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 …

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 …

The Canterbury Safety Charter: Beyond the Rebuild

It has been another great year for the Canterbury Safety Charter – they’ve had a lot to celebrate. In June the Charter took out the supreme award winner at the New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards. It won the WorkSafe New Zealand/ACC best overall contribution to improving workplace health and safety in New Zealand. The award recognises the huge …

Planning with the professionals

The team at Survus Consultants  are surveyors, planners and engineers with all the necessary expertise to advise on the specialist issue of subdivisions. What exactly is a subdivision? “It’s the term for splitting a piece of land into individual lots,” says Craig Hurford, survey manager at Survus Consultants. “Subdivisions can be as basic as a residential two-lot in-fill development where …

Building for whatever may come

As Heraclitus famously said ‘The only thing that is constant is change,” – and it seems the rate of change has never been as rapid as today. Although this has probably always seemed the case to successive generations, social, technological and natural forces seem to be drawing momentum from one another to keep (quite literally in Canterbury’s case), moving the …

12 daily habits of exceptional leaders By Travis Bradbury

Great leadership is indeed a difficult thing to pin down and understand. You know a great leader when you’re working for one, but even they can have a hard time explaining the specifics of what they do that makes their leadership so effective. Great leadership is dynamic; it melds a variety of unique skills into an integrated whole. Great leadership …

Always consider the asbestos factor

April 2017 marks the one-year anniversary of the new regulations for working with asbestos. It will also mark the launch of the first ever Asbestos Awareness Week in New Zealand. Asbestos is New Zealand’s number one killer in the workplace with around 170 people dying each year from asbestos-related diseases*. That is why the New Zealand Demolition & Asbestos Association …