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• Construction progress at the New Zealand Cup Village was exceeding expectations, ahead of the America’s Cup in 2000.
America’s Cup challenging syndicates were expected to begin moving into the village from June 1998. A new milestone was reached when a 100m breakwater wharf to provide a sheltered water environment for America’s Cup boats was completed.

10 years ago:
• RMBF chief executive Chris Preston welcomed the release of the Ministry of Economic Development’s discussion paper on New Zealand building industry regulations.
He said the move towards adjusting and setting standards for the building industry was a positive one.
“We agree there is a need in the wider industry for change, and that alterations need to make the design, materials, systems and workmanship components of the building process more accountable,” Mr Preston said.

5 years ago:
• Craig Shorrock of Auckland, one of the first builders to successfully register as a Licensed Building Practitioner, was presented with his own “licence to build” by Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones.