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The official magazine of New Zealand Certified Builders Association

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No Right to Leave Without Pay Pg 22

Working Safely with Prefabricated Timber Frames and Trusses Pg 28

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Contents FROM NZCB

OUR PEOPLE Southland Builder Makes Home Buying Easier with New Mortgage for Prefabs

Message from the Board


Message from the Chairperson


Message from the Chief Executive


Message from the Group Technical Manager


Managing NZCB Reputation in the Media



Contract Works vs Public Liability Insurance


Financial Wellness – why is it so important?

NZCB Mentoring Programme


NZCB Holiday Closure


NZCB 22nd AGM Conference and Expo

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TECH TIPS Smoothly Manage Your Business’s Moving Parts


What We Know About Retentions After Ebert Construction


No Right to Leave Without Pay


Not to be Opened Until Christmas


HEALTH AND SAFETY Working Safely with Prefabricated Timber Frames and Trusses


The Safety Game Has Changed


Nelson Bays Tauranga Districts Waikato Canterbury Auckland Message from the North Island Message from the South Island

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NEXT GENERATION ITAB Apprentice Completions Message from the AST Trust NZCB Future Leaders

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Find NZCB on

Early Bird Pricing see all the details on pages 12–16



New Plan Unveiled to Slash Climate Emissions From Buildings and Construction




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Contact: 10 Marsh Street, Tauranga 3110 PO Box 13405, Tauranga Central, Tauranga 3141 Phone: 07 927 7720 Freephone: 0800 CERTIFIED Fax: 07 927 7721 ISSN 2703-2418

InHouse is the official bi-monthly magazine of New Zealand Certified Builders Association. We’re always on the lookout for interesting stories or build projects that NZCB members have been a part of! To share your story with us please contact Linda. Alternatively, if you are interested in advertising in the InHouse magazine, we have a range of opportunities available to suit every budget. Linda Moody INHOUSE EDITOR | 07 557 9214


Mike Craig Vice Chairperson NZCB Board

What’s Happened to Housing Affordability? I have been in the industry for 40 years, and I’m often asking myself “What’s happened to affordability? Can the average wage earner afford to buy a house?” Only about 60% of us can afford to purchase a home, with the younger generation needing two incomes to pay a mortgage. Lower income people have no chance. You shouldn’t be spending more than 30% of your income on housing, whether you’re paying rent or a mortgage. The market will stay the same if we don’t increase the housing stock and this requires rules and regulations to be eased. Status quo is good for business, but not so good for the next generation of New Zealanders.

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What can we do to make houses more affordable?

6. Work with small businesses not looking for the high returns of big business who are capable of increasing production within the right regulatory environment. 7. Consider deals with building groups with guaranteed work over longer periods. 8. Plan 50 years ahead for land development. The population isn’t going backwards! 9. Make sure the houses we are building will last at least 100 years – replacing materials is costly. 10. Are regulations and rules preventing wages from keeping up with inflation? Businesses are fighting to stay afloat by using surplus money for compliance rather than putting the increased costs onto the consumer to stay competitive. 11. Has health and safety become a beast that’s overprotective of workers? The supply chain has health and safety added to it until it hits the consumers. Is this cost affecting the affordability of materials? Zero percent risk of injury at work but 100% risk once they leave site, e.g. motor vehicles, scooters, cycling, tramping, sports, too much alcohol, sunbathing. Is that right? 12. Is the pressure to buy your own home, the lack of affordable housing and over-regulation contributing to our high suicide rate?

1. Consider a total redesign of the building system, e.g. RMA, consenting, compliance and better training.

13. New Zealanders are go-getters. This is what sets us apart from the rest of the world. Let’s forget about what everyone else is doing and come up with our own solutions.

2. Could the Government become a land developer and supply cheap land with good infrastructure? E.g. shops, rail, roading, schools.

14. If there’s no action towards affordable housing, let’s start a New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) political party and just get on with it. 

3. Could the Government exempt buyers who are in a certain pay bracket with a GST holiday, which is payable on sale?

Looks like I have the last InHouse article for the year, so I hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year.

Here are some topics for discussion:

4. Lower regulatory barriers with set plans that don’t need building consent, other than land placement. Plans that are approved by the Government to stop councils interfering.

Thanks to all of the staff at NZCB National Support Office for their hard work. Thanks to my fellow Board members for their time commitment. Special thanks to NZCB Chief Executive, Grant Florence, who really does have our backs when it comes to NZCB.

5. Let builders with solid reputations get on with it without major hold ups due to compliance issues.



Kevin Sceats Chairperson of the NZCB Board

NZCB Board Appoints Independent Director New Zealand Certified Builders’ (NZCB) appointment of Tricia Indo to its Board reflects the Association’s continued focus on meeting the expectations of consumers alongside representing its members’ interests. NZCB Chairman Kevin Sceats says she brings not only strong governance and industry-related experience, but also a fresh perspective as a career trade retail professional. “As owner operator of one of the top performing Mitre 10 Mega stores in New Zealand, with decades of prior experience in other large retail operations internationally, Tricia brings keen insight into the consumer experience. “She also has a track record of championing technology-led change to drive productivity, which is a big opportunity for the building industry and was a focus of our national conference earlier this year,” says Mr Sceats. Based in Wellington, Ms Indo is Managing Director and Owner Operator of Mitre 10 MEGA Kapiti, which she has grown from a small format retail store to a greenfield large format store over the past decade since taking the helm in 2009. Prior to that, she worked in various executive roles at Mitre 10 Australia and New Zealand, and leadership roles in other retail-focused companies in Canada where she graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University Canada.

Ms Indo and Chairman Kevin Sceats are the two Independent Directors on NZCB’s Board, alongside four member builders of the Association.

A Member of the NZ Institute of Directors, her governance experience includes having been a Director on the Board of Mitre 10 New Zealand since 2016 (and to which she has just been re-elected for a second term). In addition, in 2015 she co-founded, and has

“Tricia’s expertise, experience, and international outlook are a great complement to the strengths of our other Board members, and we welcome the new energy an external perspective will bring to our thinking and decision-making,” says Mr. Sceats.

since been Chair of, the Kapiti Youth Achievement Trust, which is designed to enable high-achieving youth to reach their potential.

NZCB 22ND ANNUAL AGM, CONFERENCE & EXPO Sustainability – Helping NZCB Members to grow, thrive and succeed.

4–6 June 2020 TSB Arena & Shed 6 Queens Wharf Wellington




Grant Florence Chief Executive

Plan Ahead to Ease the Pressure As we start drawing to the close of another calendar year, I am sure that many New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) members are faced with the annual client wish of “we have to have it finished or be in by Christmas”. This is a totally understandable wish from customers and it’s a period of work on projects that the experienced builder will have started planning for more than a few weeks (maybe months) ago. It is a time however that we see the pressure go on all those in the building industry – from suppliers, subcontractors and of course our builder members. I know we all like to see our customers enjoy their completed alteration or new home, and enjoy and share this over the festive break with family and friends, but it does add stress to an already very busy time of the year. So, an encouragement to those of you may be feeling the pressure over the next few weeks – “take a pause, take a breath and have a quick dream of your own break over the festive season”. All indications are that 2020 will continue to see continued strong demand and activity on the residential building sector. Although there are some signs of reducing consumer and business confidence, these should be offset during 2020 by low interest rates, consistent immigration numbers, hopefully decent prices in the primary sector and the ongoing shortage of housing stock. We will no doubt see some pause in consumer demand during the year as we lead up to the next general election (currently scheduled for November 2020), but this has historically only been relatively short-lived. What the political parties have in the pre-election scramble will be very interesting. 2020 will also see the introduction of the first of the changes to the regulatory regime of the building industry. Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa has announced that there will be law changes during the year on three of the aspects that MBIE consulted on earlier this year. These are the Building Levy, Fines and Penalties and lastly Building Products and Methods. We will be following these very closely and will of course be providing input and comment at both a MBIE policy level and also at any Select Committee hearing(s). It’s a pity that the more gritty topics that are due for review that affect our members, namely Occupational Liability (LBP Licensing) and Risk and Liability, are not on the early agenda. In reality I am of the firm belief they are the ones that will make some sort of difference to our members and the efficiency of the industry.

These gritty topics also link back into the role and responsibilities of the Building Consent Authorities (BCA), which are in urgent need of review and changed implemented. I continue to receive feedback right across the country on the negative impact that the performance of BCA’s are having on our members’ business and indeed the industry. This has been constant over a number of years and in some areas is getting worse – to the point where it is impacting on the financial sustainability of businesses and also the desire of business owners to remain in the industry. Sad, but true. In some sense I have some sympathy for BCA as they are only working within the rules set – but still? It is an area that we will focus on driving change over 2020. A couple of months ago we were impacted by some changes (forced on by others) to one of the precompletion clauses of the Halo 10 Year Residential Guarantee insurance policy. This is a product that we are proud to make available to our members in proving assurance and comfort to their customers. We continue to work hard on seeking ways that this can be reintroduced as part of the Halo policy. It’s not easy, may take some time and is pretty complicated in many ways, but I am determined that we will continue to exhaust all avenues toward finding a solution. I take this opportunity to thank all our NZCB members for your support of the Association over 2019 and wish all you and your families a happy Christmas and a safe New Year. ‘Till next time….


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Jason McClintock Group Technical Manager

Payment Claims The good old invoice has served us well in the past because clients were less demanding and gratefully paid for work done. But times have changed. Work done on a handshake is a thing of the past and invoices no longer provide a secure pathway to payment. This is largely due to the lack of pathway an invoice allows when there is a claim of a dispute involving workmanship or performance of the contract by either party. A party to the contract could be a client, builder or an underperforming subcontractor. Fortunately for our construction industry we have the Construction Contracts Act 2002 [CCA] to correct this. The intent of this law is to keep the money flowing up and down the contractual chain. So, even if there is a claim of a dispute, the undisputed amount must be paid across. If the dispute continues, the CCA has an adjudication process that holds tight timeframes in order to sort the dispute, and enable the money to start flowing and on occasion ensure the construction continues. I caught up with Peter Degerholm to dig a little deeper into what it means for builders to use the CCA as a business tool. Peter is on the Association’s helpline and considered an expert in the CCA. He has produced two books to help building practitioners understand the intent of the CCA and keep them up to date with any law changes. In my Chew the Fat session with Peter we discussed the barriers for builders who don’t issue valid payment

claims, common mistakes made, and why it’s so important for a payment claim to follow the minimum requirements laid out in the CCA. Peter says “payment claims are a bit like an insurance policy. It’s something you take out before an incident happens.”

