Builders & Contractors Magazine, Issue #132

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Issue #132 - 2021

NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGY A blueprint to address our infrastructure deficit

MAKING KIWI HOMES SAFE AS HOUSES IN A QUAKE

Identifying key issues facing the sector

THE 7 BIGGEST CASHFLOW MISTAKES TRADIES MAKE

Managing road safety around construction sites ATTRACTING AND RETAINING TALENT DURING TOUGH TIMES


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Contents

Welcome

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This issue of Builders & Contractors looks at practical ways to get more out of operations and some of the larger issues facing the sector.

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We have pieces on the national infrastructure strategy designed to address our national infrastructure deficit, key issues facing the sector, managing road safety around construction sites and using technology to improve worker safety.

There are 15,000 resident visas for construction personnel on offer… but don’t muck it up

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How to attract and retain talent during tough times

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The 7 biggest cashflow mistakes tradies make Are digital solutions the answer to managing the financial complexities of retention?

How construction firms can innovate the scheduling process

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Structural Steel specialists Global Engineering

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Container depots continue to struggle from shipping disruption

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Tiling and waterproofing services

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Move to greater height limits an encouraging step

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Eliminating weathertightness worries

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Making Kiwi homes ‘safe as houses’ in a quake

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National infrastructure strategy ‘long overdue’ Using technology to improve worker safety

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New NZDAA leadership team views a prosperous future

What to consider before committing to demolition work

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Ensuring scaffolding is safe

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Commercial selling - what to look for in a commercial agent

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What to look for in a real estate agent

As always, we thank all our columnists for their expertise, along with the views, opinions and predictions of all those who contributed, to help you manage the risks your face each and every day.

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Modernising our rental laws

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Looking after those on the front line

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Enjoy!

Restoration Dunedin’s railway station enters final two stages

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Identifying key issues facing the sector

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Adoption of Industry 4.0 paves the way for steel sector growth

There are also hands-on related articles about the seven biggest cashflow mistakes tradies make, how to attract and retain talent and making Kiwi homes ‘safe as houses’ in a quake.

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Upskill

Free Recruitment Services and Industry Training Support on The West Coast Notorious for its natural resources and trailblazing spirit, the West Coast, or ‘The Coast’, as locals like to call it, is the place to be. From the highest of mountain peaks and nearby glaciers, to breathtaking coastal scenery and rainforests, as well as everything else in between, the area has plenty to offer. Indeed, while national employment levels have declined over the past year as a result of COVID-19, employment on the Coast has risen by two percent. This could largely be attributed to the West Coast’s regional employment and training scheme, ‘Upskill’, which was launched in July 2020 to support a robust and resilient West Coast economy that can respond to and recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19. The Upskill project is managed though Development West Coast and is supported by funding managed by the Ministry of Innovation Business and Employment's Provincial Development Unit. The Upskill team consists of Project Manager Tania Washer, Employment and Training Consultant Hannah Bailey and Recruitment Coordinator Alice Moynihan. The team are experienced in recruitment, staff training and people development and are working with business owners in building and construction industry, from Karamea to Haast and everywhere in between. With building, construction, manufacturing and engineering as focus areas, the Upskill team has been working with employers, employees and job seekers to create sustainable employment opportunities, whilst developing current staff to keep people and businesses in the region. Where locals are not available to fill the job vacancies, the Upskill team work attract new talent from other parts of New Zealand by providing free recruitment support and job advertising services.

We support the industry training of new candidates with funding to cover direct training costs, which provides more opportunities for people to enter new job types. “Our team has been flat out working with all kinds of businesses across the West Coast from Karamea to Haast, but also with new businesses looking to set up in the region" says Project Manager, Tania Washer. "Our list of job opportunities is diverse, but because our region is screaming out for more qualified tradies we have been working on making sure trades roles are a main focus. “We support the industry training of new candidates with funding to cover direct training costs, which provides more opportunities for people to enter new job types. “It has been good to build a strong relationship with the industry training sector of Tai Poutini Polytechnic, as well as bringing in specialist industry trainers as required to the region," says Tania. Development West Coast’s Economic Development Manager, Jo Birnie, says "The Upskill team are making a great impact and assisting businesses to rethink their staffing development for the growth and retention of their business." The Greymouth based division of Isaac

Newly qualified Welder Hamish Tomlinson, Issacs Construction/Liddell Contracting Employee. Construction and Liddell Contracting has a reputation as one of the South Island's most diverse contractors with engineering, crane hire, civil construction, and blasting and coating divisions. Liddell Contracting Operations Manager, Anna Liddell, says, “The funding and support DWC's Upskill initiative is providing local business is incredible. "Tania’s team has given us the opportunity to train staff, into roles that benefit not only benefit our staff but also us as a company. With the funding that is being allocated to infrastructure on the Coast, it is the perfect time to invest in our staff and keep the work as local as possible. "Through Upskill we have been able to bring industry recognised welding trainers into the workshop to train workshop staff who did not have qualifications, to become certified welders. This helps us to get more work and increase productivity whilst committing to our employees. We are also using Upskill funding for staff to step up with industry training into managerial positions. Upskilling current staff helps us to grow and create new employment opportunities.”

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The Upskill project is supported by The Ministry of Social Development and is funded by the Provincial Growth Fund for the next 24 months. To get in touch with the Upskill team for support or to view the current vacancies they are looking to fill on the West Coast go to their website www.dwc.org.nz/upskill or follow them on Facebook. https://westcoast.co.nz/business/ business-support/upskill-west-coast/

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15,000 resident visas for construction personnel on offer... but don't muck it up! By Marcus Beveridge and Tina Hwang

The Government is currently phasing in a new residency category that gives workers the ability to obtain residency faster and easier than ever. In fact, the Prime Minister has described this as the single biggest immigration change in our lifetime as it anticipates issuing residence to 165,000 people. However, this is designed to be a special one-time only opportunity, so it is important to go through the basics and see what the eligibility criteria is. To put it simply, the eligibility criteria can be split into two sections. For the first section, you must have been in New Zealand on 29 September. You must also be on, or have applied for, an eligible work visa by 29 September. However, there is an exception for critical workers as they are eligible as long as they arrive in New Zealand by 31 July 2022. The list for eligible work visas is fairly extensive and it covers most work visas. This includes common work visas like PostStudy, Essential Skills, and Talent (Accredited Employer). However, short-term visa holders such as visitors, students, and seasonal workers will not be eligible for residency. The second section splits into three subcategories. You only need to meet one of these to be eligible for the new 2021 Residency Visa. These sub-categories are:

This means you would need to have spent a significant majority of those 3 years in New Zealand, about 75 percent of the time. You don’t need to spend all 821 days in New Zealand in a single block. Its fine if you have left the country and came back, as long as you came back before 29 September and you have spent 821 days here in total. For the “earn at least $27 an hour” subcategory, you must have been paid this on 29 September 2021. Unfortunately, getting a pay-raise now will not guarantee you will be eligible for residency under this category. Note that this is premised upon a minimum of 30 hours a week. Finally, the “role on a scarcity list” subcategory refers to people on shortage lists like the Long Term Skill Shortage List as well as certain jobs related to health and education. With the basics out of the way, it’s time to discuss the effects and consequences this new residency category will cause. If you are employing anyone on a work visa who is interested in residency, it would be a smart idea to support your employees with their application. Regularising their immigration status removes risk of disruption to your construction projects – immigration woes can stop an employee from working temporarily or even force them to leave the country. This can cause additional delays and costs to projects.

• Work in a role on a scarcity list.

The 2021 Resident Visa is also available for workers who have an existing residency application, such as a Skilled Migrant Category expression of interest, and they will most likely find it faster and easier to re-apply for residency under this category instead.

For the “lived in New Zealand for at least 3 years” sub-category, you must have been in New Zealand by 29 September, 2018 at the latest and you need to have spent a minimum of 821 days in the country.

It is inevitable that employers need to rely on hiring migrant workers and keep them for as long as possible. With the current border closure in place, the supply of new labour has slowed to a trickle.

• Lived in New Zealand for at least 3 years; • Earn at or above the median wage ($27 an hour); or

It is therefore imperative that employers do what they can to retain their employees, as there is no guarantee that a replacement will be readily available. In some extreme cases, sometimes positions can remain vacant for months. This problem should be avoided, so we would recommend that employers offer to assist employees with their application. For example, you could offer to pay for some or all of the reasonably modest costs associated with the application process – this will definitely be valued by your employees. Retention of good employees is critical, especially if you are concerned that they might leave you once they have residency. You can circumvent this by making an agreement where you will cover the costs of the residency application, but the employee must pay it back if they leave within two years. The construction sector regularly relies on migrant workers as a source of labour. It is no big secret that Aotearoa has a critical skill shortage in this sector and there simply isn’t enough tradies being trained in New Zealand to sustain the industry. This is why savvy employers should keep an eye out for any big immigration updates that may impact their workforce. There will be more migrant workers available once the border opens up again, but we would recommend steering away from labour hire companies that charge $45-$55 an hour per worker. It would be more cost effective in the long term to support a migrant worker on a work visa instead, so we would recommend contacting immigration specialists to help with this. The full policy of the 2021 Resident Visa haven’t been released yet, the finer details remain uncertain. We would recommend using a specialist in the field to make sure that the application process is as smooth and

easy as possible. There is no reason to take a risk with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for residency, especially if employees are planning on including their family with their application – many of whom will be offshore. These include character and health checks, verifying relationships, confirming employment status, and more. Project managing the required documents and information, as well as explaining to Immigration New Zealand how a worker meets all of the eligibility criteria, is never as easy as you think. This is especially true if you plan on applying under the scarcity list sub-category or if you plan on coming in as a critical worker. These have very specific definitions and qualifying for them is no easy feat. The 2021 Resident Visa is a great opportunity for employers in the construction industry to reinforce their workforce and remove immigration status as a worry. Once your personnel are residents there are no longer any further immigration compliance obligations. Keeping your workers in New Zealand is a small upfront cost but will pay dividends in the future, so we recommend that everyone confirm their eligibility and apply as soon as they can. The 2021 Resident Visa is limited to 165,000 migrants, so it is important to get the application done quickly but correctly to avoid missing out. Again, we strongly recommend that all applicants consult immigration specialists to ensure the application process and doesn’t become a cumbersome headache. For further information, please contact Marcus Beveridge, Tina Hwang, Bradley So or Andrew Nah at their emails below: marcus@queencitylaw.co.nz tina@queencitylaw.co.nz bradley@queencitylaw.co.nz andrew@queencitylaw.co.nz

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How to attract and retain talent during tough times Katherine Swan Country director Randstad www.randstad.co.nz

An ongoing issue for the construction sector, that has been amplified by COVID-19, is the shortage of skilled workers. Transparency, authenticity and having a clear message helps candidates to better understand how they could fit into the organisation and builds trust from the outset.

In fact, in a statement released this July, Construction Strategy Group’s executive director Julien Leys says the building and construction sector needs 50,000 workers to meet the current pipeline of growth for projects across residential, commercial and infrastructure. Although the rise of apprentices has provided a ray of hope, with the Building and Construction Apprenticeships (BCITO) reporting that there were 20,000 apprentices in the country as of July 2021, it does not address the talent gap that is preventing us from building infrastructure, roads, transportation, and housing. While we invest in developing the talent pipeline for the future, we need experienced individuals now. Whether recruiting from a growing pool of young professionals or recruiting industry specialists, today’s construction industry executives are faced with the increasingly essential challenge of attracting and keeping talent. In fact, in a talent short job market, it’s more important than ever before for construction firms to put their best foot forward if they want to find the good candidates. Our Randstad 2021 Employer Brand Research investigated what employees find attractive when choosing a new role. For the first time in 10 years, it seems Kiwis are no longer motivated by salary and benefits alone. In 2021, work/life balance emerged as the most important driver when considering a new role, followed by salary and benefits, job security and a pleasant work environment. In an industry where talent is in short supply, this shift in mindset is important to consider when looking at creating a competitive package that will attract candidates to your business. In a competitive job market, a good salary and benefits will only take you so far. If businesses want to attract the right people to their business, they must understand what employees are looking for and ensure their employee brand is delivering on this.

Encouraging loyalty and trust: the importance of workplace culture and branding Encouragingly, our employer brand research also found that employees are more loyal to their employer today than they were a year ago, likely due to the instability of 2020 and the empathy that many New Zealand businesses showed towards their employees during this time. However, with borders remaining closed for the foreseeable future, the candidate market is becoming even more competitive due to the shortage of skilled workers across all industries. This is especially true for the construction sector. Interestingly, while our research indicates new priorities for employees, with work/life balance rating higher than monetary gain, the latest labour cost index figures released by Statistics New Zealand demonstrated that construction has seen the sharpest increase in wages, up three percent since March 2021.

Issues like flatlining productivity, unclear regulations, fragmented planning and uncertain pipelines of work are all detrimental to maintaining workplace wellbeing. It is helpful to be able to discuss some of these issues in the recruitment process, so that employees know how they will be supported through times of uncertainty.

Resilient employee brands last the distance When it comes to attracting talent, we know that 80 percent of employers believe that having a strong employer brand has a significant impact on their ability to hire great people.

On top of this, both recruiters and candidates cite company culture as one of the most important reasons for choosing an employer. Transparency, authenticity and having a clear message helps candidates to better understand how they could fit into the organisation and builds trust from the outset. A well-developed employer brand can endure, even through tough times. As New Zealand continues to bounce back from the worst of the pandemic, the businesses that last the distance will be those that invest in truly understanding their employees and build a brand that effectively attracts and retains talent throughout the journey to recovery.

As we look at the second half of 2021, to succeed in a talent squeezed market, managers need to be clear on what their ‘next normal’ looks like for their workers and this must include addressing work/life balance including flexible working needs for all employees. As part of work/life balance, employers in the construction sector can also take the opportunity to consider how they are addressing mental health and wellbeing for workers, a critical issue for the sector. www.buildersandcontractors.co.nz

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The 7 biggest cashflow mistakes tradies make Daniel Fitzpatrick Next Level Tradie www.nextleveltradie.co.nz

It’s a familiar story and it goes like this: A few people haven’t paid you or you’ve had a couple of slow months.

the IRD. You have to pay it all back and that’s stressful.

Your bank account is looking empty and you still need to pay staff and suppliers.

If you are caught short? Don’t bury your head in the sand. Phone the IRD and make an arrangement. If you don’t, the penalties and interest charges are brutal.

Things are getting stressful; the heat is starting to rise and the business is feeling a little out of control.

Yes, I have seen some businesses who left it too long. The extra costs were almost as much as the original amount!

It’s bothering you to the point you’re waking up in the middle of the night with your mind racing. Worried if there will be enough money to pay everyone this week. Then you have trouble getting back to sleep again — now you’re tired — it’s going to be a long day.

Mistake 6 No cash buffer

Thing is, every tradie business goes through cashflow problems at some point.

Construction is cyclical. In other words, it has highs and lows. In the good times, it’s important to be putting cash away for when times are not so good. If you have been around a while you’ll have already been through this cycle a number of times. It’s all part of the fun.

It’s part of being in business. But if the situation keeps coming up often, then it’s a sure sign cashflow management is a weakness in your business that needs fixing.

Have enough in the bank to cover your overheads for a few months if things get tight. But the bigger buffer you can accumulate, the better.

Having coached a lot of trades businesses with cashflow problems, I see many of them making the same mistakes. These top seven mistakes are the ones which cause the most damage and stress. Not necessarily in this order.

Mistake 7 No planning

Mistake 1

Mistake 2

Mistake 4

Letting clients pay you when they want, instead of when they should

Not billing everything out on time, or at all

Not understanding what is yours

Often, especially on complex jobs, bills are sent out months later. Or some details are forgotten, so not everything is billed. Or worse, the job is not billed out at all.

I call this your cash position which is simply what you would have left if all your receivables were collected and all suppliers, wages, credit cards, bank, and taxes were paid.

Giving too much credit for too long can be dangerous and is one of the biggest downfalls for trades. Many have gone broke because their biggest client didn’t pay them. Or at the very least, have been sweating it out with strangled cashflow at the end of the month looking for enough to pay bills and the bank, while waiting for overdue amounts to come in. How much have you lost in money and time through late payers and bad debts?

Make sure you have a good system for your team to record all details including extras (materials and labour) on the job. Then make sure you invoice everything on completion. Pay special attention to cashflow when your trade business is growing. If you aren’t getting paid all you’re due, you are going to feel the squeeze. And it’s not going to be pleasant.

Is there some money left? Or will you have to chip in the difference from your back pocket? Unless you have a positive cash position (money after everyone is paid), you won’t have good cashflow. It’s math. Also, you want to be improving this figure over time, so check this calculation at the end of every month to make sure you’re on the right side of things.

