December 2012 / January 2013
The official magazine of Certified Builders Association of New Zealand Inc
Accommodation deals for Conference 2013 – Pg 12 Getting Code Compliance for old building work – Pgs 16, 17
WIN a Samsung Note Tablet and increase productivity – Pg 11
Boxing Bonanza for charity in the Far North – Pgs 14,15
For help with contracts issues contact Peter Degerholm at Calderglen
Advice on any employment-related issue
Associates. Phone sessions are limited
is available from specialist Tauranga law
to 20 minutes and written questions
firm, Employment & Environment Law.
must be kept brief though they
Danny Jacobson and Trudy Marshall will
may include relevant extracts from
assess the employment issue and give
documents. Peter Degerholm Ph 04 587 0061 or 021 307 232 Fax 04 587 0062
general guidance on the best options in Peter Degerholm
phone sessions of approx 5-10 minutes. It is not intended as a substitute for formal employment/legal advice. You must
identify yourself as a CBANZ member and any information you disclose will be treated with confidence.
Business-related legal issues
Ph 07 928 0529 or 021 857 529 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.e2law.co.nz
For advice on business-related legal issues, Auckland commercial law firm Madison Hardy is offering a free service to CBANZ members. It will only cost you the price of the phone call. Free advice sessions are
limited to 20 minutes.
Advice on any Health and Safety issue is
Experienced lawyer, and CBANZ director
available from the team at HazardCo. This
Geoff Hardy and junior lawyer Gagan
includes a free advice session – limited to
Tangri will answer your queries, during
30 minutes – which can include advice on
business hours. Geoff Hardy Ph 09 379 0700 Gagan Tangri Ph 09 970 9567
Health & Safety
incident management, your requirements
under the Health and Safety in Employment Gagan Tangri
Act and best practice Health and Safety Management systems. Ph 0800 555 339 email: email@example.com
General business, accounting or tax
For general business, accounting or tax issues you can contact Steve Brocklebank of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Phone sessions are limited to 10 minutes at
For advice on any insurance-related issue Steve Brocklebank
you have your own broker they should be
first, and emails should be kept to the
your first point of contact. However, Jim
point. You must identify yourself as a CBANZ member
is happy to help with any claims problems
and any information you disclose will be treated with
and with any general question about what
cover you should have as a builder.
Steve Brocklebank Ph 03 470 3615 or 027 433 6025 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
contact Jim Rickard at CBA Insurances. If
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Contents Get your summer on
Get Sunsmart this summer
Staff news / new subscriptions set
Message from the Chairman As we wind down to the end of the year it is appropriate to reflect on how our industry has
Leaky Buildings – Financial Assistance Package
New CBANZ contracts available
Win a Samsung Note Tablet
We can only hope that next year brings some
Conference accommodation offers
actually eventuates. The early signs are
CBANZ Landscaping partnership
Far North charity boxing success
Getting Code Compliance for old building work – Geoff Hardy
ITaB news From the Desk at Operations
fared over the past 12 months. To say workloads have been variable is an understatement. certainty and the much talked about upswing promising, so let’s enjoy the Christmas break and prepare for what could be a very hectic New Year. I’ve just finished the second Presidents’ meeting of the year and can honestly say that the
future of the Association looks sound. As with
enthusiastic guys, full of good ideas and keen
the Board, you have a committed bunch of
Around the regions
to be part of some exciting new initiatives.
Guarantees and Insurances
do have a formal mentoring process for new
CBANZ Member profile
members, if they need it, but the Presidents felt
older builders who might be looking at retiring
Hunting and Fishing giveaway Preventing summer overheating
Improved gst returns – IRD
Q&A: The law at work – E2Law
Message from the Chief Executive
Contact CBANZ® Farming House 102 - 104 Spring Street PO Box 13405 Tauranga Central Tauranga 3141
Mentoring was one subject that emerged. We
that we should be utilising the resources of our and leaving the industry so that we don’t lose a whole lot of collective wisdom and knowledge. Perhaps we could have a new category of membership for those who are no longer actively building but want to stay involved in the Association and pass on their knowledge to our younger members. I’d appreciate any feedback on this important topic. As expected the Labour Department is enforcing the Falls from Heights initiative and non-complying residential sites all over the place have been shut down. Although there is a fair amount of frustration around this, we are obliged to support safer working environments for the whole industry so it is better for CBANZ to work alongside the DOL than to try and fight the inevitable. Jason McClintock’s article in the last Inhouse shows we are being proactive in dealing with this issue. You can find out more
Telephone 07 927 7720 Freephone 0800 CERTIFIED Facsimile 07 927 7721 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web www.certified.co.nz
by visiting the members section of our website. On that note the time for fishing, feasting and frivolity is almost upon us. Have a great Christmas holiday and enjoy time with your families. Stay safe and I look forward to catching up in the New Year. Dave Brown
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We have a great range of singlets, polos, t-shirts and sunhats to keep your skin well protected from the sun. Many of the fabrics are breathable and light to keep you cool and fresh during the hot summer days. Order your clothing on the new online shop on the Certified Builders website using your member login. WWW.CERTIFIED.CO.NZ
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Certifiied Builders Association National Support Office will close at 1pm on Friday 21st December. The office will reopen on
Are you newly licensed?
Congratulations on becoming a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP). Please contact National Support Office
Orders over the break
with your LBP number so that it can be loaded on our
Please have any stationery
looking to build when choosing a member of our
and/or building contract
Association who is also Licensed.
website with your profile which is helpful for homeowners
orders in by 10am on Friday 21st December so we can get
When you renew your Association membership there is a
them out to you before we
form to complete covering any changes to your listing and
shut down for the Christmas
this gives you an opportunity again to forward your LBP
number to us.
