Adjudicators: No, you can’t just appoint anyone you want

A recent High Court decision provides a helpful reminder that the Construction Contracts Act must be followed when appointing an adjudicator. In New Zealand Fire Sprinkler Protection Limited v AFS Total Fire Protection Limited [2016] NZHC 690, the defendants (AFS) had unilaterally appointed an adjudicator following apparent settlement of a dispute involving payment for services.…

Women apprentices on the rise?

Following on from our earlier blog post, women in the construction industry continues to be a ‘hot topic’ in the media. This time, the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO), which estimates that women make up 17.5 per cent of the core construction sector, stated that a shortage of apprentices, combined with increasing demand…

Wellington Hospital microleaks a drain on funds

Capital & Coast District Health Board has confirmed that Wellington hospital is ‘plagued’ with leaky pipes, which must be repaired. While the DHB is certain it can carry out works without affecting patients, Radio NZ reports that some staff are concerned that the already cash-strapped DHB will not be able to fund the repairs without cutting…

Earthquake preparedness – a collective action problem

Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones recently retired from her three decade stint at the U.S. Geological Survey and gave an exit interview with NPR about the state of Earthquake preparedness in the United States. According to Dr. Jones in the last 30 years society in general has come around to the idea that a devastating earthquake…

Suppliers enmeshed in testing saga

Following a Commerce Commission investigation, supplier Steel and Tube has voluntarily placed the supply of its seismic reinforcing mesh on hold. On 21 March, we blogged about the Commerce Commission investigations regarding several steel mesh retailers, after testing raising questions over whether the products complied with the relevant standard (AS/NZS 4671:2001). Suppliers Euro Corp and…