October 2009 Issue


Managing their way through the recession

NALCO has won the Westpac Manukau Business of the Year Supreme Award. The award was presented to managing director Ron Holden by Prime Minister John […]

The District Court and High Court consider the meaning of ‘PC Sum’

In a recent High Court decision (G Mullany v TJ Brown & Another), the court had to consider the meaning of PC sum. This was, […]

New assessment model for carpentry apprentices begins

Times are changing with regard to the way the BCITO assesses the National Certificate in Carpentry.   Starting from their next session with their BCITO […]

SCNZ conference enjoyed by all

Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) members and their partners from around the country converged on New Zealand’s adventure tourism capital Queenstown for two days of […]

A tall steel story: The mezzanine that came through the window

Now here is an amazing way to convert a “problem” inside space into an outstanding new office floor.   The brief may have seemed like […]

New house market taking off again

Based on month on month increases in the company’s sales figures, Jennian Homes management believes new house building activity is gaining positive momentum nationwide.   […]

Tested in more ways than one

Last year’s national finalists in the Registered Master Builders Carters Apprentice of the Year found themselves physically and mentally challenged on an Outward Bound leadership […]

What’s cooking?

Because it’s often the most popular room in a home, creating an award-winning kitchen offers up a host of unique challenges for builders.   It’s […]

Contracting with a Trust — things to note

I often get calls from members seeking clarification of how to deal with Trusts. Usually the calls are about who has to sign the contract […]

Carbon emissions — what’s that got to do with us?

What has carbon and the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) got to do with us?   You might well say nothing, but think again! This scheme […]

RMBF takes a position on licensing

With the Government announcing that builders will have to be a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) to undertake restricted building work in the residential sector from […]