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 …

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, …