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New president to focus on industry leadership

New president to focus on industry leadership

New RMBF president Ashley Hartley wants to see the organisation take a more active leadership role. He sees the RMBF as being the preferred industry association for building practitioners throughout New Zealand, recognised by the public as the provider of quality, solution-driven construction.  “I want to ensure that all registered master builders are true professionals, using recognised standards and sample guidelines as set by the RMBF,” Mr Hartley says. A resident of the Haw...
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Generous builders!

Generous builders!

The RMBF raised $20,000 from a charity auction at the conference to go to Hospice Southland and Hospice Otago.  Among the prizes donated were a half page of advertising from Building Today, two nights for two at the Soffi tel Hotel in Queenstown, dozens of oysters, a hot air balloon ride, travel vouchers, Super 12 rugby match tickets and jerseys, a mobile phone, hotel dinners and DeWalt cordless drills.  Hospice Southland chief executive Nicky Kitson was on hand to accept a cheque fr...
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Industry reaction . . .

The Registered Master Builders Federation has endorsed the building practitioner licensing scheme because it will help further strengthen the standards of New Zealand’s construction industry.  The scheme will ensure only skilled and competent people can work in the industry, therefore helping improve consumer confi dence. Registered Master Builders has worked closely with the Government and the Department of Building and Housing to develop the builder licensing framework.  We a...
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Cosgrove announces ‘most profound changes in NZ industry’s history’

Cosgrove announces ‘most profound changes in NZ industry’s history’

Minister for Building issues Clayton Cosgrove opened the recent RMBF conference in Queenstown by announcing that the Government had offi cially approved the introduction of a licensing regime for building practitioners.  In what he called perhaps the most profound changes to New Zealand’s construction industry in its history, Mr Cosgrove elaborated on the programme ahead, which will be fully in place by 2011, with voluntary uptake beginning late next year. He anticipated that 28,000 ...
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Big Aussie expo on next month

Australia’s most comprehensive building expo will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Thursday, May 4 to Sunday, May 7. The HIA Home & Building Expo 2006 will feature the latest in building and renovating products, services, kitchens, GreenSmart initiatives and home services.  Held in conjunction with the HIA National Convention which includes three days of informative and practical business sessions and social events, visitors will learn about the futur...
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AIPM calls for major rethink to avoid skills shortage

The retirement of up to one third of Australia’s project managers in the next decade signals a major skills shortage in leading industry sectors, according to Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) chief executive Peter Shears.  Mr Shears proposes significant changes to the role of project management within companies to resolve the looming crisis. “As a third of our membership exits the profession in the next 10 years, they will leave a major gap in experience and bu...
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CIC aims for zero fatality record within fi ve years

CIC aims for zero fatality record within fi ve years

A pan-industry approach to make New Zealand building sites among the safest in the world has been agreed by the Construction Industry Council. A Health and Safety Strategy prepared by the CIC envisages a zero fatality record in the construction workplace within five years and an annual 10% reduction in injuries annually through to 2010.  The strategy will be launched in June by Minister of Labour Ruth Dyson. “We are committed to achieving an industry-wide safety culture,” CIC c...
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