By NZHJ October 08, 2018 Industry news

We do our bit for prostate cancer, Ryman does its bit for the labour shortage and more...

ABOVE: Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Graeme Woodside and our own Susan Kennedy with some of this year's “Father’s Day Frenzy” loot. 


“Father’s Day Frenzy” helps fund Foundation

The lucky winner of the “Father’s Day Frenzy” competition in our August magazine was Keady O'Leary, Trade Sales Manager at Tumu ITM Hawkes Bay in Havelock North.

Keady will be receiving his parcel of goodies any time now while the rest has already gone to the nice people at the Prostate Cancer Foundation to help with their fundraising of this year’s Blue September Prostate Cancer Appeal.

Thanks so much to all the suppliers who generously donated products this year: Acme Supplies; Aerofast; AHM; Allegion; Gait Trading; HPM Legrand; Miles Nelson; St Gobain; CE Lawford; Selleys; Senco; Skellerup; Toolware Sales; and Weiss.


Ryman does its bit for apprentices

Ryman Healthcare is doing its bit to solve the shortage of skilled construction workers by ramping up the number of apprentices in its construction arm.

Having formed a partnership with the Building & Construction Industry Training Organisation (the benefits of which include BCITO’s national network of reps who can be on site on a weekly basis), Ryman has recruited 12 apprentices into its scheme and is looking for more.


Mico named David Reid Homes’ Supplier of the Year

Mico was named Supplier of the Year by David Reid Homes at the home builder’s conference in Samoa last month.

“We are delighted to receive this award,” says Richard Doig, Mico General Manager.

“David Reid Homes is a valued client, and we are thankful to be named their Supplier of the Year.

“Working with them over the years to build great homes with quality, stylish bathrooms has been a privilege, and we look forward to continuing the relationship.”

Mico was the clear winner for two key reasons: its “outstanding and market-leading” showroom consultants, and its impressive, reliable delivery service.

A David Reid Homes spokesperson says: “We were very impressed with Mico’s delivery service.

“We can always rely on the team to deliver on time and in full, and they are always very easy to deal with.”


Plumbers are also looking for youth

Masterlink, an apprenticeship programme run by Master Plumbers, is also looking for apprentices, specifically in Auckland, who want to pursue a trade in the plumbing, gas fitting or drain laying industries.

New Zealand needs around 60,000 tradespeople over the next five years and is suffering from a major shortage of skilled plumbers, especially in Auckland where the plumbing workforce needs to grow by nearly 40% by 2021 just to keep up with current demand.


Beca's green building globally recognised

Aorangi House (above), home to Beca and one of New Zealand’s most energy-smart buildings, has co-won the Leadership in Sustainable Design & Performance Award in the Commercial category, as part of the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards.

The previously outdated 1970s office block in Wellington, demonstrates how up-cycling an existing commercial office building can not only significantly reduce environmental impact but also achieve positive user perceptions coupled with leading environmental performance outcomes.

(Photo: Matthew Plummer / Beca.)

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