In my Chew the Fat session with Peter we discussed the barriers for builders who don’t issue valid payment claims. Accounting software can also be a barrier because the payment claim isn’t set up as a default template. I invite you to view my Chew the Fat session with Peter where I show you how to upload a valid payment claim into Xero and MYOB. Peter also offers some ‘best practice’ advice when using the Construction Contracts Act as a pathway to secure payment. You’ll find this on demand video in the Members’ ToolShed – simply click on ‘Chew The Fat’ under the new ‘TRAINING’ section and I’ll see you there.


Grant Florence Chief Executive

Managing NZCB Reputation in the Media It’s always disappointing when New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) faces negative media coverage, especially when it’s unjustified and based on errors in fact as was the case with the article about Halo Residential Guarantee (Halo) that ran in newspapers in the last week of October. The way we manage this sort of risk is by having an active public relations programme in place. This involves taking strategic opportunities to engage with the media regularly about the great things we do and the value NZCB brings to both members and consumers. It also involves timely issues management, which means responding to any enquiries from media seeking to write what might become a negative story to ensure we give our side of the story.

Consumer experience and word-of-mouth also carries significant weight in our industry.

Unfortunately, the reality is that the way the media works means that we can never completely eliminate the risk of a negative or inaccurate story. It is certainly not as simple as sending them a barrage of press releases, which can be ignored given the hundreds they receive every week. Newsrooms run very lean operations and have a high turnover of staff, which means reporters are often new and are under pressure to produce content fast, often at the expense of accuracy or of seeking further comment to provide balance.

Unfortunately, the reality is that the way the media works means that we can never completely eliminate the risk of a negative or inaccurate story. In the case of the Halo story in October, the reporter is not someone we have come across before and she did not seek comment from NZCB for her story. As reporters are professionally obligated to get facts right and ensure their stories are balanced, I personally contacted the reporter to request corrections to her story where it appears online, and establish a connection so that she does seek comment from NZCB in the future. I also contacted Consumer NZ, who were a key source for the article, to build their understanding of Halo so that they do not misrepresent it in media commentary again.


It’s also important to keep this one negative article in perspective, given the high volume of positive media coverage of NZCB that we have generated this year alone and the way we have grown NZCB’s profile and reputation in the media over the past few years (from just over 50 articles on NZCB in 2014 to consistently more than 250 in subsequent years). The impact of this is reflected in the results of the consumer and stakeholder surveys we’ve done over the past few years, which show increasing awareness of NZCB and our positive reputation in the market. Consumer experience and word-of-mouth also carries significant weight in our industry, so you can help build the reputation of NZCB by ensuring you build strong relationships with your clients and communicate well with them, including accurately promoting the benefits of Halo.


Contract Works vs Public Liability Insurance Contract Works Insurance

Public Liability Insurance

Contract Works Insurance provides cover for accidental and physical loss to the building during the Construction period.

Public Liability Insurance provides cover for accidental damage caused to someone else’s property.

Examples of Contract Works claims include (and not limited to): Builder puts a nail through a water pipe causing an internal flood The bench top gets dropped whilst being installed Fire damage Impact damage to the building Storm damage rips off the roof during heavy winds Appliances or Hot Water Cylinders stolen from site Malicious Damage or Vandalism Contract Works Insurance will provide cover for the cost of repairing the work or replacing the lost items. Contract Works Insurance should also include cover for sub-contractors in respect of materials that they have supplied and work that they are doing.

Examples of Liability Claims may include (and not limited to): Damage to underground services – accidentally digging up an identified cable Sudden and accidental discharge of pollutants (clean up costs) Employees are included – sub contractors should hold their own Insurance. Defective workmanship/Property being worked on can be included under most liability Insurance policies – e.g.. The plumber forgets to crimp a connection for the shower unit. Walls are sealed up, waterproofed and tiled. When testing taps, water leaked in the internal wall, damaging the walls on the lower floor. Cover would be included for costs to remove the tiles, repair the crimp, waterproof & re-tile. Limited to $100,000. Whilst cleaning glass, some grit was in the cloth resulting in scratches to windows. Limited to $100,000 Incorrect installation resulting in damage to other property Under Statutory Liability Insurance, cover can be included for any fines ordered by the Building Practitioners Board arising out of an action under the Building Act. Cover is also included for Legal Defence Costs.

It is important to always refer to your policy wording for full coverage details.

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Alicia Karena Executive Assistant to Chief Executive

NZCB Mentoring Programme New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) has identified that when an experienced builder finally hangs up their toolbelt and leaves the trade, the loss of this hard-won knowledge is a real threat to the industry. An update from our programme Co-ordinator – Dave Brown

Because one of the objectives of the Association is to raise the standard of the industry, we looked for ways to retain this knowledge, for the benefit of new builders and the industry as a whole. NZCB’s Mentoring Programme has been under full steam for the past two years, allowing experienced NZCB members to provide guidance to some of our newest members. You don’t have to be part of the NZCB Mentoring Programme to use your mentoring skills, however – relationships with staff and clients will also benefit. For more information or if you think you need a Mentor or would like to become a Mentor please contact Alicia at the NZCB National Support Office

A few words from one of our Mentors – Warren Buxton Warren Buxton (Tauranga Districts) has been an NZCB member for 18 years and joined the NZCB Mentoring Programme two years ago. Having spent several years in the education sector, Warren advises that being a mentor requires skills that differ from those of a trainer or coach, and outlines them here.

Skills of a Mentor: • The ability to Listen to gain understanding of the Mentee and their ambitions. • Questioning skills to guide the Mentee’s thinking and further understand their situation. • Have a Knowledge of or be aware of available resources. Be aware, though, that your knowledge can be a disadvantage if the principles of mentoring are not understood and applied. Those principles include structure, trust and boundaries, as well as allowing the mentee to progress at their own rate and take increasing responsibility for their development. When working with people there is no “one size fits all” solution, of course – we all have different experiences, opportunities, personalities and beliefs, and these can all be affected when under pressure, tired, sad or happy. Most important is to work on building trust, honesty and respect. Cheers, Warren Buxton


Looking back over the last 12 months we have seen a steady increase in the number of new and recently joined members requesting a mentor. Currently, we have 24 mentor agreements in action. The rate at which the programme has grown is pleasing and just shows how valuable this addition to our support services is. Thank you to all the older members who have volunteered to take a mentee under their wing and good on you mentees for recognising the benefits that teaming up with an experienced builder can offer. Also, a big thanks to the Regional Presidents who have pledged their support and are helping identify mentors in their areas. On a personal note, I have just embarked on an addition/ renovation to my own house. It is quite a challenge both technically and from a project management perspective. Having to coordinate multiple subcontractors, deal with the council and ensure that I haven’t missed anything is keeping me on my toes. My 45 years’ experience in residential building is definitely a huge advantage and has made me realise how hard it could be for a young builder starting out on his own, having to face all the challenges that a building project can throw up. The benefits of having an experienced person to call on is pretty obvious. At Conference next year we are looking at having a workshop encompassing mentoring, people management, apprentice training and other related topics. So, make sure you make it to Wellington. As 2019 winds down towards the “silly season” I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our members a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Cheers, Dave Brown


Need LBP Points? As a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) you will be aware you must complete a set of skills maintenance activities each year to maintain your licence(s). 17 A

One of the sections for skill maintenance points are elective points. Under the new ‘TRAINING’ section of the Members’ ToolShed we have over 11.5 hours of educational content that can be used as LBP elective points.

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Simply take a screen shot or a photo of the video/podcast intro as evidence of learning. If you get stuck give the National Support Office a call on 0800 237 843.


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NZCB Holiday Closure Down the tools, team... it’s time for a break! Office Closure New Zealand Certified Builders National Support Office will be closed from midday on Friday 20th December 2019 and reopen at 8am on Monday 13th January 2020. From all the staff at the National Support Office, we hope you have a safe, happy and relaxing break with your family and friends. We look forward to catching up with you all again in 2020.

Online Contracts

Stationery & Clothing Orders

The online Building Contracts and Employment Agreements will still be accessible on the members’ ToolShed for you to complete over the holiday period. You will be required to pay for these by credit card before you use them and a paid invoice will follow in late January 2020.

Please make sure your stationery and clothing orders are placed by 4pm on Monday 2nd December 2019 to allow us time to get these out and to you. Depending on stock available, any orders placed after this time may not be processed until late January 2020.

Fisher & Paykel Orders

Online Shop

Please make sure your Fisher and Paykel order is in by 4pm on Tuesday 10th December 2019. If your order is placed after this date, it may not be processed until late January 2020.

The online Shop will stay open over the holiday period but, if your order is placed between Tuesday 17th December 2019 and Monday 13th January 2020, it will not be processed until late January 2020.

Relax, stay safe and enjoy the holidays!



NZCB 22nd AGM, Conference and Expo Sustainability – Helping NZCB Members to grow, thrive and succeed. The next New Zealand Certified Builders AGM, Conference and Expo being held in the heart of New Zealand’s capital city is one not to miss! With an estimated 750+ delegates expected to attend our 2020 Conference and Expo, this will provide you with a chance to: • establish new and reinforce existing relationships • learn about new products and services • learn from 20+ leading industry and educational speakers • network with like-minded people • earn 6 LBP points.

4–6 June



Early Bird Pricing:

All costs below are excluding GST and per person Thursday Factory Tour (full day)


Thursday Master Class (full day)


Early bird NZCB registration for two days (the main person registering to attend conference)


Additional team members for two days (any additional people you would like to bring with you to attend conference; your business partner, wife/partner, employee(s))


Friday Night Te Papa Museum Mingler


Saturday Night Gala Dinner


* Prices subject to change. * Early bird registration until 31st March 2020. After 1st April – NZCB registration for two days = $390.00+GST, additional team members for two days = $198.00+GST.

