Housing New Zealand fails to meet housing target

Housing New Zealand has been criticised for failing to meet its target, set in 2013, to build or have in delivery 2,000 new homes by 31 December 2015. As at June 30, only 666 new homes had been completed. Housing New Zealand’s annual report attributes this to the restructuring of the organisation’s asset development team, which…

Will back-to-back retentions work under the new CCA?

This post was written by Kensington Swan partner Mary Haggie. It is common practice in construction projects for a head contractor to hold on to subcontractor retentions until the end of the defects liability period in the head contract. This practice was supported by a recent Australian Court of Appeal decision  – Wright v Lend…

Construction Contracts Amendment Act passes

Over two years after the bill was first introduced to Parliament, the Construction Contracts Amendment Act has passed. The majority of the Act comes into force on 1 December 2015, with the following provisions brought into force at later dates: 1 September 2016: Amendments to the meaning of construction work to also include design, engineering and quantity surveying…

How safe is my ceiling?

Building and business owners would be advised to take a look at their premises in light of a new Code of Practice for the design, installation and seismic restraint of suspended ceilings. The Code was developed by the Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries (AWCI) in response to recommendations from the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission.…

Construction Contracts Act amendments pass third reading

The Construction Contracts Amendment Bill has had its third reading and is now pending assent from the Governor General. The bill is attached. Two key areas to look out for are: the amendments to the meaning of construction work to include design, engineering  and QS work performed in NZ and which will come into force…

End of the Red Road

On Sunday the remaining Red Road Apartments in Glasgow were demolished. However, not all went to plan with two of the structure remaining partially upright after the controlled demolition. Click here to read the Stuff article including video. However, this end is not as spectacular as a previous plan. In preparations for the 2014 Glasgow…

Arbitration or Summary Judgment?

In a recent High Court case, Teak Construction Limited v Andrew Brands Limited [2015] NZHC 2312, Associate Judge J P Doogue granted an application to dismiss summary judgment proceedings on the grounds that the Court had no jurisdiction as the parties had agreed to submit disputes to arbitration by the terms of their contract (NZS…