February 2012 Issue


Otaki youth studying over summer

A group of 20 strong, young and enthusiastic students from the Kapiti Coast have left their surfboards and Playstations alone this summer break. Instead of […]

Christchurch draft plan hindering rebuild

Christchurch City Council’s “restrictive” draft Central City Plan is undermining the Canterbury business community’s efforts to rebuild, warns the Property Council of New Zealand in […]

Minister to open Christchurch rebuild event

Minister for Building and Construction Maurice Williamson will open a forum for Christchurch’s building and property professionals on February 29. The event — Steel: the […]

Too many workers dying

Four construction workers died at work last year, and more than 650 were seriously hurt on building sites across the country. Provisional statistics released by […]

Earthquake reconstruction to revitalise sector

The New Zealand building sector will rebound from its lowest level in 10 years as the country continues to fight back from devastating earthquakes in […]

LBP applications soar after DBH TV campaign kicks in

The number of tradespeople applying to become licensed has increased markedly since the Department of Building and Housing’s consumer information TV campaign, Build It Right, […]

Mine is bigger than yours

Last year I visited the World Financial Centre in Shanghai. One hundred storeys high and, for about five minutes, it was the tallest building in […]

The LBP scheme — what sort of liability exposure will accompany it?

The Licensed Building Practitioner scheme comes into force on March 1, 2012. In broad terms the scheme was set up with the aim of ensuring […]

Our Old Government Buildings

British architect Andrew Waugh recently spoke eloquently on national television as to the virtues of wood, specifically when it comes to rebuilding Christchurch. He is […]

Grow your business: getting the right people

As our industry inches closer to recovery, many builders and subcontractors will be looking to the future, and thinking about the number of people they […]

Saxton Oval Pavilion a winner for Nelson region

Saxton Field is a $50 million, 75 hectare sports ground which, together with the $12 million Saxton Stadium, provides facilities for hockey, softball, football, archery, […]

LBP decision a ‘no-brainer’

Registered Master Builders Carters 2011 Apprentice of the Year Ryan Keogh, 22, says deciding to become a Licensed Building Practitioner was a no-brainer. “The day […]

Supreme Award winner ‘blown away’

Philip Vile was “blown away” when Glenroy Housing Ltd took out the PlaceMakers Supreme Award and Registered Master Builders 2011 House of the Year, after […]

Entries open in premier building competition

Entries are open in the Registered Master Builders 2012 House of the Year, in association with PlaceMakers. 2012 marks a significant change for the RMB […]

Time to plan

Get things down in writing and prioritise The holiday period seems to fly by and before we know it, we are back to the reality […]

A year of change

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you had an enjoyable and restful break and that the weather was kind wherever you were. Well, […]