Bigger discounts on rental vehicles CBANZ members can now get increased discounts on rental vehicles with AVIS. The exclusive discount has been increased to 5%. Check it out on the membersâ€™ section of our website www.certified.co.nz
Caltex Starcard petrol/diesel discount increases Get a cheaper rate at the 'pump' with exclusive discounts offered to CBANZ members. There are 4 great reasons to apply for the Caltex StarCard: 1. Fuel Expense Management 2. Convenience 3. Card Security & Control 4. Great Value for money Fill in an application today! You'll find it under the Deals and Discounts page on the Members Area of the Certified Builders website. Product
Pump Price Discount*
Petrol at service station
5.24 cents off pump price per litre
Petrol at fuel stop
5.24 cents off pump price per litre
Diesel at service station
5.24 cents off pump price per litre
Diesel at diesel stop
8.19 cents off pump price per litre
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Get smarter with SunSmart! We live in the Land of the Long White Cloud but did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand and it especially occurs in people who get too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays? New Zealand has very high levels of UV radiation. Surprisingly, UV radiation isn’t related to heat or high temperatures. Sunburn can happen on even cool, cloudy or windy days.
The legal bit … By law, the employer must protect the worker’s health and safety (Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992). For outdoor workers, employers must: Sunburn or years of unprotected exposure to UV rays damages the skin and increases your chances of getting melanoma skin cancer. Melanoma is particularly serious because it can spread rapidly and cause death if not treated. But it’s easy to prevent this happening by using sun protection: clothing, shade, sunscreen, hats and sunglasses.
• Identify and assess the risks • Implement appropriate controls. Employers should: • Modify work patterns so less time is spent in the sun, particularly between 10am and 4pm from September to April • Provide sun protection eg. sunscreen, hats etc. Employees should: • Cooperate with the employer in measures to protect them
Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap isn’t just for kids – adults also need to be SunSmart. Protecting your skin for life also helps fend
• Use sunscreen, hats and sun protective clothing provided to them.
off the leathery wrinkled look. Too much sun prematurely ages skin so that’s another reason to use sun protection. Minimising excessive UV radiation exposure and providing sun protection for employees is also part of workplace health and safety (Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992).
Hats should: • Shade the head, face, neck and ears • Have a wide brim (at least 7.5cm) and be of close-weave material • Have a flap of fabric attached to the back of hat or hard hat
How to be SunSmart:
to protect the neck when the employee is bending over.
• Slip on a long-sleeved shirt and into the shade • Slop on plenty of broad-spectrum SPF30+ sunscreen and reapply it at least every two hours • Slap on a hat with a wide brim or a cap with flaps • Wrap on a pair of wrap-around sunglasses.
Clothing should: • Provide as much coverage as possible eg. long-sleeved collared shirts and at least three-quarter-length trousers • Be made of close-weave fabric in darker colours because these provide higher protection from UV radiation.
UV radiation is strongest from 10am to 4pm during daylight saving months (September to April) so it’s especially important
to be SunSmart now. To make it easier, there’s a free Sun
• Comply with the joint Australia/NZ Standard (AS/NZS1067.1)
Protection Alert that gives the exact times sun protection is
• Be wrap-around or close-fitting to give the best protection.
needed every day. You can find this image on metservice.com or in your daily newspaper.
Sunscreen should: • Meet the joint Australia/New Zealand Standard (AS/ NZS2604:2012) • Be broad-spectrum SPF30+ and reapplied at least 2 hourly • Be put on all areas of exposed skin at least 15 minutes before going outside • Be used generously – many people do not apply enough
Remember to regularly check your skin for new or unusual
sunscreen to get good protection.
freckles, moles, sun-spots or sores that will not heal, and spots that have changed colour, shape or size or look different from other spots. See a doctor as soon as possible if you have any of these skin changes. Early medical advice and treatment can save your life.
Further information • www.cancernz.org.nz/reducing-your-cancer-risk/sunsmart/ sunsmart-workplaces/ • An example of a workplace sun protection policy is available on the MEMBERS section of www.certified.co.nz
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New annual subscriptions set for 2013
what’s happening with our staff? 5 YEARS’ SERVICE
Lisa receives a token of appreciation for her 5 years’ service from Association Chairman, Dave Brown.
Lisa has been at the hub of membership renewals & subscriptions since starting with the Association in November 2007 on a Fixed Term
During the year the Certified Builders Association Board reviewed the annual subscriptions for the new calendar year starting January 2013. As a result of this review and in line with the general rate of inflation the Board agreed to increase all subscriptions and levies by 2% – from 1st January 2013. This will result in increases for example of $3 per year for Personal (Gold Card 1) members
Contract covering for another staff member’s leave of absence. If you phone about your membership or an account query it’s likely to be Lisa that sorts it out for you, whether you’re a Business Member, Individual or an
Not one for the quiet life, Lisa can
Apprentice through the ITaB scheme.
usually be found up to her neck in
Lisa is also involved with Hardship
paperwork at National Support Office
Grants through the Apprenticeship
looking for ways to do things better
for our members.
MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
and increase of $10 per year for
We welcome Ruth Riley to the team at National Support Office, Ruth’s position
Business (Platinum Card 1) members.
of Membership Development Coordinator supports the work delivered on the road by the North and South Island Membership Development Managers.
The Board recognised the difficult
Members highly rate Trade Training as a primary source of industry information
trading conditions that have been
and opportunities for LBP points, Ruth’s work supporting this will allow an
evident while making this decision
even better delivery of training relevant to your business activities. Should
and attempted to keep the increase
you have a query about trade training in your region check out your regional calendar on the CBANZ website or contact Ruth at National
to a minimum.
Support Office. Not only does Trade Training lift the bar for members and the greater industry, the Association also benefits through membership enquiries and applications. Ruth processes these enquiries and applications through to new memberships. Should your current business status change e.g. as sole to limited please don’t hesitate to call Ruth who will take care of keeping our database up to date. Welcome Ruth.
MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - SOUTH ISLAND Certified Builders welcomes Graeme White to the team. Graeme will become a familiar face in the South Island as Membership Development Manager. Graeme has been in the building industry since 1971 working throughout New Zealand and now accredited as a Licensed Building Practitioner. More recently Graeme has been working as a tutor of carpentry including 12 months in Australia. He’s a family man and an avid armchair rugby fan ... and watch for Graeme on the golf course as he ticks off his bucket list working on his handicap.
Look for the new inhouse in 2013
As Membership Development Manager Graeme will support the South Island regions, growing membership and developing ITaB (Industry Training Association Building). The growth of the Association’s Apprenticeship scheme will benefit greatly from Graeme’s enthusiasm for
Your bi-monthly Association
training and knowledge from working within the ranks.
magazine, inhouse, is due for
Keep an eye out for Graeme on the road as he delivers
a makeover. In 2013. Keep an
Trade Training keeping you all informed of the latest in
eye out for the new improved
industry development and business practices. Great to
have you on Board Graeme.