TSB Arena & Shed 6 Queens Wharf Wellington

Photo by Nicola Edmonds, Courtenay Place




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There will be two exciting and educational options again for the Thursday prior to conference...

Factory Tour The popular Factory Tour returns with four exciting stops along the way. Join us for an education tour with a little fun along the way. We will be visiting: • Mojo Coffee – training pod • NZ Parliament Building • BRANZ • Panhead Brewery Tasting Room. All food and transport is included in this tour. Jason Dinan, Executive Coaching & Consulting

Masterclass FULL DAY training with Jason Dinan, Executive Coaching & Consulting

NZ Parliament

Sector Experience

Cost – $250.00 +GST With 27 years of leadership experience working in 23 countries, Jason specialises in growing organisations through developing high-performance sales leaders, sales teams and sales strategy. He is a former General Manager of the global business, Marcus Evans. Marcus Evans is a global, multifaceted media, corporate marketing and information company, employing 3,000 professionals in 59 worldwide locations. During his time at Marcus Evans, Jason held an impressive record of growing sales revenues from �150,000.00 start-up capital, to a group turning over annually �30,000,000 in only four years. As Founder and Principal of Executive Coaching and Consulting, Jason works with clients across South East Asia and the USA. He is a certified Objective Management Group (sales diagnostics) assessor and Extended D.I.S.C. Assessor.

Specialisation Areas Leadership, recruitment, motivation, key note speaking, sales planning and operations, sales process, sales coaching and sales team management, pipeline management, relationship/account management, sales strategy, and target market value propositions.


Construction, E-commerce, Information Technology, Banking and Finance, Agriculture, Government, Defence, Horticulture, FMCG, Telecommunications, Mining ,Oil and Gas, Automotive,Transportation, Logistics, HR, Recruitment and Consulting.

Masterclass topic The 1 DAY Strategic Sales Architecture Workshop If you are a business owner that is concerned with the uncertainty that the 2020 economy will bring, this is a must-attend seminar.

Key Outcomes: • You will learn what the 10 most important components are to ensure your business thrives in uncertain times • Learn all about a salesperson’s mindset and be motivated like never before to reach your sales targets • You will learn to understand how important it is to have a vision, purpose and values to help you grow your people and your client base • If you are a salesperson, you will learn about sales psychology and what’s holding you back from achieving greater success • Find out how to differentiate yourself in a competitive market • Want to win more business? Learn some of the best sales tactics and strategies.


Did you know? The NZCB Conference is tax deductible – as you are increasing your knowledge and up-skilling to generate more revenue for your business, this is a businessrelated expense which means you can claim the costs for your registration fees, your travel costs and accommodation etc. The cost to put on the NZCB Conference is over $500,000. Our sponsors play a vital role in assisting NZCB to keep our delegate entry costs to a minimum. Actual cost per delegate/person to attend: • the one-day Master Class $1,400 • the two-day NZCB Conference and Expo $2500+ • the Friday Night Mingler $110.00 • the Saturday Night Gala Dinner $225.00


5 June The first official day of Conference will start with the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and will be followed by an amazing line-up of keynote and educational speakers to get you thinking and motivated.

Wellington TSB Arena and Auditorium (Shed 6) Just 15 minutes from the Wellington Airport, the TSB Arena and Auditorium (Shed 6) are found on Wellington’s picturesque waterfront, just a stroll away from world-class dining, coffee, shopping and accommodation. This spacious and versatile venue ticks all the boxes with dedicated exhibition and conference space. It is perfect for us to host over 750 delegates, 90 trade stands and run another successful Conference and Expo.

Annual General Meeting

The educational workshops will take place in the Auditorium (Shed 6), with all catering during the Conference and Expo being held in the TSB Arena – the exhibition area.

The members-only AGM will start at 8am and run through to 10am – a chance for you to have your say as a stakeholder in what is happening in the Association.

Keynote and Educational Speakers We have another exciting line up of keynote speakers that will be announced in January 2020.

Expo Area The Expo area will be open on both Friday and Saturday with 90 industry specific, trade partners ready to showcase their latest services and products to you. The perfect opportunity for you to network and catch up with trade industry experts face-to-face and stay up-to-date with the latest information to help your business. All catering will be held in the Expo area also.




6 June Wellington TSB Arena and Auditorium (Shed 6)

The second day of Conference is all about up skilling and education, with ALL NEW speakers in three different educational workshop streams to choose from.

Educational Workshops Leadership Workshops Executive level workshops to help you grow your business. 1. Cashflow management tips and tricks Tax Management 2. Digital Performance – your website is getting plenty of traffic but how do you convert these into sales leads? – Uprise Agency 3. The One-Hour Leadership Strategic Sales Architecture Audit – Jason Dinan, Executive Coaching & Consulting


4. Building Contracts Q&A – with construction law specialist Geoff Hardy, Martelli McKegg

Tradie Workshops Designed for your staff to help them up-skill and become future leaders.



Whether you are an individual member, business member, work on-site or behind the scenes in the office – we have something for everyone.

Sustainability Workshops Learn about design and construction methods that have a lower environmental impact. 1. How to prepare your business for new shareholders or an outright sale of your business – Findex Findex is one of Australasia’s leading provider of integrated financial advisory and accounting services 2. The choice to exceed: Consumer perspectives on building beyond the building code – Greg Burn, BRANZ 3. What makes a high rated home? Discuss principles that make up the Homestar rating – NZGBC 4. R Value is not equal to R Value – Thermal bridges and why location matters – Denise Martin,

1. What it takes to be a leader – what is leadership? – Sally Duxfield, Director of Makahika Outdoor Pursuit Centre and Contact NZ Consultancy 2. Time and priority management – being able to balance a heavy workload and time constraints while managing and delegating – Josie Adlam, IceHouse

Registrations open 11 December. For more information and to register visit conference

3. Communication – developed communication skills are able to use listening techniques and nonverbal strategies to improve conversations – Josie Adlam, IceHouse 4. Pricing for profit – Onsite Overheads vs Offsite Overheads – what’s the difference? – Victoria Harrison, Red Group




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New Plan Unveiled to Slash Climate Emissions From Buildings and Construction The Government has been warned that it will fail in its key pledge to tackle climate change if it does not improve New Zealand’s internationally criticised Building Code and also insist on energy efficiency declarations being made public when buildings are sold or leased. The warning comes from the Green Building Council, who, in Parliament recently launched a zero carbon road map for Aotearoa’s buildings, alongside the first ever zero carbon certification for buildings in New Zealand, developed with Enviro-Mark Solutions. The road map that was launched is the first comprehensive raft of solutions intended to tackle the problem of building and construction climate change emissions. Emissions from the construction sector have leapt 66 per cent in a decade. The built environment is responsible for approximately 20 per cent of our country’s carbon footprint. And constructing and renovating New Zealand buildings pumps out climate pollution equivalent to one million cars on the road every year. All of which means that New Zealand will not be able to hit the Government’s much vaunted zero carbon goal without tackling emissions from the building and construction sector, say the Green Building Council. Besides a call for the Government to enshrine zero carbon buildings in the Building Code – the minimum legal standards to which buildings have to be constructed – and a demand for energy efficiency declarations when selling or leasing, the Green Building Council is also asking for key government ministries and departments to ensure all their buildings are independently verified as sustainable, and to slash ‘embodied’ carbon. Embodied carbon refers to the climate change pollution emitted during the manufacture and construction of a building and its materials, and is separate from the carbon emitted during the buildings’ operation for heating and lighting.

“If we don’t cut these emissions, then the government will fail to achieve its zero carbon goal. “That’s why we have identified the significant milestones that the government and industry must achieve to decarbonise New Zealand’s buildings. These include an improved Building Code, significantly increased transparency around the energy efficiency of buildings, and a call for key government ministries and departments to lead a revolutionary shift in green buildings. “When all parts of this roadmap are in place, the building and construction sector will be zero carbon – the greatest achievement ever for this industry, or any industry, in Aotearoa.” Dr Ann Smith, chief executive of Enviro-Mark Solutions said: “Despite the urgent need to reduce carbon, emissions are still rising. There is widespread agreement that we need to stay within a 1.5 degree Celsius limit to global warming. “We can do this, and at the same time unlock business opportunities and improve wellbeing. Reducing emissions in the built environment is essential if we are to help achieve New Zealand’s commitments. Partnerships with like-minded organisations such as the New Zealand Green Business Council are a key part of Enviro-Mark Solutions’ strategy to ensure that real reductions to the atmosphere are achieved.”

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Andrew Eagles, chief executive of the Green Building Council, said: “Climate change is our greatest challenge. But New Zealand will not achieve the healthier zero carbon future we deserve, unless, together, we mightily curtail emissions from the building and construction sector. Sam Archer is the Director of Market Transformation for New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC). The NZGBC is a not-for-profit team of people who are passionate advocates for better buildings, because we know that better buildings mean healthier, happier Kiwis. For more information visit


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What We Know About Retentions After Ebert Construction There is an old saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. In the context of the new retentions rules in the Constructions Contracts Act 2002 (the “CCA”), it means that it is not enough to simply aspire to protect contractors’ entitlement to their retentions. You actually have to do something constructive about it as well. And on that score, the Government has only achieved a partial pass mark so far. After the Mainzeal collapse in 2013, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (the “MBIE”) studied all the overseas regimes for the protection of retentions, consulted the New Zealand construction industry, and decided that retentions were to be held in trust for the tradesmen who had earned them. The new rules were then drafted and inserted into the Construction Contracts Amendment Bill 2013 that had been held up waiting for these new rules to be developed. The then Minister of Building and Housing the Honourable Nick Smith submitted a couple of proposals to Cabinet in which he made it clear that retentions were going to be deemed to be held in trust – in other words it would happen automatically without the need for the party withholding the money to do anything special. But, as it turned out, the legislation went the opposite way and required the party withholding the money to take some affirmative action to demonstrate that the funds were held in trust (or provide a bond or an insurance policy to the contractor instead).

