100km: No easy feat

Sam McCutcheon is a solicitor within the construction law team at Kensington Swan. Sam isn’t just up to speed with construction law but is also quick on the running tracks. Over the weekend, Sam competed in the Ultra Easy Sky Ultra 100km in Wanaka. Sam not only completed the race with an incredible time of…

Leveraging Canterbury experience

The Canterbury rebuild has been providing good initiatives to stimulate the employment of women in the construction industry. The New Zealand Construction News has published an interesting article which looks at the case study published by the Ministry for Women which looks as leveraging this ‘thinking differently, doing differently’ mentality to stimulate the employment of…

Women building in Myanmar, empowered or exploited?

In New Zealand, most people have an entrenched perception that construction workers are male. Because of this preconception, seeing a female construction worker, especially in a particularly labour intensive job will often come as a surprise. Contrastingly; in Myanmar female workers building roads and performing hard labour is a common sight because women make up…

Smart windows help cut costs

In the evolving world of ‘smart’ technology, it comes as no surprise that ‘smart’ windows are now in the works. Fear not, the technology behind University College London and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s prototype will not provide yet another surface for Donald Trump’s freedom kids to haunt you on. Instead, the window…

The costly risk of refusing ADR

In New Zealand, most construction disputes are resolved through adjudication under the Construction Contract Act 2002. Looking more broadly, legal disputes in New Zealand can be resolved through: litigation in court, which is becoming increasing expensive and protracted; or alternative dispute resolution (‘ADR’) including negotiation; expert determination; mediation; adjudication; and arbitration. Overseas, parties to disputes can also choose between…

Building and construction gets ready to go ‘green’

A new push for environmentally sustainable products and services within the New Zealand building and construction industry can be expected following the appointment of Rohan Bush to the Environmental Choice New Zealand (‘ECNZ’) board. In an increasingly eco-friendly-conscious market, the ECNZ is a government owned and endorsed, but independently operated programme which assesses and certifies the design,…

View-blocking fence objectionable

We have covered Wellington’s high profile fence stoush, dubbed ‘Fencegate’ by the media, in several blogs. In a nutshell, Peter and Sylvia Aitchison’s harbour views were destroyed when their neighbour, David Walmsley, built a fence blocking their view. The Aitchisons sought the assistance of the Environment Court, to demonstrate that the fence should never have…

Return of Fencegate

One of 2015’s most high profile neighbours-at-war disputes has resurfaced. Last year we blogged about the view obstructing structure that was built on a Roseneath property. The structure was allowed under the District Plan on the basis that it was a fort rather than a fence, an assertion that is disputed by Peter Aitchison and…