That’s no moon…

There is an underrated and under analysed moment in the 1983 classic Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.  Darth Vader boards the second unfinished Death Star and is less than impressed with how the progress is going. But fear not, Vader is confident he can put the project back on schedule. Although Vader’s credentials as…

Batts™

The word ‘Batts’ (at least in a trademark sense) belongs to Fletcher. Tasman Insulation NZ (a subsidiary of Fletcher) has come out on top in a recent Court of Appeal decision (Tasman Insulation NZ Ltd v Knauf Insulation). The finding essentially upheld the High Court decision not to revoked the ‘Batts’ trademark. This case bears…

The In-situ Fabricator: Foreshadowing the Future

Bricklaying robots are nothing new, but the technology behind the National Centre for Competence in Research Digital Fabrication laboratory’s latest creation certainly is. The In-situ Fabricator is said to be the first machine that can travel around construction sites and build non-standard designs. It boasts technology enabling it to be aware of its position on…

Staying above board with cash jobs

  As tradies across the country will already well know, their friends and families can be quick to capitalise on access to ‘mate’s rates’. It can be a great way to get small building or repair projects around the house done cheaply and by someone they know and trust to do a good job, while providing…

Auckland’s new Commercial Bay

Shopping lovers in Auckland have been given an early Christmas present with the unveiling of the final details and name for downtown Auckland’s biggest new commercial property development. The property development consists of the creation of a 39-level glass tower on Auckland’s waterfront. The tower is set to become part of the new Auckland precinct…

Planning on buying ‘off the plans’?

If you walk around central Auckland you will see that a number of apartment blocks are being advertised for sale before the building has even been constructed. Buying ‘off the plans’ continues to be popular as first home buyers look to secure their property ownership dreams and savvy investors see opportunities to make a profit…

NZ Government releases construction guidance

NZ Government releases construction guidance The New Zealand government has published advice aimed at improving the delivery of large construction projects in the public sector. The advice, which has been presented as five separate reports, covers: matching capability to complexity developing procurement strategy adopting Building Information Modelling (BIM) to boost productivity risk and value management health…