Accounting firm, BDO’s 2019 report said 70% of the 216 construction firms surveyed, did not ask to see evidence that their retentions are held in trust for them. The law also said that retention money held in trust does not need to be paid into a separate trust account, and may be mixed up with other moneys. However, you do have to keep proper accounting records that correctly record all retention money held on trust, and those accounting records must be made available for inspection by the contractor. The CCA also outlawed any term in a construction contract that delays payment of the retentions to the contractor after he has fully performed his obligations, or that requires the contractor to pay any fees or costs for administering the trust.

The new retentions rules were introduced without adequate consultation with construction lawyers or insolvency experts and without the Regulations that were supposed to provide greater detail. Some hurried changes – to ensure the new rules did not catch retentions already held, and to introduce the bond or insurance policy option – were made just a few days before the rules came into force on 31 March 2017. Consequently the wording was poorly thought-out and the High Court has since said as much in the Ebert decision. The accounting firm BDO does an annual survey of the construction sector and its 2019 report touched on retentions. It said 70% of the 216 construction firms surveyed, did not ask to see evidence that their retentions are held in trust for them. Of the 30% who did ask, 47% found at least one customer who did not comply. Although 93% of the respondents said they do comply, that is probably because they were conscientious enough to answer the survey in the first place. 90% of them hold their retentions in cash, but 25% of them do not use a separate trust account. Only 1% use a bond or insurance policy, which probably reflects the fact that the now-defunct CBL Insurance Ltd was the main issuer of those products. The new rules came into force on 31 March 2017. Their first big test came when Ebert Construction Ltd went into receivership on 31 July 2018. The receivers applied to the High Court for guidance and permission to administer funds, and Justice Churchman of the High Court passed judgment on the new rules on 12 November 2018. There have been no other judgments as yet, but some are inevitable. What the Ebert decision established was this – every time a contractor goes bust owing retentions to subcontractors, someone will have to apply to the Court to be appointed a receiver of the trust funds. The receiver’s fees and expenses will be paid out of the trust funds before the contractors’ claims. Contractors will only receive their retentions if they have been put aside in a separate account. If they haven’t been paid into a


These provisions apply to directors and senior managers of construction companies who have knowingly and intentionally broken the rules. The maximum penalty is seven years’ imprisonment. But is anything being done about it?

separate account, and the contractors haven’t been paid the balance of their invoice, then they are just unpaid invoices, not retentions. What that means, is that subcontractors who are owed retentions by small-medium construction firms are going to miss out. That is either because the construction company doesn’t have a separate retentions account, or because there isn’t enough in its retentions account to cover the receiver’s fees and expenses, so no-one will apply to become the receiver. Consequently, in the vast majority of cases, the whole objective of introducing the retentions-held-in-trust regime will be defeated. There are two aspects of the judgment that are completely at odds with the legislation. The requirement for a separate bank account, flies in the face of section 18E(2) – “Retention money does not need to be paid into a separate trust account, and may be commingled with other moneys”. Then, there is Section 18I – “Any term in a construction contract is void that purports to require the payee to pay any fees or costs for administering a trust”. The Ebert receivers estimated it would cost them at least $150,000 plus GST plus expenses to administer the trust fund, on top of the legal fees for the application to the court for permission to do so. The Court permitted them to take every last cent of that out of the trust funds. Then there is the question of how to enforce the rules. If the company that failed to put that money aside has now gone into liquidation, it is pointless suing it for breach of trust, even if you were allowed to (which you are not). So, what was the intended solution? The Honourable Nick Smith said “Criminal penalties … should apply to both individuals and entities … I agree with the advice from the Ministry of Justice that existing offences [under the Crimes Act 1961 – Section 220 (theft by a person in a special relationship) and section 229 (criminal breach of trust)] will provide appropriate deterrence”.

In Ebert, subcontractors lost almost $1 million in retentions not put aside, but the MBIE has apparently said no prosecutions are planned. In Corbel, there was $110,000 in a separate account but a likely shortfall of more than $223,000 in retentions. An application to the High Court for receivership rights is pending, but there is no mention of any criminal prosecution. In Arrow, there was $4.53m held in trust but there has been no confirmation yet of any shortfall. In Orange H Group, various subsidiaries had liabilities for retentions totalling $8.953m. In Tallwood/Stanley, the Liquidator estimates that retentions of between $900,000 and $1.3m should have been held in trust, but weren’t. On 9 October 2019, the publication Sharechat reported that Stanley executives had reassured some subbies by email that their retentions were safely set aside.

Exercise your right to demand to see the accounting records showing how your retentions have been put aside for you. One creditor of Tallwood/Stanley is petitioning the Serious Fraud Office and the Police to take some action. It is up to the MBIE to prosecute if there are deficits, but MBIE officials apparently told Sharechat that to use those sections in the Crimes Act they would need evidence of an intention to defraud the subbies, which is a major stumbling block. So much for the advice from the Ministry of Justice to Nick Smith! The MBIE has commissioned the accounting firm KPMG to review the retentions scheme, and the current Minister Jenny Salesa has said she hopes to make announcements about how they plan to strengthen the regime, when the report is released. In the meantime, I suggest that at the very least, you exercise your right to demand to see the accounting records showing how your retentions have been put aside for you. And then make a big noise if they are not.

Geoff Hardy is a partner in the Auckland law firm Martelli McKegg and is a construction law specialist. Contact Geoff on (09) 379 0700 or This article is not intended to be relied upon as legal advice.



No Right to Leave Without Pay We still regularly have employer clients whose staff consider it acceptable to take time off whenever it suits them for personal reasons unrelated to genuine sickness and without applying for annual leave in advance. Recent examples have been employees calling in their absence for the day at the last minute (or not calling in at all) in order to get their car fixed, take their mate to Auckland airport, help out at home, or spend the day with their girlfriend or boyfriend. The employee often justifies the absence on the basis that there is no harm done because the absence is not costing the employer anything due to the leave being “leave without pay”. The reality is that it does cost the employer in lost productivity and operational disruption when an employee, without prior agreement, takes the day off for his/her own personal reasons.

An employer does not have to tolerate any employee taking leave without pay.

As an NZCB Member you are entitle to a FREE 10 minute phone call with Employment Lawyers Tauranga. Give Trudy or Danny a call on 07 928 0529 if you need help with any employment issue including:

Except in cases of genuine sickness where a paid sick leave entitlement has run out, an employee does not have the legal right to take leave without pay. An employer does not have to tolerate any employee taking leave without pay. You can and should deal with the matter either with a letter clearly setting expectations for the future, or in more serious cases by way of a formal disciplinary investigation process.

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We also recommend that you include a clause in your employment agreement making it clear that unpaid leave or leave without pay must be applied for in advance and will only be granted at your sole discretion having regard to your business and operational requirements.

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Southland Builder Makes Home Buying Easier with New Mortgage for Prefabs When you’ve been building and transporting properties for more than 15 years, it’s fair to say you know your stuff when it comes to prefabs. Exceed Homes’ Jade McNamara also understands the frustration that comes from not being able to get finance for a prefabricated home. That’s why he’s joined forces with Westpac NZ to provide a new home mortgage dedicated to prefabricated homes. “I’ve spoken to so many people over the years who want to buy a prefab house because they were a more affordable option but couldn’t obtain the finance. Now, they can,” says Jade, who started his business from his father’s backyard and now operates a team of tradesmen and relocation specialists from a large yard in Invercargill. “Prefab homes are typically cheaper to build. Their affordability and faster build time make them an attractive option for first-home buyers or people wanting to build a rental or bach.” Jade and his wife Sarah Bohm had been working with Westpac NZ on a solution since last year.


Exceed Homes delivered the first South Island home funded by the innovative Westpac Prebuilt scheme to its new owners in June this year. “I approached Westpac with my concerns and to see if we could figure out a solution together,” he says. “Fortunately, Westpac was running a pilot for prefab home loans in the North Island at the time and brought us on as its South Island partner.” Exceed Homes delivered the first South Island home funded by the innovative Westpac Prebuilt scheme to its new owners in June this year. “We build houses on our yard in Invercargill and can deliver them anywhere in the South Island. We have lots of designs and layouts for people to choose from. From stylish one-bedroom units to grand four-bedroom houses, people have the flexibility to make it their own. We also do one-off builds if buyers have a specific concept in mind,” says Sarah. Typically, Exceed Homes properties take about 16 weeks to craft and come fully finished with chattels, paint, floor coverings and joinery. They are also code compliant before leaving the yard. “Our homes are brand new, which means they are insulated, warm and healthy. That’s something we know a lot of people struggle with. Making home ownership more achievable and knowing these homes are improving the health of Kiwis, is a great feeling,” says Jade.



Not To Be Opened Until Christmas December is the busiest month in most builders’ calendars. Clients are pushing for progress to be made before Christmas, the social calendar starts to fill up with end-of-year events, the summer shutdown needs planning and holidays need finalising. Because of all this, I suggest to put this article aside until after Christmas and you have a chance to decompress and catch your breath. Assuming you have followed my suggestion above it is now summer holiday time and you are catching up on some reading. Switching to business mode for a moment, now is a good time to think about 2020 and beyond. We have been experiencing the longest sustained period of construction growth since the mid 70’s but, as we all know, construction is a cyclical business and a downturn will come; we just don’t know when. Although I have never watched an episode of Game Of Thrones (am I the only person on the planet who hasn’t?) I am familiar with the term “Winter Is Coming”. At the risk of being viewed as a black-hat thinker, I suggest you put some planning into preparing your business for leaner times so you can thrive in the longer term. Even if the construction winter is delayed another year or two, you will still have a better business that is more efficient and making more profit by going through this review process. To help build a recession-proof business, consider looking at the following parts of your business.

Improve processes and efficiency It is only natural to become a little “fat and lazy” (in business terms) during times of abundance. Now is a good time to focus on becoming a leaner operation by reducing waste in all areas, and I don’t just mean in materials. Lean construction theory looks at ALL areas of waste in a business and how to reduce through a series of small changes. Implemented right it can bring a fundamental change in the way you run your business.

