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 …

What To Do When Things Don’t Go To Plan

By Martz Witty The first typical reaction is knee jerk and panic, but this is seldom the correct course of action. Instead I suggest grabbing a pen and paper and answering these questions that I learned years ago at a Dale Carnegie course. It changed my life forever and is cited in Dale’s book How to Stop Worrying and Start …

Not All Products Certification Schemes Are Created Equal

What’s more, it’s simply not enough to think that just because steel has been ordered to a New Zealand or Australian standard that the delivered product will automatically conform with that standard and be fit for purpose. Increasingly, this is not the case: The product may meet the standard; it may be supplied with documents for “an equivalent standard” (but …

The Green Revolution

Chief executive of New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC), Andrew Eagles, says when it comes to thinking about buildings and construction in modern cities there is one question he likes to ask – what would Aristotle say about our buildings? And the answer is Aristotle would have a lot to be excited about. “A wider range of organisations are now …

Free benchmark service could save thousands in ACC

Builders and Contractors readers are being offered a free ACC Benchmark service, which could potentially save their businesses thousands in costs. The new initiative is being offered by Manage Company, which has acted as ACC advisors for around five years. Managing director Martin Wouters says after working with more than 2000 different employers during this time the company had gathered …

The Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2015

The Consequences of the Health and Safety Reforms Introduction The Construction Contracts Act 2002 (“CCA”) came into force on 1 April 2003, and significantly reformed the law relating to construction contracts. The objective of the legislation was to dramatically change the framework of cashflow in the industry, by facilitating regular and timely payment between the parties to a construction contract. …