Year of unstable cranes

Following an earlier post about a crane falling into a building in Christchurch (and the subsequent WorkSafe investigation) – click here, there has been a similar story in Blenheim recently (click here to read the Stuff article and see photos). The crane was being used to construct the city’s new ASB theatre. There was no…

Bringing the arts to Auckland’s waterfront

Work has begun on the latest edition to Auckland’s waterfront, at $35m theatre. This morning ASB was announced as the naming sponsor for the venue that is due to be completed mid-2016. Auckland mayor Len Brown has said that the project only became possible due to the support from various trusts and philanthropists. Kensington Swan…

Potential cap for local authority liability

Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith has made a press release commenting on the Law Commission’s report into joint and several liability. We have previously written on the Law commission report and a summary can be found here. The main recommendations in relation to the building sector are to: retain the regime of joint…

Wellington’s heritage buildings get a boost

Wellington City Council has allocated around $150,000 to nine of Wellington’s heritage buildings. The funds are earmarked mainly for seismic upgrades. The funds are being distributed through the Council’s Built Heritage Incentive Fund to the owners of the following heritage listed buildings: 59 Ghuznee Street, Albemarle Hotel 306 Oriental Parade, ‘Inverleith’ 170 Karori Road, St…

Christchurch Convention Centre Precinct

Last year, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister, Gerry Brownlee, announced the planning and development of Christchurch’s new Convention Centre Precinct (CCCP). The CCCP will be a world-class convention centre that aims to attract business, events, and conferences to Christchurch. The CCCP will be supported by hotels and public transport and will help grow the economic…

Producer statements and liability to subsequent purchasers

A case recently heard at the High Court of Auckland, Judge v Dempsey [2014] NZHC 2864, highlights that parties issuing Producer Statements in relation to building work may find themselves liable to a subsequent purchaser of the building for latent defects. The judgment, released 18 November, echoes the sentiment seen in 2012 Supreme Court case…