I bang on this drum constantly as it is a vital part of business success, whether the market is strong or weak. Do you know the Gross Profit percentage figure you are currently achieving from your jobs? If so, what is a reasonable figure to target as an improvement in 2020? If you don’t know, you need to make a time with me to figure it out!

Build up a cash reserve Sometimes easier said than done, but an improvement in your working capital situation will help make tighter times more bearable. There are many small ways you can look to increase the retention of cash in your business so it is often a mater of moving lots of levers a small amount each and doing so consistently that will make a difference. You may also need to review capital spending plans and also look at your level of drawings from the business. Leasing or renting equipment may be the most prudent short-term solution. Those are a few ideas to consider while you work your way through all that Christmas ham over early January. There are a lot more tweaks in areas such as marketing and client management that will help also. I just didn’t have the space to fit them in. To book a time to do a strategic review of your business and put a plan of improvement in place email me at Let me help you build a stronger business in 2020.

Focus on core business Concentrate on your core competencies and look to sideline unrelated or new activities. While it is tempting to look for additional revenue streams when things are tight it can be a distraction and can soak up precious cash and resources. Focusing does not necessarily mean getting smaller, but it does mean choosing one area of business to put your energy into and making it stronger.

Improve profit margins If the amount of potential business out there reduces, the need to increase your profit margin on the lower level of business become all the more important.

Andy Burrows, Director of The Trades Coach and NZCB Partner. Andy is a business coach, who specialises in mentoring and coaching business owners associated with the construction industry. You can get in touch with Andy on 09 912 1901 or



Working Safely with Prefabricated Timber Frames and Trusses During the erection of prefabricated timber framing on a building site in 2016, an accident occurred that resulted in a serious and permanent injury to one of the four workers involved in the installation. The concrete floor slab had been covered with polythene sheet for protection before starting to erect the frames. When the accident occurred, two frames were already in position at right angles to one another but were not fixed to the concrete slab. Instead, one frame was temporarily braced by a piece of structural timber set diagonally from the floor and nailed to the side of the frame. The third frame being installed was footed against the braced frame and was being lifted upright by the four workers. As the frame became more upright, its centre of gravity changed to a point where there was more frame weight behind than in front of the workers. When the workers were approximately 2 metres from the base of the frame, the two already upright frames started to move, causing the third frame to slip. It fell towards the workers followed by the other two frames. Two workers were fortunately knocked out of the way, but the other two were not so fortunate. One worker received an injury that required five stitches; the other worker was far more seriously injured and was left paralysed from the waist down.

Risks associated with framing installation There are a number of risks associated with the installation of prefabricated timber frames and trusses. These are as a result of: • the weight and size of frames • the high centre of gravity of tall frames • the need to work at height when on an upper floor level or installing trusses.

Best practice guidelines In response to the accident, a best practice guidelines publication on working safely with prefabricated timber framing is being prepared. Its purpose is to raise the awareness of the risks to anyone involved in erecting prefabricated timber framing in residential construction and

to promote the safety and well-being of workers by providing advice and best-practice guidelines. Its objectives are to: • describe the risks associated with handling, transporting and erecting prefabricated timber frames and trusses • provide recommendations for managing the risks and reducing the risk of injury or fatality to workers • describe best-practice processes and procedures for keeping workers safe • provide guidance on how to meet the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA).

Communication Communication is the key to managing the risks when handling, transporting and erecting prefabricated timber framing. All parties involved in all aspects of the design, manufacture, transport and erection should be involved in discussions about how operations will be carried out.

Worker safety Worker safety is paramount so the erection crew should have appropriate experience and training, and there should be enough erectors to do the work safely. They should be familiar with the erection and emergency plans, how frames will be handled, temporary pinning or propping requirements, and specific handling restrictions. Work should be supervised by a competent person. Appropriate control measures should be in place for working at height. Where practicable, a crane should be used to minimise the amount of manual handling required. Weather conditions should be monitored before starting installation and appropriate action should be taken as required during the installation operation.

Written by Alide Elkink in collaboration with various groups involved in prefabricated timber framing, Working safely with prefabricated timber frames and trusses aims to help raise awareness of the risks to anyone working in this industry. Alide is a freelance technical writer for the building industry.




The Safety Game Has Changed Health and Safety can be seen as a tick the box or compliance exercise. A lot of assumptions around health and safety exist – commonly we hear “PC gone mad!”, “What ever happened to common sense?”. In reality, it is the doing that matters in health and safety. Every health and safety activity should be about keeping the person on top of the ladder safe. To do this, you need to demonstrate three key points: • Leadership • Engagement • Risk management All Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) must look after the health and safety of themselves, their workers and anyone who visits their work site. Building contractors and their subcontractors both have this responsibility. Where there is more than one PCBU working on the same work site, there are overlapping duties. This involves working together, sharing safety information and ensuring work is completed safely for all. By consulting (talking and listening) cooperating (negotiate and agree) and coordinating (planning and working together) keeping workers safe becomes easier. This can be referred to as the three C’s. A business cannot contract out of its duties and should show evidence so far as reasonably practicable of the three C’s activities with other businesses, so they can all meet their joint responsibilities.

‘Engagement is important’ Health and safety is everyone’s responsibility, from the bottom to the top. It’s the doing that matters. PCBUs cannot rely on the fact that their business or the contractors they have engaged have a health and safety management system in place. They will need to understand: • How that system works • Take steps to make sure it is working. This can only happen if all contractors working on the site are on the same page and understand their health and safety duties, responsibilities and the process to be used on site. This is harder to do than it may at first appear. The real-world challenges of changing work practices, implementing new policies, and embedding different behaviours can result in large gaps between what a PCBU wants to happen and what actually happens day to day on site. Working together to close these gaps, and keep them closed, is the goal when it comes to making effective health and safety happen.

Health and safety is everyone’s responsibility, from the bottom to the top. It’s the doing that matters. Businesses don’t need to duplicate each other’s efforts, but should: • Have relevant, up-to-date knowledge of workplace health and safety • Understand the nature of the business and its operations and associated health and safety risks generally • Ensure the business has appropriate resources and processes to eliminate or minimise risk • Ensure the business has processes for receiving, considering and responding to information about incidents, hazards, and risks. The HazardCo Advisory Team Our Health and Safety Advisors empower you implement and use our system effectively, with the goal to help ensure everyone gets home safely from work each and every day.




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Financial Wellness Why is it so important? It is well known that financial stress is a major contributor to poor mental and physical health. With one third of employees identifying as being under financial stress, EAP provides an important avenue for reducing that stress and improving financial wellness. It is well known that financial stress is a major contributor to poor mental and physical health. With one third of employees identifying as being under financial stress, EAP provides an important avenue for reducing that stress and improving financial wellness. Changes and stressors in life can happen such as job loss, sickness or relationship breakdowns that then mean changes to your financial situation, which can then add additional financial stress on top of dealing with the stress from the change. The more financially well you are before these stressors occur, the less likely you will be affected by financial stress as well. Financial wellness refers to how healthy your finances are. Quite simply it is reflected by your ability to deal with your immediate needs and wants; any changes that can happen in life that effect your finances; and your ability to grow your wealth to provide for your longer term security, without causing you additional financial stress.

How is your financial wellness?

To be financially well, you need to balance your desire to enjoy living in the now and have more financial security in your future. If you have just focused on living in the now and got a lot of debt to fund that, then it’s unlikely you are going to have any back up if something goes wrong in the future.

A recent initiative that we’ve developed is our Financial Wellness Meter in the ‘My Check-up’ section of our app “EAPNOW” – this is available on Google Play. Financial Wellness is determined by a number of factors and actions. Solid financial health allows you and your family to have more control over your future. That being said managing money can be extremely stressful and challenging, especially when you have limited funds and competing demands.

You may have more than you realised and sometimes it is easy to lose sight of this... Don’t compare your situation to anyone else’s. Comparison will not only rob you of your happiness but also your pay check. Keep moving forward and doing what’s right for you and your family.


You can use this quick evaluation tool (2-3 minutes) to obtain an instant measurement of our financial health and receive tips to support your financial goals then pdf or email your results to track your ongoing financial wellness.

Writing out your monthly expenses versus your monthly ‘wants’ will help to balance your budget and maintain positive cash flow.

Plan, Plan, Plan! Be sure you’re putting money away on a monthly basis for emergencies and other unplanned expenses (we all have them). Being prepared for these financial crises will set you up for long term success.

NZCB and EAP Services have partnered to give you access to an Employee Wellness Programme that is tailored to meet the needs of your business – for you and your staff. For more information contact Simon Diprose, or 027 403 8506.



Smoothly Manage Your Business’s Moving Parts When you’re running a busy building business, you have to take care of many moving parts: budgets, schedules, communication with clients, managing sub-trades, paperwork and more. And if the wheels fall of in one area, it can have a costly knock-on effect across your whole business. To help keep all these various plates spinning, many builders and trades are now turning to easy-to-use job management software. These apps can help you with many aspects of your business, from reducing time-consuming paperwork to increasing efficiency and profitability.

It’s important to choose software that suits your business needs and goals. You might have heard of some of these apps, such as Rave Build, NextMinute and Tradify, however, with at least six to choose from, it’s important to choose software that suits your business needs and goals.

CoConstruct has got the lot If you’re looking for system helps you manage everything in one place, CoConstruct could be the ideal choice. Unlike some other systems, which may need to work alongside other software, CoConstruct can support you with all aspects of your business. Here are some of the key ways in which it can help:

Keeping clients happy and informed: CoConstruct gives your clients a way to be connected to your project from the web and your phone, no matter where they are. Better communication with your team and sub trades: With CoConstruct, you can issue quote requests, schedule their work on the project plan and communicate directly via SMS, email or through the CoConstruct website or mobile app. Staying on budget: The Budget enables you to see where your project stands financially at any point based. It shows the original budget, what you’re expecting to spend and the cost to complete.