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Leaky Buildings ... The Financial Assistance Package has been introduced to ensure more time and
Harry Dillon is a builder and has been involved with the repair of over 300 homes over the past 10 years.
money is spent on repairing leaky homes
The 4th in our series of articles
instead of disputing the problem. The
will discuss issues to consider
FAP offers homeowners the certainty of a
when tendering for weathertight
financial contribution and helps get more
leaky homes fixed faster. Suggested follow up areas for more To qualify for the FAP homeowners will
need an Assessor’s Report on their home
o B & H website: http://www.dbh
which will identify the weathertightness
damage to the building and provide an estimate of the scale and cost of the work needed to repair it. Note that the Assessor’s Report will not identify nonweathertightness issues with a dwelling, such as structural problems arising from the original work although these may also need to be addressed in order to obtain a building consent. The recommended scope from the
• Information pack for builders (from the B &H website)
• Quote template • Contractor Statement o The B & H publications
• Guide to Remediation Design • Guide to the Diagnosis of Leaky Buildings
• Dealing with Timber in Leaky Buildings
Assessor’s Report forms the basis of the Repair Plan and consent documents. Once the Repair Plan is agreed, the owner will
Welcome to the third in the series of articles based on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment – Building and Housing group course that has been running at centres all over NZ. This article provides a brief overview of some of the relevant information for the builder if the project receives assistance from the government’s Financial Assistance Package (FAP). A detailed fact sheet for builders can be downloaded from the Building and Housing group’s website www.dbh.govt.nz.
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seek quotes from at least two, preferably three, builders. The homeowner’s
It can be undertaken, but is not eligible
preferred quote must be submitted to
for FAP contributions. The builder needs
Building and Housing using the Quote
to quote separately for any betterment
Template found on the Building and
and needs to identify betterment also in
Housing group’s website.
It must include an invoicing schedule
Builders will need to include with the
specifying the expected amount and
quote a signed Contractor’s Statement.
timing of invoices. The invoicing
This Statement includes various
arrangements are a matter between the
undertakings in relation to: site access
builder and homeowner and are not
for the Building and Housing group and
necessarily linked to the Building and
council staff; payments, variations and
Housing group payments to the home
scope changes; invoicing arrangements;
record-keeping; confirmation of your contractor’s all risks insurance cover.
Quotes must be fully priced but rather than include very large sums for
Buildings will be inspected by the
contingencies, builders may be better to
Building and Housing group immediately
price certain activities such as removal
following removal of cladding, to confirm
and replacement of timber by an hourly
that the Repair Plan will address all of
or per lineal metre rate.
the weathertightness issues. If there is significant change of scope then the
FAP assistance only covers work needed
owner will need to review their Repair
to reinstate the building to an acceptable
Plan and may need to update their
level of weathertightness. Any building
quotes to include any newly-discovered
work beyond this is called “betterment”.
repairs that are needed.
The financial assistance package The Building and Housing Group will
Act 2006, and a builder could be
pay contributions to qualifying owners
asked to provide evidence in a
throughout the repair process, following
inspection and sign-off by councils at agreed milestones. These inspections
Good documentation is
may occur at the same time as Building
Consent Authority inspections, but they
Also remember that since
are conducted solely for the purposes
March 2012, repairs to leaky
of confirming that contributions can be
buildings must be carried
paid to the homeowner.
out by licensed building practitioners or under
The final contribution payment
the direct supervision
will usually be made once the Code
of a licensed building
Compliance Certificate has been issued
and copies of all invoices have been provided to the Building and Housing group. Larger, more complex buildings will often need a customised and phased approach to the Repair Plan and building elements. The Homeowner can still pursue other parties under the Weathertight Homes Resolution Services
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w e Improved N
New Contracts now available
Why New Contracts Are Needed • The contracts come from humble beginnings • They are revised every few years • The last revision was in 2008 • Radical legal reforms over the past 10 years
Order your new contracts today Send in your old contracts to National Support Office and they will be replaced with the new contracts free of charge.
The survival of small builders is at stake How Building Contracts Can Help • Major risk = doing building work on credit • Payment of final instalment is now discretionary. It costs money even to prove your innocence so you will have built that house for free
• It’s essential to restore a level playing field by giving builders security for payment. The new contracts are designed to do that
Contact Millie Turkington at National Support Office email@example.com Direct dial 07 557 9214 OR Order at the online shop
The Changes in General • All blanks to be completed are at the front • Familiar format but the wording is improved • 15 pages of (large font) legalese at the back • Still shorter than NZS 3902, NZIA S W, MB RBC1 • The order of clauses has completely changed • Virtually every line has been re-written • There are some brand new sections
The contracts have been rewritten by CBANZ Board member and lawyer Geoff Hardy. The FIXED PRICE + CONTRACT replaces the FULL BUILD CONTRACT. The COST AND MARGIN BUILDING CONTRACT replaces the COST REIMBURSEMENT contract.
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Homefirst Guarantee • Availability of Guarantee expressly highlighted • Owner elects whether to pay for one or not • Benefits of Guarantee are summarised • It’s a contract between Owner & Underwriter • It is Owner’s responsibility to apply for one • Builder should merely help fill out application • But Builder can pay for it if he wishes
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CBANZ and Landscaping NZ work together Landscaping New Zealand is delighted to announce a strategic partnership with Certified Builders, with the two professional associations working together for the mutual benefit of both our members and our clients. With all the care, attention and professionalism in a well built house, your work deserves a professionally landscaped garden that complements and shows off such high standards of workmanship. Enlisting the help or recommending Landscaping New Zealand members is a great first step. Landscaping New Zealand is the national organisation dedicated to representing, promoting and educating professional landscapers. Members comprise of professional, accredited landscapers who have been selected for their high standard of business practice and the quality of their landscaping work. As a guide, accredited members will have demonstrated excellence in some or all of the following areas of expertise: • Landscape design - residential and/or commercial landscape design, planting design, irrigation and lighting design. • Landscape construction - may include paving, concrete work, stonework, brick work, retaining walls, rock work, carpentry, decks, pergolas, fences, screens, trellis, planters, pools, ponds, water features, irrigation, lighting. • Planting - may include lawns, gardens, plant selection, planting indoor and/or outdoor, pruning, tree work. • Landscape maintenance - residential and/or commercial lawn and garden property maintenance. • Contract management or management of the project, from the design process through to completion. “A successful project does depend on good planning, design and quality construction methods and materials” says Wayne Butson, President of Landscaping New Zealand. “Our accredited members all have different skills, so when it comes down to organising your project, talk to our members about what they can do for you and your clients.” “A good landscape design will allow your project to be developed to its’ full potential, iron out any possible pitfalls before the first paving slab is laid. If you follow the design process with quality construction by an accredited member you have a great recipe for success. “When you employ a professional accredited Landscape New Zealand member you are buying experience, specialised skills and horticultural knowledge. A good landscape design, supported by quality construction, should take you a little bit beyond where you were thinking of going yourself and give your property a wow factor”. Visit Landscaping New Zealand’s website – www.lianz.org.nz - and look up its members’ list to find members working your area.
