Warming up for work

Teaching construction workers to train and think like top athletes Construction company CEO Steve Barker noticed there were a lot of similarities between the extremely physical nature of many construction jobs and high-performance sports, and that, unlike athletes, workers did not train for the extreme physical activity they were doing onsite. “Many of our construction team play rugby or other …

Lower Hutt Jobs and Skills Hub has now opened

    Up to 30,000 additional construction and infrastructure workers are needed in the Wellington region, for $17 billion of projects planned over the next four years. “It’s time to build. Whether you’ve got no experience or twenty years’ experience, there are opportunities available,” says Amy Henare, director of Employment Programmes at the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). A Lower …

Cutting corners costs more than you think; how electricians can stay safe onsite

    Onsite safety and streamlined operations are essential to the success and protection of tradies working across Australia. With the daily exposure to potential electrical hazards, understanding and employing basic and advanced safety measures are crucial for the protection of both the electricians and the integrity of the project at hand. David Holmes, CEO of Fergus, said, “Recently, our …

New Zealanders’ priorities for infrastructure investment shifts after extreme weather events

    Less than a third (29%) of New Zealanders are satisfied with our national infrastructure, with flood defences receiving the lowest quality rating (18%) among different types of infrastructure and identified as the number one investment priority in the country. A new 31-country Ipsos Global Advisor survey found that New Zealanders are significantly less satisfied with the country’s national …

Otago and Southland apprentices gain in collaborative Te Pūkenga trial

    Otago and Southland region apprentices were more productive, knowledgeable, confident and engaged following a 16-month trial by Te Pūkenga | New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, to unify the approach to the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry Level 4. The Otago Regional Service Delivery Trial involved Otago Polytechnic, Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) and the Building and …

BRANZ appoints new CEO

The BRANZ Board has announced that Acting CEO, Claire Falck, has been appointed to the permanent chief executive role. BRANZ Chair Nigel Smith said that after an extensive recruitment process, he was delighted to make this appointment. “In her previous role as GM System Transformation and more recently as Acting CEO, Claire has impressed with her dedication, leadership qualities and …

Unlocking the full potential of wood

Unlocking the potential of the wood processing sector, growing our economy and contributing to New Zealand’s climate change response is the aim of a new fund announced by Forestry Minister Peeni Henare Speaking at the Wood Processers and Manufacturers Association conference in Rotorua, Peeni Henare said the $57 million fund would enable the Government to partner with wood processors to …

The best in the business

The New Zealand plumbing industry plays a vital role in this country’s health, housing, and infrastructure. Each year, the New Zealand Plumbing Awards recognise and honour outstanding contributions and achievements in the plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying sector. 2023 Kava Cup The Kava Cup Award celebrates community projects by regional Master Plumbers Branches and Associations. Canterbury Master Plumbers secured Hospital the …

Collaborative HSW approach wins award

  A national association has recognised Watercare’s collaborative approach to health, safety and wellbeing. Watercare major projects engineering manager, Craig Matthewson, says Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ) awarded the special recognition to Watercare and their eight construction partners for the collaborative health, safety and wellbeing toolbox programme, Back 2 Basics. The programme was born out of our leadership working group …

Supporting construction companies

  The Construction Sector Accord and Callaghan Innovation have agreed to partner to accelerate growth and innovation across construction businesses of every size and stage. The partnership seeks to address systemic challenges and build resilience across the construction sector. As part of the agreement Callaghan Innovation will deliver several. Accord initiatives through a new programme: Construction Activator. The Construction Activator …

Infrastructure & construction sector workforce needs discussed

The Wellington Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG) and over 50 representatives from across the infrastructure and construction sector met at WelTec | Te Pūkenga in Petone to discuss workforce development needs for the region and creating a regional partnership to progress priorities. “With approximately 3,000 job openings expected in this sector from 2025 to 2028 there is an urgent need …