Many tradies wing cashflow and it gets them into trouble. Completing a budget and cashflow to know what money you need to pay to who and when is essential to running a good business. It’s an easy template which I give all my clients. It only takes 15 minutes. Think of it like this. If you are in the middle of the road and a bus is about to hit you and you only have one second to react, this means you have big problems. But what if you have a whole 10 seconds? Way more options - you can wave it down, move to the side, or simply get the heck out of the way. Same with cashflow in your business. If you have time and you can see what’s going to happen, you have a greater level of control of the situation.

Mistake 3

The fix is to set expectations right up front with clients, have strict credit terms, take deposits at the beginning of jobs, progress payments on big jobs, and be prepared to stop work if the account is not paid on time.

Mistake 5

Poor cashflow is actually the main reason businesses fail.

Not allowing enough margin in your jobs

Surprise tax bills you didn’t see coming

So be proactive.

It doesn’t matter how big your jobs or sales are - if you’re not making enough money to cover all your costs, overheads and profit on top, you won’t ever have the cashflow you need.

Unexpected tax bills (due now) will kill cashflow dead, believe me!

If you need a hand with your business and cashflow, book a time with me and let’s chat about how I can help. http://nextleveltradie. youcanbook.me/.

Only when you are paid can you say the money is yours.

This is all about quoting the job with good margins at the start. And then controlling it. So there is healthy profit at the end of each job.

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Technology

Are digital solutions the answer to managing the financial complexities of retention? In the past year, several highprofile payment disputes in the construction industry have made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Regardless of where fault lies, what is clear is construction companies on both sides of the Tasman are struggling to track payments and progress claims. The complexity around tiered retention calculations and manual processes is slowing down not just operations, but increasing risks, including financial penalties. In fact, the 2021 BDO Construction Sector Report, showed that in 2020, 58 percent of unreasonable contract disputes cost up to $99,000, 18 percent cost between $200,000$999,999, and six percent cost more than $2 million. So, what is the solution? I believe it will take robust improvements throughout the supply chain to counter these challenges, but an obvious option is digital transformation given the known lag across our sector. Put simply, easily integrated digital tools specifically designed for contractors, subcontractors and builders can disrupt our still largely traditional industry with innovative, automatic solutions to what have to date been considered huge pain points.

Prominent cases making headlines When Decmil Construction NZ Ltd went into liquidation, it had an adverse impact on a number of families and the education of many of New Zealand’s young people. After the Perth-based company was unable to complete a $185 million contract, a liquidator was appointed for the Kiwi branch of the company, with many unpaid contracts left in the lurch. According to reports, the company had liabilities with a book value of $11.9 million, with $11.7 million of that trade creditors. It was reported that more than $41 million was owed to 262 smaller creditors, including several sub-contractors. In New Zealand, the company held contracts with the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Education. It had been working on the construction of several schools across the wider Auckland region. The unfinished projects led to more than 100 children beginning the new school year in prefabs or temporary classrooms next 12 | B&C - Issue #132

Tony Simonsen Chief operating officer Payapps www.payapps.com

to the building site, while the Ministry of Education looked for a new firm to complete the project. The company’s eventual liquidation was put down to poor organisation and management of work. While this is not an uncommon story, there is a way forward.

Regulation considerations In June, the Construction Contracts (Retention Money) Amendment Bill was introduced to Parliament with the goal of strengthening and clarifying the retentions regime under the CCA. As explained by The Building Disputes Tribunal, if passed, the Bill will mean an increase in administration involved to manage retention funds. This, coupled with hefty penalties for non-compliance, further fuels the case for digital transformation. It’s no secret construction firms are feeling immense pressure from a variety of angles – with supply chain challenges, worker well-being and skills shortages weighing heavily, not to mention the impact of rolling lockdowns on the ability to complete projects on time. The retention regime amendment bill may spur construction firms to make critical upgrades to existing business processes to mitigate the risk of fines for non-compliance.

Outdated IT and lack of digital compliance Construction companies often cite payment issues and collaboration between stakeholders as a primary challenge, and tiered retention in New Zealand presents an added complexity and risk. That’s because companies are required to make retention calculations on the initial contract, but it often needs to be updated throughout a project timeline. It is critical calculations are correct as it dictates payment schedules for the entirety of each project. Digital tools provide a valuable tool for boosting collaboration and communication between stakeholders to minimise the risk of disputes over claims, boost productivity, reduce project overruns and improve overall operations. In fact, a recent nationwide BDO survey looked specifically at challenges facing construction industry leaders and found retentions and reporting top barriers to success.

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The complexity around tiered retention calculations and manual processes is slowing down not just operations, but increasing risks, including financial penalties. The researchers claim improvements in the number of companies saying they fully comply with regulations and an increased awareness of the importance of due diligence and inspecting client records to make sure retentions are held securely. However, many companies are still slow to put this awareness into action, with 70 percent of respondents saying they haven’t asked to inspect their customers’ records. A report by Frost & Sullivan entitled ‘Connecting the Construction Workplace of the Future’ 2021 also found around 33 percent of Australian and New Zealand respondents had deployed digital payment tools, but adoption has been inconsistent. Around 30 percent mentioned the continued use of spreadsheets and similar applications for carrying out payment data management systems despite being aware of the benefits of digital solutions. We know that businesses working with manual systems or outdated IT are more

likely to suffer issues that have the potential to impact their overall performance, so what is holding them back? The added challenges of a continuing Covid landscape and the propensity for businesses to succumb to pressure around margins and cashflow are likely reasons, but equally reasons why a heightened focus on digital tools and solutions make sense.

Why technology tools should be toolbox essentials Technology that better supports tiered retention, automated calculations and time-stamped details, that are easy to use with an intuitive dashboard, can help ensure subcontractors are provided with a payment schedule in a timely manner with details logged accurately and policies and regulations adhered to. Broadly speaking, investing in a digital project management solution can have direct impacts on cashflow, improve costs and margins, heighten confidence of key stakeholders (from financiers to regulators), identify potential issues early, provide a digital trail of tasks completed and billed for and free up resourcing in a talent stretched market. The challenge for some is understanding the best solutions and what best suits their business. Now is the time to start the journey for future proofing the sector for when the inevitable challenge but also growth opportunities occur.


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Identifying key issues facing the construction sector The Registered Master Builders Association’s annual State of the Sector Survey has revealed that while the building and construction sector is optimistic about its business prospects and the economy, reflecting the current boom, it is facing huge constraints and challenges. Released at this year’s Constructive Forum, the survey identifies the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the building and construction sector. Over 300 industry leaders from across the sector responded to questions about the economy, critical issues the sector is facing, and their outlook for the sector. Master Builders chief executive, David Kelly, says respondents were asked to rank the most critical issues impacting their businesses in 2021. “The three most important issues were: the supply chain disruption, product availability and increasing product substitution; the rising costs of construction; and, acute skilled labour shortages. The sector is stretched to breaking point, largely due to factors outside its control.” These issues are imposing significant stress on builders, with 88 percent reporting that stress and mental wellbeing was a significant issue for them. David expressed his concern saying, “It is worrying but not surprising that our workforce is feeling under stress. After all, they live in the communities where they work so they’re at the front line delivering the homes that New Zealanders desperately need. “They like the rest of the community also have to navigate the stresses of Covid. And they have the added uncertainty, even in boom times, that it can’t last, and the industry does suffer hugely when it changes.” The survey also found that finding skilled staff is an acute problem for the sector.

The new survey commissioned by the Registered Master Builders highlights key issues facing the building and construction sector: • 95% of respondents reported issues with increased costs, delays, customer complaints and product substitutions due to a lack of available building materials • 88% reported that stress and mental wellbeing was a significant issue • 70% of respondents say it’s harder to get the staff they need now than it was 12 months ago. Almost 70 percent of respondents say it’s harder to get the staff they need now than it was 12 months ago, with 37 percent saying that it is substantially harder. “Finding skilled staff has been in the top three issues since we began the survey in 2018. “The sector is crying out for experienced people across a range of specialist areas. Uncertainty around immigration settings only exacerbates this situation. “This is also more complex than many people realise. While training is an important piece of the puzzle – it will not solve the problems we have today.

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“We need experienced skilled workers, and they are competing for those people with other countries and sectors. “The government’s apprentice boost scheme has been appreciated, apprentice numbers are at an all-time high and we are pleased to see more employers commit to training. “This is a vital part of the puzzle to ensure we have the skilled workers we need in the future, but it is not the complete answer today.” Supply chain disruptions and consenting issues were also highlighted as barriers to building. Cost escalation, building delays, and customer complaints were reported by 95 percent of respondents.

“If every one of our members’ building projects is delayed by even one week, collectively our members and homeowners are incurring almost $100 million per annum in lost profits and extra costs. “This is a phenomenal number, especially when you consider that just a one-week delay is very conservative. “This is a key part of our productivity conundrum and will be a key focus for the Forum this year.”

Consenting delays are also a huge problem according to David.

The annual Constructive Forum is an industry led effort to enhance collaboration, build resilience, and ensure a vibrant and sustainable sector that delivers for New Zealand.

“More than half of our respondents are experiencing delays of longer than three weeks for consents, more than five days for inspections and three to four weeks longer for code of compliance. These delays affect both builder and customer.

Its purpose is to bring the entire supply chain together, from Government, finance, land, design and build, and key enabling sectors such as research, training, and regulation to work together and identify ways to lift performance in the sector.


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How construction firms can innovate the scheduling process The past year has provided the construction industry with continuous challenges and adjustments, with a critical need to adapt to whatever the future might hold. This has brought about a change in the culturally entrenched attitudes towards project management as organisations see an increased need to modernise their operations. One process in serious need of an overhaul is the schedule. The impact of COVID-19 restrictions on the construction sector in New Zealand caused great delays in many projects and flow-on consequences for subcontractor’s plans and workflow, colliding with the traditional means of scheduling. Organisations are now focused on uniting all office and field staff to be part of one fully co-ordinated project delivery team. It’s not just the scheduler’s responsibility anymore, but rather the collective team will be working together to manage the planning and scheduling process.

Connect your front office with the field Great scheduling combines the needs of the field with those of the front and back office. It should also consider the number of specialised team members involved on a project, which grows exponentially as the complexity and duration of construction projects continue to increase. This introduces a lot of intricacies to the process. The more members that are added to the project team, the more mature the schedule should become, adding depth and creating a more thorough plan for all teams. Incorporating metrics around milestones, deliverables, and productivity can coordinate and optimise labour, equipment, and material resources both within and across all projects of an organisation. Supply shortages are an emerging concern, as recent lockdowns have effectively put a hold of transportation of materials in New Zealand, impacting delivery times. Even when the country is not in lockdown, the supply chain is heavily reliant on the

speed in which the overseas and domestic supply chain is able to return to full capacity. The ability to account for material delays in near real-time is essential to maximise project outcomes. The construction industry pivoted quickly over the past year to remotely manage many aspects of the job (safety, control, risk, etc.). As the adoption of mobility solutions has grown, so has the number of project delivery team members that are involved in the execution process. The concept of the workspace has become fluid, and organisations in the industry are thinking of new ways to effectively digitise more of the workforce while adapting to more mobile and remote working approaches. The schedule needs to be able to quickly account for scaling up and down for more diversified teams, while ensuring everyone is informed and working towards the common project goal.

Tomorrow’s schedule today A more co-ordinated and collaborative schedule blends the planning and management of the work.

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It is inclusive of all team members and unites the critical path (in the CPM schedule) with field task and risk management. A modern schedule also gives businesses the insights they need to efficiently plan, schedule and control both programs and individual projects. As the construction industry continues to look for ways to improve schedule qualities and project outcomes, organisations should look to incorporate any tools available to them to ensure their organisation is as efficient as possible. By evolving the scheduling process to unite all office and field staff into one fully coordinated project delivery team, organisations will have a much clearer road ahead.

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Container depots continue to struggle from shipping disruption COVID-19 lockdowns across New Zealand have taken their toll on already heavily disrupted shipping logistics.

The ongoing growth of trade through Tauranga is also needing new container facilities to increase capacity and ContainerCo has plans to build an additional specialised facility in Tauranga over the next five years to improve the supply chain for exporters.

ContainerCo managing director, Ken Harris, says exporters and importers continue to take the brunt of global shipping disruptions and the latest Level 4 lockdown will have had an impact on the availability of shipping containers.

ContainerCo is also supporting the development of the One-Stop Modal depot management and will commission four new EV trucks in the next five months.

“There is already a tight supply of shipping containers suitable for use by exporters and Auckland facilities holding other empty containers for sending offshore are full.

A year-long trial of these systems at a ContainerCo depot in Auckland has demonstrated that this software is a significant step forward, eliminating manual processes and enabling increased depot automation. “We have trialled an EV truck for over a year and the new units will offer better range and driver comfort.”

“Importers are required to return shipping containers to these facilities and face stiff costs if they are unable to do this.” Around one million TEU of shipping containers come into New Zealand each year and movements out of the country are a similar volume. Ken says as a result of world-wide shipping disruptions key container handling facilities in Auckland have already been operating well over capacity. ContainerCo operates several key container servicing facilities in Auckland, as well as

other parts of New Zealand, most of which are operating well above efficient volume levels, with several key yards holding over 130 percent of nominal capacity. The company has been delaying needed substantial investment into engineering and technology projects to minimise supply chain disruption however, with a return to

We will re-build specialised facilities covering around eight hectares in Auckland, improving supply chain resilience and capacity as well as reducing carbon footprint.

normal shipping patterns looking unlikely for some years, ContainerCo has decided to progress this vital work. “We will re-build specialised facilities covering around eight hectares in Auckland, improving supply chain resilience and capacity as well as reducing carbon footprint. “Our investment will double capacity within six years plus to greatly improve depot efficiency.”

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ContainerCo is looking to acquire additional land in Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Hamilton, and long-term lease arrangements are also being looked at and where possible, sites will be developed to accommodate specialised logistics facilities such as cross docks. ContainerCo’s container parks in Penrose and the Oak Road park are being rebuilt this year and an additional yard is expected to be added in South Auckland mid-2022. The Oak Road park, which was delayed due to last year’s Covid disruptions will see a new yard built in two stages. It will create some additional capacity however during construction storage on site is reduced from 5,000teu to 2500 TEU for eight to 10 weeks.

While shuttle operations are the primary design use, in the future units are expected to be able to cover freight legs between Hamilton, Auckland, and Tauranga. Ken says much of New Zealand’s export cargo requires refrigeration or dry containers of a particularly high standard and around 30 percent of all container moves into and out of the country are to reposition empty containers. The container parks’ role in this supply chain is preparing units for use, facilitating repositioning activity and holding buffer stocks and in Auckland container storage and upgrade facilities occupy around 25ha of industrial land housing at any time up to 30,000teu. Shipping companies and New Zealand container parks work closely together to manage this expensive equipment, and each container is expected to have a downtime of 14 to 20 days with parks having a normal buffer of stock levels to cover 15 to 20 days of exporters needs. “Disruptions of ports has slowed ship movement, and the loss of container shipping capacity has been estimated by experts to be 10 percent to 14 percent, while predictions of a global freight downturn proved incorrect.” With reduced shipping capacity and demand for cargo slots high, the supply and relocation of empty containers has become a problem and container depots have quickly filled up with unneeded dry containers, and struggling to supply refrigerated containers required by exporters. “It is costly and frustrating for importers, freight forwarders and transport companies when they are unable to return containers to designated container parks. “It can be an even worse problem for exporters if the supply of containers suitable for exports is disrupted,” Ken says.


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Move to greater height limits an encouraging step The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission Te Waihanga says plans to allow greater height limits for buildings in our major cities and to speed up the implementation of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development are encouraging moves that can help make better use of New Zealand’s infrastructure. Te Waihanga included recommendations for similar steps in the draft New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy it recently provided to the Minister for Infrastructure and which were recently published on its website.

“There will be a need to be flexible in planning for infrastructure, as the areas where it is needed may change. However, the evidence suggests that density can actually lower aggregate infrastructure costs.

Te Waihanga Strategy general manager, Geoff Cooper, says that allowing greater height limits in existing urban areas will improve the ability to use existing infrastructure and, in some cases, reduce the need for costly infrastructure entirely by allowing more homes in places that are close to major employment areas.

“This is because it leads to more people living in areas where water pipes can be shorter or where transport burdens are lighter.

“The draft New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy found that New Zealand’s infrastructure needs are too big to simply build our way out of them, and we need to be smarter in getting greater use of the infrastructure we already have and building cities in a way that reduces infrastructure costs,” he says. “The announcements are a win-win for our infrastructure. When we allow for greater density around existing infrastructure, we reduce the need for the extra roads that would be necessary if we were to continue regulating for low-density in our major cities.