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AROUND THE REGIONS Bay of Islands/Far North
Certified Builders fighting cancer – To promote Certified Builders in the Northland area the local committee decided to hold a charity boxing event and raise money for a good cause that would benefit the local community. Key to its success was coming up with an event that local businesses would get in behind and support. The committee decided on the charity Pink and Steel Pilates because the money is used locally and most people are affected directly or indirectly by cancer. It took a lot of organising and a huge effort put in by the Bay of Islands Vice President Mark Todd and the committee. Billed as a Fighting Cancer event at the Turner Centre in Kerikeri, 24 novice boxers took to the ring for the first time. Among the Far North identities who fought three two-minute rounds were extreme fisherman Matt Watson, St John paramedic Nick Scott and Kawakawa policeman Nathan Davis. The event, sold out two months before the first punch was thrown. Over 350 people were at the event and it was talked about for weeks after. The fights consisted of three 2 minute rounds. Officials – 3 judges, a referee and a time keeper – came up from Auckland for the night. To fight in the boxing you couldn’t have had any professional boxing experience. A surprising number of novice boxers registered and were keen to jump in the ring. Among those who boxed was our local manager from Carters, Matt Watson and from the ITM Fishing show Nick Scott. St John’s came along with local plumbers, builders and policeman. We also had a couple of women fighters as well who were a huge hit. A cheque for over $8000 was handed to the Pink and Steel Pilates Trust which is New Zealand’s largest provider of rehabilitation services for people with cancer.
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charity boxing event a big success
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Getting a Code Complia Thirdly, by issuing a code compliance
first introduced, but in many cases the
certificate (“CCC”) on completion of
acceptable solutions have. For example,
the project. The CCC is supposed to be
clauses B2 (durability) and E2 (external
the final sign-off from the Council that
moisture) have been there since the code
the building work you have just done,
first came out, but drained external wall
complies with the building code.
cavities are now the acceptable solution in many weathertightness cases, when
The CCC concept was introduced under
they were not previously.
Geoff Hardy is a specialist
the 1991 Building Act, but it never
commercial lawyer in Auckland
fulfilled its promise, largely because
The real problem is that it is very difficult
and also a member of the
there was no particular incentive for
for a Council to check code compliance
building owners to obtain the CCC, and
many years after the building work has
Contact Geoff on 09 379 0700
no effective penalty if they didn’t. That
been completed, and it is very easy for
tended to defeat the purpose of having
them to get it wrong. Faced with this
CCCs in the first place, so in the 2004
difficulty, and worried about potential
Building Act the Government tightened
liability, many Councils have tried to
up the rules. Now, building owners must
pass the buck by simply refusing to issue
apply for a CCC as soon as the project is
a CCC, without taking any active steps
complete. If they don’t apply within two
to solve the underlying problem. They
years of receiving the building consent,
have been doing this by suggesting or
the Council must do something about it.
insisting that the building owner obtain a “determination” on the issue from the
However the new rules don’t apply to
Department of Building and Housing
building projects where the consent was
(now part of the Ministry of Business,
issued before 31 March 2005 (which is
Innovation and Employment).
when the 2004 Building Act came into
For most building work you are required to obtain a building consent from the Council. The Council (or “building consent authority”) is the organisation charged with ensuring that every building or structure is safe to occupy and use, and will perform to the minimum standards required by law. They check this in three ways. First, by reviewing the plans and specifications before issuing the building consent, and in many cases insisting on changes. Secondly, by inspecting the project during the course of construction.
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force). There are plenty of buildings
The determination procedure is supposed
built under consents issued under the
to be a cost-effective means to break
1991 Act, that don’t yet have a CCC.
deadlocks between the building owner
That only becomes a problem when the
(or a neighbour) and the Council – to be
Council puts the heat on you to obtain
used as a last resort where the parties
a CCC, or you want to sell the building,
have exhausted all their arguments
or mortgage it as security for a loan.
and still cannot reach agreement. For
The standard form agreement for sale
a GST-inclusive fee of only $287.50
& purchase of land contains a warranty
(for residences) or $575.00 (for other
by the seller that a CCC has been issued
buildings) you can get a prompt,
for any work the seller has had done on
the property. And banks typically insist
ruling that is often backed up by experts’
on one as a condition of the mortgage.
reports and legal opinions.
So many owners of older buildings find themselves in the position of asking the
You can see why this process is attractive
Council for a CCC, many years after the
to Councils. They don’t have to incur
building was completed.
the expense of inspecting the building and the risk of making a wrong call. But
If that happens, the law is quite clear.
they have come under strong criticism
The application for the CCC must be
from the DBH (MBIE) for not being more
processed as if the 1991 Act still applied,
proactive. The DBH determinations have
and the Council must be satisfied that
consistently said that the Council should
the building work complies with the
have sent their experts in to investigate
building code that was in force at the
the building work and identify all the
time that the original building consent
defects (ie. non-compliance with the
was issued. The building code (Schedule
building code in force at the time of the
1 to the Building Regulations 1992) has
consent), and then issued a notice to
not changed significantly since it was
fix. The owner should then put forward
ance Certificate for old building work a proposal (backed up by professional advice) as to how they propose to rectify the defects. Only if the parties cannot agree on the proposed solutions, should a determination be applied for. The Councils get some sympathy when it comes to clause B2 of the building code (durability), however. Although most components of a building are supposed to last a minimum of 50 years, some (such as cladding) only have a 15 year minimum lifespan, and others (such as gutters and protective coatings) only 5 years. These
periods run from the date of issue of the
appropriate cases) that the durability
CCC. Where the Council is being asked
periods run from completion of the
to issue a CCC some 10 or 15 years after
building rather than issue of the CCC.