Understanding mass timber use in construction

A survey in late 2022 of design, construction and building professionals into the perceptions and barriers to mass timber use in construction has highlighted the growing awareness and adoption of mass timber, but it also revealed that more can be done. The survey was distributed to manufacturers, builders, architects, designers, engineers, building officials and quantity surveyors. It was commissioned by …

Solid solutions with Concretec

Building a sustainable and resilient future with precast concrete Concretec NZ are leaders in Auckland’s precast concrete industry for their innovative and sustainable construction solutions. You need look no further than Concretec NZ for expert service and quality concrete. Their extensive range of precast concrete products have helped over 850 construction projects come to life. Concretec have cemented themselves as …

Concrete NZ Readymix members place onus on quality

Concrete NZ’s Readymix Sector Group strives to research, develop, promote and protect the interests of the ready mixed concrete industry by implementing a range of targeted initiatives. The Group’s areas of activity include representing the industry before Government, disseminating technical information, participating in standards development, offering health & safety advice, and first and foremost ensuring members maintain a high standard …

Lightening the load Managing workplace stress

Stress is normal. We can feel stressed because we feel overwhelmed with work, feel under pressure, are experiencing new challenges, worried about something, and the list goes on. Stress at work can happen often, but when we feel stressed in our personal lives, this can impact our work lives too. Doctor Adrienna Ember – who has a double doctorate – …

Prendos achieves Toitū carbonreduce certification

Prendos, a full-service property and construction consultancy, has achieved Toitū carbonreduce certification. Fiona Gavriel, chief executive at Prendos, says the certification is reflective of the company’s desire to lead the way towards a more sustainable future for the construction and property industry, which is known to be one of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand. “As …

Hirepool welcomes new Hub Manager to the Wellington Region

  Greg Hutchins has joined Hirepool as a Hub Manager, with overall responsibility for Lower Hutt, Thorndon, Wellington Central, Kapiti and Wellington Heavy locations. Greg has over 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having worked in retail lending and management in banking environments in New Zealand and the US. Greg has worked as a banker, estate company manager, …

Public feedback wanted on improvements of building consent system

The next step in improving the building consent system is underway, with both the construction sector and the public, being actively encouraged to have their say on how it could be improved. Minister for Building and Construction, Dr Megan Woods, says “Following last year’s consultation, we have developed options to get a more efficient building consent system, that should minimise …

Reimagined welding platforms deliver performance boost

The 2023 range of WIA Stick, MIG and TIG welders along with a new Plasma Cutter incorporate new operating platforms that provide full digital control over the welding process for greater efficiency and precision. The next generation of WIA welders have been introduced to Australia and New Zealand for 2023. Every model has been redesigned from the component level and …

WMAofNZ

A message from the Secretary of the Waterproofing Membrane Association of New Zealand

Currently, I hold the position of Secretary of the Waterproofing Membrane Association of New Zealand- Mark Rayner   I retired three years ago having spent the last 37 years marketing waterproofing in the NZ Building industry. I joined the industry with Shelter Engineering, a Dunlop NZ Company, in 1979. This company specialised in waterproofing and water containment using the butyl-based …

XCON-Anywhere

Bluebeam Announces First Virtual XCON Anywhere Conference

  Digital collaboration leader’s online event to increase access and learning opportunities for all attendees   Pasadena, CA. (August 17, 2021) Bluebeam, Inc., leading developer of innovative technology solutions for the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries, proudly announces XCON Anywhere, an immersive two-day virtual conference held online September 28-29, 2021, with all sessions and lectures available on-demand for paid attendees. The Bluebeam Extreme Conference (XCON) is Bluebeam’s annual customer-focused event bringing together industry leaders, data champions and process innovators to explore the latest trends in digital construction, deepen their understanding of Bluebeam’s solutions and gain knowledge that can be immediately used on …

Builders celebrated emerging talent and discussed critical industry issues

More than 800 builders and industry stakeholders attended this year’s New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) Annual Conference and Expo in Wellington, which finished on Saturday. New Zealand’s top carpentry apprentice was named at the event, a celebration of emerging talent at a time when the sector faces a skills shortage among a number of other pressures.  South Canterbury’s Marc Palmer, …

