New diploma huge step forward for building surveyors

Earlier this year, NZIBS with the assistance of NZQA recognised training specialist Vertical Horizonz, assessed the NZIBS Core Module training and that resulted in it being accepted as a new Diploma in Building Surveying ISO9001:2008 (level 5), which is a ‘huge step forward’ for building surveyors, says Sally Dunbar, General Manager of NZIBS. “The new diploma demonstrates the Institute’s commitment …

Inspirational Carmen is Tradeswomen of the Year

By Jo Bailey Ten years ago Carmen Sutton had barely swung a hammer and had learning difficulties that prevented her from reading. Now she has been named the National Association of Women in Construction’s Tradeswoman of the Year at the Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards. “It was great to win. I definitely wasn’t expecting it,” says Carmen, who attended the awards …

New building programme pushing the envelope

Tauranga Boys’ College and Classic Builders Tauranga inaugural building pathway programme for students is paying off with completion of transportable cabins now for sale, students finding employment and apprenticeships, plus an extension of the programme. Mr Mangan, Tauranga Boys’ College principal, says the Wood-Related Trade Programme was a huge hit for its Year 13 students this year. “Our enthusiastic, dedicated …

Otago Polytechnic addresses inequality

Otago Polytechnic has come up with a boost for women wanting to get into the male-dominated fields of engineering and IT. Recognising that women are under-represented in these industries, Otago Polytechnic has created two scholarships, each worth $1000 for every year of study. Director of Communications, Mike Waddell, says it’s important to promote inclusion in all programmes. “Otago Polytechnic values …

Sustainable Business Survey 2016: NZ firms poised for progress

New Zealand businesses are taking mostly tentative steps into the world of sustainability, but may be gearing up to tackle the big issues, according to a University of Auckland survey. The survey, conducted by the University’s Business School, found over half (53 percent) of the 33 respondents – chosen because they’d already made moves towards improved sustainability – aimed to …

Roger MacDonald appointed Chief Executive at Panuku Development Auckland

Roger MacDonald will bring a wealth of experience delivering multi-billion dollar developments across the globe when he takes on the role as head of Auckland’s urban development agency. The Englishman will start as Panuku Development Auckland’s Chief Executive next week after spending the last 20 years leading property and infrastructure projects in the Middle East, the UK, Europe, India, the …

New EECA endorsement raises standards for CCCA members

The Climate Control Companies Association (CCCA) has several exciting new initiatives underway to encourage and support its members towards excellence and innovation, while promoting ethics and integrity in the sector. The Association’s Chair, Matthew Darby, a refrigeration specialist who owns and operates EcoChill, says CCCA has reached a Memorandum of Understanding with EECA, which has agreed to endorse a new, …

New licensing scheme possible for pool builders

For almost 25 years the New Zealand Master Pool Builders Inc (NZMPB) has worked hard to ensure high standards of pool construction in this country, with its members having to prove a required level of competence and other criteria in order to join. However there are still no legal licensing requirements from Government for pool builders in New Zealand, which …

New Zealand Master Pool Builders raising the standard

Almost a quarter of a century ago a bunch of working tradespeople got together to form the New Zealand Master Pool Builders Guild to help ‘weed out’ some of the poorer quality pool builders in the industry and promote the reputable ones. One of these founders of the Guild was Larry Ogden, who all these years later is current president, …

Christchurch Adventure Park set to open by Christmas

Thrill seekers, mountain bikers and walkers and will soon have a new playground with the Christchurch Adventure Park opening it’s doors this December. The park stretches over 900 acres of pine forest on the Port Hills between Worsleys Road and Dyers Pass Road, 5km from the city centre. A high speed chairlift , the longest in New Zealand, will transport …