• Residential Construction, a market stretched to breaking point?

    I have been saying for several months now that I believe that we are at the peak of our ability to build more houses. Currently, both here in Canterbury and right across New Zealand, the number of residential building consents are coming through at record levels. Year on year, the three Councils in the greater … Continued

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  • Canterbury construction falling behind

      In a week where residential construction numbers across the country hit a 45 year high, the numbers in Canterbury aren’t showing the same level of growth.   Although the Governments KiwiBuild programme has crashed and burned, the construction sector seems to be picking up the slack, building more houses than we have seen in … Continued

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  • Is a labour shortage the real reason we cant build more houses?

    In May we saw the highest number of new residential dwellings consented in 45 years. The industry is literally maxed out with regard to the number of people available to build. Take a quick listen to Andrew Kelleher (from JMI Wealth) talk about some of the challenges facing the Construction sector at the moment.   … Continued

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  • 2018 New Residential Construction in Christchurch (Summary)

    A comprehensive and detailed analysis of Residential Constriction in Christchurch based on Building Consent reports provided by the Christchurch City Council                                  

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  • Why do Building Companies go Bust?

      Almost weekly another building company goes into liquidation and hits the news. And these are only the larger companies, generally owing millions to creditors and sub-contractors. What about all the smaller builders and various trades business we don’t hear about?   So why do builders go bust?   Unfortunately, there isn’t one particular reason … Continued

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  • Earthquake rebuilds coming to an end

    Council has declined dramatically, according to an 18-month review of figures. Just 28 consents issued in July 2016 were recorded as earthquake recovery, down from a high of 117 in both March and June 2015. Similarly, consents issued as “Business as Usual” are also showing a decline. April 2015 saw an unusually low number of … Continued

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  • Understanding and developing your Marketing Mix

    Many people think that Marketing, Promotion and Advertising are the same thing. In actual fact they all quite different. Developing and understanding a precise Marketing Mix, one that matches the needs and desires of your target market is essential to the long term growth and sustainability of your business. You may have heard of the … Continued

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  • Do you own a business…or do you own a job?

    Does your business rely on you being there to make all the decisions? Would things grind to a halt if you took a week off to go on holiday or if you got sick? Do you have to supervise the work of your staff to make sure that it is done properly? Today many small … Continued

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