the building was completed, you can
Even though the legality of that may
understand their reluctance to effectively
be questionable, it is a pragmatic and
guarantee the extended durability of
common sense outcome.
components that might already have exceeded their intended life. The solution adopted by the DBH (MBIE) in those cases is to retrospectively modify the original building consent by imposing a condition (pursuant to the Councilâ€™s
DISCLAIMER: This article is not intended to be relied upon as legal advice.
power to modify the building code in
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Apprentice news From the ITaB Development Manager So this is what I’ve been up to in regards to ITaB in the past two months.
Completion Certificates ITaB would like to congratulate the following Apprentices on Completion of Apprenticeship Carpentry
Carters have had their Foundation
Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of
Industry and Business Training,
Technology (CPIT): Berne Dreadon, Ryan Hart,
which was based on encouraging
Jon Maxwell, Danny Palmer.
and motivating young apprentices. ITaB is always happy to support and
Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT): Kagan
be involved with this programme.
The guest speakers were Kevin Biggar, from the TV programme
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
First Crossings and Jack Lyons from BRANZ.
(NMIT): Ryan Barnes, Mitchell Bateman, Stuart Cox, Timothy Gray, Benjamin McHaffie, Elliot
Robin Storey from NorthTec Future Trades in Whangarei, who
Nott, Luke Percy-Lourie, Andrew Simpson.
is one of the ITaB Providers, had a stand at the PlaceMakers golf day for prostate cancer. This was a great day with Mark
Northtec – Future Trades: Daniel Hammet,
Dobbs, Certified Builders Board member and Howard Harnett,
Daniel Hammett, Hamish Stokes.
the president of Certified Builders for Whangarei, and a great opportunity to talk to builders and educate them about the
Unitec: Liua Koloamatangi, Jamie Naylor, James
ITaB apprentice programme.
Western Bay of Plenty Certified Builders had their annual golf
Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec):
day in which ITaB entered a team, consisting of Chief Executive
Shane Berntsen, Damian Heagney, Alexander
of Certified Builders Grant Florence, Head of Carpentry for Bay
Keir, Ben Murray, Nickolas Rattray, Cody Sinton,
of Plenty Polytechnic Brian Dillon and myself. A big thank you
to ITM for sponsoring the ITaB team for this event. It was very much appreciated and another great day was had by all, raising awareness of the ITaB apprenticeship programme. Congratulations on the completion of I have been down to Napier for the Eastern Institute of
Apprenticeship in Carpentry, proudly supported
Technology open days held on the 26th and 27th of October. A
by the Apprentices’ employers, Polytechnics and
big thank you to Todd Rodgers, Shane Sigglekow and the rest
Tutors and ITaB.
of Todd’s staff who put together a great two days. There was a school challenge where the students had to make a skateboard ramp. Five schools entered into the competition which was won by Central Hawke’s Bay. I was lucky enough to be one of the judges for the competition and I was impressed with the
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So what’s coming up? We are gearing up for the Apprentice
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We also have the ITaB conference coming up in December.
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Till next time, Buster Coughtrey ITaB Development Manager
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School students show off some carpentry skills
Eastern Institute of Technology carpentry section was a big hit with secondary school students when they held a competition on their open days at the end of October. Todd Rodgers, Shane Sigglekow and the rest of the carpentry staff put together the school challenge where students had to make a skateboard ramp. Five schools entered the
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FROM THE DESK AT OPERATIONS
What Certified Builders has been up to with Falls from Heights boundaries and in hindsight pushed too
scaffold system creating a platform
By Jason McClintock
far with our purlin spacings. This example
800 down from the top plate [3.000
is used to demonstrate "current state of
stud] using the frames either side
knowledge" which is pivotal under all
as our guard rails. This allowed
practicable steps. Keep an eye on your
the team to stabilise the high
emails and your regional calendar within
pitch trusses while keeping the
the CBANZ website for presentations in
passageway under clear.
Licensed Building Practitioner
the South Island.
• Having the first stud spacing starting from the exterior frames it allowed
Certified Builders Test House
for aluminium interlocking scaffold planks to sit on strengthened nogs
Using a build Allan Shaw had in progress
to create a working platform inside
we took some of the Ministry’s "best
the exterior frames. Where this could
practice" along with our own research to
not be achieved InTack Scaffolding
put theory to the reality test.
and mobile H frames created a working platform. By working from
While we are seeing success with exterior
the interior more control of the high
scaffolding we tried to look outside the
pitch trusses could be achieved with
box for other systems that not only meet
less strain on the back
compliance requirements but were also builder friendly.
• A combination of interior platforms [mobile or fixed] and exterior scaffolding might be considered
Unfortunately the home was already consented so the opportunity to incorporate better safety through design
Residential Risks and Hazard presentations Buster Coughtrey, North Island Membership Development Manager, has been on the road delivering the Residential Risk and Hazard presentation throughout the North Island. Graeme White will be looking to take the same presentation to the South Island in the New Year. Taking a more holistic approach to safety at heights the presentation clarifies "all practicable steps" within the Act, using this knowledge to assess both hazards and risks. We use the example of heights to demonstrate the thought process, paper trail and flexibility that can be included. The presentation then finishes off with examples the Association used within the test house to achieve compliance plus other examples of best practice. There are several areas where we pushed the
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depending on your style of build and design • Nogs were installed within the
was lost; however other areas such as
webs of trusses at manufacture, this
frame and truss manufacture did give us
allowed for a platform of planks to
a chance to integrate safety features into production.
assist with apex work and purlins • Catch platforms were created by laying 75x50 over the top of bottom
Prior to construction our first task was to
cords then overlaying with ply, this
use the hierarchy of controls to manage
was practically effective within the
the identified hazard of height.
attic trusses • To protect practitioners at purlin
Eliminate: • Removing the need to walk on
stage a low level exterior working platform and edge protection was
140x45 we doubled up on the
installed, allowing soffit framing,
90x45, this can be installed prior
soffit gutter installation and
to standing frames or from mobile
additional framing connections.
platforms • Strapping and marking out for trusses were marked where possible prior to standing frames • Due to site conditions a crane was
Minimise: • The acceptable industry standard for fall between purlin members is 400, either close up purlin or place a dog
used to position truss packs as close
purlin such as a 50x50 tile batten
as possible to their final positions
between the standard 900 spacings.
