Ford’s Ranger Raptor is one stylish workhorse

Ford has unleashed the first-ever Ranger Raptor – an off-road pickup loaded with toughness and performance. Hailing the Raptor as its first “performance ute for NZ” the extreme version of the Ranger has been designed off-road performance in mind. Powered by a two litre twin-turbo diesel that makes 157kW/500Nm, the Raptor is larger than a standard Ranger in every dimension. …

Established systems prove a winning formula for Paul Smith Earthmoving

Having proven systems in place and focussing on delivery are just two parts of a winning formula for Paul Smith Earthmoving. “Potential clients look at a company’s history and at its known attributes when they are considering giving that company a contract,” says Tony Moir, co-owner with Bruce Tinnelly of Paul Smith Earthmoving. “Over the past 17 years of operation …

The Frame and Truss Manufacturers’ Association national conference beckons

A major event for the Frame and Truss Manufacturers’ Association this year is a planned national two-day conference in September to discuss key issues and challenges for the industry. While an annual meeting of the association is held each year, providing an opportunity for its membership to catch up and discuss their issues, FTMA president Alan Westwood says the conference …

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 …

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 …