Rotorua is near the centre of the North Island and is also near the centre of the massive forestry industry that dominates Eastern and Southern Bay of Plenty. There is an army of skilled arborists working in the forests, but these folk have specialist skills along with highly specialist machinery designed to prune and maintain the trees to a set formula as rapidly and safely as possible.
Rotorua city arborists on the other hand are a completely different breed, as their task is to maintain and manage the massive collection of trees throughout Rotorua on both private and public land. They have to deal with a multitude of tree species and a multitude of situations including hair-raising rescue operations where a tree could potentially fall on a building for example. The arborist Rotorua is most likely to use will be able to safely advise and prune many different species in such a way that keeps the tree safe as well as the surrounding buildings etc, and they will be able to safely and efficiently carry out any clear felling projects.
Rotorua arborists serve the local councils, own a vast collection of trees alongside public Roadways and around the multitude of public spaces, plus the arborist also serve with countless homeowners and residents with friends on their properties, the large number of commercial property owners trees and the large number of farmers with trees on their property.
The regional and local councils and the national highways board use the arborists both for regular maintenance and beautification as well as for cleaning up operations after large storms then we are other infrastructure is threatened by potential falling branches or trees. A very common job for the arborist is to remove branches that overhang powerwires, and as can be imagined this is a dangerous job that should only ever be done by experts with the appropriate machinery and safety equipment.
Arborists are fortunate and any community then that virtually no normal citizen would be comfortable and doing the work, and so everybody is obliged to call an arborist when there is work to be done. They often need to work at height which means they have to climb a tree with the aid of ropes and safety equipment, and then carry out any pruning work or even tree removal work at height with the chainsaw.
The number of different dangers in this operation would terrify any mere mortal, but to the casual Observer the skilled arborist makes this work look relatively easy and safe. In New Zealand the arborist sector has a very good safety record, simply because of the quality of the management and the quality of the regulations that mean that the level of training and attention to safety is extremely high.
Arborists have to pass difficult examinations and practical tests, and this alone tends to weed out the cowboy operators who would be a risk to themselves and others. The forestry sector by comparison is dealing with a very poor safety record, and while they are attempting to improve it they are also having to cope with the Legacy of employing a lot of cowboy operators. The work requires tough and fit young men to work and potentially very steep and remote situations.
Drainlaying is a highly professional and regulated business, as it is an extremely important component of the public health of any community. Most homeowners will only encounter a drain layer during a sewerage emergency, and they will be generally extremely grateful and very impressed buy the professional work that the drainlayer performs. They will also of course be very happy to pay what is probably a fairly steep fee for the emergency work, simply because there is no way they could have performed the work themselves, and the work was extremely urgent because they would have had to move out of the house into temporary accommodation otherwise.
Homeowners who are having a new house built will at some stage see the drains being laid, and they will also be impressed because the work looks very tough and physical, and also looks complex and technically challenging. It will also dawn on the homeowner that at some stage the drainlayer has had to tap into the main sewer for the neighborhood, and that is something that most people prefer not to think about.
City and town councils also rely on drainlayers in Auckland to build and maintain their existing stormwater and sewage systems, and they will be just as grateful as the humble home owner when the drainlayers come out and attend to an emergency. The Council staff and the elected officials are well aware of the urgency of any repair work, and the elected officials will be aware that their jobs would be at stake if the repairs were not carried out properly and professionally.
Sometimes a homeowner is able to observe a major project in their neighbourhood, such as installing a new underground flood barrier or replacing a major stormwater or sewer pipe section. This will almost always involve disruption to traffic and a fairly large scale excavation in the middle of the road. For the casual Observer the work can look very challenging both technically and physically, but to the professional drainlayer this will be just another day at work. They have a complex set of procedures to follow both in terms of work safety and in terms of technical practice, but they will have modern and hefty machinery to carry out almost all the work.
Any homeowner lucky enough to observe one of these projects will almost always find that the foreman or staff on site will be more than happy to explain what it is they are doing and what problem they are solving. Like any professional tradespeople they are proud of the work they do and particularly of the fact that they are making their community safer.
New Zealand has a wet and windy climate particularly in certain locations, all the houses in those locations need to be built to be able to sustain bad weather. A number of specialist tradespeople are required in the process when building a new house or weatherproofing an existing house.
The builder is the obvious first tradesperson, as they need to build the house so that it can sustain high winds and driving rain. The most important requirement is that the house does not change shape in anyway during high winds, is this can open up small cracks in the cladding or the roofing that will let in cold air and moisture. The house must therefore be built as a rigid structure, aided must be firmly attached to it’s foundations it also must be built rigidly underground so that the house does not shift relative to the ground during an earthquake.
The regulations for building Framework and roof trusses and for attaching the frames to the foundations pretty much make certain that the house will not move or twist during high once. Almost all New Zealand Residential Housing using timber framing, and in previous decades the builders wood construct diagonal nogs in which wall to make sure that the wall cannot trust. In modern times diagonal bracing is simply a thin metallic strap that is attached between the floor and ceiling at opposite corners of each war.
Once the solid and rigid frame has been built then the Builder also needs to install cladding. Whether the cladding is brick or timber or some other product, it is absolutely vital that the cladding is firmly attached to the wall and cannot move during high winds. The cladding also needs to be isolated from the wall with waterproof paper so that anymore moisture that does get in behind the cladding can not get into the wooden framing. The choice of type of is very important in New Zealand’s climate, and the most popular cleaning by a long way is the trusted weatherboard which is relatively low cost and which reliably prevent moisture Ingress.
The roof and Gables and eaves also obviously vital to make a house weatherproof, and the choice of roofing material is very important here as well. The most popular roofing material in New Zealand is corrugated Steel, nowadays with a pre bonded colour, with tiles being a popular second choice. The early steel roofs had the problem of rust and leakage and movement of the lead head nails, and they require periodic maintenance and painting. However early tile roots also attract Moss and lichen, plus the tiles can move during high winds and the tiles are relatively fragile, so can break during high winds. A vital aspect for any roof is the flashings at the roof Peaks, corners, changes with angle, and around rooftop structures such as chimneys and skylights. It is the roofer’s or plumbers job to make sure the flashing is installed securely and will remain waterproof with a tight seal during the highest winds. The Builder also has to make absolutely certain yep the house is sealed around the gatherings in under the eaves.
What’s the roof and the cleaning has been securely installed then it is the painters job to make sure that the roof and cladding is painted in a professional manner that means it will be a good weatherproof seal for the next decade at least.