• If possible mark purlins on top cords
Work from bottom and nail as work
while still in their packs.
progresses up the roof • On the test house catch platforms
Isolate: • A hall down the centre of the portion of the house gave us the opportunity to use the InTack
were kept in place on the higher pitched areas • PPE such as hard hats, ear and eye protection were also used.
interior doorway and will not impede sliding trusses across top
plates. Allowing for more flexibility
our controls, toolbox meetings
to work from within the building
Within the Knowledge Centre of the
were held where employees gave
with more stability than a secured
CBANZ website, members can download
input and hazard and task analysis
ladder or podium ladder, at 1.800
a template to help with their paper
were discussed in detail, current
long allows for two trusses to be
work. Working through this will guide
hazards were posted at the front
installed before relocating. Light
you through a site specific safety plan,
gate on a sign board. Inductions
weight and transportable in the
prompting the thought process and
were conducted and recorded
back of the van or roof racks
examples of compliance means, through
We are also working with a supplier
a menu style selection. Keep an eye on
plan recorded and reviewed as
to bring to the market a rated
this as we will continue to update as new
new options came to light.
[150kg] working platform support.
initiatives come to light. Check it out on
The idea with this is for you to throw
away the traditional saw stool. Used
along with a site specific safety
Areas of concern •
The Knowledge Centre
To gain the flexibility used within
for cutting timber or to support
As with most residential construction
planks as a working platform [light
It has been a pleasure working with
we did not have the ability to use
duty loads], light weight and folds
members and allied trades this year; I
mobile elevated work platforms e.g.
into a compact unit. This will give
look forward to touching base again in
scissor lifts. We have not been able
flexibility to flat sites for soffit
the New Year.
to achieve a satisfactory solution for
connecting hips, truncated and main trusses which are high pitched. Some gains have been made by bracing lower down the truss however the top connections are a concern. If you have suggestions I'd love to hear from you •
When is the homeowner the principal? [labour only to homeowner] This hinges on occupation of residence, as a new build is not "occupied" the homeowner is deemed the principal. As an alteration or addition is often "occupied" contractors must then take responsibility for their own H&S as if they were the principal
When using mobile scaffold to stand trusses, guard rails often get in the way and restrict truss movement. Lower the working platform or if this cannot be achieved a task analysis to demonstrate otherwise will need to be documented
Inconsistency with advice given by inspectors is of concern to the Association. At recent Falls from Heights presentations inspectors have been giving the ok for roofs to be installed using harness. This is a last resort solution, this is not as suitable when scaffolding or edge protection can be installed, a suitable anchoring point of 15Kn maybe difficult to achieve.
Reminder from the Ministry: Installation of ceiling battens as fall protection is not acceptable as these will not take the impact of a fall.
Certified Builders Association work in progress •
The Association is working with a reseller to bring a discounted price to members of a mobile scaffolding unit that will collapse to allow access through a standard height
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AROUND THE REGIONS
Western Bay of Plenty
Golf tournament supports a memberâ€™s scholarship at polytech The clouds cleared and wind dropped
brand locally, but also enables the
on the day, also to Millie Turkington and
just in time for a great day of golf with
WBOP region to support the Bay of
Eve Cooper from National Support Office
members, suppliers and allied trades.
Plenty Polytechnic via a scholarship for
who kept the lads hydrated. To James
A big thanks to principal sponsor
a Certified Builders Association member
Schofield from HazardCo who cooked
PlaceMakers and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
who continues education via their Level
up a storm with Allan Shaw on the BBQ,
for their ongoing support and to the
5 and Level 6 courses on offer. The
many companies who sponsored a hole.
scholarship is valued at $1000.
Proceeds from this event not only allows
Special thanks to committee members
for ongoing promotion of the CBANZ
who helped with organising and input
Jason McClintock, Golf day coordinator
All set for a big day on the golf course for ITaB.
Wayne of Wayne Goldsbro Builders looking to reclaim the title of cup champs
Stuart Phelps, Tauranga Plastering AWCI Bringing Sexy back to golf Up to no good ... Team ITaB takes time out.
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It takes all kinds of superheroes to make up a universe ... this must be the first one to travel by segway! With the help of Northtec Future Trades’ Robin Storey, ITaB had a stand at the PlaceMakers golf day for prostate cancer in Whangarei. Certified Builders board member Mark Dobbs and Howard Harnett, the president of Certified Builders for Whangarei, attended to support this great opportunity to talk to builders and educate them about the ITaB apprentice system.
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Congratulations Diane and Geoff Klump who won the PlaceMakers skill saw, “with an apprentice in the family this will get plenty of use”, Diane said.
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Member profile What is your most memorable build project? Our most memorable project is hard to distinguish because all our projects become memorable, but one that comes into mind is a house we built in Cambridge for an graduate architect. He had some very modern bold ideas and we really enjoyed building a real eye catching home for him and his family.
What is your most unusual or challenging build project? Our most challenging project was a multi level house that we built in Thames for the local Carters Manager. This threw multiple challenges at us including the
Above and right: A memorable home build project in Cambridge.
steep sloping section, the weather that constantly battled us turning a dry site into a ice skating rink. Through all the challenges we finished the house with very good results and satisfied clients.
Have you done a community or an overseas project that was rewarding? We really enjoyed working for Walkway Solutions at the end of 2011/ start of 2012 to construct the bridges for the Hauraki Rail Trail. This community project was a walk with history, using sites of the orginal train bridges - most of the old Australian hardwood foundations were still visible. This trail now brings thousands of riders into our area to
The open plan living area.
experience a slice of rural New Zealand with the ability to travel around 50km of track.
What do you like about being a member of CBANZ? The importance of being a CBANZ member for us is having the backing and support of a professional organisation and can offer us and our clients so much more than what we can on our own. It gives our company a professional edge and we feel confident to be able to offer the Homefirst 10 guarantee and thorough contracts.
