The BPB — three reported decisions

The Building Practitioners Board is a quasi-judicial body that hears complaints made against Licensed Building Practitioners. BPB Complaint No C1011 ...

‘Building work’ or ‘building method’?

The case of Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust v Invercargill City Council concerns the application of the long stop limitation prescribed by section...

Sunset Terraces appeal to the Supreme Court by the North Shore City Council

In the High Court decision of Body Corporate 188529 and Others v North Shore City Council and Others 3 NZLR 479 (the “Sunset...

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...

The importance of the Code Compliance Certificate

The issuing of the consent and all relevant inspections, including the final inspection, had been carried out more than 10 years before the proceedings...

Myth or reality — is fixed price the more economic method of contracting?

As a solicitor specialising in construction law, clients often ask me what form of contract they ought to enter into with builders. The...

Can individual building inspectors be sued in their individual capacities for negligence?

This case — Body Corporate 318596 v Mathis NZHC 373 — involved an application by the employees of Bay Building Certifiers Ltd (BBC)...

Cashflow — the lifeblood of the construction industry

Although the Tribunal can be a very cheap dispute resolution mechanism, one of the disadvantages can be that it is not bound by the...

What constitutes a project manager?

Mr Sayles had been found liable as a project manager in the Weathertight Homes Tribunal and brought an appeal on the basis that the...

Leaky buildings: Council fails to escape liability

Background The plaintiffs, Peter and Patrick McNamara, purchased a home in Arney Crescent, Remuera, Auckland, soon after its completion in 2004. It became...