Review: Mazda BT-50 GSX is a smooth operator.

By Damien O’Carroll The current Mazda BT-50 is arguably a better ute than the Ford Ranger, particularly when it comes to value for money. But it has always been the Ford’s more traditional and truck-like looks that have seen it win out over the Mazda. With the recently facelifted BT-50 Mazda New Zealand decided on a change of direction in …

Legislative changes present opportunities for insulation sector

A key piece of new legislation is starting to have a significant impact on the insulation sector, says Hamish Aitken, immediate past president of the Insulation Association of New Zealand (IAONZ). “Earlier this year the Government passed an amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) which included new requirements for insulation and smoke alarms, strengthens enforcement powers and makes other …

Expert tips for noise reduction on the job site

The rise in high-density living and developments being undertaken closer to busy roadways has heightened the need to control noise and vibration on the construction site. With many new local and overseas builders and contractors entering the market, particularly in Auckland, it is critical they are made aware of the limits they must adhere to when it comes to noise …

CCNZ National Awards

The following people and companies were recognised at the national awards ceremonies during the CCNZ annual conference in early August. Category 1:  Projects with a value up to $1M  Winner Groundfix – Waterview Tunnel The Waterview Tunnel is a $1.4 billion project being delivered for the NZ Government by NZTA and a consortium of contractors working as the “Well Connected …

Civil Contractors New Zealand – from Peter Silcock, CEO

Despite the high level of contracting work available in many parts of the country, as we play catch up on past under investment in infrastructure, civil contractors are facing some big challenges with low margins, uncertain forward work programmes, ongoing industry restructuring and a shortage of skilled people. I have been on a steep learning curve since starting my role …

Construction – How a booming industry can open its doors to young New Zealanders

You only have to read any job forecasting report to know the construction industry is buoyant, with Seek construction job ads for May up by almost 40% in Auckland alone. The latest findings from The National Construction Pipeline Report (MBIE, 2016) confirms the sector is experiencing steady growth.  New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) Chief Executive Malcolm Fleming is positive …

FloorNZ – The Trade Association for the Flooring Industry

FloorNZ is the trade association for the flooring industry.  We have two main functions – membership services and training for the industry. Unlike other trade associations FloorNZ is also the owner of a Private Training Establishment, the Allied Trades Institute, which is approved by NZQA to run national qualifications for the industry.  We work in partnership with the BCITO to …

Managing Risk in the Workplace

Health & Safety legislation has undergone a significant change with the passing of the Health & Safety at Work Act and subsequent regulations made under that Act. The Health and Safety at Work Act changed the focus from compliance by managing hazards to managing Risk. Despite our best efforts, fatalities and serious injuries continue to occur, even among organizations with …

Buy your timber joinery with confidence

Deciding on your new timber joinery, whether for a new or existing home, is a complex decision. Timber joinery is timeless in appearance and will suit modern architectural or traditional building methods. But not all timber joinery is created equal. There is quality timber joinery and there is cheap timber joinery, but there is no cheap, quality timber joinery. So …