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Troyâ€™s team: The MacKenzie Construction crew value honesty and a combined effort for success.
What are your goals for the future? Our goals are more for right now, as our biggest achievements are made every day - not looking too far ahead. We realise that nothing is impossible and we intend to become more successful and nothing will get in our way.
What are your steps to success â€“ if you wish to give these away? Our success comes down to the integrity of the business - without this we have nothing. We believe in having a strong family involvement and employees that feel as though they are part of our success rather than just working for us. Honesty has always been very important and we feel free to be upfront with everyone we deal with. We form strong relationships with all our clients and make them part of their own project so they achieve exactly what they want at the completion and they have no regrets.
The challenging Thames coastal build - bad weather and steep site.
Above and below: Bridges on the Hauraki Rail Trail.
Flynn braves the elements to work on a lookout.
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Builders brag page Send us in your hunting & fishing pics and weâ€™ll reward those that get published on this page with a Hunting & Fishing New Zealand Fleece Gutbusta Bush Shirt valued at $39.99. Send photos to: Builders Brag Page PO Box 4472 Palmerston North Or email in hi-res to firstname.lastname@example.org (be sure and identify clearly that you are sending an entry for the Certified Builders Brag Page as well as full contact details!) Please note photos submitted must be from a CBANZ or ITaB member or a company affliated with Certified Builders.
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Preventing summer overheating By Lois Easton, Beacon Pathway
A warm winter home is no good if it is stiflingly hot in summer – good design and simple changes can make homes much more comfortable in summer heat. It’s an irony that as we make sure that our homes are warm and healthy over winter, we also need to think about keeping them cool in summer. But experience and research is showing us that summer overheating, especially in today’s airtight and well-insulated new homes, is becoming an increasing problem.
• Minimising western windows where
up a chimney. Using the stack effect to
the low angled summer afternoon
ventilate homes is the most effective
sun means eaves won’t stop
way of keeping a house cool in summer.
Design solutions for passive ventilation
• Deep verandas or very wide shades on the western façade - ideal if western
include: • Small high windows in rooms (e.g.
Modern lifestyles, where homes are
facing windows are required (e.g. to
clerestory windows) which can be
often shut up during the day, mean that
access views or outdoor living space).
left open during summer to take
coming home to a hot, overheated house
• Careful planting of deciduous trees
advantage of the stack effect. These
is common. Once the house has become
near the house to shade northern or
are particularly useful for night
too hot, it’s much harder to cool down
western windows. Deciduous trees
ventilation provided there are also
without using electricity. The key is
will shade the windows in summer,
some windows left open in the lower
designing to prevent overheating in the
but with no leaves in winter, will then
part of the house so cool air is pulled
first place by keeping the sun out during
let the sun in.
through and hot air expelled.
the hot parts of the summer day and using passive ventilation which allows the
• Ensuring windows can be opened on
Creating air movement
all sides of the house and that there are no barriers to airflow within the
house to be well ventilated even when Air movement increases cooling by
house. Sometimes this could mean
raising evaporation rates. Passive
including an air grill above internal
ventilation is partly about allowing
doors so that cross ventilation can
air movement even when the house is
still occcur even if doors are shut.
Keeping the sun out during summer is
closed up, and also about creating that
Bedrooms with only one window are
all about angles and orientation. You
air movement through cross and stack
frequent victims of overheating –
want the lower winter sun to come
once the bedroom door is shut there
the occupants are out.
Keeping the sun out
is no pressure gradient to pull cool
inside north-facing rooms but to keep
air through the room.
the higher summer sun out at its peak.
Cross ventilation happens when cool air
Later in the day, the summer sun will be
from outside enters a building and forces
lower and will shine in western windows
warm air out through an opening such
than awning opening windows. Side
– west-facing rooms often overheat in
as a window or door. Stack ventilation
opening windows are much better at
summer. Design solutions which keep
happens when inside air warms, rises
pulling breezes into the house.
the summer sun out include:
and escapes through any gaps at the top
• Use of side opening windows rather
• In-window passive vent systems.
of the house, drawing in cool air from
These are secure and can be left
carefully calculated to avoid summer
gaps at the bottom of the house. This
open when the house is unoccupied.
overheating, but allowing winter sun
pull is called the stack effect because it
They include louvres and trickle
to penetrate and warm the house.
is the same process that draws smoke
vents. BRANZ recommends 600mm
• Deep eaves on the northern side –
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width of trickle vent for each
a significant amount of time spent
The HomeSmart Home included a
average sized room.
above 25°C. The HomeSmart Home
solar powered stack vent which ran
• Solar or wind powered ventilation
also overheated in summer, particularly
continuously. However, the house
systems – these are roof-located
upstairs where it was difficult to sleep at
layout did not address how to best
ventilation systems which can either
night at the hottest times. Both had some
pull cool air into the house and the
run all the time, or be manually
elements for summer cooling: opening
location of the vent meant it had little
controlled. They are best located in
windows, passive venting, overhanging
or no impact on hot upstairs bedrooms.
a high point in a home, combined
eaves; yet these elements were not
Northern shading, passive vents, and
with lower opening windows. In
enough to keep the homes cool. So what
layout to encourage both cross and stack
most cases, however, the stack effect
could we have done differently?
ventilation, would improve this home’s summertime performance.
can be utilised without the need for a special ventilation systems.
The Waitakere NOW Home relied on overhanging eaves and a pergola with
Design is the key to summer cooling – it
a grapevine for shade. A solar powered
is much easier to prevent overheating
stack vent was subsequently installed
at an early stage than to rectify it later.
Two Beacon homes, which performed
to draw the hot air outside. However,
However, with good design, homes can
excellently in every other way, have
there was limited cross ventilation in the
be winter warm AND summer cool!
struggled with summer overheating. Both
Waitakere NOW Home, and the windows
homes were well insulated, double glazed
generally remained closed during the
and designed for passive solar heating.
day. Trickle vents would have been ideal
At the height of summer, the Waitakere
in this house, together with security stays
NOW Home became too hot, especially
to allow the windows to be left open at
Find out how to calculate eave depth:
in the evenings and in the family room
night, and better shading on the northern
and northwest-facing bedroom, with
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your next return is due. If someone else in your business does the GST, the service allows business owners
You can access your GST return through
to delegate responsibility for filing the
myIR secure online services. If you don’t
return to another person.
have an account, click on ‘Register’ and follow the onscreen instructions. If
lodgement number (DLN). And when
account, you’ll have access to Inland
you add the income and expense
Whether you pay GST or get refunds,
figures, the system will do all the
you’ll be able to keep track of your
calculations for you.
return while it’s being processed.
