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New Residential Building Law Effective 1 Jan 2015

Tuesday, 30 December 2014, 10:51 am | Builderscrack

In a move to protect homeowners, the Government will from the start of 2015, require builders to keep and produce written records of any residential work valued at over $30,000. More >>

Competition is heating up among Canterbury tradies

Friday, 12 September 2014, 11:44 am | Builderscrack

As the region's post-quake building boom eases, competition is heating up among work-hungry Canterbury tradies More >>

New Zealand renovation demand strong

Thursday, 1 May 2014, 12:10 pm | Builderscrack

New Zealanders have continued to spend more on renovating their homes over the last year, with market leading home renovation site reporting a 62% increase in the number of home renovation and repair jobs posted in the year to March ... More >>

Rise in renovation projects good news for tradespeople

Wednesday, 6 March 2013, 2:17 pm | Builderscrack

Home owners across New Zealand have laid down their intentions to renovate their way through 2013 and with the latest Statistics New Zealand report on the Value of Building work showing continued growth with a healthy 1.8% increase for the last ... More >>

New Year’s renovations resolutions boosted by The Block

Wednesday, 9 January 2013, 10:43 am | Builderscrack

New year’s resolutions to tackle home improvements are off to a flying start. Trades service reported a record number of jobs posted by property owners in the first week of 2013. The company credits hit TV shows such as the The Block ... More >>

Homeowners Finding Top Notch Tradies Online

Friday, 14 September 2012, 10:06 am | Builderscrack

Hungry tradespeople respond to 80% of new jobs in under an hour Homeowners in New Zealand are turning online to post their building jobs and find qualified and top rated tradespeople according to While Statistics New Zealand ... More >>

New Zealander’s Dream Of Simple Home Renovations

Wednesday, 1 June 2011, 10:15 am | Builderscrack

In a recent competition,, a website where homeowners organise quotes from tradespeople, asked people to tell them about their dream renovation job. While most home renovation shows feature major makeovers, fewer than 5% of people ... More >>

More kiwi tradesmen sought to work in France

Thursday, 19 May 2011, 9:51 am | Builderscrack

Pauline Hampshire has lived in France for 20 years and had some pretty negative experiences with French tradesmen. So last year, when she wanted to completely renovate her 3 storey shell of a village house in Chevreuse, near Paris, she sought out Kiwi tradesmen ... More >>

Quake shakes confidence in major renovations nationally

Thursday, 7 April 2011, 1:06 pm | Builderscrack

The latest Tradesman Services Index, published today, showed that the average size of jobs completed by tradespeople fell 3% in March, after rising in 2% in January and a flat February. The index is seasonally adjusted, and based ... More >>

Woman prefer tradesmen over princes and millionaires

Thursday, 23 December 2010, 11:40 am | Builderscrack

Woman prefer tradesmen over princes and millionaires Australian women would much rather marry a tradie than a prince, a new survey by The Australian Women's Weekly has found. The survey of 1000 women found that Australian ladies also say they would ... More >>

Sunshine expected to brighten outlook for trade

Wednesday, 10 November 2010, 9:34 am | Builderscrack

The latest Tradesman Services Index, published today, showed that the average size of jobs completed by tradespeople rose by 5% in October to reach 81, building on increases in September (3%) and August (4%). It is now 6% above ... More >>

New Zealand tradesmen facing increased competition

Tuesday, 22 June 2010, 10:20 am | Builderscrack

The number of renovation jobs came under pressure prior to the budget, leaving New Zealand tradesmen facing increased competition. More >>

House Price Increases Driving Auckland Renovation

Tuesday, 13 April 2010, 10:03 am | Builderscrack

It is a good time to be a tradesman serving the North Shore of Auckland, but those in Tauranga, Rotorua and Queenstown are likely to continue to find it tough for some time. More >>

Homeowners regaining confidence for renovation

Wednesday, 7 April 2010, 10:45 am | Builderscrack

The latest Tradesman Index, published today, showed that the average size of jobs completed by tradespeople rose by 12% in March, breaking three months of decline. It remains 5% below March 2009. The index is based on the cost ... More >>

Bargain prices keep pressure on tradespeople

Monday, 8 February 2010, 9:53 am | Builderscrack

The latest Tradesman Job Size Index, published today, showed that the average size of jobs completed by tradespeople fell for the second month in January, as fewer larger jobs were completed, and competition remained strong ... More >>

Renovation resolution

Friday, 8 January 2010, 3:17 pm | Builderscrack

Forget giving up smoking, and losing weight, this year New Zealanders have been making the resolution to renovate and repair their homes and tidy up their gardens., a site where homeowners get quotes from tradespeople, has reported their strongest ... More >>

Kiwi tradesman selected to live French life

Wednesday, 2 December 2009, 10:36 am | Builderscrack

Four months ago Pauline Hampshire posted a job on, NZ’s website for getting quotes from tradespeople, seeking kiwi tradesmen to renovate her villa in Chevreuse near Paris. More >>

Trade services index remains flat

Tuesday, 24 November 2009, 9:14 am | Builderscrack

An index measuring confidence in the trade services sector remained stable for the third month in October. The latest Trade Job Size Index, published today, was up 1 point from September to 76 points in October. It remains 24% below ... More >>

Trade services index rebounds

Tuesday, 15 September 2009, 9:18 am | Builderscrack

While Statistics NZ showed last week that NZ house-building and renovation work fell to the lowest level in almost eight years in the second quarter, the latest trade job size index suggests a glimmer of hope for NZ’s tradespeople. After declining ... More >>

NZ tradesmen wanted in Paris

Wednesday, 29 July 2009, 9:24 am | Builderscrack

Pauline Hampshire has lived in France for 20 years, but when she wanted to renovate her 3 storey house in Chevreuse, in South West Paris, she decided she wanted a Kiwi tradesman. “I grew up in Tauranga, and my husband is from there, so we know that ... More >>