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03/7/2016

Classic Builders is supporting Earthrace 2 conservation vessel

Classic Builders is proud to support the development of the new Earthrace 2 conservation vessel. Since 2011, Earthrace has been battling wildlife crime. They work with government agencies and NGOs, and the missions are covered in their TV series "The Operatives."

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Classic Builders is proud to support the development of the new Earthrace 2 conservation vessel.

Since 2011, Earthrace has been battling wildlife crime. They work with government agencies and NGOs, and the missions are covered in their TV series "The Operatives." They’ve closed down multiple shark finning, illegal fishing, and illegal gold mining operations. They exposed the brutal seal clubbing in Namibia and several illegal logging operations in Indonesia. They tackled the wildlife trade that’s devastating Asia’s endangered animals. They even rescued a dolphin that was being illegally held in a tiny little swimming pool.

Earthrace 2 is based on our original Earthrace, which ran on renewable fuel and still holds the record for circling the globe. We launched this vessel in 2006 and despite being small, and with a crew of just 6, she played a key role in campaigning against Japanese Whaling in Antarctica, as well as in promoting renewable fuels.

The new boat will be a larger tri-hull wavepiercer that can handle almost any seas. Earthrace 2 will hold a crew of 26, which will often include local enforcement team members to ensure that criminals we catch are successfully prosecuted.

To help support the new design by donation, visit: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1331583536/earthrace-2-conservation-vessel
Pictured is the original Earthrace vessel and Earthrace 2 will look similar but will be larger.

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30/6/2016

Roof shout a screaming success for Tauranga Boys’ building students

Students of Tauranga Boys’ College Wood-Related Trade programme recently hosted their first non-alcoholic roof shout to celebrate a milestone in construction of four cabins.

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Students of Tauranga Boys’ College Wood-Related Trade programme recently hosted their first non-alcoholic roof shout to celebrate a milestone in construction of four cabins.

Nathan Bradley, Tauranga Boys’ College teacher in charge of the programme, says a roof shout is a tradition for builders and the first time the Year 13 students show cased their handiwork to parents and supporters.

“When the roof goes on it signifies a big step forward within the build and needs to be recognised as such. These students should be proud of their work, which is to industry-standard and their commitment to the build is admirable,” says Bradley.

The building site located on Devonport Road next to Susan Devoy Squash and Fitness Centre is set up as a legitimate construction site so that students have an authentic experience akin to a real-life work site. The cabins are currently being clad and joinery is being fitted before the installation of electrics and insulation.

Guests included proud partners Classic Builders, parents, college staff, BCITO representatives and a neighbour who enjoyed a site tour, a good old Kiwi banger with buttered white bread and tomato sauce, while enthusiastic students talked about the cabins they are building. The boys had to ensure all visitors were given a high-vis vest and signed into the safety site register on arrival.

Classic Builders co-director Matthew Lagerberg expressed his delight at the programme’s success.

“I wish there had been a programme like this at Tauranga Boys’ when I was a student there. Students gain building insights and learn to work through onsite challenges. This is a great opportunity for young men especially with the significant shortage of tradespeople. It’s great to hear about students already moving into industry-related apprenticeships,” says Lagerberg.

According to Matthew Pereira, one of the Year 13 students participating in the programme, communication on site is key to a great team environment.

“I’m thoroughly enjoying getting to know the tools of the trade like how to pull apart and clean a nail gun, and the different building techniques required on site. I am really enjoying this work experience and Mr Bradley is an awesome teacher,” says Pereira.

Tauranga Boys’ College Principal Robert Mangan praised the students’ workmanship. “We are very proud of how our boys are embracing this course. Boys flourish outside the traditional classroom environment and this building site and programme is a very good example,” says Mangan.

To date the students have had a number of official visitors to the site such as Council inspectors, Classic Builders health and safety inspector, building representatives and a Paslode engineer who showed the boys how to maintain the nail guns. Students have also benefited from offsite visits to Oregon Pre-nail plant, Firth Concrete Plant, NZ Windows and Joinery and have completed a workplace safety course.

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03/4/2016

Building students swinging more than a hammer

Residential building company Classic Builders is partnering with Tauranga Boys College to help deliver a new industry-related programme for Year 13 students keen to embark on a career within the construction industry.

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Residential building company Classic Builders is partnering with Tauranga Boys College to help deliver a new industry-related programme for Year 13 students keen to embark on a career within the construction industry.