The value of a CMMS for real estate

Real estate is a cutthroat business. It is highly competitive both in the commercial and residential sectors. For companies to succeed, they must adapt and constantly seek new ways to revitalize their operations.

designIT® sITe App: The LVL tool in your pocket — use it onsite, anywhere, anytime

The designIT® sITe App has been growing in popularity with builders as a must-have onsite tool when working with Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) based products. The app, developed in house by the Futurebuild LVL team, has been around since 2011. Colin Taverner, Business Development Manager at Futurebuild LVL, takes great pride in demonstrating the App and seeing the reaction it …

Supreme winner’s project creates “dramatic forms”

The outstanding project 48 Tuarangi Road in Auckland has won the Resene Supreme Award in the recent NZ Wood- Resene Timber Design Awards, brought to you by the Wood Processors and Manufacturers’ Association (WPMA). It is a project judges called an “impressive integration of timber material and manufacturing precision”. TOA Architects designed the 156sqm home. CLT panels created a box …

Continued co-operation key to the sector’s recovery

Concrete NZ chief executive Rob Gaimster believes that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a gigantic blow to the New Zealand construction sector, the real consequences of which will not be fully understood for many months. “Yet despite the upheaval there has been a reassuring display of co-operation amongst all groups, particularly as measures were developed for a safe return to …

Delivering a conference that connects

Creating effective conferences involves a combination of content, creativity, coordination and collaboration. So here are some key elements to help keep things simple and engaging for attendees. Set objectives Design the conference based on the needs of participants and ensure the content is supportive of and aligned with the core message/s. People fear repetition, but don’t ignore the value of …

Setting best practice – Waterproofing Membrane Codes

Waterproofing Membrane Association Inc. – Email: chairman@wmai.org.nz | www.wmai.org.nz The Waterproofing Membrane Association Incorporation (WMAI) has developed and produced several new Codes of Practice for Waterproof Membranes for the industry to accept, adapt and adhere to, all aimed at raising standards that will vastly improve the building industry. In the wake of COVID-19, there is going to be large number …

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

By NZISM president Greg Dearsly. Workplace health and safety has always been a top priority in New Zealand, but in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses across the country are more focussed than ever on keeping their people safe. Safety ‘n Action, a leading health and safety training provider, is offering a comprehensive suite of online and webinar solutions …

Reducing carbon emissions, one tonne at a time

By Nuralite Waterproofing managing director John Simmons. A realisation that all businesses, no matter how big or small, have to start making changes to reduce carbon emissions was behind the decision of Nuralite Waterproofing to become one of the first building supply companies in New Zealand to be certified carboNZero by Toitū. Nuralite is a typical New Zealand small medium …

COVID-19 no excuse to ignore usual health and safety risks

By NZISM president Greg Dearsly. Businesses are being urged to focus on known and understood health and safety risks, alongside those of COVID-19, to limit any spike in incident numbers. New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (NZISM) president, Greg Dearsly echoes the comments of the Government in support of “safe” economic activity and the importance of staying safe and looking …

Government package to support immediate cashflow needs of small business

The Government’s announcement on May 1 of interest free loans for a year to small businesses impacted by COVID-19, together with the tax reforms providing more than $3 billion in tax relief, will provide much needed support for small business, says Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce chief executive, Leeann Watson. The Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme will provide assistance of …

Mortgage holidays – what you need to know

Banks have begun taking applications for mortgage holidays from consumers affected by Covid-19. So, Consumer NZ looks at the pros and cons of deferring mortgage repayments. What is a mortgage holiday? A mortgage holiday lets you temporarily stop making repayments on your home loan if you’re under financial pressure. Homeowners who are struggling financially as a result of the Covid-19 …

Rapid construction restart is the key to economic recovery

By CCNZ chief executive Peter Silcock. Government guidance on handling construction contracts will give many construction companies the confidence to continue to employ their people and take a lead role in the economic recovery following the lockdown, say New Zealand’s civil contractors. Civil Contractors New Zealand chief executive, Peter Silcock says government commitment to a fair and consistent approach to …

