Working with politicians — ‘May you live in interesting times!’

One of the three core strategies for the RMBF is being “the Industry Champion” — in other words, being the voice of the construction...

Activity outlook brighter this year

Happy New Year to you all and here’s hoping 2010 will be better for you than 2009. From a residential building consent perspective the outlook...

Plan to secure your future

By the time you read this almost a quarter of the year has already gone — that’s 25%, 13 weeks out of 52 (just...

Taranaki RMBA initiative pays off

The Taranaki Construction Safety Group recently hosted the first Taranaki Apprentice Safety Challenge day in New Plymouth. The group is an informal association...

A lot of hot air?

More concerning — and the article was headed “working with nature” — was that among a number of highlighted features were “the installation of...

A convention

Is there an unwritten convention that large shopping centres have to be unattractive? I couldn’t name even one such centre that looks like anything...

News from the CEO’s desk

New painting guarantee An initiative I am delighted to see come to fruition is the launch of a new guarantee by the Master Painters Association. The...

Building policy reform — a summary of proposed MBIE changes, Part 2

Timothy Bates and Sabina Boyd of Auckland law firm Legal Vision preview more of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s proposed...

Catching cold

Every time I catch a cold I wonder why science has failed so miserably to find a cure, or even an effective palliative, to...

Understanding timber weatherboards

Timber weatherboards have been used to clad New Zealand homes for generations. They are a proven weathertight cladding that can offer peace of mind...