One size doesn’t fit all CoConstruct is just one of the many available job management systems for Builders. Choosing the wrong system will waste time and money, so it’s important to pick the app which is most suited to your business. Each has different strengths, so do your research or take independent expert advice on selecting the right app to ease business pain points and help you achieve your goals.

Easier quoting & sales: The estimating tool lets you plan and price out your jobs in a way that’s easy to use, flexible to fit your workflow, and fully integrated with the rest of the way you run your projects. Sticking to schedules: The easy scheduling feature allows you to build out your project’s schedule, assign tasks to team members and subtrades, and communicate with those individuals to keep your job on track.

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David Gunter NZCB President Nelson Bays

Health, Wellness and Fun for Nelson


On 17 October, New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) Nelson Bays partnered with Master Builders (RMB) Nelson and put on a Men’s Health Evening for the construction industry and the top of the South Island – this was a great success! Mike King was the main speaker on Mental Health and Mark Hadlow spoke on Prostate Cancer. It was an evening full of laughs but also sending a message and raising awareness of men’s mental, emotional and physical health.

dressed up as a dinosaur and attempted to throw the players off their game by kicking and throwing their golf balls off the greens…. needless to say this provided a bit of humour and entertainment for the players. We finished the day with dinner and prize giving. This year, we awarded the teams prizes with those closest to the average score and played Ambrose rules to keep it a light and fun afternoon. The sponsors of this year’s events were next level – thank you to all our local merchants who came together and provided some amazing prizes and supported this event. Also, a big thank you to our hole sponsors for the prizes they donated. Resene donated some amazing goodie bags for the players and the BCITO barbeque was a great start to the event! I’m looking forward to the 2020 Golf Challenge already!

Mike King talking to attendees about mental health.

There was also a mini expo of health professionals available for people to talk to before and after the event – this was a key part to the evening as it provided people with information and pathways should they need. Everyone went away with tools and information as well as goodie bags kindly donated by our sponsors. We had a fantastic turn out of people, with over 250 people braving the traffic to come along – not bad, especially considering there was a traffic jam which caused some to take an hour to travel 500 metres!

Golfers ready to go at the Greenacres Golf Course

The support and need for this type event was evident. We have had great feedback from people that attended and we’re still receiving positive feedback weeks later. I would encourage all regions to host an event of this type. It’s not going to immediately solve the issue of wellness for our industry but it’s a great start and something we intend to keep building on. This event would not have been possible without our generous sponsors – we really appreciate their effort and support in making this event happen. Then on 1 November Nelson Bays held its annual NZCB vs RMB Golf Challenge. This was held at Greenacres Golf Course on Best Island in the Tasman District. It’s a great course with water surrounding it, not a bad way to spend your Friday afternoon! It was a fun afternoon of golf, games and socialising and, of course, any Golf Challenge would not be complete without its on course shenanigans! This year, our Regional Coordinator


Nelson Bays Regional Coordinator, Anna trying throw the golfers off their game.


Paul James NZCB President Tauranga Districts

Lending a Hand and Changing Things Up


When Tauranga Districts got an SOS call from the Cancer Society to assist the family of a terminally ill Papamoa man, the committee moved into high gear. We were asked to rebuild a make-shift deck area as this was central to the family’s living. In a race against time, our goal was to rebuild the deck in time for Mike to enjoy it as this would mean a lot for the family.


With assistance from our Regional Partner PlaceMakers, we got the job done and Mike was able to spend one more time on his deck, enjoying the Papamoa sunshine on his face before he passed away. It was a great feeling bringing something positive and enlightening to the family.

Here in Tauranga Districts we have been trying to change things up a bit. We have had a bit of down time on our local traditional Trade Training Evenings late this year to try and give more back to our Members in other forms of discussion and education.


We followed this up at the start of October with a roadie over to Hamilton. With lots of like-minded Members we did a Factory Tour of the APL Window Solutions factory. This was very interesting and an eye opener for many Members as to the logistics of producing aluminium extrusions, powder coating and anodizing. It was surprising to see everything that is done to your specific order, before it is even transported to your chosen window manufacturer ready for the construction of windows and doors for your current project. Of course, on the way back to the Sunny Bay of Plenty we had a slight detour to the Te Poi Tavern where NZ Windows put on a couple of rounds of refreshments and nibbles to fill the gap.

The Winning Team: NZCB Tauranga Districts Committee member Jason McClintock, Theresa Way, Hometech Limited Tim Rooney, NZCB President Tauranga Districts Paul James – presenting the team with their prize and NZCB Tauranga Districts Committee member Mike Way.

This started back in August when we decided we needed a bit more fun and one-on-one time with our Members and our Regional Partners, by having a fun night of Tenpin Bowling. With our wives or partners coming along we had to make sure we got this right, so with that in mind we made sure we had plenty of food and refreshments at the start, with prizes to finish the night up.

I would like to thank APL Window Solutions for allowing us into their operation, giving us a tour of the Factory and answering lots of questions. Also, to NZ Windows for contributing to the transport and coming along on the day and to BrokerWeb Risk Service for also contributing to the transport – much appreciated!

I would like to thank PlaceMakers for sponsoring the venue, NZ Windows for sponsoring the catering and Metro Performance Glass for sponsoring the drinks. Also, a big thanks to all of our Regional Partners for joining in on the night and donating some awesome prizes, this was a great night with much discussion along the way.

On the APL Window Solutions Factory Tour.



Mike Hayward NZCB President Waikato

Waikato Raises $7000 for Charity


The Waikato region held our annual Charity Golf Day on Friday 25th October and with 30 teams entered this year it shaped up to be another successful, although blustery day. The Ngaruawahia Golf Club provided the perfect location and facility for us and were great hosts on the day. There was lots of fun activity at the holes and fantastic food on offer, and with the Committee’s help keeping the golfers hydrated, there was plenty to see and do around the course. This year’s charity auction saw some very generous donations for us to auction off. Thanks to some generous bidders we were able to raise $7,000 for our chosen charity Waikato Hospice’s Rainbow Place – which was presented to Rainbow Places’ Nichola Page on the day.

The Waikato Committee members: Wayne Firth, Nic Vincent, Merynn Connors, Nichola Page (Rainbow Place), Scott Houghton, NZCB Waikato President Mike Hayward, Mike Jeffery, Fraser Rolls.

We had some fabulous giveaways and great sponsored items so there were some very happy members who walked away with lots of good stuff. The boys from Dynasty Homes, Team ZB (Zane Beckett) and Seascape Building took away the top three team prizes. We also had apprentice draws and plenty of other team and spot prizes to keep everyone smiling. There was also a special prize draw this year for supporters of our Platinum Partners (Franklins Plumbing & Building Supplies, Avant Aluminium Limited and Noel Leeming). The recipient was Ricky Goodlet from Seascape Building who won a giant Chilly Bin and Go-Pro. Many thanks to our auction sponsors: Hunting Opotiki (Dave Lunn), Hampton Downs Raceway, PlaceMakers – Clarence Street Hamilton, Winstone Wallboards (GIB), VR Hotels (Rotorua Lake Resort), Novotel Tainui – Hamilton, Wintec (Milwaukee), NZ Warriors, Inghams, Ngaruawahia Golf Club, BrokerWeb Risk Services Limited, and Sports Inc. Thanks must also go to Hole Sponsors and Regional Partners without who this day could not proceed: Trowel Trades Supa Centre, Acorn ITM, Thomsons ITM, Avant Aluminium, Monier Roofing – Hamilton, Carters – Hamilton, Soudal Limited, Noel Leeming, Carpet Mill, Franklin Plumbers and Builders Supplies Limited, Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC), Winstone Wallboards Limited – Waikato, PlaceMakers – Hamilton, Morrinsville and Te Kuiti, Airbow Systems Limited, Rylock – Waikato, Bunnings – Hamilton and Hamilton South, Alex Lunn/Woodham Designer Homes and Metalcraft Roofing – Hamilton. It is important to have a ‘tools down day’ every now and then for our good mental health and with this event coinciding with a long weekend we hoped it gave our members and suppliers a decent break to relax and recharge.


Fun along the way.

The amazing prizes on offer!

NZCB President Waikato Mike Hayward addressing the golfers.

Save the Date! Up-coming Waikato events (more details to be confirmed closer to the time): 4th February 2020 – Regional Meeting at the Hamilton Workingman’s Club (The Pavilion), 6pm start. 20th March 2020 – Bowls, BBQ and Beers at the Claudelands Bowling Club.


Richard Poff NZCB President Canterbury

Canterbury Trade Evening In September, the Canterbury Region held a very successful Trade Evening at our main Noel Leeming showroom. We had a great turnout of members, with some also bringing along clients to see what is available to NZCB Members by way of our partnership arrangements.


Noel Leeming Commercial Manager South Island, Nick Mooney had organised a wide range of their suppliers to give us an idea on what was available by way of products and services. The evening was run in a ‘speed-dating’ style, with each speaker given six minutes to cover the bones of their topic. Attendees were put in groups of about ten and moved around the eight stations that were spread around the shop – good job the showroom is huge. The stations covered everything from kitchen appliances, leasing of business equipment, home security options, to business use of drones. It proved to be a successful format, with everyone having a good time. Food and drink was strategically placed so no one missed out on the essentials. With the showroom having a fully functioning kitchen area (used to showcase a lot of the options available), all the catering was done in-house. At the end of the evening we held an auction to raise money for the Christchurch City Mission. To make this auction possible we had several generous suppliers donated goods to be auctioned off. These goods included a 7kg Vented dryer (Fisher & Paykel), LG Home Theatre surround sound system, Installed home security system (Safe’n’Sound Ltd), Panasonic battery

Just one of the eight stations.

screwdriver set, and an Insinkerator Evo 200 waste disposal unit (Parex Ltd). Our auctioneer Ben McNabb from Ray White Morris & Co helped us raise $2165.00 to donate to the Christchurch City Mission. We had two door prizes, both donated by Noel Leeming. A ladies only prize of a ‘Fitbit HR’, and the major prize of a 60” LG 4K/HD television. Everyone





NZCB President Canterbury Richard Poff (right) presenting Zac and his Assistant with the Panasonic battery screwdriver set that they won at the auction.