Revenue’s other online services.
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Q&A – the law at work Danny Jacobson & Trudy Marshall
You need to immediately seek
day. We have information to show
legal advice about your options
that one of our senior employees
e2Law — Employment &
for dealing with this situation. By
used a work computer one evening
its nature, fixed term employment
(when he was at work for valid
comes to an end by operation of the
reasons to catch up on a work back
fixed term agreement on the date
log) to log in to his Facebook page.
(or event) set out in the fixed term
On his page he wrote very negative
agreement. If you let a fixed term
comments about our business and
agreement “run on” as you have in
one of the directors. We cannot
this case, there is the real potential
access this information directly as
for the employee to claim that his
our business is not a “facebook
or her employment has become
friend”, but another employee has
permanent. This would turn mean
printed this page and has drawn it
that you may have to treat these
to our attention. What can we do
two employees as permanent
employees and to comply with all legal requirements that would
The following questions have arisen in cases in which e2Law has recently been involved:
Issues associated with social media and employment are becoming
of such employees. However,
more common. We would need to
these cases are fact dependant
check the employee’s employment
and any discussions held when the
agreement and to discuss with you
fixed term came to an end will
whether you have any other policies
be relevant to the overall legal
that may cover this situation.
Generally if an employee’s statements or actions cause (or have
CONTINUING TO WORK AFTER FIXED TERM EXPIRY Q:
apply to the ending of employment
the potential to cause) detriment to an employer or damage to the employer’s reputation or if they
We are a medium sized building
demonstrate a breach of fidelity,
business. Due to the nature of
then this can amount to serious
our particular business, we are
misconduct potentially justifying
usually very busy over the winter
dismissal. This is the case even
months. This year, we employed
if the statement is made, or
five extra staff for the period 1
the conduct occurs, outside of
May to 30 September. We ensured
employment. You would have
that they all signed proper fixed
grounds to commence a disciplinary
term agreements. We were a bit
process alleging potential serious
casual about the ending of the
misconduct in employment and we
employment on 30 September, and
as it happens two of those fixed term employees have remained in our employment as we have had work to keep them busy. This may not last more than another few weeks and I need to know where I stand with ending their employment when the work does run out?
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can assist you to work through this process.
Q: We are a large building business. This includes a number of office
based staff. These staff are using computers throughout most of the working day. As we have had issues
Q: With Christmas not too far away, we are currently thinking about our
in the past, we now have a clear
closedown period which we have
written policy about not using our
over the Christmas/New Year period
computers, including the internet,
annually. We know some staff are
for personal use during the working
resistant to being required to take
Skills Maintenance Activity
this break and to using up annual
notice of your closedown period.
leave. How much notice do we
Employees are still entitled to the
have to give to staff and can they
paid statutory holidays that may fall
refuse to use up annual leave if we
during your closedown period.
When you participate in our learning activity you should claim points in your diary. 1 hour of learning = 1 point. And be sure to write down how and what you learnt.
close for a 3 week period?
You can require any employee to take annual holidays during your usual closedown period if he or she is entitled to annual leave. If the employee is not entitled to annual leave, you can require that he or she discontinue work during this period, effectively taking leave without pay. In either case, you have to give staff at least 14 days
Trudy Marshall and Danny Jacobson are Partners at Employment & Environment Law, Barristers and Solicitors, Tauranga. They operate the Employment Helpline for CBANZ members: ph 07 928 0529. They have also produced a Guide for Employers in the Construction Industry which CBANZ can send out to members on request. (The above is by its nature general, and is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice).
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CBANZ Spitting Sloths Every Tuesday evening the Sloths venture onto the pristine white (grey) sands of the Mount Main Beach. They call it Social Volleyball but deep within the Sloths have a competitive streak which comes out in our slam dunks and potent serving skills. The proud players of the CBANZ Spitting
Millie T tries out her beach ballet while Jason M prays the ball will go over. Ben Rickard analyses the situation and Chief Executive Grant takes a relaxed approach.
Sloths are Racey Jasey Sloth, Evil Eve Sloth, Ball Basher Ben Sloth, Grunting Grant Sloth, and Mischievous Millie Sloth. It is a great chance to get out in the fresh air after a day's work and enjoy the beautiful place we live in.
Benâ€™s Usain Bolt impression.
Eve and Grant share a laugh as Jason wonders how the ball got waaay over there!
Jason busts some moves.
Millie got it Ben ...
Jump Jason Jump!
Eve has it sorted ...
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Come to Grant ...
Message from the Chief Executive As we draw close to the end of
will keep you advised on the details of
2012 we can reflect on it being
these changes when they are known.
one of significant change to our industry. The introduction of
As is tradition in the building industry, I
the Licensing Building Practitioner laws in March
hope that you will be able to take a break
brought change that had been long talked about
over the Christmas period after a year of
and that has had an impact on the work undertaken
difficult trading for many and we need to
by many in the building industry. I am pleased that
see an improvement in trading conditions
generally most members of Certified Builders were
in 2013. There continues to be some signs
prepared for this change and it was introduced
of an improving and lifting of activity in
without too many problems for us all.
the industry across the country ... so here’s hoping!
Further changes are forecast with the Building Amendment Bill #4 currently going through the
On behalf of all the staff at National
consideration process by Government and when
Support Office I wish both you and your
introduced will require more changes by builders
families a happy and joyful Christmas and
especially information that will have to be given to
a safe New Year.”
customers before and after any job or project. We
– Grant Florence
The Online Shop is
UP & RUNNING! The Certified Builders online shop has been live for just over 3 months and is going fabulously. If you haven’t already checked it out – go and have a squizz some time. Log on to the members section of the Certified website and you will see an array
If you can’t remember your
of products within the shop - not to mention a whole lot of additional information
login details phone us at
on the benefits and services of being a Certified Builder.
National Support Office and someone can help you.
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