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 …

Leaky buildings still a major issue

By Jo Bailey Weathertightness of structures has been a hot topic in New Zealand since the leaky building crisis became public in 2002. New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors (NZIBS) executive member Nick Gaites says it is impossible to tell the exact numbers of homes affected. However, the weathertightness expert says after years immersed in the problem, he believes well …

Learning from the mistakes of the past

Weathertightness is not only an issue for New Zealand’s existing housing stock. Nick Gaites, director of Reveal Building Consultants and an executive member of NZIBS, says many builders concerned about “risky” designs for new homes they are being contracted to build, are turning to Registered Building Surveyors for advice. “We are seeing an increase in the number of complex designs …

Demand for building surveyors greater than ever

The leaky building crisis is not the only issue facing the New Zealand construction industry. Poorly repaired homes in Christchurch post-earthquake and sub-standard construction in an overheated Auckland market are also having an impact on the sector, along with the substitution of cheaper, lower-quality building materials by some contractors. William Hursthouse, acting vice president of the New Zealand Institute of …

New diploma huge step forward for building surveyors

Earlier this year, NZIBS with the assistance of NZQA recognised training specialist Vertical Horizonz, assessed the NZIBS Core Module training and that resulted in it being accepted as a new Diploma in Building Surveying ISO9001:2008 (level 5), which is a ‘huge step forward’ for building surveyors, says Sally Dunbar, General Manager of NZIBS. “The new diploma demonstrates the Institute’s commitment …

Inspirational Carmen is Tradeswomen of the Year

By Jo Bailey Ten years ago Carmen Sutton had barely swung a hammer and had learning difficulties that prevented her from reading. Now she has been named the National Association of Women in Construction’s Tradeswoman of the Year at the Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards. “It was great to win. I definitely wasn’t expecting it,” says Carmen, who attended the awards …