Tax implications of rewarding high performing employees

By Jamie Tulloch Hard working and committed employees always stand out. They are hard to find and when you do find them, you want to retain them by rewarding them with something meaningful and thoughtful – and something that will express your gratitude. We often get asked what can be given to employees that are of the best tax benefit …

How to find staff and keep them

By Kevin Everett As we are always being reminded building work has ramped up and so has the need to find and retain staff. Often, upskilling and promoting current staff is the best choice. Employers face a challenge finding staff when the market is tight. Recruitment methods may include: Filling gaps with overseas applicants Headhunting staff from other companies Promoting …

Time for gender imbalance to be addressed

The booming construction sector and drive to get more people into trades, is attracting a growing number of women to the industry, with around 12 percent of all trade apprentices in New Zealand now female. Donna Howell, president of the National Association of Women in Construction says there are many reasons why the sector should look more closely at hiring …

Fishing in a new pond

The Roofing Association of New Zealand (RANZ) is taking a strategic approach to ensure the future sustainability of the roofing industry, says new chief executive officer, Graham Moor. “There are several challenges facing the sector. In the short term this includes finding people of the right calibre and quality we need to take the industry forward. Like all employers in …

Change at the top following loss of dedicated CEO

As the Roofing Association of New Zealand (RANZ) heads into its 23rd year, it is mourning the loss of its dedicated former CEO Lorraine Mills, who passed away in April. “Lorraine’s sudden death hit us all particularly hard. Having worked with her since 2002 it is difficult not having her around, especially as she had an amazing ability to recall …

Regional carpentry apprentices compete in the capital for top honour

Following a series of regional events that involved building children’s playhouses, twelve regional champions gathered in Wellington over 26-28 May for the national final of the Certified Builders Carpentry Apprentice Challenge. Clement Richer, 34, from Herne Bay, Auckland, took away the top prize. Second place was awarded to Wade Puklowski, 23, from Nelson, and third to Adam Johnson, 24, from …

New chief executive, new direction for SARNZ

Scaffolding, Access & Rigging NZ (SARNZ) has come a long way since its inception in 1994, when it was formed by a group of scaffolders and riggers getting together to talk about industry issues. The organisation has recently appointed Graham Burke as its first ever chief executive, a newly created full time position. In his challenging new role, Graham will …

Christchurch Adventure Park progressing

Construction is progressing well on the new Christchurch Adventure Park, which is expected to bring international attention as well as numerous social and economic benefits to the Canterbury region. When she turned the first sod, to mark the start of construction at the park back in March Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel said the park would attract young people to the …

BCITO welcomes new Chief Executive

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) is delighted to welcome Warwick Quinn as its new Chief Executive starting this week. Mr Quinn is the former Chief Executive of the Motor Trades Association (MTA) and was the Chief Executive of the Registered Master Builders Association for seven years. He is well known and well respected in the building and …

State-of-the-art Earthquake testing facility wins top construction award

Auckland University’s new Faculty of Engineering Research, Building 906, home to one of Australasia’s largest earthquake testing facilities, was named Supreme Award winner at the recent New Zealand Commercial Project Awards, held in Auckland. Created by the team of Scarbro Construction, Jasmax Architects, and engineers RCP, the newly constructed Civil Engineering Test Facility – housing a nine-metre structure test hall …