“Allowing greater density also means that in many instances, high infrastructure costs can be spread over more households, reducing the burden for residents. “We can also leverage policies like this to reduce the carbon emissions arising from long commutes into major employment areas, reducing our carbon footprint and embodied carbon from infrastructure.” Te Waihanga provided the draft Infrastructure Strategy to the Minister for Infrastructure in September. Following feedback from the Minister, Te Waihanga will finalise the infrastructure Strategy for release early next year. Once finalised, the Government will consider and respond to the recommendations and advice in the Strategy.

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National infrastructure strategy ‘long overdue’ A draft national 30-year Infrastructure Strategy has been released by the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission Te Waihanga, setting a blueprint for the country to address its massive infrastructure deficit, improve resilience and streamline infrastructure construction. Civil Contractors New Zealand chief executive, Peter Silcock, welcomed the Draft New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy, saying it provided vital vision and direction for the country’s infrastructure networks, framing challenges and solutions in a way that was “long overdue”. “It seems a glaring omission for the country to have gone so long without an overarching strategy for something as important as infrastructure. “Once finalised, this strategy will inform the national approach and give industry and government more clarity on the work ahead.” Peter says the New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy mapped out the challenges the country faces in terms of infrastructure construction and provision, and also recommends actions on key issues such as cost escalation, climate change and ongoing maintenance.

He says it would be interesting to see government’s response to the 67 recommendations provided in the strategy, which include improving water infrastructure pricing and provision, clearer long-term funding intentions and a clear national direction for waste management. The strategy included estimates of the cost required to meet New Zealand’s infrastructure needs if the country was to ‘build itself out’ of trouble at around 9.6 percent of GDP over a 30-year period, up from 5.5 percent of GDP. Despite this, it stopped short of recommending a major build programme straight away, suggesting a clear direction and systematic change to better pay for transport and water infrastructure was needed to sustain the levels of infrastructure construction required over the coming decades. While a draft, the strategy sets out a proposed direction based on research and consultation. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission Te Waihanga is now awaiting feedback from the Minister and will consider this before refining the strategy for release early next year. Once finalised, government will respond to recommendations and advice in the strategy. The Draft New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy is currently with the Minister for Infrastructure awaiting feedback and will be finalised in early 2022.

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Using technology to improve worker safety An upcoming state-of-the-art office building in Dunedin will be the case study for new safety trials, aimed at lowering the high number of workplace accidents in the building industry. Ngāi Tahu Property and ACC have joined forces with the construction industry to reduce the high rates of accidents and injuries on construction sites, through Building Information Modelling (BIM). Currently, the construction industry represents 8% of the workforce, but accounts for more than 16 percent of ACC work claims, at a cost of $158 million annually. The new partnership will take the form of a project called BIMSafe NZ, a $1.7 million three-year collaboration between the Canterbury Safety Charter and the Building Innovation Partnership (BIP) at the University of Canterbury. The project is funded by ACC’s Workplace Injury Prevention Grants and MBIE.

designed by Warren and Mahoney, will be used as a case study to trial the guidelines and provide feedback on their effectiveness. The building is a 50:50 joint venture between Ngāi Tahu Property and the ACC investment team and will feature 8000 square metres of office space. Construction is due to commence in March 2022 and is expected to be completed in early 2024. Ngāi Tahu Property Development manager, James Jackson, says the construction project is the perfect opportunity for the safety trials. “As a values-led organisation and leading developer, Ngāi Tahu Property want to do everything we can to help the industry provide safer workplaces. BIMSafe NZ is set to be a game-changer for the industry, and we are looking forward to playing a part in achieving this.” The use of BIM in New Zealand construction projects has doubled in the last five years and is now a requirement on all government facilities projects valued at greater than $5 million.

The project aims to reduce workplace harm by developing best practice guidelines for integrating health and safety information into BIM models and then enabling workers to access the models in real-time.

Brad Sara, BIMSafe Advisory Group member and head of technology at Warren and Mahoney says, “the BIMSafe NZ project will be a step-change for how health and safety is procured and delivered in New Zealand. This will extend the capability of the health and safety design process into the realm of computer gaming.”

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“We know that where businesses are able to keep their workforces safe and well and free from injury, they are more likely to see increased worker engagement at every step of their improvement journey. Ultimately this also results in higher business productivity.” The knowledge garnered from this project through the guidelines, case study and technology will have far-reaching benefits. Sharing this knowledge through education and engagement of the wider industry provides the opportunity to transform the construction sector and literally save lives.


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Adoption of Industry 4.0 paves the way for growth

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The world is changing. In 1794, the industrial revolution began with the introduction of the mechanical loom. A hundred years later the first production line enabled mass production. Jump forward another hundred years and we witnessed the birth of industrial robots that together with advances in electronics and IT, have automated much of the manufacturing process.

Or too small.

A scant 50 years later we are entering a new age – Industry 4.0 – the age of cyber-physical systems; the marriage of physical production and smart digital technology. This is not sci-fi. It is not the realm of filmmakers and futurists. This change is happening now and promises to transform industry as much, if not more so than, the introduction of water, steam, and electricity did in the past.

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An investment in skills, training, and new technology. HERA’s report indicates that those companies that take up the challenge are more likely to be insulated from a rapidly changing global environment.

A real world example D&H Steel has transformed its traditional business and gained real-world outcomes through the adoption of new agile technologies. As Wayne Carson, managing director says, “we recognised we were creating a huge amount of data every day from BIM models to automated machines resulting in hundreds of pieces, but were struggling with connectivity to make best use of it in our daily business activities.

A quick internet search will offer a lot of buzz words and jargon on the theme – IoT, IIoT, CPS, AI, Big Data – but little help on what it means for your business.

“We employed two dedicated IT staff, who are using out of the box Microsoft products including Sharepoint, Power Apps and Power BI to provide unprecedented visibility and feedback on our business operations and therefore decision making.”

In essence, Industry 4.0 simply enables companies to have better control and understanding of their business.

In terms of D&H Steel’s future plans in this space, Wayne says, “we are like kids with a box of chocolates.

Interconnectivity, data, and cyber-physical systems connect and enable collaboration between departments and across the supply chain; they are more responsive to fast-changing environments and consumer demands.

“We’ve reached in and tasted the ones on the top but now realise there is so much more within easy reach.

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The economic advantage A recent report published by HERA in collaboration with BERL, Modelling the potential economic impacts of Industry 4.0 in New Zealand, uses high-level CGE modelling to analyse the impact of the adoption of new technologies in construction on the New Zealand economy over the next five years. The modelling suggests that the economic gains are likely to be significant, resulting in a total GDP gain of as much as $8 billion over the next five years. By comparison, this is roughly equivalent to the value of a bipartite trade agreement, such as one with the UK.

“We are so excited and committed to keep reaching in to the box and tasting more of the flavours now knowing there are so many more flavours to bite into.”


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Structural Steel Compliance – Doing it Right? All products and processes utilised in the manufacture and erection of a steel structure need to have some degree of quality control, quality assurance and compliance certification. The Building Act is the governing legislation and Standards, Specifications, and Codes of Practice usually define a mechanism for complying with the Act. It is well recognised and understood that the raw steel materials must be accompanied by material certificates, and AS/NZS materials can only be certified if the certificates are ILAC MRA endorsed by an accredited organisation. What does this mean? Accreditation is “the independent evaluation of conformity assessment bodies against recognised standards to carry out specific activities to ensure their impartiality and competence”. ILAC stands for “International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation”. New Zealand’s Signatory to ILAC is IANZ (International Accreditation New Zealand) while in Australia it is NATA, CNAS in China, etc. Other aspects of safety and building legislation require accreditation for compliance testing; for example, plant that falls under the PECPR

(Pressure equipment, cranes and passenger ropeways) regulations. There are many aspects of steel structure fabrication and erection that can benefit from engagement of an accredited organisation to perform inspections.

The benefits of using accredited suppliers:

Risks inherent in this approach are: •

Overseas sourced products may be certified by inspection staff who lack independence and/or competence (in accredited organisations this has been independently verified)

• In-house inspection records may be produced without appropriate procedures to ensure impartiality •

Test method(s) may be inappropriate (accredited organisations must have procedures to prevent use of incorrect methods)

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The extent of testing may be inadequate (Accredited organisations must have policies to correctly apply standards and specifications)

• Reporting which meets the requirements of the standard

• BCAs or Construction Reviewers may reject the inspection reports at a later stage.

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In the steel fabrication arena we frequently come across certificates and test reports from non-accredited individuals or organisations, which show the testing deficiencies.

Independent verification of: • Competence and certification of personnel, including eyesight • Quality systems to ISO 9001 and ISO 17020/17025 • Equipment suitability & calibration

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The intersection of Matauranga Maori and Construction 4.0 A special relationship is forming at the intersection of Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) and Construction 4.0, with two key organisations collaborating on a research programme to define how the two can intertwine.

Mātauranga Māori uses kawa (cultural practices), tikanga (cultural principles) kaitiakitanga (stewardship), and promotion of mauri (life force/spiritual health) to examine and understand the world. It can unlock new research and innovation to benefit industry; promote more inclusive thinking in the physical, applied and practical

Dr Troy Coyle, CEO of HERA, says, “We are very excited to partner with Pūhoro Charitable Trust and invest in collaborative research focused on inter-connection, datadriven decisions and inclusivity. “It is a failure of the prevailing research paradigm that Māori knowledge is typically under-utilised or unacknowledged. “The partnership acknowledges that the construction sector employs more than 19,000 Māori, and we are exploring a Mātauranga Māori wellness project to help address high suicide rates in the industry.” Mahonri Owen, Pūhoro Charitable Trust General Manager Research and Enterprise, says, “We are in a knowledge exchange to advance the entire industry.

“The Pūhoro STEMM kaupapa has been welcomed as a tenant at HERA House in return for our Mātauranga Māori teachings, and through HERA we have connected with IRANZ, which is now looking at collaborating on a Mātauranga Māori values research project – this explores underlying values of rangatahi Māori to better advise STEMM career paths.” Other work to establish a comprehensive intersection between Mātauranga Māori and Construction 4.0:

• Pūhoro spoke at the Vision 2020 conference on greater engagement with Māori and provided a toolkit for HERA members to better integrate Te Reo into their everyday practices. This work continues, to tell the story of steel through a MM lens • HERA is using its podcast platform and Te Tiriti training to expand knowledge of the value of Mātauranga Māori.

• The HERA team has weekly Mātauranga Māori lessons and has developed its own pepeha. The annual report includes Te Reo Māori, and main menus and key landing pages on the website are bilingual. Dr Coyle has completed her certificate at Te Wananga on tikanga

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Global Engineering

Structural steel specialists When clients engage Global Engineering (GE) for their structural steel projects, metalwork and other custom solutions, they know they’re getting the experience, attitude and resources required to complete the job to the relevant specifications. Since 1995, Global Engineering has been providing comprehensive steel fabrication solutions to the steel industry of New Zealand.

“Finding solutions to work around tricky sites, refurbishments, complex builds and logistical installation challenges keeps us on our toes and at the top of our game.

Today the company operates from a purposebuilt factory in Kumeu, where its renowned attention to detail is further heightened through retained control over in-house process and quality.

“We’re not afraid to tackle unusual and difficult tasks using our skill and experience and we comply with relevant health and safety and WorkSafe regulations,” Mark says.

Herein lies one of GE’s greatest strengths: its ability to facilitate medium-sized complex jobs.

The industry as a whole is working towards the compliance of the SFC accreditation scheme.

Its detailers, fabrication team and rigging crews are a dedicated and highly specialised team, who take pride in what they do.

While Global Engineering is largely through this process, it will be a real challenge for many small fabricators to meet the expectations and be able to get work without SFC.

Being logistically agile, and able to implement their individual skills on various projects promotes efficiency and effectiveness. Couple this with a custom-built factory and a full complement of modern equipment and machinery (including cranes, lifts, trucks and a mobile welding plant), they have the capacity to work on major structural projects, but the flexibility to be able to help with the smaller, fast-track jobs.

Looking towards the future

“It is putting protectionism within the systems, to try and make sure that NZ fabricators, installers and engineers are working to ASNZ standards, to meet industry demands and expectations of buildings. “We don’t want to see buildings collapse like we did in the Christchurch earthquakes – we think of premature building collapse to

be a thing of the Third World and we don’t want that to happen again here. “The industry is trying to achieve much higher standards and is doing that quite well, and it’s pushing everyone’s capabilities and responsibilities up which can only be a good thing,” Mark says. He believes it is promising that we have international construction companies trying to buy into our industry and is confident in New Zealand’s attitude for responding to international pressures, which will help to solidify the industry in a strong position for the future.

“We’ve earnt a great reputation in our industry as being problem solvers,” says Global Engineering operations manager, Mark Duxfield, as he arrives on one jobsite from another.

With over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, the team at Global Engineering recognise the needs for efficiency, quality and on-time delivery. They take a caring approach to everything that they do, with attention to detail at the forefront to every project and being a familyowned business, they understand the importance of brand and reputation, with their main aim to help clients enhance their reputation. “Our real strength is in our team! The high level of dedication, skill and care from our people is truly amazing,” Global Engineering director Andrew Jackson.

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Future Proofing - Weathertightness

Eliminating weathertightness worries The concept of futureproofing is the process of anticipating the future and of developing methods for minimising the effects of the shocks and stresses of future events. So how does this concept apply to the construction of houses? We all want a comfortable home to live in. So, when considering building or renovating we need to think about creating a healthier, safer, more energy efficient and comfortable home that’s worth more in the future. That is future proof building espoused by such organisations as the New Zealand Green Building Council and the Passive House Institute of New Zealand. Since 2005, when the New Zealand Green Building Council was established, future-proof building has become less of a futuristic concept and more a standard industry practice. Initially as a consequence of the leaky homes debacle of the mid-late 1990s and early 2000s, future proofing focused on weathertightness and durability. Now the approach looks more broadly at such aspects as sustainability, energy efficiency, health and safety, sound control and space management.

Weathertightness Many factors contributed to problems with weathertightness. Poor design, poor project management and poor building practices played a role. The exposure of New Zealanders to international design trends and materials has led to a wider range of housing styles, but some house designs and materials are unsuitable to specific site conditions. Some house styles and features designed for dry climate locations have been used 28 | B&C - Issue #132

in areas of high wind and rainfall. Features such as parapets, decks and pergolas that penetrate a dwelling’s cladding contribute to weathertightness risks, as does monolithic cladding, low-slope roofs, membrane roofs, a lack of eaves and complex junctions, especially when these are used in wet and windy conditions. House claddings do leak. That becomes an issue when the water is not dealt with effectively and affects the integrity of the house.

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The Canadians developed the 4Ds philosophy of weathertightness – deflection, drainage, drying and durability. In New Zealand we have adopted those principles, but we now also consider airtightness, ventilation and insulation. The ideal is to achieve all 4 Ds. Deflection devises (such as cladding and window head flashings) intercept water at a building’s exterior and deflect it away from critical junctions. Wall assemblies need to be designed and built with protected cavities to incorporate drainage to allow any water that may have penetrated the exterior cladding to drain down the back of the wall cladding and out. The amount of drying that occurs depends on the cladding type and the way it is installed and all components of a cladding and wall assembly must meet the durability requirements of the Building Code.

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Leaky building basics Features of a leaky building 1. Ground clearance: Inadequate cladding clearance to ground, paving or decks or insufficient fall away from building perimeter. Clearance to solid ground (concrete, asphalt, paving, decking timber) should be 150mm; clearance to soil 225mm. 2. Cracking: Look for hairline cracks in the cladding, typically found close to windows and doors or discolouration of cladding around these areas. 3. Joinery: Check for cracks along the joinery seals which can allow water ingress. 4. Penetrations: Check all penetrations in the cladding, for example around pipes, vents and meter boxes, for gaps and lack of sealant. Also check to ensure meter boxes are flashed correctly - the lack of flashing or reliance on sealant may allow water to penetrate. 5. Pergolas: Pergola frame penetrating the cladding or direct fixed through the cladding may result in water ingress.

6. Windows: Check window flashings to ensure they are correctly installed. Round, shaped or corner windows are difficult to flash, increasing the risk of water ingress. Check for staining below the window. 7. Enclosed Balcony / Cantilever Deck: Enclosed balconies and cantilever decks can result in a multitude of risks. (a) A lack of fall on the balustrade, (b) Handrailings attached through the plaster cladding, (c) Poorly applied waterproof membrane, (d) Insufficient drainage holes allowing water to pool after rain, (e) Lack of clearance between the cladding and the balcony floor - all are signs that water may be penetrating the building’s exterior. 8. Interior Signs: These can include swollen or cracked skirting boards or architraves; mould on the inside of curtains and window liners; floor coverings showing signs of water damage; and swelling, cracking and popping of wall liners.


