Preliminary and General — and its cost

Preliminary and General. Do you know what this is? I have talked to many builders around the country over many years, who often say...

‘Long stop’ provisions: Making sense of the 10-year limitation period in leaky building claims

The very recent Auckland High Court decision of Kells and Kells v Auckland City Council & Others (CIV-2008-404-1812) had to consider whether the Weathertight...

Are you an ‘Employer of Choice’?

Tradie HR director Leigh Olsen explains what makes an “Employer of Choice”.

New Zealand’s top 100 homes announced

After lengthy deliberation, the Top 100 National Finalists have been announced for the Registered Master Builders 2019 House of the Year competition.

New awards to celebrate innovation in the sector

By RMBA CEO David Kelly I think, unfairly, the perception of the construction sector is...

Judicial review of CCA determinations rare

By Timothy Bates, Legal Vision   In this month’s article I wish to review the decision of Anderson & Another v Swindells & McDowall Renovations Ltd,...

Business growth requires careful planning

Terry Sage of Trades Coaching New Zealand says by all means grow, and grow large — but plan your growth path carefully.

Building policy reform — a summary of proposed MBIE changes, Part 1

Timothy Bates of Auckland law firm Legal Vision previews some of the proposed amendments to the Building Act 2004.

Directors’ statutory duties — the Mainzeal High Court decision

By Tim Bates, Legal Vision   In this month’s article I wish to review some of the findings of the recent Mainzeal High Court decision. The decision...

Dwelling with Gaia

The primary concern here is with so-called earth houses, aka earth berms, as opposed to rammed-earth or earth-sheltered homes. Earth homes are set...