Traps to look out for in a building dispute

Commerical lawyer, Geoff Hardy Everyone knows the old saying that the only winners in court cases are the lawyers.   That reflects the reality that the traditional system of suing in the courts (litigation) has become so drawn-out, so complex and so expensive, that it is effectively out of the reach of the common citizen. Ironically, all that complexity came …

A workhorse packed with personality The 2020 Jeep Gladiator

Jeep’s new Gladiator seems to have found  that precarious balance between practical workhorse and plaything. It’s a capable midsize truck that offers open-air freedom, clever functionality and versatility, solid on and off-road dynamics and a host of safety and advanced technology features. The company line is “Unquestionably a truck and instantly recognizable as a Jeep, the all-new 2020 Gladiator is …

Effective ways to make more money without doing more jobs

Daniel Fitzpatrick, business coach at Next Level Tradie. Making more profit in your tradie business is about so much more than working harder and doing more jobs. One simple and highly effective way to make your bank account happier is to control your jobs to ensure you are not losing out through leaks.   By making sure there are minimal …

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Bringing disputes to a satisfactory end

By Jeff Walters and Andy Glenie Improving outcomes for all parties when relationships break down Increased pressure on the construction industry is bringing with it increased disagreement between principals and contractors. But many of those using NZS:3910 are telling us that the dispute resolution procedures provided for under the contract are just not helping to bring such disputes to a …

How accessible is your workplace?

By Colleen Jones,  director of Jones Consultancy I’m not talking about your construction site or building project workplace (where realistically an expectation of accessibility for people with impairments, particularly mobility impairments, is not as achievable), but rather your office workplace; the place where your office staff are based and where your site-based staff occasionally call in.   If your office …

A positive step for the sector

Infrastructure Commission and Construction Accord aims for a healthier industry On April 14 the Government and construction industry leaders signalled a shared commitment to transform New Zealand’s construction sector. Jointly developed by Ministers, Government agencies and industry leaders from across the construction sector, the Accord offers up a unique opportunity for industry and Government to partner on a range of …

Builder licensing – separating the facts from the fiction

For a lot of people involved in the building trade, the requirement to be “licensed” is nothing new – take architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians, gasfitters, and lawyers for example. Commerical lawyer, Geoff Hardy   The requirement for builders to be licensed only came about relatively recently, following the emergence of the leaky building crisis and the Hunn Report published in …

Legislative changes affecting the construction sector

The Government has recently announced that minimum wages will increase to $17.70 an hour on 1 April 2019. By Marcus Beveridge and Tina Hwang from Queen City Law   We would assume that nobody in the construction sector is paying the minimum wage and therefore the labour force will remain unaffected. However, there will undoubtedly be flow-on affects including general …

The Construction Contracts Act is broken and needs fixing

Almost every time we hear about a main contractor being liquidated, we also hear subcontractors will be left out of pocket. Why is it that? Jeff Walters, specialist in property and construction law, K3 Legal   After the collapse of Hartner Construction, the Construction Contracts Act 2002 was introduced to put an end to this problem. But come 2013, Mainzeal …

Are you making these 11 mistakes in your trades business?

Are you working longer and longer hours and downright frustrated at the lack of profits? Is work coming in, but it’s just not consistent? One month you’re scrambling to get the work done and the next, you’re sweating out where the next job is coming from? By Daniel Fitzpatrick   Or maybe you’re getting the work — but where the …