September 2014 update from Precast NZ Inc

by precastnz on September 17, 2014 · 0 comments

18 September 2014

This is to provide readers with a quick overview of our recent activities. They are welcome to contact us by email at or phone Executive Director Rod Fulford on 0274 987 990 for any further information.


As always, our two yearly get together with our trans Tasman counterparts proved interesting with various presentations and general discussion on matter of mutual interest and common problems.

Guest speaker Mike Stannard of MBIE spoke on the department’s response to the Christchurch earthquakes.

New Zealand presentations were made by Andrew Sinclair of Wilco on Litecrete Panels for housing, Tony Nawisielski and Rakesh Nauhria on the Q Theatre project, and Rod Fulford on the effects of the earthquakes on the precast industry.

Australian presentations were an overview of projects by Colin Ginger of Precast Concrete Products, and design and construction of the new Humes Ipswich factory by Richard Carr. The scale of the Humes project and the ability to incorporate the most up to date technology and safety features into this greenfields project was a real eye opener.

Kiwi precast team at Coronet Peak

Kiwi precast team at Coronet Peak


Two combined dinners enabled much informal sharing of information and networking. The Skyline dinner on Thursday provided a quality experience and great food of an unexpectedly high standard.

The Flame Bar & Grill was a less formal venue for Friday evening.

Saturday saw many of the Australians take the Dart River jet boat experience, while a mixed group of Kiwi snowboarders and skiers, including Mike Stannard, had a top day on Coronet Peak. Great weather and good snow meant everybody had a memorable day for their activities.

Queenstown certainly turned it on for the Aussies, and it may be hard to get them to accept a different venue in 4 years time, but then why change?

Kiwi precast team at Coronet Peak


A short AGM was held to receive the audited accounts, and to approve the budget and subscriptions for July 2014 – June 2015.

Election of officers took place after a 2 year term in office.

Two individuals had been nominated for each of the positions of President and Vice President, but as only one individual was prepared to accept their nomination due to work commitments, no election was necessary and the following were declared elected.

  • President - Paul Cane, Stresscrete Northern
  • Vice President - Rakesh Nauhria, Nauhria Precast
  • Executive
    • Greg Fleming, Bradford Precast
    • Justin Bragg, Concretec
    • Russell Benetto, Busck
    • Paul Sweetman, Heb
    • Andrew Sinclair, Wilco
    • John Marshall, Stahlton

Paul Cane agreed to accept nomination on the condition that it was for only a 1 year term instead of the two year terms as previously used.

Some who thought they had escaped duties will be co opted on to the Executive.


A good attendance included Phillip Bates of Balcrom whose recent application for membership was approved at the meeting.

A database of off site precast plants throughout NZ was circulated.

Quarterly sales figures for the 5 years to June 2014 showed the beginnings of a long awaited upturn.

The number of apprentices undergoing BCITO training was increasing but more would be beneficial for our industry.

Stresscrete Northern workers presented with certificates on completion of courses.

Stresscrete Northern workers presented with certificates on completion of courses.

The revision of the Code of Practice on the Safe Handling Transportation and Erection of Precast Concrete had stalled because under Worksafe NZ much of the content was out of scope. It was agreed to investigate publishing an industry guide.

University of Auckland testing was supporting relaxation of requirements affecting precast concrete proposed for Amendment 3 of NZS3101 Concrete Design, and further testing programs were in the pipeline.

University of Canterbury testing had covered precast components for bridges, and PCNZ was to provide some limited financial support for other testing programs with a wider application to the precast industry.

Our relationships with the universities were proving invaluable. Our input into testing programs was providing real benefit to our industry and our thanks go out to those members who are contributing products, time and facilities that produces results that benefit all members.

NZS3101 Concrete Design, amendment 3 should be out for public comment by October.

A Plant Certification certificate was awarded to Stresscrete Wellington Otaki plant.


The 50th anniversary Concrete Conference will be held at Wairakei 9 – 11 October.

The next Precast NZ meeting is a short one from 11am to 12.30 pm on Thursday 9th with all Members and Associate Members invited. Updates of our activities will be presented and it will be an opportunity for all to ask questions, raise items of concern, and have input into our activities. The conference program incorrectly lists the meeting as our AGM. It is not our AGM.

If you wish to attend, register NOW before it is too late. The Conference program and registration details are available on


Congratulations to Nauhria Precast on being a finalist in the Westpac Business Awards for in Marketing and for Strategy and Planning



The loss of millions of dollars in subcontractor retentions that have been inappropriately used as working capital by head contractors to unsuccessfully stave off insolvency has cost many subcontractors dearly and destroyed many small businesses and wiped out the assets of many families is finally being addressed by legislation.

Precast NZ is represented on the Executive of the Specialist Trade Contractors Federation who have been leading the fight for protection of retentions. PCNZ Executive Director Rod Fulford attended working groups and appeared before the parliamentary select committee considering the issue.

A huge amount of effort and many thousands of man hours have been put into this issue over a long period and it is finally paying off. It will provide real benefits, not just for our members, but for the wider construction industry. Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith has finally announced legislative protection for retentions.


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