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Cement & Concrete

New building system aims to make Kiwi homes ‘safe as houses’ in a quake A new, affordable building system to make New Zealand homes much safer in an earthquake, avoiding costly repairs and stressful insurance claims, is being tested at the University of Canterbury (UC). A prototype base isolation system for residential houses has been developed by Professor of Structural Engineering Tim Sullivan and his team and is currently being put through its paces on a ‘shake table’ in UC’s Structural Engineering Laboratory. A room has been specially built for the trial with timber framing and Gib-lined walls on a concrete slab foundation. The structure is positioned on top of the newly developed, steel base isolation units. Underneath this, a shake table – one of the largest in New Zealand – is being used to recreate ground movements recorded at various locations during the damaging Canterbury earthquakes, as well as other strong historical earthquakes and a simulated Alpine Fault quake. The research is part of a broader UC and QuakeCoRE project that is developing a range of solutions for low-damage housing in New Zealand. Results so far show the base isolation units are effective and would have withstood the 2010-2011 Canterbury quakes and 2016 Kaikoura earthquakes (7.1 and 7.8 magnitude respectively), as well as an Alpine Fault scenario, without the room needing any repairs. Professor Sullivan’s goal is to keep the seismic system as low-cost as possible so it can be widely adopted by homeowners around the country, making their houses significantly safer during future earthquakes. “What’s been motivating me on this project is the idea of developing something that would avoid damage to housing in a major earthquake, or at least make the likelihood of damage very low.

Pictured (from left to right): John Maley, Tom Francis and Tim Sullivan are part of a University of Canterbury research team testing a new base isolation system to make New Zealand houses safer in an earthquake.

“We think what we’ve come up with will prevent damage, and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. It also promises to reduce the disruption caused by a major quake, helping communities recover more quickly,” he says.

A key to achieving this is the simple nature of the devices, which are expected to cost about 10 percent of the cost of base isolation devices currently used in commercial building projects.

Base isolation systems, developed to prevent or minimise damage during an earthquake, are primarily used in commercial or civic buildings in New Zealand because they are usually expensive and require specialised engineering.

Professor Sullivan says houses in New Zealand currently perform well in terms of saving people’s lives, but there is room for improvement in terms of preventing damage to the structure and its contents.

But the UC research team - which includes Engineering PhD student Tom Francis and Structural Engineering Laboratory Manager John Maley, with international support provided by Professor Andre Filiatrault, based in Italy - has created a new type of base isolation system that’s designed for residential houses. Their aim is to keep the total cost of manufacturing and installing the base isolation system to about $15,000 for a typical three-bedroom house.

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“Very few people die in houses during an earthquake, but $16 billion of the $40 billion paid out by the Earthquake Commission following the Canterbury earthquakes was for damage in the residential housing sector. “While around half of these losses were linked to ground damage [liquefaction and lateral spreading], the damage to houses caused by ground shaking was significant and needs to be reduced. “Research has shown that the most upsetting thing for a lot of people wasn’t the earthquake itself, it was dealing with insurance claims, the potential loss of value for their houses, and the damage to their belongings. “If we can avoid that, then I think there will be psychosocial benefits.” So far, testing has shown the system is able to limit building deformations, preventing damage to walls and cladding, and keeping floor and roof accelerations low. "This reduces the likelihood of damage to homes and their contents. “We think it will also reduce problems caused by torsion, or twisting, that can occur with some house designs during a quake,” professor Sullivan says. “Once we get a few building companies doing this it will become more competitive and more affordable.

“We’re also hoping it could lend itself to faster construction and modular housing, which could be useful in combating the current housing shortages.” He is applying for more research funding so the system can be further developed and improved. Tom says the current testing phase using an actual structure allows the team to model residential buildings more accurately. “It means we are able to understand how much money can be saved over the lifetime of a residential building by limiting earthquake damage using the base isolation system.”

How does the new base isolation system work? The main hurdle to overcome during the design stage for the innovative system was balancing the need for a house to be stable in high winds but also able to flex and absorb shock from an earthquake. The system is created by installing several steel base isolation units under the concrete foundation of a house, which work in a similar way to traditional piles. The concrete slab includes steel plates that float and slide on small round discs in the units, which Professor Sullivan calls ‘pucks’, allowing the house to move around in a quake and absorb the displacements and accelerations imposed by ground shaking. The system is compatible with common building techniques for New Zealand houses and can be used under steel and timberframed buildings or other typical structures. It’s designed to be easy to repair after an earthquake and as sustainable as possible, with recycled, biodegradable cardboard used to create a cavity under the foundation.


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MAX® saving workers’ backs with new stand-up battery-powered rebar tier MAX® is aiming to cut down on back strain for workers tying rebar on concrete slabs with a new stand-up battery-powered tying tool. They have introduced the NEW MAX® RB401T-E Stand-up TwinTier™, the first tool of its kind that gives ironworkers the ability to tie rebar while standing upright.

Features of the new MAX® RB401T-E Stand Up Twintier™ Rebar Tier include: • Reduced Back Strain – the RB401T-E is an ergonomic solution for backbreaking slab work • Adjustable Handles – users can adjust the handles to 2 positions, to find the most comfortable fit for their height •

Trigger less Technology – an automatic contact mechanism allows the tool to instantly tie when pushed down over a rebar intersection

Shorter Tie Height – a wire bending mechanism produces a shorter tie height. Less concrete is needed to fully cover a wire tie

• Tilt Sensor – the tilt-sensor prevents the tool from tying when angled upward • Enclosed Design – greater protection against debris and moisture entering the tool. The tool’s ergonomic construction, along with its contact mechanism, which requires no pulling of a trigger, lets workers automatically form a tie when pushing the tool down on a rebar intersection. The long nose attachment allows the tool to glide into rebar intersections with minimal effort from the operator.

The TwinTier's “wire bending mechanism” feeds a precise amount of wire to match the thickness of the rebar being tied and cut down on the use of unnecessary wire. This bending mechanism consistently feeds, pulls back, twists and releases the perfect sized tie for the each application. A low “battery power consumption” design allows the tool to produce 4000 ties per charge using a 14.4v , 4.0 Ah Li-ion battery, which recharges in just 65 minutes. All of these features work together to reduce instances of back strain and the development of musculoskeletal injuries for ironworkers. This means the significant risk of developing back pain in the long term was reduced by 55% using the RB401T-E. The RB401T-E can tie D10 x D10 up to D19 x D19 rebar combinations for a variety of applications including, but not limited to, road and bridge decks, industrial foundations, commercial floors and water tanks. Like other tools in the TwinTier family, the RB401T-E’s special attributes include its faster tying speed, a reduction in wire consumption and a short wire tie.

The RB401T-E also uses the same battery and TwinTier™ tie wire as the RB441T and RB611T handheld TwinTiers.

All of these features work together to reduce instances of back strain and the development of musculoskeletal injuries for ironworkers.

Because the RB401T-E is such a unique and sophisticated tool in the marketplace, paired with the evolving TwinTier™ solution, contractors should find that their workforce is safeguarded from what has been a backbreaking industry. The Battery-Powered RB401T-E Keeps You Standing For more information visit the SIFCO website - www.sifco.co.nz

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Vision Complete Earthworks

Vision Complete Earthworks Vision Complete Earthworks Ltd (VCE) is committed to providing high quality and professional services to the civil construction industry throughout the Waikato and surrounding region. We continually endeavour to improve project outcomes. ​ CE is a family owned business established in V 2007. Our strong growth has been a result of consistently delivering quality work both on time and on budgets to a high level of safety. Over the years we have developed and implemented systems that ensure health and safety. Quality and environmental obligations are not only met but continue to be monitored and improved upon.

We have recognised the importance of equipping our employees with the appropriate training necessary to competently perform their work and to ensure each team member fully understands their responsibilities in meeting customer requirements. Our total workforce is fully aware of their responsibilities under the Health and Safety Act and our expectations of them in performing their work.

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New Zealand Demolition & Asbestos Association

New leadership team views a prosperous future New Zealand Demolition & Asbestos Association’s new executive team is making a difference. The appointment of a new executive board is bringing new energy and fresh perspectives to the New Zealand Demolition & Asbestos Association (NZDAA), making way for some positive changes in the industry and continuing to represent its members. As the only officially recognised association representing the demolition and asbestos industries in the country, the NZDAA hopes to achieve its goals with the help of its members (made up of around 80 demolition and asbestos companies), who ultimately drive industry changes and facilitate improvements in work standards. The executive board has a newly elected president Helina Stil and newly elected vice president Rob Barton who will work alongside the association’s secretary Sarah Tohill. NZDAA members voted for Helina and Rob at the annual meeting in July.

According to Sarah, the new logo strengthens NZDAA’s image and shows its evolution. “It’s important for us to continue to uphold the integrity, professionalism and values that are consistent with our association,” says Helina. The members were involved in the process of selecting the final design from a shortlist. “Our membership are absolute professionals in their fields and the new brand they have chosen reflects that.” One of the most significant challenges facing the industry is the recent years of growth, coupled with an aging workforce; has surpassed the availability of local labour. While this challenge is not unique to New Zealand, the new executive board is rolling out action initiatives to encourage youth and minorities to get involved in the demolition and asbestos industries.

“The new executive team has brough in fresh new energy,” says Sarah.

A recent industry participation survey conducted by NZDAA demonstrated involvement rates of 42 percent of Māori, 14 percent of Pacifika, and five percent of women working in both industries.

The association has been around for almost 20 years and one of the first tasks the new executive board has focused on was a refresh of the association’s branding. This new look better reflects what the association represents and its direction.

“Māori and Pasifika groups generally gravitate towards industries with a good mixture of physical and mental challenges, so the demolition and asbestos industries are uniquely positioned to provide both,” says Helina.

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While the asbestos industry has had a recognised qualification process for several years, the NZDAA membership is in the process of modifying Australian demolition qualifications to fit the needs of the New Zealand environment, businesses and to empower its workers – providing a recognised career pathway for those interested. Combined with proposed living wage standards for both industries, it’s anticipated these initial solutions, working in tandem, will generate a much-needed boost to the talent pool for individual businesses.

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The association was established to maintain and extend the interests of the professional demolition and asbestos industries throughout New Zealand. The underlying principles of the association are to widely promote excellent commercial health, safety, environmental and quality performance for better outcomes for its workers, businesses and industries. Helina expects NZDAA to be the leading source of accurate industry information and knowledge, and provide the tools necessary for its members to be leaders in their fields. These tools include updating the association’s existing guidance documents to reflect new technologies, methods and expected standards for its clients. These tools will be discussed towards the end of the year. 34 | B&C - Issue #132

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New Zealand Demolition & Asbestos Association’s (NZDAA) newly elected president Helina Stil.

“We are also reaching out to develop and maintain valuable links with similar organisations within New Zealand and globally, acting as a conduit for our members to access real world, up-to-date information, participate and grow,” says Helina. Moving forward, the NZDAA will be investing in partnership research for environmental sustainable practices for members through reductions of waste to landfill and the industries overall reliance on fossil fuels. “Reducing reliance revolves around working with equipment manufacturers providing awareness of new technology that while reducing fuel consumption, does not decrease the power output needed for such heavy equipment use.” Recycling and reuse has been a part of the New Zealand demolition industry for over 40 years since the advent of the first commercial demolition yard. However, the reuse economy has reduced substantially with imported alternatives and now businesses are acting individually to reduce their waste to landfill.”

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Founded by Peter Ward in 1987, the demolition side of the company was the first to be established within the Ward Group, which today involves a range of business ventures including demolition, asbestos removal, machinery hire, resource recovery, salvage and concrete crushing and recycling. Ward Demolition are deconstruction artists, spanning the commercial, industrial, and residential sectors throughout New Zealand with a head office in Auckland, and another based in Wellington. The deconstruction of a building usually involves the salvaging of items for clients and/or recycling, the removal of asbestos and asbestos-containing materials (ACMs), and hard demolition of the remaining structures. Methodologies are formulated to ensure that the most efficient and effective resources are put in place to make the removal and recycling of as many materials as possible is achieved. The company possesses a resource of knowledge and expertise, which is centred around excellent methodologies and project management, backed by an impressive stable of machinery, equipment, and large plant. This high level of expertise involves working with clients in the creation of deconstruction methodologies, programmes, and costs, and completing safely, on time and to budget. Ward Group owns more than 20-plus excavators and 25-plus trucks, ranging from smaller four-wheeler hook trucks, through to nine axle truck and trailer units and a wonderful team of over 120 staff that make things happen. Peter is the driving force behind Ward Demolition and his team, leading from the front as the managing director with his vast knowledge, practicality, and willingness to move forward with modern technology and processes or machinery. Health, safety and environmental issues are at the forefront of Peter’s mind and he has surrounded himself with likeminded staff.

FROM PROJECT PLANNING THROUGH TO RECYCLING WE ARE DECONSTRUCTION ARTISTS

Randal, has been a key member of the Ward Demolition team since starting in 1992. As the general manager, his innovative ideas, practicality, and years of experience, are possibly only second to Peter with his wealth of knowledge in the demolition industry. Chris started with Ward Demolition in early 2000’s and is now the NZ regional manager, due to the business continuing to increase activities outside of the Auckland region. He has always maintained a passion for health and safety and has introduced health and safety processes during his time to excellent effect. With Peter, Randal and Chris’s can-do attitude and long-lasting relationships with their existing and new clients, they form a glue that holds everything together and has created the ability to handle and deliver multiple projects with Ward's wellestablished teams. This leadership team understands all aspects of management and risk, to best deliver projects of any nature, and having a practical, sometimes outside the square attitude, Ward Demolition Ltd is the #1 team in the industry. Ward Demolition Ltd I Salvage I Quarries I Heavy Haulage Management P.O Box 12720 Penrose, Auckland 1642 New Zealand DD +64 9 622 3111 Email demo@ward-demolition.co.nz www.ward-demolition.co.nz Ph: 09 622 3111 Fax: 09 634 5128 13-17 Miami Parade, Onehunga, Auckland P O Box 12720, Penrose, Auckland 1642

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City Salvage Contractors

What to consider before committing to demolition work Some relevant info for people considering demolition work is: any properties built before the year 2000 will now need to have a demolition asbestos survey done by a competent person, preferably a licenced asbestos assessor. It is a legal requirement that any asbestos in a property is identified before demolition work takes place so it can be removed safely. There is also a chance that other asbestos will be found as work progresses e.g. as packers in the house foundations or under concrete pads. If this is the case work will need to stop until it has been professionally removed. Asbestos removal falls in to two categories: Class A (friable asbestos) and Class B (nonfriable asbestos). All Class A and more than 10 sqm of Class B asbestos need to be removed by an appropriately licensed asbestos remover. Regarding trees and garden areas on the property – it is important that the client discusses with the demo contractor if they want to retain particular trees or garden areas. Some may not be able to be saved if they are too close to the house.

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It is a legal requirement that any asbestos in a property is identified before demolition work takes place so it can be removed safely.

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Another hidden cost is traffic management. If the property is on a main road there may be the additional cost of a council approved traffic management plan.

We should also mention managing waste – Salvage is another problem area; if a client demo contractors sort waste as much as they wants to retain any house materials, they can to minimize the amount going to landfill. should discuss this during the pricing process. Salvage materials are removed for resale as Also please allow time for power removal, much as possible. Scrap metal, as the relevant power company must be concrete, shingle and green waste are dumped separately. asked to remove power for demolition - it’s not enough just to sign out of a property. We operate the Pumphouse Demolition Yard Sometimes it can take a few weeks for power where we recycle bricks, aluminum joinery, to be removed and demolition work cannot flooring, corrugated iron, doors, windows, bathroom/kitchen fittings and other materials. start until this has been done.

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The cost of landfill dumping affects demolition costing and there has been a significant increase in landfill cost already this year and a likelihood of more price increases as time goes on.

“Put our experience to work on your project” Commerical and residential demolition Asbestos removal - classes A & B Site clearances Large or small projects Contact us for a no obligation quote

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Quality Building Services

Quality Building Services Limited We are Quality Building Services Limited, a 100% New Zealand owned and operated business. We are nothing short of heating, ventilation and air conditioning experts. Quality Building Services Limited was formed in January 2011, and is based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Although we are a relatively small company, don’t judge by size, we can carry out maintenance, repairs, design and installation of most systems. QBS believe that in this fast-paced world we now live in, the quality of goods and workmanship we expect has been lost in many cases. We ensure with our oldfashioned values this can be returned to the industry. We believe providing the highest levels of Quality Services for our customers, right first time. QBS are committed to improving outstanding quality heating, ventilation and air conditioning solutions and services to all our customers. Our meticulous attention to detail not only gives staff pride in their work, but provides our customers with exceptional long-lasting solutions. We provide commercial and industrial air conditioning, mechanical and ventilation solutions including: design and installation, IQP inspections, preventative and proactive maintenance services, energy saving assessments plus implementations, project management services, peer reviews, fault

finding and repairs as well as providing all types of electrical services. As you can see, we strive to cover all bases to be your one stop shop. We prefer to partner with our clients for the best optimal outcome. “Open book” contracts are available. QBS are dedicated to providing quality solutions that actually deliver to our customers’ conditions, requirements and expectations. We will ensure all systems installed are as environmentally friendly and as cost effective as possible. We believe in having strong environmental policies and procedures to ensure ongoing improvements into the future. We prefer to design and install brands that are proven for New Zealand conditions, and are locally supported. Our staff have extensive HVAC industry experience throughout New Zealand, and predominantly in the Canterbury region. We only employ fully qualified staff in their fields, and we run an active training and development programme.

