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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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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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