Mr Mangan, Tauranga Boys’ College principal, says the school identified a gap between finishing education and entering the building industry.

“We found our students were finishing school but finding it challenging to start careers in building, electrical, plumbing and so on. This new programme is not an apprenticeship but a pathway into the industry,” says Mr Mangan.

Classic Builders co-director Matthew Lagerberg says while the school is providing the teaching and building environment for the programme, Classic Builders is acting in a strong support role.

“Our industry needs young people to join it and the building industry is something I am passionate about. I want to encourage and positively influence the next generation of young tradespeople in the Bay of Plenty,” says Mr Lagerberg.

“This is an excellent opportunity for us to provide industry experiences and advice to help students determine their own suitability for a career within a building or building-related field,” he says. “I also attended Tauranga Boys College and am on the Titans Sports Trust board of trustees. I view this as a way of giving back to the school, the boys and the community.”

Classic Builders is supporting this initiative through various avenues, one of which is sending staff to visit the classroom and share knowledge and experiences.

“We’ve already had our national health and safety officer spending time with the boys, outlining her role and the importance of health and safety when on a construction site,” says Mr Lagerberg.

Tauranga Boys’ College technology teacher, Nathan Bradley, who has significant building experience is teaching the Wood Related Trades Programme (Level 3). The 10-month programme is now under way with a core group of 15 students in teams of four spending two hours every day learning how to build small mono-pitch, transportable cabins. The cabins provide the experience of constructing a small building from the ground-up through to completion. Four cabins will be sold at the end of the year.

The students and Mr Bradley are primarily based on their own secured worksite next to Susan Devoy Squash Courts, Devonport Road, working out of a container that is utilised as a typical building site office. To support the practical learning, training with various machinery and theory BCITO unit standards is combined with construction site visits, support from Classic Builders head office and other trade-related experiences. Industry experts are regularly invited to talk to the boys outlining the expectations they will face in the industry.

Mr Mangan views this partnership as a very beneficial arrangement for both Tauranga Boys’ College and Classic Builders.

“This new programme will enable students to gain significant knowledge, beyond ‘swinging the hammer’, to the opportunities within the construction industry. The additional resources available through our partnership with Classic Builders, such as Health and Safety, Sales Systems and Commercial Development, will significantly enhance the programme for those boys involved.

“Tauranga Boys’ College is very appreciative of Classic Builders support in this initiative,” says Mr Mangan.

The programme also combines with the Business Studies Department of the school to compliment with marketing and business studies, so boys have the opportunity to learn to promote and sell the product.

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07/9/2015

Feverish property sales shock builder

The first stage of Classic Developments latest subdivision, Hastings Heights at Pyes Pa has completely sold out without even going to market.

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Classic Builders co-director, Matthew Lagerberg, says he is astonished at the speed people have snapped up the first 43 lots of this two-stage subdivision.

“This extremely fast-paced buying is unprecedented. We didn’t even advertise this subdivision due to such a high number of people enquiring through word of mouth that we are developing out that way. There’s huge demand right now and I don’t see it slowing down any time soon, providing the economy stays the way it is,” says Lagerberg.

The Hastings Heights subdivision is an extension to the Lakes subdivision and is being developed by Classic Developments, a sister-entity of Classic Builders.

Resource consent is only just through with earthworks due to start in early September. The earthworks contract was recently awarded to McPhersons Contractors Ltd, based in Matamata.

“McPhersons Contractors are very experienced in earthworks. Initially, they will start clearing the whole subdivision – all 92 lots – as well as carry out silt control, and installing health and safety signage and protective mesh fencing along the boundaries. There is an existing dwelling that will be removed in early September. Civil works are due to start on Stage one in February 2016,” says Lagerberg.

Classic Builders is one of several building companies preparing to build house and land packages, which will be released to the market in the coming weeks.

“At this point, we may have to release Stage Two sooner than expected. Stage Two consists of 49 lots ranging from 500m2 to just over 1,000m2, which are slightly larger sections than Stage One,” he says. For info contact register@classicdevelopments co.nz

Eventually Tauranga City Council will close Hastings Road access from State Highway 29, as per the Council Urban Growth Structure Plan SP13 and Hastings Road will be upgraded starting early July 2016.

To acknowledge the special history of the area and various people involved to date, a dawn blessing was held on Friday 4 September at the highest point of Hastings Heights with representatives from Ngai Tamarawaho, Classic Group, Tauranga City Council, Lysaght Consultants and MacPhersons Contractors.

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