Planners cautiously welcome Government’s fast track consenting

By NZPI treasurer Jonathan Clease & NZPI chair Karyn Sinclair The New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) cautiously welcomes the Government’s announcement of fast-tracked consenting for eligible development and infrastructure projects, but says it is important that environmental and community outcomes are not sacrificed in the process. Minister for the Environment, David Parker announced in the first week of May that …

How to recession-proof your business

Daniel Fitzpatrick, business coach at Next Level Tradie. 7 things you should know, and be working into your plan now, while you still have time Coronavirus has sparked a chain reaction of events that is completely changing the landscape of how we all do business. For most tradies, it’s little to no income until your team can get back to …

Post-pandemic property – Where does the housing market go from here?

The latest QV House Price Index data for March provides us with a view of the housing market as New Zealand headed into lockdown on 25th March. But what it doesn’t tell us is what happens beyond the proverbial brick wall that the COVID-19 lockdown has created. The data shows the property market was continuing to perform strongly throughout early-mid …

Does COVID-19 allow builders’ clients to change their minds?

By Commerical lawyer, Geoff Hardy. At the time I wrote this, we were a week into Alert Level 3 and we were preparing for the transition to Level 2. Building firms had returned to work but they were having to observe all the social distancing, personal protection equipment, hygiene, contract tracing, and other precautions that applied to both those levels. …

Building our way back: COVID-19 response plan for the construction sector

The construction sector has an important role to play in kick-starting the New Zealand economy. To support this, the Construction Sector Accord has temporarily shifted focus from industry transformation to industry resilience and recovery. The Accord is a collaboration between construction sector leaders from across government and industry. The Accord Steering Group (ASG) has been asked by the Government to …

How 5G “network slicing”can help the construction industry

Burcin Kaplanoglu – Executive director Innovation, Oracle Construction and Engineering, www.oracle.com/nz As more stories come out about the potential use of 5G across different industries, the construction industry is one that could quickly see specific – and significant – benefits from the technology. One such use case could be around the “network slicing” capability of 5G, which enables communication service …

Gazing into the post COVID-19 future of NZ infrastructure

By Jon Grayson – Chief executive, NZ Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, www.infracom.govt.nz The average New Zealander rarely gives infrastructure a second thought unless it isn’t working. It’s in times of crisis that we start to value the essentials such as energy, clean water, good telecommunications and transport systems. Life as we know it in this country is changing rapidly. However, …

Force majeure and COVID-19

By Marcus Beveridge and Tina Hwang from Queen City Law In law, a force majeure isoften referred to as an “act ofGod”, an event that no partiesto a contract would normallyhave anticipated. Many contracts include standardforce majeure clauses, but theNZS 3910 has no default forcemajeure clause. The COVID-19 pandemic, the declaration of a state of national emergency on 25 March …

Matamata-Piako District Council

Matamata-Piako District Council

The Matamata-Piako District Council (MPDC) is focussing on supporting local businesses to get back to business after the COVID-19 epidemic. “We know that the lockdown has had a major impact on business in New Zealand,” says Matamata-Piako Mayor, Ash Tanner. “But local government plays a key role in times of economic downturn. “We’re continuing our capital work programme, and looking …

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 …

MaxedOut

Maxed-out Gladiator

Vehicle customisation is nothing new, but when you take a hi-spec vehicle to start with, and the customisation is done by the manufacturer – you end up with something special. And that’s exactly the case with this one-off Hilux Gladiator.     Already a highly spec’d model, this version of the Hilux SR5 has been uniquely modified beyond recognition into …

90 Day Trials

90-day trials and probationary periods

John Shingleton, managing director of First Law – www.firstlaw.co.nz   Since May 2019, if you employ more than 19 employees, you are no longer permitted to have any new employees on a 90-day trial. Instead, you will have to satisfy yourself with employees on a probationary period.   Trial periods are still governed by the Employment Relations Act 2000 and …

