Upward pressure on costs

I hope you have had a great Christmas and New Year, with a break from work and plenty of opportunity to enjoy the summer...

A culture of camaraderie

Back in 1898 when Registered Master Builders was formed, New Zealand’s pioneering builders must have possessed a fierce spirit of grit and determination to...

Directors’ personal liability — new leaky buildings cases

You may have noted in the New Zealand Herald recently, two cases reported of directors of development companies being held personally liable for water...

House full of unusual design features

A Canterbury home built by Horncastle Homes was named national winner in the New Homes under $200,000 category at the Registered Master...

What’s gone wrong?

On returning from London, I spent the 70s, 80s and 90s as a partner in a commercial design practice. As any who were there will...

Limitation periods

Overview Limitation periods are extremely important for those involved in a claim relating to defective building works, whether that be someone who wants...

The folly behind the falls from height campaign

The New Zealand Initiative (TNZI) recently published a report, A Matter of Balance: Regulating Safety. It was critical of the Ministry of Business, Innovation...

Softly, softly

Think of Barcelona, and other than the 1992 Olympic Games (especially the theme song performed by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé) most first-time visitors...

CCA: Payment claims and the residential occupier

The recent High Court decision of Justice Wylie in Berg v Franix Construction Limited (CIV2008-404-3421) once again highlights that, in order for contractors to...

Marketing — the how, what, where and who

Marketing — it’s a word that comes up in conversation when a new client comes on board, normally within the first two sentences. Why?...