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Communication
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Vodafone gets poor reception in latest telco survey

Good communications is essential for safety, but the latest Consumer NZ survey reveals some telecommunications companies aren’t getting the message Telco customers rated Vodafone last for both mobile and broadband services in Consumer NZ’s latest satisfaction survey, the same place it occupied last year. Continue →


Construction
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Property and construction workers in particularly short supply

New Zealand’s property and construction industry are going to be particularly short of skilled workers this year, according to a survey by global recruitment specialists Michael Page With a rebound in building permits at the end of 2017, and the government announcing its commitment to building 100,000 homes across the country in the next decade, continued unprecedented levels of demand for construction professionals in project management, quantity surveying, design and architecture as well as professional engineering are very likely. Continue →
Energy
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Billion-dollar waste-to-energy deal in Hong Kong

Waste to energy and infrastructure firm Keppel Seghers and its Chinese partner, Zhen Hu, have been awarded a contract worth US$4 billion for Hong Kong’s first integrated Waste Management Facility Artist’s impression of the facility off the coast of Shek Kwu Chau and south of Lantau Island that is expected to be completed by 2024 Waste to energy and infrastructure firm Keppel Seghers and its Chinese partner, Zhen Hu, have been awarded a contract worth HKD 31 billion (US$4 billion) for Hong Kong’s first integrated Waste Management Facility to be built on a reclaimed island off the coast of Shek Kwu Chau. Continue →




Environment
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Greenhouse gas growth a cause for concern

The latest inventory of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions shows that there has been a 20% increase in emissions from 1990 to 2016 Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced the result of the inventory a few hours after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared that the government would not hand out any new offshore oil and gas exploration permits through the Block Offer programme. Continue →
Local Government
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Christchurch – city of choice?  

Christchurch has a golden opportunity to become New Zealand’s number one city of choice as the rebuild takes effect, outgoing Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Peter Townsend claims. Continue →


Training & Management
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First scaffolding apprenticeship designed to help boost construction

New Zealand’s first apprenticeship in scaffolding is being launched in a bid to support the surging construction sector Scaffolding, Access and Rigging Association of New Zealand (SARNZ), the industry body representing the leading companies in the sector, has worked closely with Skills (The Industry Training Organisation) and training providers to develop the apprenticeship. Continue →
Transport
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Is a regional fuel tax the right answer?

A regional fuel tax will be nothing more than a stop gap measure to start funding Auckland’s much needed road infrastructure up-grade, according to the National Road Carriers Association “It is only going to raise a small part of the funding needed,” NRC CEO David Aitken believes. Continue →


Water
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Satellite sensing detects global water movement

A new tool empowers anyone with a web browser to observe water’s constantly shifting courses, an International Water Association report reveals A team at Deltares, a water research institute based in Delft in the Netherlands, has unveiled a revolutionary tool that allows anyone, anywhere, to visually monitor the comings and goings of the Earth’s surface water on a timeline from 1985 through to the present. Continue →
Compliance & Legal