Editorial June / July 2017

‘That Waterview tunnel – when will it open?’ has been the question most Auckland motorists have wanted answered for the last few months. Now it’s all on, with the tunnel set to open to traffic in early July.

Steady business climate doesn’t mean we should get too comfortable – By Martin Jones

We often forget the potential risks of doing business when we’re enjoying a steady economic climate. It’s important for business leaders in the building and construction industry to prepare in advance for potential future downturns.

RMA amendments – tinkering around the edges? – By Natalie Amos and Amelia Watson

New legislation representing the government’s second phase of reform of the Resource Management Act (RMA) aims to deliver substantial improvements to the resource management system to drive capacity for development and economic growth. But does it go far enough – or is it simply tinkering around the edges?

Editorial April / May 2017

The Tasman Tempest, Cyclone Debbie, tropical torrents – call them what you will, but they have all delivered record-breaking rainfall figures during March and April, putting our stormwater infrastructure under immense strain.

Big change to green building tools in response to the market – By Andrew Eagles

It’s going to be a busy year for us at the New Zealand Green Building Council, with new developments across our suite of rating tools.

Brand-new retentions trust regime and its alternative – are you ready? – By Sam Thyne and Jin Guo

Since the passing of the Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2015 (CCAA), the construction industry has waited with baited breath for the retentions trust regime.

Editorial February / March 2017

A large tract of reserve land in Auckland’s eastern suburbs is pitting Auckland Council against the national government and could set a dangerous precedent for local governance.

Where have all the plumbers gone? – By Greg Wallace

Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith has been quoted as saying that Auckland needs to be building 70 to 100 houses a day to meet demand. And our largest city is going backwards – currently only about 40 new homes are being built on average each day.

Changes to construction contracts regime – are you ready? – By Karen Kemp and Harriet Quinlan

If you are party to construction contracts that have retentions provisions, chances are you have heard about the new retentions regime to be introduced by the Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2015.