Our experience covers everything from private/domestic installations and service, right through to large manufacturing sites, hospitals, shopping areas, and industrial businesses - from ground up design, build and installation, infrastructure maintenance refreshes and ongoing service. No matter the size of your need, we have the experience and expertise to provide the right solution and service for you.

We are committed to the Health and Safety of our staff and customers by providing safe working conditions at all times. Sound systems and procedures to ensure utmost safety standards are updated and audited regularly. We expect only the highest standards and will never walk past an unsafe situation. Get in contact with us today, we would love to hear from you.

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Scaffolding, Access and Rigging New Zealand

Ensuring scaffolding is safe Scaffolding is an essential component of most construction projects. Not only does it provide support to workers and their tools while on the job, it also makes it easier for personnel to access areas of a structure that would otherwise be difficult to reach.

culture of health and safety, where the industry’s good practice guidelines are not a tool to bypass, but rather are seen as the minimum standard,” says SARNZ general manager Jessica Pritchard.

As important and as widely used as scaffolds are, scaffolding risks exist on any construction site. This is especially true if important safety steps are neglected. Scaffold risk is a reality in the workplace.

Throughout the year SARNZ members receive support and advice direct from the SARNZ office on a wide range of needs such as training, recruitment, health and safety and business development.

National organisation Scaffolding, Access and Rigging New Zealand (SARNZ) has worked since its formation in 1994 to advocate for higher standards for safety and quality within the access industry.

“We are heavily involved in training and in the pastoral care of our members. It is essential not only to train scaffolders and riggers, but to retain them in the industry as well, through looking after their needs and addressing their concerns.”

Today SARNZ represents more than 200 practitioners working in the manufacturing, distribution and installation of access and rigging (approximately one-third of the market).

What does membership of SARNZ mean? “Companies that become SARNZ members are the ones that have the most thorough

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“Being a member of SARNZ has industry-wide recognition for its high standards, adherence to Best Practice and professionalism. We actively encourage everyone involved in the industry to become members.” There are three categories of membership: full membership, associate membership, or individual membership.

There are also many other benefits to belonging to SARNZ. “Our members have Input into industry training through the SARNZ partnership with The Skills Organisation. They also have input into setting industry standards. “Currently we are working with a focus group on developing new guidelines for shrink wrapping and are reviewing some other

relevant regulations – for example those relating to working at heights. “We have also been doing some work in the rigging sphere with the creation of a Certificate of Competence in rigging. There have been minimal standards associated with this operation up until now.” SARNZ members have the opportunity to network with other members throughout the country discussing and looking for solutions to matters of mutual interest. Members also receive membership rates from their Gold and Silver Sponsors. Jessica adds that there has been a very exciting recent initiative. “SARNZ has worked with Crombie Lockwood insurance brokers to set up for SARNZ members a bespoke insurance scheme specific to scaffolding. This will save members thousands of dollars and offers better coverage then companies can get on their own. “What we are endeavouring to do is really personalise membership benefits in this way.” Full members of SARNZ are eligible to apply for Gold Accreditation after a period of six months. This is an in-depth verification and recognition of a member’s quality and safety systems though a comprehensive review of their entire business from an operations and health and safety perspective.

With this accreditation, members can easily demonstrate to stakeholders that they are a high performing business and that their people, clients and safety culture are of the utmost importance.

SARNZ goals Jessica explains that SARNZ has two major goals. “We want our members to maintain, deliver and teach the highest levels of quality and safety in the industry. We also want to see our members regarded as the preferred choice for customers looking for scaffolding contractors. If a contractor is a member of SARNZ that tells the customer that the contractor can be relied on to deliver on the promise of ‘quality and safety every time’.”

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Guardrails must be constructed to withstand someone falling against them. They must be able to withstand a load of 600N (62kg) in any direction without deflecting more than 100mm and withstand a force of 1200N (123kg) without failing.

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McLeod Cranes

McLeod Cranes McLeod are based in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty region with depots in Mt Maunganui, Hamilton, Taupo, Tokoroa and Kawerau. McLeod provide crane, hiab, transport services along with devanning and transitional facilities McLeod Cranes was born in 1996 when Curly McLeod bought his first crane, which he parked across the road from his home in Mangatapu. Ask anyone who knew him – Curly was a character, and he talked both his wife Anne, and his neighbours, around to this parking arrangement in no time. Anne – also known as “Top Office” by Curly supported him from the beginning with all the office work.

We're a company determined to shape the future of our industry sectors. That begins and ends with absolute commitment to serving people like you, our customers, with expertise and ability that are second to none. Underpinning these values is our safety record. We were Winners of the New Zealand - Best Health and Safety Intuitive

for a Small Business in 2012. We were a Finalist for the same Award in 2013, and finalists for industry leadership in 2014, 2015 and have also won the 2013 Construction Health & Safety Leadership Award. It's not an area we take for granted. Health & Safety is a constant emphasis 24/7. We seek the highest levels of professional commitment among our entire team. It shows. Our people are ready and able to help you choose the right equipment and methods for individual needs, the precise job at hand. They'll provide expertly, trained and experienced advice and guidance throughout all stages of your project.

All these qualities and our aspirations can be summed up in two things. We know how to listen to our customers and we continuously strive to outperform their expectations. Whatever your needs or tasks, you'll find we apply industry-leading standards of responsiveness, advice and hard capability. They’re the standards that have built our company, and we constantly seek to advance them. If you're as serious about performance as we are, don't settle for anything less. The truth is, we bring the same focus to every single thing we do. Contact us today to get the job done right.

Ten years later, now with a fleet of ten cranes, Curly was joined by his eldest son Scott McLeod. His second son, Pete, joined the business a year later. Curly passed away in 2012, leaving the business in the extremely capable hands of his sons. Continuing the family tradition, Phil Hutchinson, Curly’s cousin, came on board in 2013, when McLeod Hiabs joined McLeod Cranes under the umbrella of McLeod Group. Today, McLeod has grown to encompass more than 130 people with one of the largest modern fleets in the country including more than 70 cranes and hiabs.

Crane Hire and Hiab Transport. Bay of Plenty / Waikato. Hamilton, Tauranga, Taupo, Rotorua, Kawerau, Tokoroa

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Commercial Real Estate

JUST DO IT!

Commercial, Industrial and Business

Building a future in the huge range of commercial and industrial sales and leasing options available to industry and commerce in NZ, Property Brokers is an important cog in the wheel of hard core business deals.

Sales & Leasing

Know-how comes from experience and a partnership with local and regional branches of the company, working alongside selected specialist marketing sales people, bringing rewards to commercial and industrial building owners in finding tenants and buyers.

Gil Button

Commercial Sales Consultant

Preparation is the key, as with every business model and project. A can-do attitude is paramount, an eye for the right opportunity and the ability for on-the-spot analysis when dealing with a wide range of individuals and businesses and their respective aspirations, is what drives your specialist Real Estate Agent,

M 021 326 956 E gil.button@pb.co.nz W gilbuttoncommercial.co.nz

representing your business in the real world. Words are just not enough in the cut and thrust of business, there must be actions leading to a successful conclusion of the deal – be it a lease, a sale or a string of inter-woven options to surmount a particular issue. That can-do attitude is what sets specialist agents apart in the Property Brokers network. Have you ever needed to think laterally, step outside your comfort zone and confront the problem head-on? We all have. Then try another tack. In the world of Americas Cup racing, Team New Zealand tried the unthinkable and pushed the hull out of the water! When making a decision on who to engage in a partnership with you and your business in leasing your up-coming vacant building, tenanting that new development, selling your latest project or just simply getting the next renewal over the line, Gil at Property Brokers Whanganui has the experience and will work with other agents within the company to, well, just GET THE JOB DONE! Gil Button 021 326 956 gil.button@pb.co.nz

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Industrial Property: Returns are at an all-time high The market is currently seeing strong demand for quality commercial properties, with industrial being the stand out. Current industrial rental rates across the provinces have continued to increase, particularly for earthquake compliant buildings.

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Figures from the latest MSCI/ Property Council index have shown commercial and industrial investments have reached a new multi-year high. Record low interest rates have assisted in compressing yields and increasing values. Industrial property is becoming hugely popular amongst all types of investors. Even hardy residential investors who have traditionally invested solely in the residential market are now turning their attention to commercial property due to the ease of management and high yields. In contrast to office and retail space, the industrial sector has also shown significant resilience against current market conditions. Growth in logistics, rural, and agribusiness sectors are key drivers behind high demand for industrial space, leading to low vacancy rates. Supply pipelines of new developments continue to remain modest, further contributing to the shortage and overall confidence in this sector.

Record low interest rates have assisted in compressing yields and increasing values. The attraction with industrial property investment is the properties tends to have higher returns than other types of investment, with yields in the provinces typically ranging between 5% - 7%. Industrial property often has other attractive attributes such as long term leases, simple construction and being multi-purpose. A good example of industrial investment is a recent sale I made in the Manawatu of a fully tenanted 4,802m² industrial property. This property sold within a couple of weeks of hitting the market, in a multi-offer situation and achieved an outstanding outcome for the vendor, being one of the tightest yields seen in the Manawatu.


Commercial Real Estate

Commercial selling

- what to look for in a commercial agent With a growing demand and rising prices, the commercial property sector is seeing a similar trend to the residential market in New Zealand. Industrial property, large format stand-alone retail, prime regional shopping centres, and flagship office buildings continue to be in high demand despite COVID-19. In every successful commercial sale, there is one common factor, a local commercial agent you can trust to deliver in your best interests. Your expectations will be based on your own experience and knowledge on investing and developing real estate, and this will allow you to find the commercial agent that is the best fit for you. Here are the top things to look for when choosing a commercial agent:

Locally experienced It is best to find an agent who is locally experienced and has local knowledge. Find out how long they have been in the area, what their track record is like, and if they have a solid reputation.

Specialisation is important – sometimes an agent with specific knowledge of an area is more useful than one who covers a larger geographical area.

You will be working closely together for what could be several months, and they will be instrumental in helping you make important decisions.

Local agents have local contacts and can keep you informed of movement and opportunity that will enable you to get the best deal possible.

Having an agent that listens and puts your needs first is crucial to making the process run as smoothly as possible. A great agent will communicate in a way to suit you – whether that’s picking up the phone or emailing or texting first – and they’ll communicate at a frequency that meets your needs.

Marketing skills By utilising digital media alongside traditional marketing techniques, your agent has a greater ability to attract potential buyers and tenants than others. These skills also enable them to quickly identify and connect with those on their database who want exactly what you have to sell. Selling and leasing a commercial space involves more than just simply uploading a listing. Today, agents are required to be proactive and advanced in their marketing skills using technology that will make their clients’ property stand out from the rest. Making sure your agent has the skillset to use these tools effectively will give you an advantage above the rest.

Communication Your agent should be reliable, quick to respond, and transparent in their communication.

This goes for prospective purchasers too. There are more investors in the market now that have limited experience investing in commercial property. An agent who can quickly understand a buyer’s level of experience and tailor their approach and information to those buyer’s needs, will allow their client to maximise all available outcomes and get the best possible sale.

successful agents could have a think-outsidethe-box method. As commercial deals can be complex, it is worthwhile asking your agent how they have previously overcome challenges in approvals, negotiations, financing, and environmental or consenting matters. A good agent will talk through how they have overcome these obstacles and give you the confidence that they can do the same for you if the issue arises.

Someone you can trust Having a solid foundation of trust underpinning your relationship with your agent is imperative to the success of any real estate transaction. It is essential that you take the time to find the best agent that will work for you and has your best interests at heart.

Like most buying and selling situations, each transaction can come with challenges. It is the way in which your agent works through these challenges with you that will make the real difference.

Buying and selling commercial real estate does not need to be a long and sometimes stressful process, and having a commercial agent that has local knowledge, communicates openly and effectively, is technologically savvy, can problem-solve effectively, and above all, is someone you can trust, will guide you to your best outcome.

Your agent’s approach may be straightforward and logical, and the more

Article by Jen Baird, the chief executive of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ).

Effective problem-solving

Building your Team for Success! The age-old quote of “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success”* is still true, and when we look at our most successful clients, there is a very clear and common theme – they all have a specialised team around them that they can trust and rely on. Our clients consistently maximise their profit margins and opportunities, through our ability to help you build a winning team that has the ideal combination of professionalism, experience and understanding of the market. When we asked one of our top agents in our network, how they consistently help their clients build immense wealth and investment opportunities, the answer was simple; “As a real estate agent, we aren’t sales and marketing people. We are in a connection business, our clients have continuous success because of our ability to create beneficial connections and networks. Because we have an extensive team of industry professionals to consult with, we can continuously help our clients make smart investment decisions at every step of the way. We don’t just sell houses, our ability to solve problems and manage longterm investment success is how we truly show value.”

In a world of broken promises and false information, success is now directly linked to the beneficial partnerships you have in your team. If you focus on making sure that every person and process, in your path to success, is always pushing to be better – there is no way you won’t achieve your goals. So, if you need trade connections, we can organise that! Need more lending? Let one of our brokers chase down a better deal for you. Want a lawyer that actually helps? we can help you! At First National, we believe that the path of success is only worthwhile if we are focused on the success of others. We wouldn’t exist if we didn’t have the support of our clients and community, so it is an absolute no-brainer that our corporate stance is focused on the betterment of our clients and community. "We aren’t here to make a quick sale, we are here to build raving fans, life-long

clients – so when you are ready to build your team for success, we would love the opportunity to interview for the job of looking after your best interests. Let us shout you a coffee and together we will make the best steps towards your goals! – William Yip, First National - Owner, Trainer and Mentor – FN Collective, Johnsonville. * Quote by Henry Ford and Edward Everitt

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Commercial Real Estate

Harcourts Marlborough Commercial Team Leading and developing a strong rural and commercial team, William Harris and Martin Summerscales at Harcourts Real Estate Marlborough always go the extra mile for their clients. No stranger to agriculture nor business, William Harris boasts 14 years' experience connecting both buyers and sellers in the agriculture sector, which he attained while acting as the commercial and agriculture manager for ANZ. Will brings this expertise and commercial nous to the rural and commercial teams at Harcourts, as the rural and commercial manager. Martin Summerscales joined the team at Harcourts Marlborough at the beginning of 2018, with a previous background in hospitality management and ten years of local business ownership. As a sales and marketing consultant, he has established a natural transition into the commercial property market of property sales, leasing and business sales, working hard to research the market and deliver accurate & relevant information to property tenants, owners, investors and developers. William has a strong network of both buyers and investors that he works alongside in the Marlborough area, as well as interacting on a regular basis with national and international clients. By fostering strong relationships with his clients, Will has become one of the most

well-regarded real estate professionals in the region. Along with a strong brand and an experienced team, Will is ready to assist you with any enquiries be they lifestyle, rural, industry or commercial. An enthusiastic agent with an excellent database of active buyers, Martin is a brilliant communicator a hard-working attitude coupled with a high degree of professionalism, both relevant attributes required for the real estate industry. Martin prides himself on actively listening to his client's needs and follows this up with a tailored strategy to reflect their desired outcome in the timeframe they require. A relaxed approach with plenty of smiles and laughter will assist in making the process of buying and selling less stressful and as enjoyable as possible. Will was raised on farming, which instilled some good old-fashioned value; values that saw him nominated, then elected as a Justice of The Peace in 2012. A proud sponsor of: Awatere Early Childhood Learning, Renwick rugby, Marlborough & Flaxbourne A&P shows, William is also passionate about giving back to the local community.

Inspired by the energy, focus and integrity of Harcourts contemporary approach to business, Martin embodies the Harcourts values of... 'People First', 'Doing the Right Thing', 'Being Courageous' and 'Fun & Laughter'. Martin has an excellent understanding of working with people, combined with strong interpersonal skills and a calm professional manner. Operating since 1888, Harcourts’ focus is firmly on the future and continuing to offer clients the highest levels of personal and professional service, while achieving the best possible results. Time and time again, satisfied clients recommend Harcourts agents, such as Martin and William, to their friends - with over 94 percent of clients reporting that they would endorse the real estate company.

