The 2016 New Zealand Architecture Awards announced

The 2016 New Zealand Architecture Awards were announced at an event in Wellington on Friday 11 November. Twenty-eight buildings and structures have won honours in the leading architectural awards programme, which recognises the best work across all the types of projects designed by New Zealand’s architects. The awards jury, led by Christchurch architect Jasper van der Lingen and comprising Auckland …

Utilities Disputes Ltd replaces EGCC

New name reflects change in the utilities sector. Responding to rapid change in the New Zealand utilities sector, the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner (EGCC) becomes Utilities Disputes, Ltd today, November 1, 2016. “This change is an important evolution,” says Hon. Heather Roy, Chair of Utilities Disputes.  “As providers innovate and expand their offerings, Utilities Disputes will provide a flexible and …

MAXRaft celebrates business success and ‘year of recognition’

Queenstown-based company MAXRaft has been recognised as Queenstown’s top up-and-coming business at the 2016 Westpac Queenstown Chamber Business Awards. The award-winning company took home the Destination Queenstown Best Emerging Business Award at a gala dinner this weekend, and was also a finalist in the SIT Excellence in Construction, Trade or Services Award category. The judges commented on the fact that …

New research reveals New Zealander’s could save over $70M through better insulation

A new research report on the energy efficiency of New Zealand homes has revealed that current minimum requirements for insulation under New Zealand’s building code are not the most cost effective. The research shows millions of dollars are set to be saved through higher standards of insulation.   Across all New Zealand cities, insulation levels higher than the current minimum …

Invalid Payment Claims

By Marcus Beveridge and Tina Hwang Timely payments in the construction sector is the bloodline for the sector. A late (or no) payment is fatal to the contractor or subcontractor.  Section 20 of the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (“Act”) sets out the mandatory requirements for valid payment claims which, if unpaid, could provide the basis of a statutory demand or …

Health and Safety at Work Act: Worker Participation and Engagement

By Marcus Bathan With new legislation comes new confusion. As an ambassador for Health and Safety training I hope to bring you information that will help in thoroughly understanding the new Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) and how it relates to your business and industry. I will break down the HSWA Worker Engagement, Participation and Representation Regulations, in particular, …

Tax implications of rewarding high performing employees

By Jamie Tulloch Hard working and committed employees always stand out. They are hard to find and when you do find them, you want to retain them by rewarding them with something meaningful and thoughtful – and something that will express your gratitude. We often get asked what can be given to employees that are of the best tax benefit …

How to find staff and keep them

By Kevin Everett As we are always being reminded building work has ramped up and so has the need to find and retain staff. Often, upskilling and promoting current staff is the best choice. Employers face a challenge finding staff when the market is tight. Recruitment methods may include: Filling gaps with overseas applicants Headhunting staff from other companies Promoting …

Time for gender imbalance to be addressed

The booming construction sector and drive to get more people into trades, is attracting a growing number of women to the industry, with around 12 percent of all trade apprentices in New Zealand now female. Donna Howell, president of the National Association of Women in Construction says there are many reasons why the sector should look more closely at hiring …

Fishing in a new pond

The Roofing Association of New Zealand (RANZ) is taking a strategic approach to ensure the future sustainability of the roofing industry, says new chief executive officer, Graham Moor. “There are several challenges facing the sector. In the short term this includes finding people of the right calibre and quality we need to take the industry forward. Like all employers in …