NZCB President Canterbury Richard Poff (left) with Christchurch City Mission CEO Matthew Mark.

who turned up was eligible for the draw. As an aside, Noel Leeming also added in the installation and setup of this TV at no charge which was particularly appreciated by the winner who had been burgled a couple of months previously, and had lost nearly everything.

Thanks must be given to all who helped make this a great night. Nick Mooney and his team, Moorhouse Store Manager Dan Rawiri and his team, all the suppliers (especially those who generously donated goods as well), and the NZCB Members who came along.

Auckland Happenings

Peter Headland NZCB Auckland Committee


Here’s a quick update of what’s been happening in Auckland over the last few months and what is coming up both sides of Christmas. As a Committee of Auckland-based New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) Members we have been working hard to deliver opportunities to our Members. We held two successful Licenced Building Practitioner (LBP) days this year – in March and September. Hundreds of NZCB Members and non-members attended and were able to achieve one year’s skill maintenance points, made up of elective points, codewords and onsite learning in one day. A big thank you to Jason and Shane from NZCB National Support Office for their efforts on the day. We were also lucky to have Big Buddy Partnership Manager, Lettie Bright attending and representing Big Buddy on the day. On the 6th September, most of the NZCB Auckland Committee attended a charity fundraiser luncheon, hosted by Big Buddy with guest speakers, Grant Fox and Mat Watson (ITM Fishing Show). We are very comfortable being able to support such a worthy cause. Coming up in the New Year is our Annual Golf Charity Fundraiser day at Akarana Golf Club on the

NZCB Auckland Committee Member and NZCB Member Peter Headland, Mr Tetro and Grant Fox at the Big Buddy luncheon.

27th February 2020. We look forward to another great turnout of NZCB members, non-members, merchants and suppliers. This is always another successful, fun day. I hope you all have a great Christmas and time out period. Stay safe and all the best.



Shane Ririnui Business Development Manager – North Island

It’s Heating Up As the heat comes on, weather-wise and work-wise, remember not to bite off more than you can chew. Make sure your to-do list is achievable for December. When talking with members, I hear a lot of builders planning for (and promising to meet) goals that are not do-able, which puts pressure on them, their staff and their business. Now, I’m not saying cruise into the new year, just make sure your goals are attainable. The repercussions of rushing to meet an unachievable goal could be detrimental. Cutting corners could result in rework, making promises to your clients you can’t keep can put stress on your relationship, and business profits might get eaten away. Don’t fall into that boat; plan your close out to the year well.

Make sure your new year goals are attainable... rushing to meet an unachievable goal could be detrimental. My regional activity is winding down as most regions host Christmas get-togethers or charity fundraisers. I attended the Waikato Golf Day fundraiser and Taupo Golf Day fundraiser, where participation was the winner on the day with a great turnout of Members and Regional Partners.

Things to look out for as we head into 2020 include the launch of the new ToolShed, more opportunities for online learning with Building Trade Professionals (BTP) Education, and planning for the BTP Workshop series showcasing construction lawyer Geoff Hardy. Keep your eye out for the 2020 dates and lock them into your schedule. I recently piloted a new initiative where I held a Zoom Webinar inviting a small group of “new” New Zealand Certified Builders Members in which I guided them through navigating the Members’ ToolShed. This allowed me to showcase the tools, templates and services we have available to our Members that sit within the ToolShed. If you are unsure on what we have available to you as a Member, in the Members’ ToolShed, or you would like to confirm what you may already know, then please feel free to email me requesting to hold another Zoom Webinar on ToolShed Navigation. I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing Christmas break and if I don’t see you before Christmas – Meri Kirihimete (Merry Christmas). Ka kite.




Nick Matthews Business Development Manager – South Island

Another Year Gone! How was it for you? It feels like I’ve blinked and 2019 has disappeared. That’s not to say it’s been a bad one, quite the opposite, in fact. I’ve been lucky enough to visit most regions in the South Island, engaging with both new and more experienced members of our Association. I find the visits invaluable. By listening and talking to you, I’ve learned the one thing we all have in common is a passion for our craft and New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB). In Christchurch, NZCB Canterbury held an evening with Noel Leeming Commercial with around 70 members attending. The night was an overwhelming success, thanks to the efforts of Noel Leeming staff and their network of suppliers. Everyone who attended came away with a goodie bag and one lucky NZCB member’s wife won the door prize – an LG 65” flat screen television! It was good to see just over $2,000 raised for the City Mission in the charity auction. Many thanks to those members who contributed. Further north in Nelson, the local NZCB Committee hosted an evening with Mike King and Mark Hadlow focusing on mental health. Supported by local building merchants, attendees reported it was highly entertaining and eye opening, adding that both Mike and Mark didn’t hold back, calling a spade a spade… something most builders can relate to!

In late October, NZCB launched a new initiative aimed at introducing selected qualifying apprentices to the ‘next step’ in their learning pathway. Known as the NZCB Future Leaders, the programme saw 18 apprentices employed by our members assemble in Wellington for two days of learning. Many thanks to NZCB Members Adrian Reid and Zac Wilkinson for taking the time, passing on experiences and sharing industry knowledge to the next generation. Please refer to page 48 for further details on this fantastic initiative.

By listening and talking to you, I’ve learned the one thing we all have in common is a passion for our craft. As the end of the year approaches, there are still plenty of NZCB and industry events to be held. Some will be work related and others more social. Stay safe over the holiday period, enjoy the summer break and I look forward to updating you on South Island happenings in the new year. Till next time.

NZCB Business Development Manager South Island Nick Matthews, NZCB President Canterbury Richard Poff and Noel Leeming Commercial Manager South Island Nick Mooney.





New Zealand’s Most Employable Apprentices

ITAB Apprentice Completions

Congratulations to all the ITAB Apprentices who have recently completed their National Certificates in Carpentry! Ara Institute of Canterbury

Otago Polytechnic

Devon Grey So'A Fasi Bradley Hinman

Oliver Stirling

Ansley Homes Limited He toki ki te mahi Trust Radius Building Limited

Phil Stirling Building Limited

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) Luiz Fernando De Oliveira Triple Star Management

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)

Kerry Gilmour

Breen Construction Limited

Kristian Highsted

N N Construction Limited

Northtec – Future Trades

Reuben Northover

Fraser Building

Daniel Potter

Nicholas Dullaway

Highview Builders Limited

Brent Scott

Evans Homes Limited

Timothy Coman

Coman Construction Limited

Northland Property Maintenance

UNITEC Institute of Technology

Congratulations Daniel Potter, who recently completed his Carpentry Apprenticeship. Daniel is employed by Northland Property Maintenance and completed his Apprenticeship through Northtec – Future Trades.


Tristan Burke

SNL Construction

Francois Herbst

Haitham Construction

Jackson Fong

Precision Construction Limited

Ryan Phizackerley

Dominion Constructors Limited

Toby Wu

Gang Qiu

Fritz Gabriel

PWR Construction Limited


Brian Dillon AST Trust Chairman

Interesting Times Ahead A common cliché around this time of the year is “where has the year gone”, and this year seems no different. We started the year with the proposal for what’s become known as ‘RoVE’ – the Reform of Vocational Education. It continued with proposals to reform building legislation, and now that RoVE has been confirmed, those that have an interest are getting involved in consultation meetings, and monitoring the development of the legislative changes.

One thing the AST Trustees have always been very clear about is retaining the levels of support for apprentices under the ITAB partnership, and that will be front of mind as more details emerge.

Consolidation of training into one organsiation is being seen as good thing, albeit with some reservations by employers, trainees, and providers. It will enable seamless transition across a spectrum of delivery (training) models, from classroom based to the workplace and anywhere in-between. Research over the years has continually demonstrated the value of a cohort-based approach to vocational training, and especially apprenticeships, and this should continue under post-RoVE arrangements.

Consolidation of training into one organsiation is being seen as good thing, albeit with some reservations by employers, trainees, and providers. Some questions have been asked about the future of Industry Training Association Building (ITAB) and Apprenticeship Scholarship Trust (AST) in a post-RoVE environment. Plans are still underway to consolidate ITAB and AST into one, and that will now likely include discussion on the ITAB aspects of the support for trainees. There isn’t enough detail to develop anything definite, and a number of groups will need to be considered, including New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) Board and NZCB Members, Apprentices, and the Industry Training Polytechnic (ITP) providers.


News Bites



James Hardie Make Improvements to Their RAB Board Located in one of Auckland’s leading retail districts, the new $790M Westfield redevelopment in Newmarket is a world-class retail and lifestyle destination. The project is the largest undertaken by Scentre Group in Australasia, which operates under the Westfield brand in New Zealand and Australia. Constructing in the busy retail centre of Newmarket created numerous challenges for construction, with 7,100 tonnes of structural steel used in the buildings. Thanks to

the advanced fibre cement composite structure of James Hardie products, they are lightweight and easy to install in constrained sites like Newmarket. The products were erected using a boom lift and fixed to CLD Structural Cavity Battens and RAB Board as a fire rated wall. This solution enabled compliance with stringent Council requirements relating to fire performance. Where the structural design required stronger, stiffer shear walls, RAB Board 9mm was

specified due to its density and excellent acoustic performance to combat external noise from the busy local roads and nearby motorway. RAB Board also allows early close-in with 180 days’ exposure, which enabled the cladding work to start, meeting the stringent timelines for the project. Available in three sheet sizes RAB Board offers design flexibility and quick installation. For more information visit


NZCB Launches New Members Only ToolShed New Zealand Certified Builders have launched the new and improved Members’ only ToolShed – To log on for the first time, simply use your email address and follow the prompts to set your password. Please remember to write your password down as the National Support Office will no longer have a record of what your password is. If you get stuck or are not sure which email address we have on file for you contact the National Support Office on 0800 237 843.