Operating since 1888, Harcourts’ focus is firmly on the future and continuing to offer clients the highest levels of personal and professional service, while achieving the best possible results. Always professional and approachable, contact William Harris or Martin Summerscales at Harcourts any time.

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Whether you are looking to lease/sell your commercial property, or wanting to buy or sell a business, the professional commercial team at Harcourts Marlborough have you covered. We have serious buyers still looking for quality commercial properties and business opportunities. Give us a call today for a confidential chat about your options. We’ll buy the coffee.

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Sam Williams Sam Williams from Lodge Commercial Hamilton is an experienced commercial and industrial leasing and sales consultant.

NZ Realtors provides Lodge Commercial with a network of associations throughout New Zealand. From Barfoot & Thompson who dominate the influential Auckland market to Southern Wide Realty in Southland our network associates us with buyers and tenants moving to the region.

The Waikato region is experiencing an unpreceded housing boom as figures show house prices in the district have risen by 32.2 percent in 12 months. These figures as well as increased demand means the commercial market is also very competitive. Therefore, you need the right agent with ample experience and knowledge to help you achieve your goals with selling or buying a property within this current competitive market. Sam Williams is a hardworking, skilled, dedicated agent who knows and understands the area inside out, meaning you will always get the best result possible. Sam has built up a fantastic reputation in his career over the past few years and is trusted by his happy clients who credit his work and support for helping them achieve the best results possible. Always striving for success through a solid formula of extensive knowledge and communication, Sam always goes above and beyond for his clients individual needs. Working under Lodge Commercial, the specialists in local commercial real estate, including industrial and retail sales and

Always striving for success through a solid formula of extensive knowledge and communication, Sam always goes above and beyond for his clients individual needs. leasing, body corporate management, and multi-unit sales, we advise and act for clients ranging from first time investors and individual private investors to major Hamilton developers and local body and central government agencies. Teamwork, innovation and our passion for property is at the heart of everything we do, as we strive to go the extra mile to exceed our clients’ expectations.

Lodge Commercial are Waikato locals, for over 50 years, Lodge has been an integral part of the Waikato landscape. With nine offices, over 80 salespeople and 16 property managers we have daily contact with more people. This provides us with an unrivalled knowledge base. As an established trusted business, we have greater reach which translates to greater selling power. Being a member of

Results-driven and trained to attend to the detail, Sam understands that at the heart of great service is an absolute commitment to his word; you can be sure that he will deliver on the promise. Offering you market knowledge coupled with commercial nous acquired from 20 years working as a property/commercial lawyer and corporate property advisor within New Zealand and the United Kingdom, Sam Williams is committed to providing a proactive, energetic approach with an unrelenting drive to get the best result for you. Sam’s tailored marketing campaigns highlight the strengths and potential of each property; a strategy designed to provide target purchasers with an appreciation for the unique characteristics and features of your property. Sam works with you to identify a unique selling proposition, keeping you fully informed along the way and based on a clear understanding of what good communication means for you.

Sam Williams, Lodge Commercial – because results matter.

027 446 3544 | samw@lodge.co.nz

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Sam’s extensive knowledge and genuine passion for property is evident in every project he works on, trusted with ensuring people get a great property at a satisfactory price. Sam understands very well the continued growth, opportunity and variety within the market meaning the end result is always up to par. Get in contact with Sam from Lodge Commercial today to make your commercial property dreams come true.


Builder Access

Builder Access A commitment to helping builders, roofers and painters maintain demanding work schedules through the delivery, erection and removal of quality scaffolding has been the key to success for Taupo scaffolding specialist Builder Access. Founded by Reuben Crook in 2019, Builder Access has steadily built a reputation for meeting deadlines along with the quality of scaffolding and workmanship. “We are a pretty young company but there has been significant growth with a steady flow of clients who have given me the opportunity to work with them,” says Reuben. “Building relationships and partnerships with building companies is key for us. Our clients can rely and trust us to do what we say we’re going to do. That’s critical for builders who rely on the timely delivery and removal of scaffolding to enable them to carry on with their work.” Operating throughout the Central Districts and further afield as required, Builder Access delivers, erects and removes scaffolding on worksites for builders, roofers and painters.

“We transport to site and erect scaffolding on our clients’ building site, to ensure that it is safe. We also provide and erect edge protection for roofers if they are doing a new roof, or scaffolding around a twostorey building for the painters. We are also able to provide safety netting.” Builder Access uses the Intaks scaffolding and edge protection system. Wholly New Zealand designed and manufactured, Intaks is specifically designed for the New Zealand residential housing market.

Winning both design and safety awards and rated the safest scaffolding system in New Zealand Intaks has fifteen different configurations that it can be assembled into. “So it doesn’t matter what the requirement, there is a solution that we can provide,” says Reuben. Reflecting on Builder Access’s success over the last two years of operation, Reuben

says it is about always following through and doing what is promised along with the quality and safety of the scaffolding. "Working along side the building company and managing their time frames to help them remain on schedule is definitely something that we are good at. We also offer market competitive prices as well that keep us relevant for the market."

Building relationships and partnerships with building companies is key for us. Our clients can rely and trust us to do what we say we’re going to do. “None of our componentry comes from overseas, so when clients use Builder Access and the Intaks systems they are supporting local. The system is erected faster than other systems, it’s stronger and more user friendly and more enjoyable for the builder or painter to use on site.”

AT THE HEIGHT OF CONSTRUCTION Whether you are a home owner, property developer, construction company or contract builder – we are able to help with professional advice if your project involves working at height. Builder Access Ltd follows the Best Practice Guidelines for Working at Height in New Zealand.

Our Services As access specialists, you can trust us to recommend, supply and correctly install the right solution for your project. We are proud to use and recommend the INTAKS system as we believe it to be the most innovative and best access solution currently available in New Zealand. • Scaffolding • Roof Edge Protection • Safety Netting

P. 027 340 1658 E. reuben@builderaccess.co.nz A. 13 Aurea Place, Taupo builderaccess.co.nz

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What to look for in a real estate agent Your home is often your largest personal asset so selling it can be both exciting and stressful at the same time. That’s why having an agent that you can trust to help you achieve the best price and conditions possible for your home, all while being transparent and ensuring all parties are comfortable and aware of the processes, will make a big difference. Certain attributes differentiate a great agent from a good agent. We recommend that you look for agents who demonstrate a great deal of professionalism, local knowledge and have a good reputation. Look for someone who understands the kind of people who will be interested in your home. This will help with the marketing of your home and communicating the benefits of your property to potential buyers. Local agents often have a network of potential buyers that they have been working with or regularly communicate with, who are ready and able to provide the best price for your home. Great real estate agents are well connected, therefore asking family and friends if they know an agent they would recommend is a great start; referrals are often the best way to find an agent with a proven track-record,

and not just someone who knows how to say the right things at the right time. When asking for recommendations, remember to ask what factors their recommendation is based on. Did they get the level of communication they wanted? Did they think the agent used the marketing spend effectively? Did they manage any challenges through the process well? Agents are usually more than happy to come to your property, share their knowledge and talk you through your options for selling. We recommend meeting a few agents before you choose who to work with. Try visiting open homes they are hosting to understand how they present their vendor’s property. This will help you get a feel for how they will work to get the best for your property. Take a look online and see how agents are using social media and digital marketing to increase coverage for the properties they are selling, and therefore see what you could expect for your home. Many agents will also use advanced technology to help market and sell your home, which can often reach a broader audience, for example: Virtual Reality tours or 3D walkthroughs are one of the options that increase the accessibility of an open home to a wider range of potential purchasers in the first instance, particularly out of town buyers. Augmented Reality is another option that can help potential purchasers rework the

layout of furniture in the home, so they can better picture themselves and their belongings in the home. Try not to select an agent based solely on their commission fee, but it is important to understand what the fees are. While these do vary by agency, our advice is to choose an agent you trust and whose previous work gives you confidence. Great agents can achieve a better price for your property by understanding the best strategies according to different market conditions. At the end of the day, the person you choose is going to be a big part of your life while you sell your home, so it is important that you feel comfortable with them and that you can trust them to get the job done.

Jen Baird, chief executive of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ)

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Steep road ahead With New Zealand facing the familiar road to economic recovery following another extended period of lockdown restrictions, the question on every homeowner’s mind is whether property values will take off again? According to data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ), the national median sale value lifted some 20 percent between March 2020, when lockdown began, and the close of the year. While in 2021 we have the benefit of experience and a better understanding that bleak forecasts for employment, consumer spending and overall economic recovery were overstated, the landscape looks a little different this time around.

Today, the RBNZ has wrapped up its bond-buying/cash printing programme, reinstated LVR limits – in fact raising deposit requirements for investors after heightened activity was having a punitive effect on first home buyers. It has also signalled an intention to once again raise the OCR when New Zealand pushes through this latest outbreak.

At the beginning of last year’s pandemic crisis, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) adopted its ‘least regrets’ strategy to keep the economy afloat, deploying all the tools in its fiscal arsenal to allow money to flow through our economy.

Despite the absence today of some huge stimulatory factors which gave rise to runaway house prices, underlying market fundamentals including a severe supplydemand imbalance, wage growth, and low benchmark interest rates that continue to provide an impetus for buyers to secure the keys to their new home sooner rather than later.

This gave rise to a comprehensive programme of money printing (the LargeScale Asset Purchase programme), the temporary removal of Loan-to-Value Restrictions (LVR), and historically-low mortgage lending rates encouraged by the Official Cash Rate (OCR), which was slashed 0.75 percentage points to a new record low of 0.25 percent.

Where lifting lockdown restrictions last year saw pent-up demand come to life as high open home attendance, and even higher prices paid in the auction room; Bayleys expects the seasonal advantage of spring will have a larger impact this time around – further encouraging buyers sitting on the fence to spring into action. Backed by the benefit of familiar territory,

we expect once lockdown restrictions ease, the economy will resume its quick and comprehensive recovery, extending to an uptick in sales activity for the residential real estate market. However, regulators are keeping a close eye on runaway prices which are on track to reach close to 30 percent value growth by year-end, and factors such as the implementation of debt-to-income limits, greater controls on investors and rising mortgage lending rates, in our opinion, this mean prices will rise, but not at the levels seen following the first and most dramatic of New Zealand’s pandemic lockdowns thus far.

MAXIMISE YOUR SEASONAL ADVANTAGE WITH BAYLEYS THIS

SPRING Riding the wave of a record-breaking property boom, residential property is in persistent demand across the country, and with warmer weather on the horizon it’s an excellent time to maximise your seasonal advantage with Bayleys.

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Whanganui’s trusted real estate opinion! A true achiever, at the age of 21 in 2002, Ritesh was one of the youngest real estate agents in New Zealand.

Property Brokers has been proudly looking after the property needs of provincial New Zealanders since 1986 and has since evolved into a company that stretches the length of New Zealand – from the top of the North to the deep South. We’re a business built upon time-proven principles of loyalty, honesty and relationships, and driven by a vision to continue growing into a national, full-service real estate brand that New Zealanders are proud to call their own, one community at a time.

With 19 years’ experience buying and selling residential property in Wanganui, Ritesh is considered an established awardwinning local realtor, and has a remarkable track record of accomplishing fantastic results for his clients. Ritesh now runs the highly successful Whanganui office with 40 staff under his wings, who work with homeowners and investors across New Zealand who wish for less pressure, and asset protection. Ritesh’s property management team is led by Reinhardt Bester and since both their appointments the Whanganui branch is now ranked number two in the country, which has come from a lot of hard work, a professional approach and a client-first approach. Ritesh has a unique charm, he is a clear thinker and an excellent communicator which he believes goes a long way in staying relevant in this industry as you are always problem solving and thinking on the spot. While Ritesh runs the ship overall, Reinhardt is the one with the real passion for the property management industry; if he doesn’t know it, it’s not worth knowing.

He is constantly keeping an eye on the local market conditions and trends to help minimise vacancies and making sure the landlord is maximising their asset. Everything our Property Brokers Rental Property Management division does contributes to our commitment to provide long term trouble-free tenancies for landlords and a great home for Property Brokers' tenants and their families.

Reinhardt has a team of five plus himself and with over 430 property managements to take care of in Whanganui, you know his team is well drilled. The service guarantee at Property Brokers is what sets us apart; guaranteed rent or we’ll pay, guaranteed tenants or we’ll pay, guaranteed great service or we’ll pay. We are basically putting our money where our mouth is and the market certainly appreciates it.

We're a business built upon timeproven principles of loyalty, honesty and relationships, and driven by a vision to continue growing into a national, full-service real estate brand that New Zealanders are proud to call their own , one community at a time. For property management that combines expert knowledge with a special touch. Always professional and approachable; contact Ritesh, Reinhardt and the team today.

For all your property needs, call us first! Residential | Rural | Lifestyle Commercial | Property Management PB Whanganui 51 Taupo Quay P 06 345 7714 E whanganui@pb.co.nz Property Brokers Ltd Licensed REAA 2008

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Husk Halligan – Tremains Real Estate Dynamic, enthusiastic and professional, Husk embodies the real estate industry’s best qualities. An established realtor in both Taupo town and the nearby southern bays, Husk has an impressive track record of achieving outstanding results for both buyers and sellers. Friendly and approachable, he’s also known for his understanding and empathy when dealing with a wide range of clients, from first home buyers to seasoned property investors. Husk’s local knowledge combined with his international business management experience he developed while living in France, means his customers get the best of both worlds, a combination of Kiwi openness and European determination. Entering the Taupo market requires a certain finesse; the market is strong and growing, which means there is a bit of competition. The key to success is having someone local on your team – an agent who understands the area, has first-hand knowledge of buyers’ expectations and can help you take the right steps towards your goals.

A southern bays ‘local’, Husk is as at home in laid-back holiday destination Kuratau as he is in Taupo’s bustling city, finding and securing pieces of paradise of every kind for his clients. Husk prides himself on not having limit; indeed, he has his finger on the pulse of Taupo’s real estate market.

The key to success is having someone local on your team – an agent who understands the area, has first-hand knowledge of buyers’ expectations and can help you take the right steps towards your goals. Beyond making dreams happen in Taupo, Husk enjoys fostering relationships with his clients and knows that transparency is what sets him apart. Being a self-confessed people person and armed with the ability to make the process of buying and selling property as enjoyable as possible, Husk’s clients appreciate the strong relationships they build with him and many remain close long after the deal has been signed.

A market leading real estate company that is renowned for its family values, involvement in its local communities, exceptional quality of marketing and top tier sales consultants -- Tremains Real Estate understand that success is determined by results.

At Tremains, great results aren’t just a goal; they’re a guarantee.

For you, that means getting your ‘for sale’ sign changed to a ‘sold’ sign, in the shortest timeframe and for the best possible price.

Mobile: 027 722 4446 Landline: 07 377 3921 Email: husk.halligan@tremains.co.nz

Always professional and approachable: contact Husk Halligan at Tremains Real Estate, any time.

Your local Taupo real estate Sales Associates We’re ready to share our knowledge and experience with you. Contact us today.

Husk Halligan 027 722 4446 husk.halligan@tremains.co.nz

Benedict Ryan 022 626 6939 benedict.ryan@tremains.co.nz

Tremain Real Estate Taupo Ltd Licensed Real Estate Agent REAA 2008

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Sheila Boon – First National I moved to the Kaipara area in 1999 and I have worked in the real estate industry since 2002. Before real estate my background was banking and now after living on a farm for most of my life, I live on a lifestyle block in Matakohe. Since starting in real estate I have had the greatest opportunity to discover the beauty of the Kaipara, that in other professions I perhaps would have never seen.

Residential & Rural Consultant Licensed Under REAA 2008 Dargaville Realty Ltd

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Established in New Zealand since 1985, First National has become the first stop for tens of thousands of property buyers and sellers throughout the country. From Kaitaia in the north to Riverton in the south, First National Real Estate has the country covered! Each is independently owned and operated, just like their counterparts in Australia, where First National Real Estate is the largest real estate organisation of them all. Essentially, we are a co-operative - a business and social network of successful, like-minded people who are good at what we do.

I have great pleasure in showing people that are new to the area what is on offer such as the beautiful beaches, bountiful fishing, and the rural lifestyle.

While most property sales are local, our members benefit from a comprehensive referral network, not only throughout New Zealand and Australia, but also in Singapore, the United States and Canada.

I have worked for First National Roper and Jones Maungaturoto since 2011 and really enjoy the team culture of the company.

Our members enjoy the sense of camaraderie that exists within the group nationwide and take great pride in flying the First National Real Estate flag.

Regional Awards for First National year ended 31 March 2021

Sheila Boon

About First National

• Diamond Achiever Award • No.10 Regional Sales Consultant • 10 years long service award Regional Awards for First National year ended 31 March 2020: • Ruby Achiever Award. Regional Awards for First National year ended 31 March 2019: • Emerald Achiever Award.