Estimating83Percent

Estimating how long a job will take: Why 83 percent get it wrong

How often have you quoted a job but ended up losing on it because the hours blew out? It happens to everyone once in a while… but get this wrong too often and you won’t be very profitable.   Even the big players in our industry get this wrong more than they’d like to admit… Fletchers got in trouble last …

Award Winning Buildings

The technology behind award-winning buildings

Turanga, the new Christchurch Central Library, won the over $50 million category.   Building twice holds the secret to creating better buildings – a method demonstrated by the winners of Registered Master Builders inaugural BIM (Building Information Modelling) Innovation Awards.    BIM technology was used by all entrants to model the projects in the virtual world, before the physical building …

Tool Protect

Tradies fighting back thanks to Tool Protect

Tool theft is a growing problem in New Zealand, with equipment often stolen from the back of utes, cars and even construction sites.   The impact of such crimes isn’t limited to cost of replacement — it can also mean jobs need to be cancelled until new equipment is purchased, impacting livelihoods. Claiming on insurance can be a lengthy process …

PayingMoneyUpfront

Paying money up front – the risks and the safeguards

Commerical lawyer, Geoff Hardy Payments in advance (otherwise known as deposits or down-payments) are common in the construction industry. Sometimes they are needed because building materials have to be ordered and the supplier insists on some kind of payment up front. Sometimes the builder has to do a lot of preparatory work like pricing, design, or consent applications, and he …

D&HSteelConstruction

A continuing trend of excellence

  D&H Steel Construction’s ability to deliver exceptional workmanship has again received the highest praise  at arguably the most prestigious event in the steel construction industry. The company was just awarded the 2019 SCNZ Supreme Award for Excellence in Steel Construction for its stunningly successful work on the AIAL International Departures Terminal redevelopment. As impressive as this sounds, D&H Steel …

Fiveways

Five ways to protect your reputation as you grow

Daniel Fitzpatrick, business coach at Next Level Tradie. You’ve built up a good reputation. You don’t want to lose it. But to achieve good strong profits for the long haul, you need to grow. Win bigger and better projects. Be able to command higher prices. Unfortunately, as you grow, it can be hard to keep control. If staff are messing …

Risk Allocation

Risk allocation in construction contracts

  By Marcus Beveridge and Tina Hwang from Queen City Law   Risk allocation is a pivotal point in negotiating construction contracts and all parties approach this with centrifugal force and persistent attempts to drive risk away from oneself. There are several parties involved in the successful completion of a construction contract including the principal developer, contractor, project manager, engineer …

diversity and inclusion

The benefits of diversity and inclusion

By Colleen Jones, director of Jones Consultancy Have you noticed that diversity and inclusion has become a more common topic in business conversation lately? Increasingly organisations are responding to the call to recognise workplace inequities and address the biases – both conscious and unconscious – that we all hold.   Many larger firms have implemented formal policies to provide information …

Getting Paid

GETTING PAID: Nine ways to load the odds in your favour

by Daniel Fitzpatrick, business coach at Next Level Tradie. Its 3am. Luke can’t sleep. Why? His biggest customer owes him just shy of $50,000. And he’s worried they’re not going to pay.  It’s been eight weeks now… and they’ve missed two progress payments. “It’s coming” they say, “once we get paid, we can pay you”.   This is causing some …

Asbestos

Is asbestos going to be the new leaky home syndrome?

by Commerical lawyer, Geoff Hardy Asbestos is a nasty substance, which is mined from rock-forming minerals, and contains fibres with little hooks in them that once in your lungs, never get out.   They can cause serious diseases such as cancer that don’t become evident until 10-40 years later. It was widely used from the 1940s to the 1990s (and …

Gear up

Gear up for the winter months

When the temperatures head southwards it’s time to think about protecting yourself and your team from the elements.   Winter weather can lead to more injuries as the cold affects decision-making and leads to fatigue. This can lead to people taking shortcuts to finish the job to get back where it’s warm and this in turn can cause injuries or …

