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Scaling new heights

The RMBF has already started planning for its conference to be held on April 20 to 22, 2007, in Taranaki at the Plymouth Hotel, New Plymouth.    Titled “Scaling New Heights”, it is expected that key industry leaders, decision makers, industry stalwarts and members will gather to discuss trends, strategies, policies and options facing the building industry in 2007.    The construction sector will face signifi cant changes in 2007, with the implementation ...
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Building consents Bill heard

National Spokesperson for Building and Construction Nick Smith recently put forward a private member’s Bill into Parliament which will make all local authorities forgo their charges if they do not process building consents on time.    The aim of the Bill is to prevent territorial authorities from charging fees to building consent applicants where the territorial authority has processed the consent in breach of the statutory time frame. It is hoped that this will reduce ...
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RMBF: Builder ratings web sites don’t add value for consumers

RMBF chief executive, Pieter Burghout says the Federation has seen a plethora of web sites pop up in the past few months that rate builders/tradespeople.    “We would be disappointed if the public used this sort of vehicle to choose their builder,” Mr Burghout says.    “The builder ratings, in our view, don’t give real confi rmation of quality that the public should be looking for, and could also be open to abuse,” he says.   ...
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Building Registered Master Builders for tomorrow

Building Registered Master Builders for tomorrow

As well as leading and running a dynamic, professional and sustainable organisation today, one of our other main organisational responsibilities is helping build the Registered Master Builders organisation for the future.    And one of the key ingredients to help build that future organisation is ensuring we are bringing our younger industry people into what we do. Going around the country and visiting Associations and members, I get the opportunity to look at how some Assoc...
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The joy of architecture — a whole week of it!

Architectural sculptures constructed from cans of food, a Japanese architect renowned for his ultra skinny buildings and a Melbourne architect who is a “committed urbanite” will be the stars of Auckland Architecture Week from September 6 to 12. Architecture Week is an established event throughout the world which offers a host of activities relating to architecture taking place over a single week. Auckland Architecture Week — The Joy of Architecture — will celebrate the ar...
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