How 'we put you first'

At First National Real Estate, nothing gets in the way of you and your needs. Whether you are buying, renting or selling, you will always be treated as our top priority. The First National Real Estate network has been set up specifically for that purpose. You will be in the unique position of having a local real estate agent with local knowledge, combined with the support and systems that a national network can provide. So, all our agents have to do is concentrate on you. We think that's something of a first.


Next Edition Kitchens

Next Edition Kitchens Whangarei kitchen design is what Next Edition Kitchens is all about. Locally owned and operated by Ryan Bourke, with a strong team of experienced kitchen designers and custom cabinet makers behind them, you can be assured that we’re all about kitchens! Here at Next Edition Kitchens we have a special recipe, the one to design and build fabulous kitchens! Whether your kitchen is a chef’s dream, a stunning showpiece or simply the heart of your home, we can help you personalise this magical space to suit to your changing needs. Our passion lies in helping to keep the Northland economy going. We have a strong focus on Whangarei & Northland kitchen design. This is reflected in our factory location at 50 Kioreroa Road. Being part of our town’s history helps our creativity to flow when it comes to creating dream kitchens, custom laundries, wardrobes, custom cabinets, renovation plans or shop fittings. Our team of designers is turning out some spectacular options and would love to help you turn your visions to reality uniquely functional and aesthetically pleasing fall easily into our visions!

Trusted Local Staff Ryan and the staff are hardworking, familyorientated people. Ryan has been working in Whangarei kitchen design for more than a decade now. Ryan is an expert at creating the smallest of custom cabinets through to

entirely new kitchens. He does this all within the budgets set by our clients. Whether you are building your dream home from scratch, or renovating a tiny cottage, we can help you create your ideal kitchen – the heart of any home. Personalised service is guaranteed with us. We will travel to your home so we can get an idea of your tastes and style, and then get to work finding all the necessary stuff that suits you and your requirements. You will then be sent a quote and 3D design, no strings attached! Working with us is simple, stress-free and results in you getting the kitchen of your dreams. Whether big or small, luxurious or simplistic – we can do it all. Here at Next Edition Kitchens, our job is to make your life easier. Let us take care of you, and the other tradespeople you will need for your kitchen, leaving you to enjoy the finished product. Thinking an upgrade? Think Next Edition Kitchens, call us now on 09 430 3074 or maybe email us on sales@NextEditionKitchens.com and we will arrange a site measure and consultation to enable us to meet your needs in that special space we all enjoy the benefits.

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Modernising our rental laws The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) was introduced in 1986 when the world was a very different place. Most people owned their own homes and only a relatively small proportion of people rented. Fast forward nearly 20 years and more people rent than ever before (around 35%), which is why the Government announced a number of changes via the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020, most of which came into effect on February 11, 2021. The amendments introduced a number of positive changes for those renting, including a ban on rental bidding, limiting rent increases to once every 12 months, and making rental properties safer and more liveable for tenants. This has given tenants more certainty than they had in the past. However, as can be the case with new legislation, there are some changes which have caused concern. The most significant and controversial proposal was the recommendation to end the no-cause 90-day notice. For many landlords, the 90-day notice was only used as a last resort when there was antisocial,

aggressive or threatening behaviour by a tenant (or those they associate with). Often that behaviour has a detrimental impact on others living in the neighbourhood. The removal of the 90-day no-cause termination notice will influence landlords and property managers’ decisions around choosing tenants, including tenants who have caused only minor issues in past tenancies. In the vast majority of circumstances, landlords used “no-cause” termination notices as a way of bringing a tenancy to an end for serious issues. Competent landlords always prefer to have a property tenanted, and would prefer to fix problems raised by tenants and work through issues proactively, so in the past would have only used the 90day notice when absolutely required. The changes will have already caused huge administrative costs for property managers/ landlords over the last several months, plus the time it takes to completely understand the changes, has likely meant that some landlords have been deterred from leasing properties at all. REINZ considers a better approach would have been to provide higher exemplary damages to penalise landlords who abused the no-cause terminations. The other key change causing concern among industry professionals is the automatic conversion of fixed-term tenancies to

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The removal of the 90day no-cause termination notice will influence landlords and property managers’ decisions around choosing tenants, including tenants who have caused only minor issues in past tenancies. periodic tenancies. Under this change, tenants have up until 28 days before the end of a fixed-term lease to let the landlord or property manager know whether or not they are wanting to stay in the property and convert to a period agreement. Essentially, this decision is up to the tenant; the landlord no longer has the automatic right to end the tenancy at the end of the fixed term agreement – this can now only be done via the same processes that one would go through to terminate a periodic tenancy. This change is likely to affect areas that have large student populations such as Christchurch, Hamilton, Auckland, Wellington

Jen Baird, chief executive of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ)

and Dunedin, and it could be open to abuse. For instance, students could let their fixed term tenancy roll-over to a periodic tenancy through the Christmas period. Then, in the New Year, after university has started back, the tenant could give notice to leave, and the landlord will have missed the student market for a whole year. In our view, a tenant’s desire for security of tenure should be carefully balanced against a landlord’s need to manage business assets. REINZ continues to provide feedback on the implications of the changes to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, and will continue to work with the appropriate government agencies to help streamline the transition and provide clear messaging on the changes.

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Property Management

Whanganui’s trusted real estate opinion! A true achiever, at the age of 21 in 2002, Ritesh was one of the youngest real estate agents in New Zealand.

Property Brokers has been proudly looking after the property needs of provincial New Zealanders since 1986 and has since evolved into a company that stretches the length of New Zealand – from the top of the North to the deep South. We’re a business built upon time-proven principles of loyalty, honesty and relationships, and driven by a vision to continue growing into a national, full-service real estate brand that New Zealanders are proud to call their own, one community at a time.

With 19 years’ experience buying and selling residential property in Wanganui, Ritesh is considered an established awardwinning local realtor, and has a remarkable track record of accomplishing fantastic results for his clients. Ritesh now runs the highly successful Whanganui office with 40 staff under his wings, who work with homeowners and investors across New Zealand who wish for less pressure, and asset protection. Ritesh’s property management team is led by Reinhardt Bester and since both their appointments the Whanganui branch is now ranked number two in the country, which has come from a lot of hard work, a professional approach and a client-first approach. Ritesh has a unique charm, he is a clear thinker and an excellent communicator which he believes goes a long way in staying relevant in this industry as you are always problem solving and thinking on the spot. While Ritesh runs the ship overall, Reinhardt is the one with the real passion for the property management industry; if he doesn’t know it, it’s not worth knowing.

He is constantly keeping an eye on the local market conditions and trends to help minimise vacancies and making sure the landlord is maximising their asset. Everything our Property Brokers Rental Property Management division does contributes to our commitment to provide long term trouble-free tenancies for landlords and a great home for Property Brokers' tenants and their families.

Reinhardt has a team of five plus himself and with over 430 property managements to take care of in Whanganui, you know his team is well drilled. The service guarantee at Property Brokers is what sets us apart; guaranteed rent or we’ll pay, guaranteed tenants or we’ll pay, guaranteed great service or we’ll pay. We are basically putting our money where our mouth is and the market certainly appreciates it.

We're a business built upon timeproven principles of loyalty, honesty and relationships, and driven by a vision to continue growing into a national, full-service real estate brand that New Zealanders are proud to call their own , one community at a time. For property management that combines expert knowledge with a special touch. Always professional and approachable; contact Ritesh, Reinhardt and the team today.

For all your property needs, call us first! Residential | Rural | Lifestyle Commercial | Property Management PB Whanganui 51 Taupo Quay P 06 345 7714 E whanganui@pb.co.nz Property Brokers Ltd Licensed REAA 2008

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Property Management Millwater Trust. Whether you are an investor with property in Millwater, Silverdale on Auckland’s North Shore, or an investor living overseas, you can trust Quinovic Millwater to care for your property and to give you the best possible return for your investment.

Trust. Whether you are an investor with property in Millwater, Silverdale on Auckland’s North Shore; or an investor living overseas, you can trust Quinovic Millwater to care for your property and to give you the best possible return for your investment. We pride ourselves on building a fantastic working relationship with our clients and you can trust Quinovic Property Management Millwater to go the extra mile to give you the best service possible.

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Managing your Auckland property With over 30 years’ experience in the region, Quinovic offers expert knowledge of the Auckland market. Our 14 Auckland offices manage apartments and houses throughout the city and surrounding suburbs – Parnell, Ponsonby, Millwater, Greenlane, West Auckland, North to Warkworth and South to Pukekohoe, to name but a few. Because we have in-depth insight into the residential rental property market, we can ensure that you’ll receive the maximum rent for your property. Better still, our reputation for managing quality properties means we attract the best property managers and the highest calibre of tenants.

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advancing to drum scanner operator and then managing a very busy pre-press company on the North Shore. Craig has also owned and renovated many of his properties since he was 24 years old, as well as an investment rental property in Hamilton. For five years, Craig had been owner/ operator of a very successful lawn mowing, tree trimming and rubbish removal franchise. Craig also speaks Spanish and has two beautiful daughters and three gorgeous grandchildren. Craig is now in his third year of owning the Quinovic Millwater franchise and has built many successful business relationships with his clients and has also tenanted many properties with the right fit tenant. Getting the right tenant for a rental property is very important to Craig because as we all know, a happy tenant and a happy owner makes the whole process a lot easier.


Property Management

2021 - The year of change The Residential Tenancies Act has recently gone through its biggest overhaul since its establishment in 1986. These changes have also come with some substantial fine increases if a residential investment property owner is found to not comply with the regulations. It is now essential to provide extra documentation with every new or altered tenancy agreement. Each, agreement needs to have the owners insurance details included along with the excess amounts if a claim needs to be made as a result of tenant damage. They also need to include a healthy homes compliance report, currently stating which items are compliant and which are not. Soon they will be used as formal notification that the property is fully compliant. What have been known as fixed term tenancies in the past are now effectively a minimum term tenancy. So the initial tenancy agreement can be for a period of time agreed upon between the tenant and the owner, at the end of this period it will automatically roll over to a periodic tenancy unless both parties agree to a further fixed term. The landlord cannot insist on a further fixed term agreement.

Notice periods to end a tenancy have also changed, the 90 day notice to terminate a tenancy for “no reason” has been abolished so the owner can only give notice to terminate if they intend to sell the property, have a family member move in, or undergo major renovations. The length of notice for all of these reasons have been changed. An owner can still apply to tribunal to terminate a troublesome tenancy, but these processes have also significantly changed. For seasoned, long term investors the changes to the bright line test will have little impact but for those who purchase properties, after March 27th 2021, they need to be aware of the move to a ten year bright line test so that they are aware of the implications that this may have if they sell their property prior to then.

Each agreement needs to have the owner's insurance details included along with the excess amounts if a claim needs to be made as a result of tenant damage. They also need to include a healthy homes compliance report, currently stating which items are compliant and which are not.

Over the next four years the government is also removing the ability for a property owner to deduct the interest paid on a mortgage as a business expense. This will have an impact on the viability of the property investment. There are so many changes occurring that it is more important than ever to ensure that if you own an investment property you keep on top of the ever evolving climateSharon is always available to talk to, so don’t go it alone.

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Intercept

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(Group of Companies) The ability to provide a wide range of products and services nationwide. Intercept was founded in October of 2016 by Karl Chapman, who has worked in the security industry for the past 18 years. Having originally started as a security company offering services such as static guards and mobile patrols the company soon started to take on a different shape offering services that met the needs of their clients.

to deal with just one company, rather than multiple companies for different products and services. The company is constantly testing new systems and coming up with efficient and effective ways of doing things to provide that continued high quality service. Staff are also qualified first aiders, Site Safe trained and certified fire safety officers. This diversification allows our teams to meet the clients needs across many different areas.

Alarm monitoring, alarm servicing and alarm response, partnered along with their CCTV installation and servicing plans were the next to be supplied as clients started to trust the Intercept brand and could see the continued level of professional service being offered. They now have teams working throughout the company providing multiple products and services across New Zealand.

The Company has licensed security officers, a passionate and committed team who take responsibility, have the highest level of honesty, integrity and work to achieve the outcome their clients expect.

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Intercept's Hire Division kicked off with the ability to provide portacoms, portaloos, temporary fencing, crowd control barriers and much more not only to their construction sector clients, but also their event and oneoff clients who just need that little bit of extra help to get the job done The recruitment side of the Intercept brand offers clients the ability to bring on that extra pair of hands when you need it. Intercept has hammer hands, warehouse pick/packers, forklift drivers, devanners, plumbers, painters, plasterers etc. You name it and Intercept will provide it. If they can’t then they will find someone who can. Intercept has a fire and protection division available as well. The team can assist

workplaces with a no obligation consultation and free quote to ensure their workplace is adequately covered. They can conduct annual fire equipment checks and Intercept can assist with a Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF) compliance to ensure the safety of the building for employees and those in the building. Intercept can also assist with the education of Companies wanting to introduce drug and alcohol testing at their workplace to create a safe environment for their employees. Anyone interested in any of the mentioned products or services can email info@intercept.co.nz or call 0800 903 903 to speak to either Karl Chapman or Shaun Grant at any time of the week.

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Site Safe NZ

Site Safe’s annual Construction Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards finalists announced As New Zealand’s construction industry deals with the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, health and safety has remained integral to the ability of businesses to continue to operate. Site Safe’s annual Construction Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards were created to promote health, safety and wellbeing in construction by recognising those companies that make a real difference. To continue to push health and safety as a top priority for business, the aim of the awards is to acknowledge people, sites and businesses that are demonstrating excellence in the areas of leadership, innovation, and contribution in New Zealand’s construction sector. Brett Murray, Site Safe Chief Executive, says that to recognise initiatives that come from the wider workforce helps the organic buy-in to health and safety. “The entries this year have shown that people are taking this seriously and want to be recognised for the great work they are doing in the health and safety space". “Building support for health and safety initiatives from the ground up is key to achieving the culture shift we are undertaking as an industry towards a culture that values health and safety as a top priority”.

This year the judges were particularly impressed with the calibre and maturity of all entries that were received. And while there were plenty of robust discussions about entries, they managed to reach a consensus on the finalists.

Safety Innovation Award Small to Medium Business (Small to medium organisation up to 50 employees)

The judges congratulate all the applicants and wish them the best of luck.

Judges special mention Safety 1st Removals Ltd

Award winners will be announced at Site Safe’s annual Evening of Celebration Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards, Graduations and Scholarships on 3 March 2022 at the Vodafone Events Centre, Auckland. It’s an industry-wide celebration of health and safety excellence, along with Site Safe scholarship recipients and graduates from their Health and Safety in Construction programme. A full list of the award categories and finalists is below. For further information about specific initiatives and entries, visit www.sitesafe.org.nz/news--events/news/ award-finalists-announced

Goom Landscapes Ltd Major Consulting Group Ltd

Safety Innovation Award Large Business (Large organisations over 50 employees) Piritahi Capital Journeys Fletcher Construction

Safety Leadership Award (Small, medium or large business) Hawkins TopMark Electrical Brian Perry Civil

Safety Contribution Award (Individual or small team) Rabo Construct Limited The Roofing Specialist Limited Pipeline & Civil Ltd

The Kalmar Mental Health and Wellbeing Award (Company, organisation, team or individual) Dunlop Builders Accent Construction Interiors Ltd PFS Tiling Limited

In addition to recognising award finalists, each year Site Safe supports the health and safety leaders of tomorrow by providing scholarships to complete higher-level training. A full list of 2021 scholarship recipients across the five categories are also available. Visit www.sitesafe.org.nz/ schaolarships/2021-receipients

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Health and Safety

Looking after those on the front line Construction Health and Safety New Zealand (CHASNZ) aims to raise health and safety standards to improve the lives of construction workers. CHASNZ was developed in March 2018 and is considered one of the top health and safety bodies in New Zealand.

Job insecurity, as construction opportunities are known to change or can be short-term • Stress or pressure • Debt and finances • Legal issues • Relationship issues • Illness • Substance abuse • The industry being affected by Covid.

CHASNZ CEO Chris Alderson says he works alongside his team of dedicated health and safety experts who are passionate about health and safety.

It’s important for CHASNZ to support building and strengthening communities, and push for an industry that encourages positive wellbeing for its workers.

He and his team are strongly supported by a board of senior industry leaders representing all construction sectors, led by independent chair Roger McRae.

The charitable trust wants to raise industry awareness of mental and physical problems, says the CHASNZ programme manager - Ergonomics Chris Polaczuk.

Everyone works together to address the need for a sustainable change across the construction sector, and ensuring health and safety is an intrinsic part of doing better business.

He says out of any profession, injuries, suicides, and ACC workplace claims are higher in the construction industry than any other. “New Zealand is underperforming, with far too many injury rates, compared to other countries.”

