Cities
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Developer on track to build $5b Smart City

Developer Celestino’s plans are on track to develop Australia’s first smart city, Sydney Science Park in Western Sydney By Dina Lewis Boucher first published by The Urban Developer Celestino and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) met with transport and infrastructure experts along with technology providers on Friday to discuss how autonomous vehicle use can be built into greenfield smart cities. Continue →
Communication
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Kiwis starting to embrace digital identity

NZTech has launched New Zealand’s first formal digital identity organisation Digital Identity NZ, a group of organisations and government agencies, has been set up to connect everyone in New Zealand that cares about digital identity. Continue →




Construction
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Construction Sector Accord a long-term commitment

A New Zealand Construction Sector Accord was announced by five ministers, including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, signalling long-term commitment between government and industry to collaborate on key work areas for a healthy construction sector Government and construction industry leaders have signalled a shared commitment to transform New Zealand’s construction sector. Continue →
Energy




Environment
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New Zealand the world’s ‘innovation lab’ for climate change

New Zealand has the opportunity to be a climate change “innovation lab” for the rest of the world, according to international planning expert and former United States political candidate Sue Minter Minter is speaking ahead of the New Zealand Planning Institute’s (NZPI) annual conference in April, at which she is a keynote speaker. Continue →
Local Government
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What is the purpose and role of local government?

Long overdue reform of the water sector has created the opportunity for a first principles discussion of what local government can and should do and with what resources, says Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Stephen Selwood “Operating infrastructure networks is a technical activity demanding flexible use of capital and strong asset management capability,” he explains. Continue →




Training & Management
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New podcast series tackles the tough issues facing New Zealand’s industries

New Zealand metals-based industry organisation HERA is solidifying its reputation as a future-focused thought leader with the launch of its bi-weekly podcast series, Stirring the Pot   The free podcast launched with three episodes on subjects as diverse as the future of manufacturing in New Zealand, innovation as a driver of the global economy and what’s required to build a thriving metals industry. Continue →
Transport
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Genesis joins global EV100 initiative

Genesis Energy has joined The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative which brings together companies from all over the world that are committed to switching their global fleets to electric vehicles to reduce carbon emissions The diversified energy company has committed to convert every car in its light vehicle fleet to electric or hybrid by 2020, with the same ambition for 50% of its heavy vehicle fleet by 2025. Continue →




Water
Compliance & Legal
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New Infrastructure Commission endorsed by Infrastructure NZ

The announcement that the Government will establish the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission – Te Waihanga – to perform strategy and procurement functions and vest it with sufficient independence to have mana and influence is very strongly welcomed by the infrastructure industry, says CEO of Infrastructure New Zealand Stephen Selwood “The new Commission will help ensure we are making the best decisions about infrastructure investment to improve the long-term economic performance and social wellbeing of our country,” Shane Jones said during the announcement. Continue →