Supreme winner’s project creates “dramatic forms”

IMAGES – David Straight The Resene Supreme Award in the recent NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards, brought to you by the Wood Processors and Manufacturers’ Association (WPMA), has been awarded to an urban Auckland home. Project judges described the 48 Tuarangi Road project as an “impressive integration of timber material and manufacturing precision”. TOA Architects designed the 156 sqm home …

Covid19

Coronavirus and construction in NZ

By Marcus Beveridge and Tina Hwang from Queen City Law   The recent worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus known as Covid-19 has impacted many businesses including the construction industry. It is indeed a Pandora’s box. A worldwide health crisis of this nature is not an ordinary event, and our nation rarely gets a mandate for people to go into self-quarantine. …

Wow Clients

Seven ways to wow clients and dominate your niche

by Daniel Fitzpatrick, business coach at Next Level Tradie. It sounds so easy: Go out on your own. Provide excellent service. Get happy clients, referrals, repeat work, 5-star reviews and a reputation as one of the best. But have you ever had something go wrong on a job and despite your best efforts, the client ended up unhappy with how …

Fired

The risks involved in firing a builder

by Commerical lawyer, Geoff Hardy Occasionally building projects go off the rails. The relationship between the owner and the building company breaks down, the invoices don’t get paid, and the building work grinds to a halt. The building company usually has to initiate some action to recover the money it believes it is owed, and the owner responds with a …

Infrastructure

New decade brings possibilities for infrastructure investment

  By CCNZ chief executive, Peter Silcock Could the 2020s be the decade of major infrastructure investment in New Zealand?   The government recently announced a $12 billion injection into major infrastructure projects, and political parties have begun unveiling their election year policies, with spending on transport at the forefront of debates. Finance Minister Grant Robertson revealed $6.8 billion of …

2020 Jeep

2020 Jeep Wrangler

The iconic Jeep Wrangler – one of the most recognised vehicles in the world – delivers off-road capability and on-road practicality. The off-road ability is the product of more than seven decades of Jeep’s 4×4 engineering experience. That’s all well and good – but it’s the Wrangler’s fold-down windshield and innovative removable tops that allow it to seamlessly morph into …

SafetynAction

Digital safety training mitigates impact of Covid-19 on kiwi businesses

Workplace health and safety has always been a top priority in New Zealand, but as COVID-19 rapidly gathers momentum, businesses across the country are more focussed than ever on keeping their people safe. With the government actively encouraging work from home options and social distancing, the value of online training has never held more weight.  Lucky then that Safety ‘n …

BuildingContract

Opting out – In what situations can you cancel a building contract?

Commerical lawyer, Geoff Hardy There are plenty of situations where a builder might want to cancel a building contract.   You might have suffered a personal tragedy or a serious health setback, or you might have unexpectedly lost one or more senior staff members. You might have overcommitted yourself and taken on more projects than you can handle. Alternatively, you …

Technology Sector

New technologies in the sector

By Andrew Nah, law clerk at Queen City Law www.queencitylaw.co.nz The construction industry has seen constant and significant leaps and bounds in technology.   Now that we have entered a new decade, this is a good time to take a look at what new technologies are being used in the construction sector and what we should be keeping an eye …