Unfortunately, the construction industry accounts for more physical injuries and suicides than any other sector. Construction is prone to adverse employment conditions, which can place workers at risk of a range of mental and physical health problems. With the negative implications around mental health and the attitude to push through the struggles, CHASNZ is continually working with industry experts, the government, mates in construction, and the mental health sector to support mental health initiatives to improve awareness around mental health, wellbeing, and suicide prevention. Other common factors causing people to feel mentally affected in the workplace include: 58 | B&C - Issue #132

According to ACC data, the construction industry has the highest rate of strains and sprains claims for any workplace. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), which cause strains and sprains, make up about 60 to 70 percent of all ACC claims to the construction sector. Chris says, “a recent survey of 100 certified builders by CHASNZ showed that 98 percent experienced discomfort, pain, and injury in the last week. “Strains and sprains are so common that they are viewed as ‘just part of the job’ in many construction sectors.”

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Construction Health and Safety New Zealand programme manager - Ergonomics Chris Polaczuk.

These injuries and disorders are common among construction workers and affect the human body’s movement, such as the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. CHASNZ wants to unite the construction industry by helping to prevent people from injuring themselves. There is an immediate need for prevention initiatives to take an industry-wide focus and address health at three stages: 1. Primary (reduce risk factors, promote protective factors).

Construction Health and Safety New Zealand CEO Chris Alderson.

CHASNZ also focuses on: • Representation, organisation, and standardisation around the sector group by maintaining its health and safety precautions to support construction workers • Building engagement and leadership with clients through the advisory service for public and private sector clients

2. Secondary (ensuring people are supported and able to access help when they need it).

• Creating a national black hat programme, which is designed to raise the standard of supervisor health and safety leadership

3. Tertiary level (providing treatment for those at acute risk, and rehabilitation back into work).

• Targeting musculoskeletal injuries by creating an industry lead participative ergonomic programme

The ideal outcome would be an increase in efforts across health and safety promotion and protection initiatives, enabling a reduction in the harm caused by occupational illness and injury in the construction sector, preventing any sort of risks, promoting protective factors, ensuring people are supported at all times, providing treatment for those who could be at risk, and rehabilitation back into the workplace.

• Improving the Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) quality throughout the industry through its Tōtika pre-qualification structure. Tōtika was set up to have a fair objective so suppliers only need to pre-qualify once for each new client • Providing guidance for the industry on key issues and risks.

The charitable trust is working towards an engaged and empowered workforce. This includes promoting and advocating factors such as: strong leadership demonstrating respect and care for others, supporting those who could be at risk of harming themselves, raising awareness around mental health and suicide prevention, producing fast available guidance on the industry’s best practices, seeking new and innovative solutions for preventing injuries from MSD, and providing the industry with free resources.

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Cheal Waikato

Cheal - Engineers | Surveyors | Planners Our daily work includes obtaining land use consents for rural and urban land, commercial and industrial land use activities. This is often followed by either fee simple or unit title subdivision of land and buildings whether they be houses, duplexes, apartments or larger commercial or industrial structures. Where a building plan infringes a district plan rule, the project will require land use consent in addition to a building consent. If a Land Use Consent is required, the Building Consent may still be approved. However, pursuant to Section 37 of the Building Act 2004, the Building Consent will not be issued until the appropriate Land Use Resource Consent is obtained. This can significantly impact your building time and budget. The team at Cheal are all about strategy and resolving problems. For example, when a combined land use and subdivision consent is granted, Council will generally issue the two consents separately with conditions allowing the building to commence in compliance with the land

Use Consent without the need to start or complete the subdivision consent. Cheal’s experienced professionals will add value to your project by navigating statutory processes, developing strategies to resolve issues, co-ordinate and managing other technical experts while providing sound and reliable planning, surveying, geotechnical and civil engineering advice.

In support of your building or construction project: • Our planners can review and advise on architectural and construction plans to ensure compliance with district and regional plan rules, prepare land use and subdivision resource consent applications and liaise with councils while assisting with any issues that may arise • Our surveyors can undertake topographical surveys, building and construction set outs. Height in relation boundary surveys. Finished floor level identification and certifications to avoid unexpected non-compliances leading to costly and time-consuming variations to approved resource consents. • Our Civil Engineers design roading, stormwater, wastewater and water management systems. Undertake flood analysis, provide engineering plans, reports, professional statements and opinions. Our engineers also

undertake construction monitoring to make sure works are constructed to the required standard for the necessary certification to be provided, ensuring contractors comply with construction and contractual obligations.

• Our team of geotechnical engineers and Geologists can undertake geotechnical investigations, desktop hazard analysis, engineering analysis, specific foundation design, construction and earthworks monitoring and provide producer statements and statements of professional opinions.

Together Cheal’s team of professionals can partner with you to manage the planning and delivery of your project whether it is building, subdivision, roading or infrastructure construction. We understand the development and construction process and the need to ensure projects flow as smoothy as possible. We at Cheal are here to solve your problems and provide planning, surveying and engineering support to ensure successful execution of your project.

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Our mission is to reduce your costs, while increasing installation speed, to assist you in reaching greater profits. With this in mind, we've developed an increasing range of adaptable, patented products that cater to multiple different sectors – think the world's only strut & flat surface clamping system that saves you up to 85% on installation time. Why do you need different clamp sizes for a single project, when the Uniclamp can accommodate any sized piping from 3/8" (9mm) up to 5" (127mm) on a single clamp? This means that you require less stock, and it expedites your procurement as well. Tired of having to spend time and money fastening loose nuts and bolts on your existing clamps? Not to worry, Uniclamp is completely maintenance-free. Our 30% glassreinforced nylon 6 design means that it will never corrode, never rattle loose, is resistant to 95% of industrial corrosives and even has a UV lifespan of up to 20 years outdoors.

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Wrapid Man Wrapid Man is a proudly Kiwi-owned and operated business that deals with shrink wrap solutions. First establised in 2013 in the Auckland region, the company provides services in residential, commercial, and marine shrink wrapping, as well as recladding and leaky buildings. As full members of SARNZ, the team is fast, efficient and their projects are affordable. They are there to help so customers feel satisfied and have a piece of mind knowing they dealt with New Zealand’s leading shrink wrapping experts. The team is always forward-thinking and does their projects in the most effective ways. When they shrink wrap the team makes sure it's weatherproof, safe, and also sustainable. Doing the job for years and years, no project is too big or small. These guys are confident they can do jobs that have never been done before while making sure everything has been done correctly. The team's expertise and experience range, as some have experience in the construction and marine sector - everyone is capable of repairing leaky homes and recladding, construction wrap for revamping houses,

and fixing commercial stretch wrapping for interior and exterior projects. Customers will be pleased with the high-quality products used, along with exceptional service and workmanship. The team uses specialised tools and equipment that have been tested and used for many years now. Wrapid Man’s shrink wrapping solutions are based in Auckland but are becoming wellknown for being the country's leading shrink wrap company. The company's goal is to continue succeeding objectives and ensuring prices are low to offer customers the best competitive prices. The company is proud to be an industry leader in community and environmental responsibilities as all products are recycled.

Customers will be pleased with the high-quality products used, along with exceptional service and workmanship. Get in touch with Wrapid Man to experience excellent communication skills, staff always being on time and providing professional knowledge, advice, and experience in construction. Enquire now either via phone on 09 213 7267 or email hello@wrapidman.nz.

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Jones Contracting Queenstown

Adaptability — the crucial ingredient for Jones Contracting Based in Arrowtown, Jones Contracting Queenstown Ltd covers the whole Wakatipu Basin specialising in house pad dig-outs, driveways, general landscaping work, and so on. As Queenstown is becoming increasingly builtup and access for large trucks and transporter trailers is getting limited, Jones Contracting has purchased specialised equipment. Two Posi-Track Skid-Steer loaders with rubber tracks- these all-terrain vehicles are perfect for landscaping, irrigation trenching and lawn preparation. Arriving on the back of a 4x2 tipper truck, there is no access problems and no blocking the road. Also the small truck can cart away fill and rubbish and return with topsoil, sand or gravel. The very versatile Posi-Tracks have several attachments including the lawnleveller for preparing topsoil and removing stones so you can throw away your rake and save your back. You can also get rid of your shovel and get the Posi-Track with trencher attachment to dig irrigation trenches. In addition, there is a post hole auger, so no need to manually dig holes. Two rubber-wheeled excavators can be driven directly to your site, ready to work.

These diggers are excellent for excavating house pads, garage pads, driveways or spreading gravel. Great for moving from siteto-site with no waiting. Staying with the two-of-a-kind theme, Jones Contracting is well-known for its award winning Western Star Trucks. These trucks demand attention with masses of shiny chrome and lights galore. This impressive American-style truck can cart in small or large quantities of topsoil, gravel and sand, and then cart away unwanted fill. With excavators ranging in size from 3.5 to 22 tonne, there is an excavator for any job, from commercial building dig-outs to house pads or landscaping. Topsoil, bark chip and a range of gravels are available either from their yard or delivered to your property. The staff at Jones Contracting are long-term locals with a good grounding in Queenstown’s unique terrain and can easily deal with special requirements.

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Dunedin and Otago

Restoration Dunedin’s railway station enters final two stages The final two stages of the $6.4 million refurbishment of the Dunedin Railway Station are now confirmed and will help breathe new life into one of Dunedin’s most significant heritage buildings. New Zealand construction company Naylor Love has been awarded the contract to complete stages Two and Three of the project. The total budget is $6.4 million, which includes the $1.2 million already awarded for the nearly-complete stage 1. Stages 2 and 3 are together worth $5.2 million. DCC group manager Property Services, David Bainbridge-Zafar, says Naylor Love was the best fit to complete the project, having delivered excellent work on Stage One. “Naylor Love’s staff are doing a fantastic job and we’re really pleased with how the improvements are coming together. “Their staff have gained some new skills and experience while working on what is a Category 1 Historic Place, which will be invaluable as the next two stages of the work roll out. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.” The 115-year-old railway station has been maintained over the years but is showing signs of age, and its exterior has needed significant work.

All three stages of the work involve extensive repairs to the roof and repairs to windows and exterior walls, including ornate fixtures. The building’s white Oamaru Stone masonry is also being conserved and deteriorated sections repaired.

Heritage consultant Dr Phillip Hartley, of Salmond Reed Architects, was commissioned by the DCC to prepare a detailed survey of the building’s condition and repair needs.

traditional materials and skills, to achieve the best heritage outcome.” The refurbishment is due to be completed in 2023.

“It is a privilege to be involved with such a dedicated team of craftsmen working with

Naylor Love says it has taken great pride and pleasure in being involved in this restoration project. Construction Manager Paul Stevenson says the railway station is a very complex project, with traditional craftsmanship from their team, working alongside specialised subcontractors. Cast iron restoration and leadwork are some of the specialist aspects of this project. This included importing roof tiles from Europe, which match the original Marseille pattern. The Dunedin Railway Station is one of the city’s most significant heritage buildings and provides a tangible link to the city’s past, as well as continuing to contribute to the character of the area today. Enterprise Dunedin manager John Christie says the building is also one of the city’s most iconic tourist attractions and reputed to be one of the most photographed buildings in New Zealand. “Heritage architecture and the history surrounding it is a key pillar within our destination marketing approach and a unique selling point that really resonates with our visitors. The Dunedin Railway Station is a key part of that, and, thanks to this work, will continue to be in good shape for many years to come.”

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Temporary Traffic Management

Highways and Byways - Highway1 has it all! Highway 1 is a significant manufacturer and supplier of temporary traffic management equipment from safety signs, electronic variable message signs (trailer or truck mounted) traffic lights and many Bitumen Products. Traffic management, H & S, construction, Signage, carpark range products we have you covered.

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Managing road safety Premium care for your car around construction sites Premium Tyres & Auto offer a convenient, one-stopshop, which director Don Fearon says is appreciated by their customers. With two Christchurch branches, in Linwood and Bromley, they are conveniently located for ease of access. “People can drive in, leave their car, get their warrant done, any repairs and servicing, then drive away. It’s very convenient to have it all at one place, and people really appreciate that, especially the tradies. “It means that people don’t have to waste time going elsewhere for repairs etc., and then spend even more time returning for a recheck,” Don says. Cyclists make up 13 of the 352 deaths in 2019 resulting from car crashes.

It’s easy to get tunnel vision while driving and lose sight of other road users. In addition, unexpected road works on your daily drive can throw you off guard. However, strategic temporary traffic management (TTM) design takes everyday hazards and human error into account to keep roads as safe as possible for all users. New Zealand’s Road Safety Week took place nationwide 17-23 May, but road safety is something we should always keep in mind. According to the Ministry of Transport, one person dies every day on New Zealand roads while seven others are seriously injured. Although there are ways the general public can support road safety measures – reducing speeds, staying focused on the road, adhering to road laws – there are other critical ways to prioritise road safety which involves TTM. Parallaxx Ltd senior consultant and trainer Darrin Humphries says, “Major design and management decisions need to pivot around health and safety requirements to ensure all stakeholders are considered – health and safety is not an ‘add on’. It needs to form part of the foundation of all projects in New Zealand. “Thinking about how a construction project might affect the road user and making design

and construction decisions based on increasing safety and reducing disruption can only have a positive affect where the road user interfaces with the construction zone. “We currently do this on large roading projects to a fairly good degree. This approach is scalable and should be incorporated into all projects by all contractors.”

Industry challenges The size of a project isn’t the only determinant of risk. The knowledge and forethought put into traffic management are also contributing factors. Darrin says one of the larger challenges facing TTM is compliance. “TTM is becoming more and more specialised which means that contractors are increasingly abandoning doing their own inhouse traffic management and are instead engaging professional traffic management providers to look after the traffic management aspects of their projects. “Awareness and specialisation in order to meet compliance requirements leads to a greater demand for these professional services, supply is diminished due to demand which inevitably results in increased costs.” Although it might be tempting to prioritise the project’s bottom line above all else, but when it comes to traffic management, few can afford the risks a lack of safety entails.

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The team at Premium Tyres & Auto provide a full service for all makes and models of cars, four-wheel drives, vans and light trucks. They also carry an extensive range of new and used tyres for cars, vans, light trucks and four-wheel drives and provide a free fitting and balancing service on all the tyres they sell. Don says their extensive range means they can fit most vehicles but if they don’t have it in stock they’ll quickly source it. He says another aspect of the service appreciated by their clients is they offer quality products at competitive prices with no hidden costs. Premium Tyres & Auto has all the latest vehicle diagnostic technology in their fullyequipped workshop, and fully trained and qualified staff. Don says along with having everything you would expect in a modern, well-equipped auto servicing shop, what makes Premium Tyres & Autos stand out is the effort they make to do their best for their customers.

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Anderson Law Office

Anderson Law Anderson Law was established in Katikati in August 1999. The business originally operated from the house behind Westpac Bank which was formerly the postmaster’s residence. After a number of years there, and with the increase in staff numbers, we moved to 12 Jocelyn Street in January 2019. Anderson Law specialises in the legal work associated with residential, orchard and business sales and purchases as well as wills, estates, enduring powers of attorney and relationship property agreements. As part of the work we do, we are often called upon to advise on building contracts. Some of these are very straight forward, but we still have to advise our clients on various matters, even if the agreement is a fixed price contract. These contracts often have a clause providing for variations. If the clients are wanting changes made partway through the building process, then they need to be aware that the extra cost could be quite high. Another matter is the prime cost, or PC items. A builder will often have little control over the cost of some items that are provided by sub-contractors, such as the installation of services from the boundary of the property, and a PC sum will be given in the contract, which will be an estimate of the actual price. PC sums will also be given for kitchen items like stoves, as the clients may wish to have a more expensive model. The final price of the build will depend on the subcontractor’s actual account, or the actual price of the particular kitchen appliance required by the clients.

A building contract will often contain a defects clause. Often these clauses will only allow a short period of 90 days in which to have faulty workmanship or materials to be attended to by the builder. We often suggest a longer period because often defects don’t show up until much later. In addition to the defects clause it is important for clients to realise that the Building Act contains a number of implied warranties, including that the building work will be carried out in a proper and competent manner. A Master Builder or other guarantee is often supplied as part of the contract. We often do the legal work for subdivisions. These can be quite complicated, especially if the clients require land covenants setting out matters such as the materials to be used for the cladding and roofing of the houses to be built on the sections and height restrictions. Party wall easements may also be necessary, as well as the usual easements for rights of way and provision of services such as water and power. Our experienced staff can help you with completing subdivisions and obtaining titles for the new sections.

A building contract will often contain a defects clause. Often these clauses will only allow a short period of 90 days in which to have faulty workmanship or materials to be attended to by the builder. We often suggest a longer period because often defects don’t show up until much later.

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