PM’s push to get people into trades

High school students are being encouraged to spurn university for a trade, with promises they can buy houses earlier than their academic counterparts. Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation, which provides building apprenticeships, has launched a new system in schools that allows students to build their own CV of NCEA credits, skills and other qualifications. […]

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$26b Auckland ‘build-it’ budget

Phil Goff has revealed his $26.2 billion plan to fix Auckland over the next 10 years. The so-called “build-it budget” tackles what the mayor calls “critical issues” of traffic congestion, housing affordability and protecting the environment. Transport investment will take a $12 billion share of the money, covered by an average rates increase of 2.5 […]

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Maternity Unit of Middlemore Hospital poses seismic risk

The executives of Counties Manukau Health recently held a meeting to discuss the fate of Middlemore Hospital’s maternity unit. Vui Mark Gosche, who took over as a Board Chair only short while ago, had toured the facilities, including the neglected Galbraith building, and examined the plans for the future development. He also held a meeting […]

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Using Prints in Commercial Interiors

Decor trends are always evolving. As such, the constant innovation in commercial interiors for public and private consumption are calling for more malleable, unique and interactive designs. Among a plethora of new trends, it is noted that 71 per cent of consumers are willing to pay more for personalisation. Moreover, the combination of new production […]

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Boarding House refuses to pay for heating unless tenants pay extra $60 a week

Eden Park Lodge is a three-building complex on Dominion Rd, with more than 100 rooms. In April, its tenants received a memo stating that “no heaters were allowed in rooms”, without written consent from management. Those who wanted it had to apply through management and would be provided with a heater at a cost of […]

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Winners of Dulux Colour Awards 2018 Revealed

The winners of Dulux Colour Awards 2018 have recently been announced at the National Gallery of Victoria. 15 New Zealand designers were shortlisted for the awards. The Crimson Education Office designed by Patrick Loo won the International category. Murali Bhasker from BOON was a judge at the 2018 awards and admired Patrick’s colour pallet in this project. Davina Harper, […]

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Buchan Expands into Global Practice

Through a merger with three other firms, Buchan expands into a leading global design practice. Buchan made an announcement early May that it has unified three practices in Australasia, Asia and Europe into one global company. The merger has resulted in a brand new face for the group, which includes a name shift from The […]

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Manage Your Facilities!

How not to waste money? – Manage Your Facilities!

It is no surprise that New Zealand businesses are squandering energy, and therefore money, in the course of their day-to-day operations. A vivid example would be a commercial building running an air-conditioning unit to cool down one part of its structure while trying to heat up another part with a boiler. Many businesses could shave […]

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Hawkins to pay $13.4 million for a leaky school

H Construction North Island – formerly called Hawkins Construction North Island – has been ordered to pay $13.4 million to fix a raft of errors at a leaky, damp, and rotting secondary school in Auckland. Botany Downs Secondary College was built in stages by Hawkins in the 2000s, opening in 2004. As of 2018, it […]

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Flammable Panelling in High-rises

13 high-rise buildings in Auckland are covered in flammable aluminium panelling, but Auckland Council does not foresee any “immediate safety concerns” for the tenants. After the Grenfell Tower fire in London in 2017, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) requested all councils to identify buildings covered by the same flammable aluminum cladding panels […]

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Daisy Apartments Spearheads Energy Efficiency

Auckland mayor Phil Goff  recently attended the opening ceremony of an almost car-free residential development. Daisy Apartments, located on Akepiro Street in Mount Eden, was given a 10-star rating for its 33 apartments and two parking spaces for shared cars. The complex earned the title of “New Zealand’s Greenest Apartment Building”, which was awarded by […]

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