Skills in the Labour Market - March 2006) indicated that skill shortages were still prevalent in the construction industry, identifying a shortage of labour as the main constraint for 34% of builders as at December 2005.  Industry training has come a long way from the days of the “time served” apprenticeship. To...
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Software designed specifi cally for builders

Databuild for Windows is an all-encompassing estimating, accounting and job control software package designed specifi cally for builders. The Windows-based system is easy to navigate, straight forward for experienced users to follow and very easy for fi rst timers to learn. It offers more features, power and fl exibility than any other comparable software package, and Databuild’s network of support services ensures the user is never on their own.  An enterprise solution that will ser...
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New staff at MBS

New staff at MBS

The Master Build Services team is set to enhance its current service with a new claims support officer. Sarah Wichman joins Holly Fyfe and Bruce Richardson as part of the Master Build Services team, with her work involving transferring and accepting guarantee applications, and arranging final inspections.  She will also be taking on the challenging role of reducing truancy. Her previous role with the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation gave her valuable insight into th...
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Principal sponsor out to promote quality

Principal sponsor out to promote quality

PlaceMakers is New Zealand’s largest supplier of building materials and hardware supplies, and sole principal sponsor of the Registered Master Builders 2006 House of the Year. “As the leading construction materials company, we like to promote superb quality in building, and aligning ourselves with a programme about building excellence helps us do this,” PlaceMakers chief executive David Worley says.  In addition to being the principal sponsor PlaceMakers also sponsors the...
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HoY attracts key sponsorship

HoY attracts key sponsorship

The Registered Master Builders House of the Year is made possible through the generous support of the national sponsor family, comprising eight key sponsors. This month we profi le four valued sponsors — principal sponsor PlaceMakers and supporting sponsors James Hardie, Mico Bathrooms and Housing New Zealand Corporation.  James Hardie is a leading international building materials company and a global leader in fibre cement, one of the world’s fastest growing building products....
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Southerners don’t do things by halves

Southerners don’t do things by halves

Methven-based Snowfed Builders is determined not to do things by halves. It is this attitude which helped them achieve a National Gold Reserve Award in the Registered Master Builders 2005 House of the Year, held in association with PlaceMakers. Snowfed Builders were recognised for building a striking Oamaru Stone home (pictured) which took advantage of the magnificent rural outlooks.  Situated on a 50 acre block, the home brings new meaning to the term outdoor living. A verandah surrounds ...
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Hopes and plans crafted into superb home

Hopes and plans crafted into superb home

A stunning beachfront home in Matua earned Tauranga builder Conrad Kuriger his fi rst national award for the New Homes $400,000 to $600,000 category at the Registered Master Builders 2005 House of the Year Awards, held in association with PlaceMakers.  The home was a long held dream for the owners, who are in their seventies, and the judging panel agreed that “the builder had taken their hopes and plans and crafted a superb property which executes their vision with precision and care...
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    Timothy Bates of Auckland law firm Legal Vision reviews several of the key provisions of the Building Act 2004.
  • Women nailing careers in the trades

    Female trade apprentices are loving their career choice, but few considered a career in construction while they were at school, research shows.

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