NZCB Welcomes New National Partner – Placemakers PlaceMakers is New Zealand’s leading and largest supplier of building materials and hardware. We’re 100% committed to our customers. We employ over 2,100 people and assist over 300,000 customers. We have 62 stores, from Kaitaia to Invercargill and sell over 74,000 product lines – from concrete to paint and plasterboard – to members of the building trade and homeowners.


We manufacture frames and trusses from eight manufacturing plants nationwide, which helps deliver our trade customers value for money and saves time on assembly. We see our customers as business partners – if you do well, then we do well. It’s that simple! Our business is built on delivering excellent service to our trade customers and providing local relationships, national coverage and overall support that helps build your business.

Geoff and Carolyn Taylor, owner operators of Mitre 10 Gisborne.


Two New Mitre 10 Stores Open Before Christmas The construction of two new Mitre 10 stores in Gisborne and Beachlands and well underway, with both stores set to open before Christmas. In Gisborne, the new 5,500sqm store on Derby Street will have a large trade offer with drive thru, an extensive home improvement range and garden centre, as well as amenities like a Columbus Café and playground for families. The larger footprint will also include showrooms for kitchens and bathrooms. In Beachlands, the new 1500sqm store in Beachlands Junction will bring a much larger home improvement offering to Beachlands, including extended product ranges and a larger garden centre. All local Mitre 10 Trade business will be serviced from the current 3000sqm Hammer Hardware site on Bell Road that will be rebranded. This site will be well stocked with trade and building supplies products as well as a strong bulk landscaping supplies offer and an equipment hire centre. Mitre 10 Oamaru is also set to double in size. The new 6,000sqm Mitre 10 MEGA store will open on Dee Street in 2020 boasting an expanded offering for trade and retail customers. Mitre 10 is a New Zealand co-operative with 83 locally owned and operated stores nationwide.


CS FOR DOORS Release the CS AutoCav Residential installed. Suitable for high use areas such as butlers pantries and internal access to garage or anywhere you want to make a statement. Features: • Easy setup with simple plug and play design • Removable access panel ensures access to the track section is always possible • Safety beam sensors (optional) provide obstacle detection through the opening if required • No visible floor track • Locking device (optional) where low security lock is required

The CS AutoCav Residential is a completely automated cavity slider system featuring a plug and play design. It can be designed with a variety of jamb options and is suitable for numerous different door styles. Competitive pricing makes this a cost-effective solution for residential projects where automatic sliding doors are required. Installation is the same as for any standard CS Cavity Slider and the unit is precommissioned on manufacture so that it can be plugged in and work straight away as soon as it is


• Can be specified with almost any choice of door, including the CS DoorLeaves range of aluminium/ glazed doors • Minimum door width is 760mm. Maximum height 2400mm • Quality components have been designed for all parts of the system, ensuring reduced servicing intervals and product longevity More info: Products/Automatic-Units/AutoCavResidential

News Bites



CIC Appoints New Chairman New Zealand Construction Industry Council has appointed Graham Burke as its new Chairman. Graham is currently President of the Specialist Trade Contractors Federation, who are members of the Construction Industry Council. Mr Burke said, “It is important to drive change though the whole industry, not just the big companies and clients. Small to medium enterprises and subcontractors are a critical component of the construction industry, and there is no way we can address the housing and infrastructure deficit without them”. He said the only way to effectively engage with the entire industry was through industry associations, which provide advice to and represent the interest of those small companies. Because of this, the Construction Industry Council – an overarching body of more than 30 construction industry associations

– was the perfect body to lead the change because of its very wide coverage and involvement at all levels of the construction industry. Because the Council represented a broad cross section of construction associations, it was well-placed to communicate at all levels and provide leadership around that change.



Metro Performance Glass Releases New Frameless Glass Catalogue Metro Performance Glass is not only a leader across the likes of double glazing but is also a leading provider of frameless glass systems in both the residential and commercial sectors. Metro recently released a new Metro Frameless Glass catalogue (Edition 6) now available online within the Design Centre section of the Metro Glass website. This replace all previously circulated catalogues by the MFG division.

With compliance in mind from both a regulatory and performance perspective this new catalogue is the result of close to 500 balustrade tests. Systems are tested to failure to ensure a combined solution that meets the latest New Zealand Building Code barrier requirements. The new manual covers specifications to ensure the correct product selection, for projects, along with other frameless glass hardware to make specifying and selection easier.

Metro Glass has also established a range of generic producer statements to cover most balustrade situations for the various, frameless glass systems and substrates. To ensure compliance and avoid improper substitution, the PS1s are generated for the specific location and site of any given balustrade. The PS1’s document also covers substrate fixing details and requirements. Again, this is available by request in the design centre section of the Metro website


CoConstruct Now Offered by Tech Advisor for Builders NZCB Auckland Regional Partner and tech expert FREE UP can now be even more helpful to Building companies. FREE UP has added CoConstruct to the other eight project management systems it offers


Rave Build Unveils Subtle-Yet-Sublime Variations Management Tool Ensuring build variations are a positive experience for all involved; rather than a stressful and negative one, has been a focus for the Rave Build team as of late. Culminating in the start of November rollout of a feature that makes the variation request, approval, and adjustment process a pleasant one for project managers and clients alike. This update, which is the most recent in a series of superb additions to the Rave Build Management System, makes the variations process extremely simple and clear. It comes into play through the use of an add Variation button within RAVE’s Progress

Payment tab. Just click on add, type in a short description and the cost, and submit your “Request approval” from the client. The client will be notified and can then decide whether they’d like to Accept, Decline, or add a Comment on the variation notification. Once notified of the Client’s acceptance, accounts can forward a payment request - or adjust the variation to better suit the Client’s needs. Check out the full blog outlining this efficiency-boosting feature at http:// variation-request-approval-update1st-november/ You can also request a Rave Build Trial by visiting https://www.


independent advice, set up and support with. “We’ve already helped many businesses with apps like NextMinute, Buildxact, Tradify and others – and now we’ve added CoConstruct to that list,” explains Anna Brooks, FREE UP’s founder. “Because all these project management apps have subtle differences, it’s vital to choose exactly the right one to suit your business. CoConstruct is tried, tested and very popular among builders – so we’re delighted that FREE UP now offers expert set up and support with this brilliant software that helps you

manage all the aspects of your business in one place.” Check out the article in Tech Tips on page 34 to find out more about CoConstruct. Find out how your business can run more efficiently and profitably with simple technology – call Anna now at FREE UP for a noobligation chat on 021 083 96910. For more information visit


Nick Matthews Business Development Manager – South Island

NZCB Future Leaders The Future Leaders initiative started as a discussion between New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) staff and apprentices taking part in our annual Apprentice Challenge competition.

NZCB Future Leaders group visiting Parliament.

The concept was to identify and develop emerging talent as the future leaders of NZCB by introducing them to the professional and business skills required to succeed in the industry.

Parliament, and a networking activity. Many thanks to NZCB’s Zac Wilkinson and Adrian Reid for sharing your no-frills ‘School of Hard Knocks’ recipes for success.

The inaugural Future Leaders Programme saw 18 selected attendees assemble in Wellington on 22–23 October. While a handful of attendees have completed their apprenticeship and others are soon to follow, everyone is asking – what’s next? When asked ‘who aspires to become a self-employed business owner and/or run a building site within the next five years?’ it was surprising but pleasing to see all hands raised. The two-day schedule was designed to extend and introduce the group to the next stage of their development. It included four keynote speakers, industry site visits to BRANZ and


Our thanks and appreciation to Derek Heard – General Manager Trade, Mitre 10, and Juliet Clendon – Senior Technical Advisor from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE), for presenting to the group, furthering knowledge and giving insight to the future of our industry. On behalf of NZCB Chief Executive Grant Florence and all NZCB Members, we wish you all the best of luck. We look forward to having you as members of New Zealand’s only building trade association that requires a qualification for membership.


NZCB National Partners NZCB is proud to partner with the following companies who align with our Association and give NZCB members access to a wealth of expertise and support throughout New Zealand. COMPANY




Abodo Wood Ltd


Altus NZ Ltd

P W Systems Ltd

Anzor Fasteners Ltd

Pacific Steel (NZ) Ltd

APL Window Solutions

Paslode New Zealand

Assa Abloy New Zealand Ltd


Bowers Brothers Concrete Ltd

Pro Clima New Zealand Ltd

Brand Collective

Productspec Ltd

Building Recruitment Ltd

Proven Systems Ltd (DVS)


Quotable Value Ltd


Ramset New Zealand

CS For Doors Ltd

Rave Build Management

CSR Building Products (NZ) Ltd

Red LBP Ltd

Curtis Architecture

Red Quantity Surveying 2017 Ltd

ECKO Fastening Systems

Red Stag Timber

Fairview Systems Ltd

Renault New Zealand

Franklin Plumbing and Builders Supplies Ltd

Resene Construction Systems


Resene Paints Ltd

Rosenfeld Kidson & Co. Ltd


Senco Brands (NZ) Ltd

Hilti (New Zealand) Ltd

SIKA New Zealand


Simx Ltd

Independent Building Supplies

Soudal Ltd


Specialized Construction Products

James Hardie New Zealand

Steel Frame Solutions

JSC Timber

TANZ eCampus

Karcher New Zealand

Tax Management New Zealand


The Trades Coach


Thermakraft Ltd

Laminex New Zealand

Titan IT

Marley New Zealand Ltd


Marshall Innovations Ltd

USG Boral New Zealand

Matley Ltd

Viking Roofspec

MiTek New Zealand Ltd

Warmup NZ Ltd

NZ Foam Ltd

YourQS Ltd




Everybody understands the benefits of double glazing. But not everyone understands that designing and building with Low E performance glass from Metro will make an even greater difference to the comfort of the home and its energy bills. That’s because the better insulating performance of Low E double glazing means more of the home’s internal warmth will be retained and less external cold will transfer through the glass. For ultimate performance ask us or your window manufacturer about Low E Xtreme from Metro Performance Glass.

When heating a home during winter, less warmth will be lost through the glass.

The better insulation performance of Low E double-glazing keeps a home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Profile for NZCB - New Zealand Certified Builders Association

NZCB InHouse Magazine December 2019/January 2020