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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 09:21

Convictions and fines of $170,000 have been handed down in Toowoomba Magistrates Court to the directors of the Rethink Kitchens and Bathrooms company and related entities, for defective and unlicensed building work.

The convictions follow fines of $235,000 to the same entity in 2011, for similar offences.

Building Services Authority General Manager, Ian Jennings, has welcomed the result of the action, which was launched by his organisation.

Thursday, 24 May 2012 10:10

Self-Build Industry Champion and New £30 Million Fund will Boost the Self Build Revolution

Kevin McCloud has been appointed by the self-build industry to support the national surge of interest in people looking to design and build their own home.

Housing Minister Grant Shapps said he was delighted that the National Self Build Association had appointed Mr McCloud, presenter of Channel 4's Grand Designs and an architecture specialist, and he was the ideal choice to help aspiring self-builders achieve their dreams.

Mr Shapps also announced a new £30 million fund for self builders, which will provide short-term finance to help unlock projects where groups of self-build homes are built at the same time.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 12:21

The Commerce Commission has put personal tax summary intermediaries (PTSIs) on notice that they may be failing to meet their obligations under the Fair Trading Act.

PTSIs are a type of tax refund agent that process income tax refunds for salary and wage earners. They typically offer their services through temporary locations at shopping centres, as well as over the internet.

The Commission has written to 30 PTSIs urging them to take a good look at their websites and marketing practices. The Commission is insisting PTSIs clearly disclose crucial information about the cost of their services and any ongoing contractual relationship with customers.

Thursday, 17 May 2012 12:16

Exposure to excessive noise in the workplace is one of the most significant health hazards

The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 requires employers to take all practicable steps to ensure a safe and healthy place of work, and to identify and appropriately manage significant hazards so that employees and others in the workplace are not harmed.

One of the most significant health hazards in the workplace is exposure to excessive noise. In fact, the number of claims and associated compensation costs for noise-induced hearing loss has doubled in the last five years in New Zealand.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 14:57

As many commercial and government organisations are poised for a significant period of building and construction growth in New Zealand, NZIM and the Academy of Constructing Excellence NZ have together re-signed a partnership agreement which will see the two organisations committed to delivering a relevant practical management qualification for the construction and engineering industries. The NZIM Diploma in Managerial Excellence in Construction and Engineering is an advanced management diploma that has been accredited by NZQA at level 6.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 14:02

Tony Sewell, chief executive of Ngāi Tahu Property Limited was elected as National President by Property Council in Auckland yesterday. Today is Mr Sewell's first day on the job.

As new National President, Mr Sewell will bring a wealth of knowledge spanning more than 40 years in the construction and property industries, along with an understanding of current seismic challenges in Canterbury and throughout New Zealand.

He has been in charge of the Iwi-owned business since its establishment in 1994, and a member of Property Council since 1999. Under Mr Sewell's guidance, Ngāi Tahu has grown its asset base from $2 million to become the South Island's strongest property company with an asset base now in excess of $500 million.

"My appointment recognises the significant role that the Maori economy now plays in New Zealand, particularly in the property sector," said Mr Sewell.

Friday, 27 April 2012 16:50

The Department of Building and Housing (the Department) has today published guidance on foundation repairs and reconstruction for houses in Foundation Technical Category 3 (TC3) areas of Canterbury.

The guidance is an appendix to the Department's Revised guidance on repairing and rebuilding houses affected by the Canterbury earthquake sequence published in November 2011.

It is intended for professional geotechnical and structural engineers tasked with designing appropriate foundation systems for individual properties.

Thursday, 19 April 2012 10:21

Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson today launched new guidance to reduce the workplace death and injury toll from falls in the construction sector.

The Best Practice Guidelines for Working at Height in New Zealand were launched this morning at the new Wigram Skies housing subdivision in Christchurch, as part of the Department of Labour's Preventing Falls from Height project.

Minister Wilkinson told the construction industry there's no longer any excuse for failure to work safely at height.

"These guidelines give everyone in the industry clear, simple advice that will help bring down the death and injury toll from avoidable falls in the construction industry," Ms Wilkinson says.

Friday, 30 March 2012 14:36

In February 2012, the number of new houses consented continued to trend upward, but the rate has slowed in recent months, Statistics New Zealand said today.

The trend for the number of new houses, including apartments, has risen 23 percent since April 2011, the lowest point in its 30-year history.

After seasonal fluctuations were removed, housing consents fell 6.7 percent in February, after rising 8.1 percent in the month before.

Friday, 30 March 2012 14:28

The Department of Labour is seeking feedback on a draft policy statement which outlines how it enforces the safe management of hazardous substances in the workplace.

'Hazardous Substances in the Workplace – The Department of Labour's policy statement on enforcing the safe management of hazardous substances in workplaces', aims to provide the public with greater certainty about how the Department enforces the HSNO Act and the HSE Act in relation to hazardous substances in New Zealand workplaces.

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