Working at Heights

Working at heights – the perils of cutting corners at lower levels

Low heights have their own dangers   More people take chances at lower heights because they seem less of a risk, but these kinds of falls come with their own dangers. It doesn’t take much height to lead to a fatal fall. In fact, many falls from roofs and ladders that cause death or serious injury are from less than …

AlternativeToLadders

A safe, eco-friendly alternative to ladders

In the past, when looking for alternatives to ladders for low level access jobs, the only option was mains or battery powered access equipment. Now, JLG’s EcoLifts represent a third option. They combine the efficiency and safety of these electric units with the convenience of ladders.   According to Safe Work Australia, every year an average of 29 Australians die …

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 …

Getting Paid

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 …

An authentic icon

The G-Class, the luxury off-road vehicle from Mercedes-Benz, has long been considered a design icon. Its external appearance has not changed significantly since 1979, as its unmistakable shape is its trademark, meaning in 2019 the G-Class is very retro cool. But add its extraordinary off-road attributes and sumptuous interior and you have a dead-set trendsetter in the off-road segment. Individual …

Risky business

The voluntary administration of Arrow International (NZ) announced recently will impact not just on the employees of the company and its clients, but the wider network of contractors and subcontractors who supported its construction projects. Civil Contractors New Zealand chief executive, Peter Silcock, says Arrow’s collapse was yet another demonstration of what is wrong with the construction industry in New …

Up and running

Leading construction lawyer Mark Williamson, a partner at DLA Piper, answers the pressing question— how to get the construction sector working? The vexed question of how we can build better is back in the headlines with much debate around the pace of Kiwibuild construction and the pros and cons of an Urban Development Authority. However, the question is what other …

JLG INDUSTRIES CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF INNOVATION AND LEADERSHIP

John L. Grove founded JLG® on this day 50 years ago; pioneering the access industry McConnellsburg, Pa. — January 9, 2019 — JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company [NYSE:OSK] and a leading global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telehandlers, officially kicked off its year-long 50th anniversary celebration earlier today, marking a half-century since its founder spearheaded the access …

The price of unproductive work

Construction firms lose NZ$53b pa in labour costs on unproductive work ‘Unproductive work’
is costing construction businesses in New Zealand and Australia nearly NZ#$53 billion a year, according to new research. The findings are part of a survey of the global construction industry covering
599 respondents internationally. The Construction Disconnected research included 80 construction leaders and decision makers from New Zealand and …

Five keys for winning jobs when you’re not the lowest price

Lost out to a cowboy again! Local builder Josh is fuming. He’s just learned (through the grapevine) that he’s missed out on the King Street reno. The local cowboy has undercut him again! By nearly a third this time. But there’s no way he could have made any money at a rate that low. At that price, would have only …

Diversity the key to construction success

Women make up just
2.6 percent of workers
‘on the tools’ in New Zealand’s construction sector and the Building Construction Industry Training Organisation says correcting this imbalance is vital to addressing ongoing skills shortages. Employment forecasts for the construction sector, which BCITO covers, suggest
there will be more than 80,000 new and replacement jobs openings in the next five years. Traditional workforce pools …

Construction and immigration


Smart plays in a tight environment WHAT ARE THE VISA OPTIONS TO ASSIST WITH THE CONSTRUCTION WORKER SHORTAGE? NZ is desperately seeking 50,000 construction workers over the next five years. This is excluding the government’s KiwiBuild programme which anticipates to building in excess of 100,000 houses over the next 10 years. Given the changes under the Essential Skills Work Visa …

Built to last?

