The race to the bottom

Why are construction companies going bust in the biggest boom period in New Zealand history? The MBIE’s 6th National Construction Pipeline Report released this year provides for a sustained growth in the construction industry over the next six years-$41 billion worth. Despite this however, some of New Zealand’s most well-known construction companies continue to experience difficulties. Previously Hartner Construction and …

Five simple ways to find new staff

Most tradies say the same thing: It’s hard to find good staff. MTA recently said there are 1,600 jobs throughout NZ that haven’t been filled. It’s a problem. So if you have too much work, how do you find more skilled staff to grow your business? Well, even in a shortage, there will always be good people who are looking …

Sustainable initiatives drive growth

Improved productivity, lower costs, a strong image and a platform for competitive advantage – these are just some of the benefits of running a sustainable business. Compelling research by NZI shows that those who run a sustainable business (taking into account environmental, social and economic factors), are twice as likely to grow as those not engaged. Despite this, one third …

Levelling the playing field

Builders, big, independent, small and medium, now have a levelled playing field and the simple approach is leaving many wondering, “why didn’t I think of that?” Combined Building Supplies Co-operative chairman Carl Taylor talks about making small operators more competitive. The Combined Building Supplies Co-operative or, in simpler terms, CBS Co-op, allows anyone in the construction industry who are members …

Modo Architects – The Tasman View House

Nestled amongst the foothills of the Richmond Ranges, taking in the picturesque Tasman Bay and contiguous plains, the Tasman View House sits unassumingly within its environment. It is a fine example of Modo Architects’ overriding desire to produce buildings of poetic beauty and place. Modo’s brief for the Tasman View House was simple but not easy – ‘sleek with no …

The concrete benefits of an innovative industry

The impressive trajectory of the concrete industry cannot be overstated. From the Roman Pantheon finished in 128 AD — the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world — to the historic Brutalist masterpieces of Le Corbusier, concrete offers vast potential and can help realise spectacular structural and architectural results. Although relatively rare following the collapse of the Roman Empire, concrete …

Risk management – the most critical issue for the construction industry

A survey conducted by the Registered Master Builders of the industry’s leading figures has revealed over half believe the sector is not performing to its potential, due to risk allocation in contracts and a lack of skills. The survey went out to over 50 select CEOs and senior managers from the leading commercial and residential building companies, property developers and …

Rising damp

Have we learned our lessons from the leaky buildings fiasco? How far has New Zealand come since leaky buildings started making front page headlines in early 2000? As a country have we mastered the art of constructing weatherproof buildings yet? Or have we still got a way to go in terms of learning from the mistakes we made with untreated …

Lightweight solutions

The growing trend of lighter roofing options As the trend towards lightweight roofing and cladding continues, Roofline Canterbury Limited is leading Christchurch’s roofing industry. Roofline Canterbury is a 100-percent locally owned and operated roofing and cladding manufacturer, with more than 40 years’ experience in the industry. The company provides a wide range of solutions to customers, including new residential and …

Keeping calm in a crisis

By Martz Witty, Head of Martz Group It’s not entirely uncommon for business people to occasionally feel that they’re not in control as they would like to be. In fact, there are times where they might feel that the excrement is hitting the oscillating air mover. There are tons of courses and suggestions on how to deal with these moments, …