Future-proofing the building industry through innovation, change and collaboration

As Minister for Building and Construction, my job is to ensure New Zealand has an efficient building regulatory system that encourages innovation, while ensuring buildings are safe, healthy and durable. My priorities are to support the wider transformation of the construction industry and help enable KiwiBuild. There are four essential parts to the building system and my work programme has …

The 7 biggest cashflow mistakes tradies make

It’s a familiar story and it goes like this: A few people haven’t paid you or you’ve had a couple of slow months. Your bank account is looking empty and you still need to pay staff and suppliers. Things are getting stressful; the heat is starting to rise and the business is feeling a little out of control. It’s bothering …

Intex launches hunt for ambassador

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1st of March 2018 An Australasian supplier of the world’s best drywalling tools is today beginning the hunt for its first-ever brand ambassador. The chosen Intex ambassador will win almost $20,000 worth of tools and become a leading figure in the New Zealand drywalling industry. To apply, contestants only need to submit a short video of themselves …

Six year success story – AS/NZS 2327 gets across the line!

  Article courtesy of HERA. After six years of hard work, we’re proud to announce that AS/NZS 2327 has been published in collaboration with our Australian colleagues. Steel-concrete composite construction has proved popular over the last 30 years, and has largely accounted for the international dominance of steel frames in multi-storey buildings. Its success being the strength and stiffness that …

Rushing to disaster

  By Michael Hempseed As the new year is now well under way, many companies will need to think about recruitment, either to replace staff who changed jobs during the summer, or to expand their current workforce. Often a poor recruitment process leads to serious workplace problems. We’ve all worked in a business or heard of a situation where the …

Built to withstand the toughest forces of nature

Visually stunning, 20 Customhouse Quay, the 14-storey office building on the Wellington waterfront, is perhaps, technologically, the most advanced structural solution for high-rise buildings in New Zealand. Designed to survive a one in 500 year earthquake with no structural damage, the building is estimated to meet 180 percent of the building code. It features base-isolating technology, which substantially reduces the …

Built to last

The concept of future proofing is the process of anticipating the future and developing methods for minimising the effects of the shocks and stresses of future events. How does this concept apply to the construction of houses? As Nick Gaites, an executive member of the New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors explains, we all want a comfortable home to live …

Avoiding the snowball effect

By Amanda Chase Ideally, you have a business where the team is doing well – people are motivated, they work cohesively, punctuality and reliability is not a problem and you have confidence they enjoy their jobs. All your staff respect the business and the management team, and are aligned with the company’s values. There are no performance improvement plans in …

Worlds first curved triangular orthotropic bridge wows industry

The Canada Street Cycle Bridge project is recognized as a pillar of what can be achieved within the New Zealand steel industry. So much so, it inspired regulatory administration Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) to create a supreme award in recognition of what was achieved by those involved. Commissioned by NZTA, the Canada Street Bridge project refers to a comprehensive …

Rivet Sheetmetal, Engineering and Manufacturing Ltd

In business since 1991, Rivet (previously Scott Sheetmetal) has built up an enviable reputation for service, quality and outside-the-box designs and fabrications. Rivet has 50 highly skilled, experienced staff shared between two different branches, both conveniently located in New Plymouth. ISO9001-accredited with professional services and solutions on offer, you will have the assurance that your next project can be successfully …