New Zealand’s building industry has yielded some stunning results – from creative architectural typology in the residential sector, to industrial construction that pushes the envelope. Unequivocally, there are compelling results to be celebrated and that have set a high benchmark. But like many facets of life, the good often comes with the not-so-flattering reality of what can happen when standards …

NEW YEAR, NEW SNORKEL WEBSITE

Henderson, Nevada, USA (18th January 2019) Snorkel™, a leading full-line manufacturer of aerial lifts, is very pleased to announce that 2019 marks the company’s 60th anniversary. Founded in 1959 by Art Moore, with roots in the fire-fighting industry, Snorkel has grown into a global leader within the aerial lift industry. To kick off a year of celebrations, Snorkel has today unveiled a brand-new global …

The race to the bottom

Why are construction companies going bust in the biggest boom period in New Zealand history? The MBIE’s 6th National Construction Pipeline Report released this year provides for a sustained growth in the construction industry over the next six years-$41 billion worth. Despite this however, some of New Zealand’s most well-known construction companies continue to experience difficulties. Previously Hartner Construction and …

Five simple ways to find new staff

Most tradies say the same thing: It’s hard to find good staff. MTA recently said there are 1,600 jobs throughout NZ that haven’t been filled. It’s a problem. So if you have too much work, how do you find more skilled staff to grow your business? Well, even in a shortage, there will always be good people who are looking …

Sustainable initiatives drive growth

Improved productivity, lower costs, a strong image and a platform for competitive advantage – these are just some of the benefits of running a sustainable business. Compelling research by NZI shows that those who run a sustainable business (taking into account environmental, social and economic factors), are twice as likely to grow as those not engaged. Despite this, one third …

Levelling the playing field

Builders, big, independent, small and medium, now have a levelled playing field and the simple approach is leaving many wondering, “why didn’t I think of that?” Combined Building Supplies Co-operative chairman Carl Taylor talks about making small operators more competitive. The Combined Building Supplies Co-operative or, in simpler terms, CBS Co-op, allows anyone in the construction industry who are members …

Modo Architects – The Tasman View House

Nestled amongst the foothills of the Richmond Ranges, taking in the picturesque Tasman Bay and contiguous plains, the Tasman View House sits unassumingly within its environment. It is a fine example of Modo Architects’ overriding desire to produce buildings of poetic beauty and place. Modo’s brief for the Tasman View House was simple but not easy – ‘sleek with no …

The concrete benefits of an innovative industry

The impressive trajectory of the concrete industry cannot be overstated. From the Roman Pantheon finished in 128 AD — the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world — to the historic Brutalist masterpieces of Le Corbusier, concrete offers vast potential and can help realise spectacular structural and architectural results. Although relatively rare following the collapse of the Roman Empire, concrete …

Risk management – the most critical issue for the construction industry

A survey conducted by the Registered Master Builders of the industry’s leading figures has revealed over half believe the sector is not performing to its potential, due to risk allocation in contracts and a lack of skills. The survey went out to over 50 select CEOs and senior managers from the leading commercial and residential building companies, property developers and …

Rising damp

Have we learned our lessons from the leaky buildings fiasco? How far has New Zealand come since leaky buildings started making front page headlines in early 2000? As a country have we mastered the art of constructing weatherproof buildings yet? Or have we still got a way to go in terms of learning from the mistakes we made with untreated …

Lightweight solutions

The growing trend of lighter roofing options As the trend towards lightweight roofing and cladding continues, Roofline Canterbury Limited is leading Christchurch’s roofing industry. Roofline Canterbury is a 100-percent locally owned and operated roofing and cladding manufacturer, with more than 40 years’ experience in the industry. The company provides a wide range of solutions to customers, including new residential and …

Keeping calm in a crisis

By Martz Witty, Head of Martz Group It’s not entirely uncommon for business people to occasionally feel that they’re not in control as they would like to be. In fact, there are times where they might feel that the excrement is hitting the oscillating air mover. There are tons of courses and suggestions on how to deal with these moments, …

Buildings with nerves of steel

Charles Clifton can see a steel frame building going up outside his window. It’s the new Auckland University engineering school redevelopment. It’s called ‘B405’ and he says thanks to the university’s wish to “express the structure for the benefit of engineering teaching and research” it has leading edge steel work that is highly engineered and as advanced as you’ll get …