Editorial – August / September’18

The news of Ebert Construction being placed into receivership at the end of July has set alarm bells ringing throughout the industry, and calls that our construction boom is turning into a construction crisis.

Is CodeMark really up to scratch? — By Andrew Bayly

The crisis around CodeMark is building, and is set to have a huge impact on the construction industry.

Is the CCA retention regime going to work? — By James McMillan and Stuart Robertson

As headlines have swiftly changed from ‘construction boom’ to ‘construction crisis’, a BDO survey shows that approximately a third of building contractors are not holding retentions on trust for subcontractors.

Editorial – June / July’18

While progress has been made in Christchurch following the earthquakes, seven years on the central city still looks derelict and unloved. That’s a harsh comment, but it was the overriding impression I was left with after a visit to the city in May.

Is the RMA really to blame for housing shortages? – By Hayley Ellison

We need to look at the Resource Management Act (RMA) with fresh eyes. I’m not convinced it’s the culprit holding back development and causing housing shortages in New Zealand’s major cities. It’s the way the RMA is being implemented that has created uncertainty, and it’s time to rethink the way we respond to our urban development issues.

KiwiBuild – building on your proposals and making it work for you – By Duncan Halliwell and Joe Bergin

Last month, the government’s first round of invitations to participate on the KiwiBuild ‘Buying off the Plans’ initiative (the ‘KiwiBuild ITP’) closed after its release in early May.

Editorial – April / May’18

Slip sliding away … what started off as a wonderful summer deteriorated rapidly, with three tropical cyclones between late January and early March causing havoc around the country for our roading crews.

Wood-first and wellbeing – By Nick Collins

The purpose of public policy is to improve lives now and into the future, and Treasury’s newly released discussion papers on human, social and natural capital set us up to do that, measuring progress across prosperity, sustainability and inclusiveness.

Pushing the (rural urban) boundaries – By Jenny Chung and Christina Sheard

The ‘Big Little City’ envisioned by the Auckland Unitary Plan (operative in part) (AUP) relies on the identification inside the rural urban boundary (RUB) as a method to achieve a ‘compact urban form’ in Auckland. As a general rule, only land within the RUB is land identified by the AUP as being suitable for urban development.